Beaufort Ospreys open American Legion state baseball series with bizarre win at Florence

Florence Morning NewsJuly 16, 2013 

Beaufort's David Tilton throws during Monday's playoff win over Florence.

JOHN D. RUSSELL — John D. Russell/Florence Morning News

FLORENCE -- Post 1 has had its share of bizarre games this season.

Add Monday's second-round playoff opener against Beaufort to the list. Florence rallied from a seven-run deficit only to fall 12-11 to the Ospreys at Legion Field.

Game 2 of the series is set for Beaufort at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"I'm proud of my team. This game had a lot of peaks and valleys and we kept playing through them," Beaufort coach Mike Smith said.

With the score tied 11-11 and Beaufort's Mike Jennings on third with two outs, Post 1 pitcher Zach McKay was called for a balk after stumbling during his delivery to the plate. McKay let the ball go but the umpire said McKay paused in his motion.

It was McKay's second balk of the game and one of several Florence miscues as Post 1 committed seven errors.

"The umpire saw it differently than I did. He said he paused but I didn't see it that way. I think he missed it but that isn't the reason we lost," Florence coach Derick Urquhart said. "It wasn't the greatest game all around, hitting, defense, coaching and umpiring. It was just a bad baseball game."

In the bottom of the ninth, Florence had runners on first and third with two out but Thomas Smith got Austin King out to end the game.

After the game, Post 1 players and coaches exchanged words with the umpires, and Urquhart said he thinks assistant coach Phillip Herring was ejected and won't be available for Game 2.

The Ospreys looked to have things in control as they scored six times in the fifth to take a 9-2 lead.

The Ospreys led 3-2 in the fifth but scored six times in the inning on just one hit. Beaufort benefited from four Florence errors in the inning, including two by Keshawn Samuel, in the six-run outburst.

Post 1 regrouped from the meltdown in the fifth with four runs in the sixth to pull within 9-6. Ospreys' pitchers walked five batters in the inning, two with the bases loaded, and uncorked two wild pitches.

Florence followed that up in the sixth with five runs to take an 11-9 lead. C.J. Hopkins had a two-run triple to get it to within 9-8 and King followed with a two-run bloop single to give Florence a 10-9 lead.

Beaufort tied it at 11 in the top of the eighth with a pair of runs, one coming on a Logan McRae error and another on a balk by McKay.

Beaufort, which hadn't played a game since July 6, didn't waste time in taking the lead as Alex Silon homered off Florence starter Zack Newton on the second pitch of the game. Post 1 answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of unearned runs.

Hopkins reached on a two-out error by Beaufort first baseman Matt Thorp. King then delivered an RBI single to score Hopkins and tie it at 1.

Post 1 made it 2-1 on Beaufort catcher Jordan Clegg's errant throw over Silon's head at second as King attempted to steal.

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