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Cola Daily file photo - originally from Columbia Fireflies

The scene now shifts to Segra Park, where the six remaining finalists will play to get a step closer to Saturday's championship.

The first two of three games set for Thursday involve Midlands teams. It's an all-local matchup to open Day Three of the tournament at 1 p.m. when Camden Post 17 faces Lexington Post 7 in an elimination game.

Lexington opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Spartanburg Post 28 at Duncan Park Stadium. Lexington pitchers Anthony Plotkin and Leighton Bost combined for eight strikeouts, six scoreless innings and Jackson Lineberry's RBI single in the third inning was the game-winner.

The following day, Lexington fell to the loser's bracket following a 3-2 loss to Rock Hill Post 34.

Lexington led 2-0 through 4 1/2 innings. Charlie Compton of Northside Christian Academy put Post 7 on the board early with an RBI double, and Whitt Rucker added an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.

Starter Zach Cowart kept Lexington on top during that span by allowing no hits and a walk. He finished with five strikeouts.

Rock Hill rallied in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Jack Killelea ended Cowart's no-hit bid with a leadoff double, and starter Cole Canty, whose walk-off RBI sacrifice fly won Monday's game, drew a walk.

Cowart retired the next two batters before Redden Smith and Landon Sexton hit back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ethan Wilson belted a game-winning solo home run for Rock Hill's second straight walk-off playoff victory.

Meanwhile, Camden suffered an opening round loss to Richland Post 215. It rebounded from a by eliminating Chapin-Newberry 6-0 Tuesday at home.

Jacob Hardy struck out five and allowed just two hits, and Brandon Gibbs drove in two runs for Post 17.

The 4 p.m. elimination game pits Greenwood Post 20 versus Richland. Greenwood eliminated Spartanburg Tuesday, while Richland was unable to hold a 3-0 lead in losing to defending state champion Florence Post 1 by a 13-3 score in six innings.

"I was proud of the team," said Post 1 head coach and University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame member Derek Urquhart. "We faced some adversity, and I told them ––– I referenced at the start of the year we had a couple of games where we got down, and we didn't respond. And over the last five, six weeks, we've grown together as a team.

Florence enters Thursday's winner's bracket game at 7 p.m. versus Rock Hill, winners of 10 straight. In four playoff games, Post 1 has outscored the opposition 44-4.

The Florence Rock Hill loser faces Lexington or Camden at 4 p.m. Friday, while the winner will face Greenwood or Richland.

The state final is at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available by visiting scalb.org. The two-state finalists will earn an automatic berth to the Southeast Regional starting Aug. 3 in Asheboro, North Carolina.

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