Post 11 sweeps doubleheader in Palmetto State

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. - Two solid pitching efforts.

Another walk-off win.

A long-distance solo bomb.

Wayne County Post 11 exhibited those traits and more during a doubleheader outing at Mark Johnson Park on Saturday afternoon.

Lane McLean delivered the game-winning, walk-off single in a 7-6 triumph over St. Clairsville (Ohio). Richard Noble and Cullen Tucker combined for 12 strikeouts, while Nate Smith went “yard” in an 8-3 conquest of Ottawa (Ohio).

Post 11 and Ottawa meet again today at Socastee High School. First pitch is 12:30 p.m.

St. Clairsville matchup

Wayne County fell behind 5-1, but scrapped and clawed back in dramatic fashion.

Down 6-5, Post 11 started its final at-bat with back-to-back walks to lead-off man Davis Albert and designated hitter Will Pennington. Both moved into scoring position on an error. Albert scored the game-tying run on a passed ball.

Standing at third, Pennington watched as teammates Carter Aycock and Alex Ferrell each drew a walk to juice the bases. McLean stroked a one-strike single into center field, which plated Pennington and clinched Post 11’s seventh consecutive one-run decision this season.

Five of nine Wayne County starters collected at least one hit.

Logan Merritt (three RBI) and Mason Moffett (RBI) each cranked out three hits. McLean and Smith each ended the day 2-for-4. Pennington and Andrew Crumpler provided one hit apiece, while Braeden Collins posted an RBI.

Wayne County had 22 base runners in the game and stranded nine with seven in scoring position.

Tyler Thompson, a rising sophomore at Lenoir Community College, started on the bump. The right-hander allowed six earned runs on seven hits and struck out six in four-plus innings.

Bullpen mate Carson Gipson logged the win with 1.7 innings of three-strikeout relief. Gipson is 2-0 this season.

Ottawa contest

Noble retired the first nine batters he faced on five strikeouts, two groundouts, a flyout and line-drive shot to first base.

Ottawa spoiled his no-hit bid with a lead-off single in the fourth. Noble sat down the next two batters before Tucker got the nod from the bullpen.

Tucker held Ottawa hitless in 2.3 innings.

Post 11 seized a 3-0 advantage in the first.

Collins reached on a fielder’s choice and raced home on Merritt’s double. Merritt scored on Moffett’s double. Ottawa’s defense caught Moffett stealing before Smith mashed his fifth home run of the season.

Merritt recorded four hits and drove in two runs on the day. Albert batted 3-for-3 with an RBI. McLean, Moffett and Aycock supplied one hit apiece. Crumpler notched an RBI.

Gipson and Merritt each two stolen bases.

Wayne County (17-3 overall) prevailed for the 12th time in its last 13 outings

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