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Fort Mill Post 43 to play Monday for wild card spot in state tournament

Fort Mill Post 43 fell in the best of five series 3-1 late last week after taking game one 17-3 over Gaffney Post 109. In games two through four, Post 43 lost 7-5, 11-3 and 15-7.

Despite falling in the second round of the American Legion state playoffs, Fort Mill Post 43 got a second chance to get to the state tournament. Post 43 faced a play-in game Monday evening in Sumter to be among the top eight teams in the state. The state tournament is double elimination.

“We still have one more shot to get to the state tournament,” head coach Tom Skula said over the weekend. “Our guys need to be ready to play come Monday and give every ounce of energy they have.”

The game was played after press time for The Fort Mill Times. Look for scores online.

In the opening game of the Gaffney series late last week, Noah Griffin pitched seven innings of relief for Fort Mill to get the win as Joey Tepper went 5-of-6 at the plate with a home run and two RBI. However, Fort Mill’s offensive output dramatically slowed after game one, and the pitching also struggled.

“We came out really strong in game one with our bats,” Skula said. “After (starting pitcher) Will (Madairy) got hurt, Noah…

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