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Red-hot Stokes helps lift P-17 past Jets

Posted: June 1, 2014 8:12 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

RUSS RADCLIFF (right), who had two hits in KC’s win Friday night, talks things over with head coach Craig Smith during Thursday’s victory over Dalzell-Shaw.

DALZELL -- After opening the American Legion baseball season with a convincing 12-2 victory, Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 suffered its second straight loss to Kershaw County Post 17 on Friday, falling 10-6 at Thomas Sumter Academy’s General Field on Friday night.
The Jets, now 1-2 on the season and in League III, led 6-5 after four innings. However, a two-run triple by Lawson Stokes in the bottom of the sixth put KC on top 7-6.
Post 17 head coach Craig Smith, whose team improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in League III, then brought on Zac Bowers in relief of starting pitcher Grayson King in the sixth. Bowers, an Erskine signee, tossed four shutout innings to get the save.
KC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first against Dalzell starting pitcher Edison Aldridge. After getting a strikeout to start the game, Aldridge walked Broderick Gaither and gave up a hit to Blake Serpas. Tyler Bowers followed with another hit, but Jets right fielder Ron York threw a one-hop strike to catcher Matt Holloman that beat Gaither. However, Holloman couldn’t come up with the ball, making it 1-0.
Stokes, who was 3-for-5 with four runs batted in, followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0. The rising senior at Camden High has now collected six hits in his last eight plate appearances.
Post 175 got five runs in the second thanks to four hits and a P-17 outfield error. York and Andrew Wrenn singled to start the inning and King walked David Hayden to load the bases. Ryan Miller’s single drove in York to make it 3-1, leaving the bases loaded with no outs.
After Michal Hoge popped up on the infield, Juan Gardner hit a single down the left field line. It scored two and when the ball got past the outfielder, Miller came around to score as well, making it 4-3. A Holloman sacrifice fly made it 5-3.
Post 17 tied the game in the fourth.
Gunner Smith singled to start the inning before Aldridge retired the next two batters. However, Bradwin Salmond doubled home Smith and Russ Radcliff’s RBI triple tied the game at 5-5.
An RBI single by Holloman in the fourth put Dalzell back in front at 6-5. Stokes had the two-run triple --- his second three-bagger in as many nights --- in the fifth to put Post 17 on top for good at 7-6. An RBI single by Serpas in the sixth made it 8-6 and KC scored two more in the seventh, one coming on a Radcliff RBI single.
Radcliff had two hits and two RBI, Gaither walked four times, Serpas had three hits and scored two runs while Tyler Bowers had two hits and two runs. Austin Hayes also scored two runs.
King allowed eight hits in five innings with four of the six runs being earned. He walked five and struck out three. Bowers did not allow a hit in his first three innings of relief in which he struck out eight batters.
KC returns home tonight for a 7 p.m. non-league game with Richland. Friday, the 17ers head to American Legieon Field in Florence to take on Post 1 in another non-league pairing.


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