CAMDEN – The Orangeburg Post 4 American Legion Baseball team showed no signs of rust at the plate, after nearly 2 weeks without a competitive game.
But even outhitting Camden Post 17 by an 11 to 9 count didn't secure Orangeburg a win in game one of a state second-round playoff best-3-out-of-5 series on Monday night, as the home team took a 7-2 win.
"We hit well tonight, but misplaced a few pitches ahead in the count," Post 4 head coach Dukes Isgett said. "For the first time this year, all 9 batters in our lineup got a hit."
The two squads will face off for game 2 on Tuesday at Mirmow Field at 7 p.m.
Hanks Avinger singled in Deuce Bailey for a one-out run in the top of the second inning for Post 4. But Orangeburg (8-13 record) only scored one other time, when Hunter Bauer had the third of back-to-back-to-back singles, plating Avinger.
Camden Post 17 (16-4 record) went scoreless through 3 at-bats, but pulled away for good with four runs in the fourth inning. Jake Laffin singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run, an error scored one run for Camden Post 17, and then Noah Rabon singled on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs.
Justin Dorton was the winning pitcher for Camden Post 17. He went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking one. Alex Canino threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Bauer took the loss for Post 4, giving up seven runs on nine hits over six innings, while striking out four.
Post 4 had 11 hits, with Nicholas Lawson and Noah Bearden each going 2-for-3 to lead the way.
Camden Post 17 collected nine hits, with John Lanier (2-for-2) and Brady White (2-for-4) leading the way with multiple hits. Da'Avion Sumpter went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Camden.