Fort Mill Post 43 lost arms race this week

mbanks@comporium.netJune 28, 2013 

— In one week’s time, Fort Mill American Legion Post 43 went from the penthouse to the outhouse.

Entering last week, Fort Mill had a 5-3 overall record and came out of the week at 5-8 after dropping five straight.

They dropped two close game, one to Clover 8-6 in 12 innings, and one 5-4 to Rock Hill, and then were blown out by Lancaster 15-1. The team also had to forfeit two games to Lancaster due to the lack of arms needed to pitch.

Because of rain-outs earlier in the season, Fort Mill had to logjam games into the end of its calendar, forcing it to play five games in four days. By the time the doubleheader rolled around against Lancaster, Post 43 didn’t have the arms to go.

The team has two games this coming week, one on the road in Dallas, N.C., and the other against Rock Hill. Despite its record, Fort Mill will still make the playoffs and most likely have to face a Columbia-based foe in a best of five series in the first round.

Post 43 struggled against Lancaster in the 15-1 loss, getting just two hits, while making three errors in the field.

In the loss to Rock Hill, Post 34 scored two runs in the seventh inning to secure the win with the help of an RBI double from Stuart Hodge. Fort Mill came back to score in the ninth inning as Brett Netzer doubled and eventually scored on a passed ball to make it 5-4, but that is where the rally would end.

Pitcher Josh Corley got the start on the mound and went seven innings, allowing the five runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out four. Both walks would end up scoring costing Post 43 the game.

Offensively, outfielder Spencer Pecarro went 3-5 to lead Fort Mill at the plate against Rock Hill. Pecarro also had one of the two hits, a double, against Lancaster.

Against Clover, Fort Mill blew a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning as Post 38 would rally to tie the game at six before winning 8-6 in the 12th inning.

Pitcher Jake Windham got the start on the mound and went seven innings against Clover, allowing just one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out two.

Post 43 carried a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning, but would-be closer Chris Cash allowed two runs to make it 4-3.

Still in the bottom of the eighth, Fort Mill added two runs with the help of a two-run home run by Netzer, as he went 5-6 in the game with three doubles and two RBI to lead Post 43.

The home run made it 6-3, but Clover would get three runs in the ninth to tie it at six.

Then in the 12th with Jesse Horine forced to go three and a third in relieving Cash, Clover finally got to him has he allowed two runs on four hits in getting the loss. He struck out four and walked just one in the three and a third innings he pitched.

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