Fort Mill’s Post 43 looks to rebound after loss to Lancaster

mbanks@comporium.netJune 2, 2014 

— The Fort Mill American Legion Post 43 team dropped its first game of the season, falling 3-2 to Lancaster Red Rose City last week.

Lancaster won in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off single after Fort Mill had tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the inning.

Cole Avery got the start for Post 43 and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out six, but got the no-decision.

The loss went to Josh Corley, who fell to 1-1 on the season. Corley pitched well, but a two-out error by Fort Mill in the bottom of the ninth put a Lancaster runner on base, setting up a game-winning single from second baseman Chandler Neil.

Corley pitched three innings in relief of Avery, allowing one hit and the one run, while striking out two and walking two.

Post 43 struggled at the plate, getting just four hits in the game as Lancaster’s Jordan Brock went the distance for Red Rose City, allowing four hits and two runs, while walking three and striking out eight.

Post 43 did put a scare into Brock in the top of the ninth as catcher Justin Tepper got on base after being hit by a pitch. Two outs later, when Post 43 had a chance to close the game out, Fort Mill’s Justin Borland hit a double to score Grant Fry, running for Tepper, and tied the game at 2-2.

Lancaster struck first, scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Lead-off hitter Troy Cunningham reached on a walk and then scored on a fielder’s choice.

Fort Mill came back to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when designated hitter Brett Netzer reached on a walk before being driven in by a double from Tepper.

However, the tie was short lived as Lancaster scored in the bottom of the fifth after Cunningham singled to score third baseman Austin Caskey, who reached on a walk earlier in the inning.

Fort Mill also had a game against York during the week, but it was rained out after a lengthy lightning delay.

Post 43 is opening the week on the road at Rock Hill, followed by games at home against Queen City, a team out of Charlotte, on Wednesday and then Rock Hill again on Thursday.

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