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17ers take two of three in North Carolina

Posted: May 27, 2014 12:04 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2014 5:00 a.m.

WAYNESVILLE, N.C.  -- Kershaw County Post 17 received a brilliant pitching performance from The Citadel-signee Grey Hoke in the opener and a walk-off solo home run from Russ Radcliffe in the nightcap to sweep Haywood (N.C.) Post 47, 6-1 and 3-2, in an American Legion Senior Opening Day doubleheader on Saturday at Tuscola Ballpark.
In Game 1, Hoke and Mars Hill College signee Kaleb McCurry were locked in a scoreless pitching duel for the first four frames.
But in the fifth, KC Post 17 managed to break open the game to give Hoke a comfortable crooked number lead to work with when it scored four runs.
Gunner Smith began the rally with a single to center, then a throwing error and a bunt single by Ethan Beasley loaded the bases for the visitors from the Palmetto State. Catcher Austin Hayes drove in Smith with the first run when he grounded into a fielders' choice to shortstop Cal Raleigh, a Clemson commit.
Broderick Gaither, Blake Serpas and Tyler Bowers followed with RBI-singles to push KC’s lead to 4-0.
Two fielding errors in the sixth helped pushed the 17ers’ advantage to 6-0 before Haywood Post 47 ruined Hoke’s shutout bid a half inning later.
In the home-half of the sixth, Dakota Brown coaxed a walk to lead off the inning, swiped second and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Lucas Ledford’s RBI-groundout to second.
Hoke (1-0) finished with a complete-game, nine strikeout two-hitter. McCurry (0-1) suffered the loss. He struck out five, allowed six hits in his 4.2 innings on the mound and was charged with three earned runs. Mark Thompson finished off the game in relief  for the Dragoons.
Raleigh and Noah Heatherly ripped singles for Haywood Post 47.
Serpas swung the hot bat for KC Post 17, finishing with three of the ballclub’s seven hits.
In the nightcap, the Dragoons jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Brown drove in Ledford with asingle in the second and Quinnipac-signee Matthew Payero scored on Berea College-commit Nathan Summey’s sac fly in the fourth.
In his first outing in more than 10 months, lefty Forrest Kerslake cruised through the first four frames, scattering three hits and striking out three. 
But Post 17 finally solved the Kerslake puzzle and tied the game at two in the bottom of the fifth when Christian Flick singled and scored on Gaither’s RBI groundout to first and Tyler Jordan, who got on airh a walk, came home on Serpas’ sharp single to center.
Out of gas, Haywood Post 47 manager Caleb McConnell went to the bullpen and replaced Kerslake with Vincent Lubinski.  The senior submariner held the KC bats in check until Radcliffe’s one-out towering walk-off bomb over the leftfield wall. 
KC Post 17 (2-0) finished with six hits in the nightcap, while Haywood Post 47 (0-2) collected five.
The hosts avoided the weekend sweep by taking Sunday afternoon’s finale of the season-opening three-game series.
Post 17 kicks off League III play on Wednesday by traveling to meet Dalzell-Shaw in their first game of their three-game series on Wednesday. KC opens its home campaign when Dalzell-Shaw comes to American Legion Park on Thursday with the series closing Friday at Dalzell-Shaw. All games are set for 7 p.m. starts.

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