Murrells Inlet Post 178 falls short in AL state title quest

al-post178Murrells Inlet Post 178 suffered a heartbreaking loss in the first round of the American Legion Seniors state baseball tournament at Riley Park in Sumter on Saturday, followed by a 6-1 loss to Gaffney in the consolation game Sunday.

After rallying to take their first lead of the game in the eighth inning, Murrells Inlet saw Union Post 22 score the tying and game-winning runs in the ninth for a 7-6 victory in Saturday’s opener.

Murrells Inlet tied the game at 1-all in the third before Union erupted for four runs in the bottom of the frame. Post 178 battled its way back with two runs in the fifth, one in the seventh and two more in the eighth, but couldn’t hold Post 22 in the final frame.

Nick DelBianco had four hits and Jon Yarbrough added a pair of base-knocks for Murrells Inlet, which outfit Union 14-8. Buck Bacot drove in a game-high three runs, but Murrells Inlet was guilty of six errors to open the door for Union. Sam McKinney pitched a complete game but couldn’t get the final out.

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