2016-07-11 / Sports

Post 109 swings into action after bye

AMERICAN LEGION STATE PLAYOFFS Post 109 hopes rust isn’t a factor in series
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor


Gaffney Post 109 senior team members Bryson Ward (left) and Damian Eubanks are expected to play big roles if the team is to be succesful in its second round playoff series against either Fort Mill or Greenville. Gaffney Post 109 senior team members Bryson Ward (left) and Damian Eubanks are expected to play big roles if the team is to be succesful in its second round playoff series against either Fort Mill or Greenville. It’s been 10 days since the Post 109 senior team stepped on the diamond to play a meaningful game.

The players will return Tuesday when they host either Fort Mill or Greenville in the first game of the best of five second round playoff series at Jerry Jug Wallace Field.

Fort Mill and Greenville played the fifth and deciding game of their opening round series Sunday evening. The game results weren’t known at presstime.

Game two of the second round series will be in Greenville or Fort Mill and game three will be back in Gaffney. If necessary, Post 109 would be on the road for game four. Post 109 would host game five, if it’s needed.

Post 109 enters the playoffs as a top seed after winning League VI with a 16-3-1 record.

Post 109 manager Terry Wright said his team is happy with its regular season but far from satisifed. He said the players are looking forward to a second straight trip to the state tournament.

Post 109 has hit the ball well all season and has been strong behind the plate with Nicholas Dixon and Alex Raines.

Wright’s biggest job is to dispel the notion that his players will be rusty after the long layoff.

“We’ve had good practices and probably had the best round of batting practice we’ve had on Thursday,” Wright said.

There was a positive with the time off, Wright said.

“It gave players time to heal after a long season,” he said.

Post 109 has beaten Greenville in a regular season matchup, but didn’t play Fort Mill.

“(Greenville) is a good team,” Wright said. “It will be a good series if that’s who we play. But if we pitch well and hit the way we are capable of, we’ll be alright.”

The bye did allow Wright to set his starting rotation. He’ll go with ace Camron Farley Tuesday and Damian Eubanks on Wednesday.

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