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Aiken Post 26 was in danger of losing its first game of the season on Monday night before the offense came alive to help the team beat Midland Valley 9-5.

Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Post 26 managed to load the bases with Austin O’Shields at the plate. O’Shields cleared the bases and tied the game at five with triple down the right field line. His big hit was followed by a double by Matthew Abney, which gave Aiken the lead. After Abney moved to third, he scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Patrick Ferguson to make it 7-5.

Aiken went on to tack on two more runs in the inning. The team finished the game with 12 hits. Ferguson went 3-for-5 in the game, and Brandon Miller and Austin Strickland were both 2-for-5. Cory Lucas finished the game with two hits as well.

Jacob Murphy pitched one inning and earned the win for Post 26. Midland Valley’s Joseph Whitt was the losing pitcher.

Brett Silas led the way for Midland Valley at the plate. He went 2-for-3 on the night. Matthew Faircloth went 1-for-3

Aiken, which moved to 4-0 on the season with the win, will be back in action on Thursday night when it travels to Greenwood to take on Belton at 7 p.m.