Micheal Todd Harris collected four hits on Thursday to power Post 22 to a 12-6 win over Rock Hill in the best of three Junior American Legion series.
After giving up four runs in the first inning, Post 22 decided they weren’t done just yet, mounting a comeback to advance to the upper state finals.
Jayshua Gist took the mound in the second inning, relieving starter Gage Eaves. Gist tossed six innings, allowing two runs to earn the win for Union.
“Gage gave it everything he had,” said Assistant Coach Craig King. “He pitched five innings on Tuesday and we asked him to pitch again Thursday. He did not waiver. He was tired but wanted to help the team.”
Fielding errors contributed to the four-run Rock Hill rally before Union buckled down.
“We made a few errors in the first inning that didn’t help things but we settled in,” said King. “Jayshua did an excellent job of keeping them off balance and he threw a lot of first pitch strikes.”
Post 22 turned it up offensively as well, spraying 10 hits throughout the contest.
“The entire batting order contributed to the win tonight,” said King. “We had 12 players on the roster and all 12 players found a way to contribute to the win.”
Post 22 Junior Legion will travel to Greenville on Monday for the first game of a best of three series with the winner advancing to the state championship. The 2011 runner-up, Union is in the hunt for a state title and from the looks of things, the scrappy squad is not backing down.