Manning-Santee 9/South Florence 8
Manning-Santee 13/South Florence 9
Manning-Santee put two more notches in the victory column on June 25 with a pair of come from behind wins over South Florence.
In game 1, the home team watched SF build a big lead early, trailing 5-0 after an inning and a half. Manning-Santee struck for a single run in the bottom of the second only to see the visitors widen the margin to 8-1 with a three spot in the third.
Manning-Santee tallied five runs over the next two innings, closing the gap to two. Hunter Robinson, Jack Kellahan and Robbie Heathcott each contributed two out, run-scoring hits to lead the charge in the fourth. Post 68 completed the comeback with three in the fifth. Russell Thompson drove in Robbie Page and Justin McCrea who walked and singled. After loading the bases with a hit batter and another walk, Heathcott delivered a bouncer that the SF shortstop couldn’t handle, allowing the dramatic winning run to score.
Game two had its share of offense as well with the combatants totaling 22 runs. South Florence had early leads of 4-1 and 7-3, but a seven run salvo in the M-S third put the home team ahead to stay. Three runs in the seventh put the exclamation point on the win. Seven starters collected hits for Post 68 with Kellahan, Heathcott, Davis Martin and Chase Lowder adding two hits apiece.
Manning-Santee 5/East Clarendon 4
Manning-Santee 7/East Clarendon 2
On June 27, East Clarendon carried a 4-3 advantage into the fifth inning but couldn’t hang on as Manning-Santee grabbed yet another come from behind decision. With one out, Jack Kellahan reached first base on an infield grounder. Robbie Heathcott singled him home to tie the game. A stolen base and a wild pitch would send him to third. Robbie Page then delivered a clutch two out RBI single to plate Heathcott, giving Manning-Santee the walk off victory.
Post 68 completed the sweep with a 7-2 win in the late game. A big fourth inning proved to be decisive as M-S sent eleven batters to the plate and scored five times. Davis Martin and Page had the only base hits in the frame but the home team took advantage of four walks, a hit batter and one error to keep the base paths busy.
Russell Thompson notched the complete game victory on the mound and helped his own cause with a triple in the second inning that produced two runs.
Manning-Santee 7/Lake City 1
Manning-Santee closed out the regular season on June 29 at home by beating Lake City, 7-1. M-S kept the pressure on the visitors by scoring in five of their six at-bats. Robbie Healthcott’s triple highlighted a two run first. Post 68 added single scores in the next three innings to go up 5-1. After a scoreless fifth, the men in blue wrapped up the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth. Lake City would load the bases with no outs in the seventh, but pitcher Jack Kellahan closed the door without any runs scoring.
With the five wins last week, the junior squad locked up second place in the league and will host a first round play-off game on Monday July 9 against an opponent yet to be determined.