FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence Post 1 wasted no time Tuesday taking out its frustrations from Sunday’s 9-4 loss to Excelsior, Minn. Against Carolina, coach Derick Urquhart’s squad won 10-0 in a contest that ended after the top of the fifth because of the 10-run rule.
While Post 1 built a 9-0 lead in three innings, Carolina progressed to its third pitcher.
“Offensively, for the first time in a long time we scored in the first inning and played with the lead after the first inning,” Urquhart said. “We had been getting behind in the first inning a lot of games and had to rally from behind. So playing with the lead helped us get a little bit more in our comfort zone.
“I’m very pleased with the way the guys responded, especially after coming off a long hot weekend as well as that tough game Sunday.”
On Tuesday, against Carolina starter Austin Montgomery, Florence’s Will Hardee accounted for the game’s first run with an RBI single. And after Jameson Purvis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Pierce Watson hit a two-run single to make it 4-0.
Gage Weatherford then hit a two-run single in the second, and Florence added three more in the third. Hardee sparked that third inning with a sacrifice fly, and Purvis added a two-run double to account for Post 1’s 9-0 lead.
Florence put itself in position to end the game early when D.P. Pendergrass doubled with two outs and then scored on a Cam Galloway single to give Florence a 10-0 lead.
Winning pitcher Garrett Gainey, according to Urquhart, had his best outing of the year, striking out four batters, allowing two hits and walking one.
“Defensively no errors. We played extremely well defensively,” Urquhart said. Overall, I’m proud of the way we responded.”
Post 1 will host Murrells Inlet in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader today at American Legion Field.