2017-07-17 / Sports

Post 109 advances to state tournament

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Post 109 found itself in an early 1-0 hole in its second round, best-of-five series with Fort Mill.

But what unfolded during the last three games has been a hallmark of the season - balanced hitting and clutch pitching.

Post 109 won three straight over Fort Mill, including Friday’s 15-7 win, to capture the series 3-1 and advance to the state tournament in Sumter.

Post 109 will be the No. 3 seed and will join Inman, Rock Hill and either Greenville or Fort Mill as the four teams from the upper state.

The tournament will begin on Saturday.

After scoring only three runs in the series opener, Post 109’s bats came alive, scoring 33 runs over the next three games.

The bats were especially potent Friday, banging out 22 hits, including homers by Damian Eubanks and Ashby Smith.

Houston Wright was 5 for 6 with four RBIs, while Eubanks had four hits and knocked in two runs. Bryson Ward was 3 for 5, and Sylas Wood and Dawson Williamson each had two RBIs for Post 109.

Post 109 broke a 6-6 tie with four runs in the sixth to go up 10-6. Ward had an RBI and Wright added a 2- run single in the inning.

Post 109 put the game on ice with four more runs in the eighth for a 14-7 cushion. In the inning, Eubanks smacked a leadoff homer and after Wright reached, Smith had a 2- run blast.

On Thursday, Chandler Brooks pitched 7-plus strong innings.

“All three pitches were working,” Brooks said.

Post 109 broke the game open with six runs in the seventh.

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