Union closed out the best of five series with Greenville on Sunday night, taking an 11-3 road win to advance to the state tournament.
“We always seem to play better on the road,” laughed Coach Tommy Ford. “Greenville threw a left-hander that we hadn’t seen yet and we had to get used to him.”
After five innings of scoreless ball, Post 22 warmed up the bats and took a 7-0 lead. Dylan Rogers tossed seven and 1/2 innings before being relieved by Seth Osborne. Greenville picked up two runs in the eighth before Union tacked on four in the ninth.
“It was back and forth there for a while,” said Ford. “Nobody was scoring or hitting the ball that well, then we broke it open in the fifth inning. We jumped on them and just hit, hit, hit.”
Ford has a team stocked full of hitters from the one-hole to the nine and can be difficult to contain.
Pitching has also been a strong suit for Post 22.
“We’ve got several guys that when they’re right, can pitch with anybody,” said Ford. “That, and the fact that our entire line-up can hit the ball will give us a good shot at State.”
The state tournament will be held in Greenwood with eight teams competing for the title.
Post 22 enters the tournament with the best record in the State of South Carolina, earning itself a number one seed and a Saturday game against fourth seeded Florence.
Ford said the team will do some conditioning over the next few days and work on some minor details before heading out on Saturday.
“One thing we’ll work on is bunting,” he said. “We’ve put the bunt on several times and haven’t been getting it down. We’re also going to work on our fielding. We only made one error in the field on Sunday but we know we’ve made too many before that. We feel good about our chances, though. If we play like we want it, we’ll be tough to beat.”