Lexington Post 7 rallies for 12-inning victory at Palmetto Invitational

Thomas Grant Jr. photos.

Camden Post 17 was one out away from moving a step closer to clinching the South Carolina American Legion League 3 title Tuesday night in the Palmetto Invitational. The game was held at the Lexington Sports Complex. Host team Lexington Post 7 had other ideas. Down 7-2, it rallied for five runs in the bottom seventh to tie the game.

In the bottom 12th, Brett McEwen of Batesburg-Leesville High School hit a walkoff RBI single to score Matt Willis of Gray Collegiate and give Lexington Post 7 the 8-7 victory.

It was just the second loss of the season for Camden (11-2, 6-2), while Lexington improved to 7-5 overall, 4-3 in League III.

Camden (11-2, 6-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in Top fourth off starter Aaron White. Lexington answered with a RBI single by Noah Huffmaker, who had a team-high three hits in the bottom half of the inning.

In the Top fifth, J.C. LeGrand tripled for his third RBI of the contest. Sawyer Reeves added an RBI double to extend Camden’s lead to 6-1. Wyatt Keisler doubled for Lexington in the bottom fourth to make it 6-2. Aaron White was relieved in the fifth by Nate Roof, and he allowed just one earned run and on a steal of homeplate by Post 17’s Jaiden Garner, and finished with 7 strikeouts.

The seventh inning comeback started for Lexington as Willis scored on an outfield error. McEwen then hit into a fielder’s choice to score Noah Lebron and brought Post 7 to within 7-4.

A single by Huffmaker and walk by Chris Rikard loaded the bases resulted in a pitching change for Camden. John Lanier of Class 5A runner-up Blythewood entered the game in place of Alex Canino to face Tyde Cooper.

The Lexington High product belted Lanier’s pitch to the leftfield wall and cleared the bases for a game-tying three-run double. The game remained tied until Willis opened the 12th with a single for his second hit of the game. He then moved to second on Lebron’s sacrifice bunt and scored on McEwen’s two-strike single.

Lexington will take part in a tournament at South Florence High School this weekend. It will open play at 5 p.m. Friday against Hope Mills Post 32. They will play two more games at South Florence before closing out play at Legion Field in Florence.
Camden returns to action June 25 at home against Sumter Post 15 in a non-League III contest.

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