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Jets unload on P-17, 12-2

Posted: May 29, 2014 11:27 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2014 5:00 a.m.

DALZELL -- Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 head coach Steve Campbell had to shuffle his starting lineup right before the Jets season-opener due to a player having a job interview.
He wasn’t too upset by it, though, especially by game’s end, a 12-2, seven-inning victory over Kershaw County Post 17 on Wednesday at Thomas Sumter Academy’s Generals Field in the League III opener for both teams.
“I will go with my starting lineup if they’re here, but the guys we put in (Wednesday) did the job,” Campbell said. “It was a total team effort tonight and we were fortunate to come out the way it did. I take my hat off to the Camden coach. They’re missing some players as well and they’ve got a good organization and good ball club, and they’re well-coached.”
The Jets got a solid start from North Greenville’s Shane Bishop and the Post 175 offense took advantage of nine Post 17 errors and seven more walks.
“They saw tonight that everything we’ve been working on in practice was demonstrated by actions of the field,” Campbell said. “Now they’ve got more confidence and believe in what we’re doing. They also learned speed pays off, and the speed we have forced a lot of mistakes. We’re going to continue to be aggressive on the base paths and hopefully we can have more success like we did (Wednesday).”
Dalzell took a 4-0 lead after two innings. In the first, Michal Hoge reached on an error. He was then sacrificed to second by Edison Aldridge and scored after back-to-back passed balls. The Jets struck for three runs in the second thanks to a two-base throwing error, a delayed steal and a RBI triple by Hoge.
“When you have a player in your starting lineup that you have to scratch, it’s important to have versatility on your ball club, and we have that,” Campbell explained. “Each night during practice we put people in different positions to prepare for these situations, and tonight was one of those situations and it paid off.”
The Jets doubled their lead to 8-0 in the third by scoring four runs on consecutive RBI singles by Hoge and Aldridge and two more on KC throwing errors.
KC cut the deficit 8-2 in the top of the fifth as Russ Radcliff scored on a throwing error and Broderick Gaither scored on a passed ball.
The Jets scored three runs in the fifth, all with two outs. Aldridge doubled with two outs and then reached third on a passed ball and scored on a throwing error by KC reliever Elliott Campbell, who came on for starter Will Detwiler, on a pickoff attempt. Matt Holloman and Bishop reached on a walk and hit by pitch to set up Ron York’s RBI single. After going 0-for-3 as a right-hander, York switched to the left side with better results.
Aldridge then led off the seventh with a single was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Holloman and eventually stole home to force the 10-run rule.
Bishop threw six innings of three-hit ball, allowing two runs, one earned. He struck out five and walked three. Bishop pitched through pain after being hit in the elbow at the plate in the bottom of the fifth, but was replaced by Cole Benenhaley in the seventh. Benenhaley threw one scoreless inning and struck out a batter.
“I think we’ve got a lot of leaders on this team, like we have a bunch of guys who play in college,” Aldridge said. “They lead the team pretty well and the young guys on the bench stay up and keep everybody in check. Everyone is really into the game 110 percent.”
Both Hoge and Aldridge set the tone at the top of the batting order. Hoge, who hit leadoff, went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Aldridge went 4-for-4 with three singles and a double. He also scored two runs and drove in one.
“All we’ve got to do is get on base and we rely on the guys behind us to drive us in,” Hoge said of the top of the batting order. “We can’t do much more than play our hearts out and give it everything we’ve got every at-bat.”
KC, which fell to 2-2 on the season, was led by Lawson Stokes’ two hits. Blake Serpas and Radcliff each added a hit.
Dalzell-Shaw was scheduled to play in Camden on Thursday with the finale of the three-game series set for tonight at 7 p.m. at TSA.

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