The streak continues.
Manning-Santee won their sixth straight game on Wednesday, downing Hampton 5-3 in a crucial League I matchup. Post 68 improved to 7-11 overall and 4-7 in league play, while Hampton Post 108 dropped to 7-7 on the season, and 5-6 in league play.
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“It was kind of a do or die situation tonight,” said Manning coach Matt Mays. ”It’s a huge win, and gives us a chance for the playoffs.”
Things looked bleak from the outset for Manning however, as Post 108 quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Post 68 answered with four runs in the bottom of the first, and didn’t trail the rest of the way.
Trevin Harrison opened the inning off with a hard-fought at bat that eventually resulted in him reaching base after getting hit by a pitch. Gray Garrett followed with a base hit, and then Aaron Carlton was also hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Manning’s big first baseman, Sandy Johnson.
Johnson roped a double to left field, scoring Harrison and Garrett to cut the Post 68 deficit to just 3-2.
“Sandy’s been squaring the ball up really well for us,” said Mays. “He’s had some tough luck finding holes, but he finally found one tonight when it really mattered.”
Britton Morris followed with a single up the middle to tie the game at 3-3, and Blaine McFattin gave Manning the 4-3 lead with a single to left field.
Starting pitcher Jake Jordan took care of the rest.
After giving up two earned runs in the first, Jordan settled down and allowed just two hits over the next 5 ⅔ innings, including no hits after the third inning.
“That’s the best I’ve ever seen Jake pitch,” said Mays “He had command of both pitches, worked ahead, and kept them off balance.”
Hampton threatened in the top of the seventh, getting two runners aboard with two outs. Mays opted to go to his bullpen for the final out, bringing in Aaron Carlton. Carlton allowed a walk, and then struck out the final batter to earn the save.
“Aaron has done well for us this year in situations like that,” said Mays. “He throws strikes and that’s what you gotta do in that situation.”
It’s been a whirlwind 10 days for this Post 68 team. They sat at 1-10 overall, and 0-6 in league play on June 16th, and now are fighting for a playoff spot with Hampton and Orangeburg. They’ll await to see the result of Orangeburg’s game on Thursday, and then get ready for a big game of their own as they battle Goose Creek on Thursday night, possibly with a trip to the postseason on the line.
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