Caleb Nobles collected four hits and blasted a pair of home runs to lead Horry Post 111 to a hard-fought 8-7 win over homestanding West Columbia in an opening-round American Legion Baseball state playoff series Monday night at Brookland Cayce High School.
Game two in the series was last night in Conway.
Tuesday night’s contest was nip-and-tuck throughout with neither team enjoying more than a three-run advantage the entire night.
West Columbia drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but P-111 took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third. Post 79 got a single run in its half of the third to tie the game and both teams added a run in the fifth to make it 3-3.
Coach Timmy Whittaker’s troops took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fifth, but West Columbia rallied for two in its half to make it a 6-5 game. Post 111 claimed an 8-5 advantage in its half of the seventh, but West Columbia scored twice in the bottom of the frame to again make it a one-run game.
Neither team scored in the final two innings as P-111 held on for the victory.
Post 111 amassed 16 hits in the game, including four home runs. Reid Hardwick and Brett Hucks also drilled round-trippers for the winners.
Caleb Lindaberry collected three hits, and Hardwick, Brett Young and Patrick Orlando recorded two each. One of Young’s hits was a double and Ian Prosser also smashed a double.
Lindaberry went six innings to collect the win on the mound. Prosser pitched one inning and Hardwick tossed hitless ball the final two innings to record a save.
In a regular season game, Murrells Inlet posted a 16-12 win over Horry in action this past Thursday night.
The visitors led 4-0 after three innings and enjoyed a 15-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh when Post 111 pushed across seven runs to pull within 15-10. Horry added two more runs in the eighth, but could get no closer.
Trystan Causey paced the P-111 offensive attack with three hits. Reid Hardwick and Caleb Nobles scored three runs each and both had two hits, as did Michael Genovese and Caleb Lindaberry.
Also, Nobles, Lindaberry and Genovese drove in three runs apiece.
Brett Young had a hit, scored a run and recorded a pair of RBIs.