FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence Post 1 scored six runs in the third inning and went on to win 9-2 against Murrells Inlet in tonight's Game 1 of their doubleheader.
Most of Post 1’s wins this season have come a fter falling behind early, and Wednesday was no different when Murrells Inlet took a 1-0 lead on Cooper Bryson’s RBI double.
After Florence’s lineup tried to figure out Murrells Inlet starter, Connor Moore, Post 1 adjusted the second time around – in the pivotal third inning. D.P. Pendergrass and Cam Galloway singled, followed by a two-run double by Will Hardee. After Noah Carter and Owen Taylor added run-scoring singles to make it 4-1, Pendergrass and Galloway were walked and hit by a pitch, respectively, with the bases loaded to make it 6-1.
“We were able to string a bunch of hits together there,” coach Derick Urquhart said of his team’s seven-hit frame, two of which were doubles – the other one was hit by Korique Rainey. “(Moore) was kind of working middle-backside on the plate, and we had a lot of backside hits there. We got a few of those. We had good at-bats. We got what we needed.”
After winning pitcher Austin Windham allowed back-to-back hits to start the game, he settled and did not allow a hit off the next seven batters, striking out three.
A Rainey sacrifice fly made it 7-1 in the fourth, and RBI singles by Pendergrass and Carter accounted for Florence’s final runs.
Despite his team’s frequent need to rally after falling behind early, Urquhart likes his team’s ability to rally even more.
“That’s been the story of our season,” Urquhart said. “We fall behind and haven’t played with the lead too much. But we’re used to it. So we try not to think about it too much. At least tonight we weren’t down by two or three runs.”
Pendergrass finished 2 for 3, and Carter 3 for 3.
In Wednesday's second game, Urquhart's team won 3-2. And on Friday, Post 1 (21-3) plays at Orangeburg.