Extra innings loss has Lexington Post 7 on brink of elimination

Thomas Grant Jr. photos.

Lexington Post 7 came within two outs Tuesday at Lexington High of evening its Best-of-Five American Legion playoff series.

Down 6-4, top seed Florence Post 1 refused to go down quietly in its last at-bat. Austin Moore’s two-run homer in the Top Seventh tied the game and forced extra innings.

Two innings later, Florence grabbed the lead on an RBI sacrifice fly by Owen Taylor. Reliever Timmy Felder pitched a scoreless bottom ninth and Lexington Post 7 found itself down 0-2 following the 7-6 loss.

Florence (29-3) won its ninth straight game and can advance to the Lower State final with a win Wednesday at Legion Field. It would then face the winner of the series between Orangeburg Post 4 and Camden Post 4.

Camden has a 2-0 advantage following a 15-5 road win Tuesday at Mirmow Field. Wynston Dyer drove in four runs on two hits and Blythewood’s John Lanier added three RBI to lead Post 17 (17-5), which can advance with a win Wednesday at home.

Lexington (10-15) held a 2-1 lead through four innings as it used a pair of double plays to stop potential Florence rallies. In the top fifth, Will Hardee tied the game with an RBI double off starter Will Lott and Owen Taylor hit a liner that deflected off Noah Huthmaker’s glove at third base and brought home two runs to put Florence on top 4-3.

Huthmaker made amends in the Bottom fifth with a leadoff solo home run over the leftfield wall off reliever Robbie Jordan. In the top sixth, Lexington had runners on second and third when Brett McEwen of Batesburg-Leesville cleared the bases with a two-out double off Felder.

Huthmaker followed with an RBI single which looked like ample insurance at the time for Lexington. After striking out leadoff hitter Noah Carter, Chase Rikard gave up a single to Taylor which set up Moore for his game-tying heroics.

The score remained tied until the top ninth. Will Hardee drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second base on a passed ball, moved to third on Carter’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Taylor’s sacrifice fly to centerfield. Felder ended up recording four outs in the ninth on a popout, a dropped third strike and putout at first and groundout.

Game three at Legion Field in Florence can be heard live at www.post7baseball.com starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Chapin/Newberry 7, Greer 3
Jarrett Whitley had a solo home run as defending state American Legion champion. Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 evened its Best-of-5 series with Greer Post 115. Game three is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stevens Field.

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