FORT MILL — Needing to win two of three from Rock Hill to win the League V title, the Fort Mill American Legion Post 43 team lost two straight games to finish second.
Fort Mill opened the playoffs this week with a home game Monday and has another scheduled for Wednesday at Fort Mill High against Belton Post 51. (The results of Monday’s game were not available by press time. Go to fortmilltimes.com for more).
Head coach Tom Skula said he was proud of the effort his team has put forth this season.
“We had an opportunity to win the league up until the last game of the season, but unfortunately we did not get that done,” he said. “Now we got to focus and get ourselves ready for our first round opponent. Throughout the regular season every player from one to 18 has contributed for us in some way. I could not ask to coach a better group of kids.”
Fort Mill lost 9-1 and 13-6 in back-to-back days to Rock Hill. In the first game, Rock Hill got to Post 43 early, scoring four runs on one hit and two Post 43 errors in the first inning.
Fort Mill struggled, getting just five hits in the game while making three errors. Pitcher Josh Corley took the loss after allowing eight runs on five hits while walking five and striking out two.
Rock Hill scored three more runs in the third inning on three hits and added another run in the fifth on a solo home run by Colton Pagoota.
Fort Mill was led at the plate by Jaden Savage, who went 2-2 with two walks and two stolen bases.
Fort Mill allowed Rock Hill to get off to a fast start in the second game as they scored five runs on three hits and two Post 43 errors.
Rock Hill added three more in the third inning on three hits to go up 8-0. Post 43 did rally in the fourth inning, scoring five runs on five hits. Brett Netzer led the inning with a double and Justin Tepper hit his fourth home run of the season with a two-run shot to put Fort Mill on the board.
Mason Jordan and Josh Jones both singled and Cole Avery drove in Jordan. Two more Post 43 runs scored on an error to make it 8-5.
However in the sixth inning, Rock Hill unloaded five runs on four hits, including a grand slam by Chase Watts to make it 13-5.