FLORENCE, S.C. – On the bright side, this is technically the preseason.
But since Florence Post 1 still counts scores in the Post 1 Invitational toward its regular-season record, Sunday’s 8-2 loss to Camden in the championship game leaves coach Derick Urquhart looking for answers.
A walk and error by starting pitcher Garrett Gainey led to a three-run homer in the second inning by Camden’s Da'Avion Sumpter.
But that was the first punch of what turned out to be a six-run surge by Post 17.
A botched pick-off play between third and home then resulted in two errors and two more Camden runs to make it 5-0. And after Noah Henderson replaced Gainey on the mound, he struck out John Lanier with two outs. But catcher Noah Carter could not hold on to the pitch, and Lanier reached on a passed ball because of an errant throw, and Post 17 added another run on the play.
For the game, Post 1 committed six errors.
After a Noah Rabon single made it 7-0 in the third, Florence settled down.
In the bottom of the fourth, Post 1’s Owen Taylor and Austin Moore tried to jump-start a rally with one-out singles. But then, Korique Rainey lined out, setting up a double play to end the threat.
After Camden increased its lead to 8-0 in the top of the seventh, Post 1’s offense showed signs of life when Pierce Watson walked and Jameson Purvis hit an RBI double with two outs against winning pitcher Alex Canino. After D.P. Pendergrass hit an RBI single, bringing Florence within 8-2, McIver Wallace singled off reliever Jake Tanner before Tanner induced Will Hardee into a flyout to center which ended the game.
FLORENCE — Dalzell-Shaw’s Michael Love went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI in the seventh-place game at the Post 1 Invitational.
Manning-Santee’s Dusty Hancock went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI, and Sandy Johnson went 2 for 2 with an RBI for Manning-Santee.
M-S 002 200 0—4 7 0
D-S 142 000 x — 7 10 4
WP — Hunter McGee (2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). LP — Alec Ridgeway (4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K).
LEADING HITTERS — M-S: Dusty Hancock 2-4, 2B, 1 RBI; Matthew Burgess 1-4;Sandy Johnson 2-2, 1 RBI; Blaine McFadden 1-3. D-S: Bryce Barrett 1-4, 3 RBI; Hunter McGee 2-4, 2B; Josh Burns 1-3, 1 RBI; Dylan Dubose 1-2,HR, 2 RBI; Michael Love 2-3, 2B, 1 RBI.