FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence Post 1 scored three runs during the first two innings Monday and made that stand in a 3-2 victory over Horry.
Because of weather, this was Post 1’s first game since losing on June 3 against Sumter.
“It was ugly ,” said coach Derick Urquhart, whose Florence team improved to 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the league. "We hadn’t played in a week. We started out well, but we got lackadaisical. We made some bad mental mistakes tonight, but a win is a win. For us to have not played in a week, we’ll take it. But we’ve got to get better. We’ve got a long way to go, and we’ve got to get better quick.”
Florence, meanwhile, had a solid overall mound performance, as winning pitcher Anthony Hopkins struck out four batters during the first two innings. Robbie Jordan then took over in the top of the fifth with one out as Post 1 led 3-1 while Horry tried to rally, and he struck out the next two batters.
In the sixth inning, Post 111 got within 3-2 and had runners at second and third with two outs. Jordan again recorded a strikeout to end that threat.
“We felt like we needed (Jordan). That was the right time,” Urquhart said. “Anthony had given us all he had. It was one of those situations where we are still trying to figure out who our bullpen guys are.”
Austin Windham then stepped in to pitch the top of the seventh and earned the save.
At the plate, Post 1 scored one in the first and two in the second.
After Florence’s D.P. Pendergrass reached on an error in the bottom of the first, Gage Weatherford followed with a single. With Noah Carter at bat, Pendergrass scored on a passed ball. After Weatherford advanced to second on that same passed ball, Horry’s Tyler Davis made a diving catch on a Carter fly ball, and he doubled Weatherford off at second.
Florence’s offense stayed in stride to open the second with an Owen Taylor single and Austin Moore double. Then, McIver Wallace followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0.
“We got a couple of good at-bats there and got things rolling,” Urquhart said.
In the top of the fourth, Hopkins – who fell behind 3-1 in the count on the first two batters he struck out – struggled again. After walking Horry’s Pierce Fennell and Davis, Fennell reached third on a fielder’s choice and then scored on a single by Gage Smith to narrow Florence’s lead to 3-1.
Horry then put runners on first and second in the fifth on a single and walk before Jordan came in and recorded his first two strikeouts of the night to end the threat.
Post 111 threatened again in the sixth and this time added a run with two outs. After Smith reached on an error and Spencer Sarvis drew a walk, Johnsonville’s Brandon Cook hit an RBI single. After Sarvis and Cook reached third and second, respectively on an error during the same play, but Jordan struck Storm Harrelson out to end the rally.
Although Horry’s Zack Wall started the top of the seventh with a bloop single and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Jakob Marlowe, Fennell grounded to Windham, who got Wall out at third.
Then, Windham picked Fennell out at first to end the game.