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The Post 17 young men of summer

Posted: August 7, 2014 7:32 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 5:00 a.m.


It takes a special young man to give up most of his summer to play baseball, sometimes four to five nights a week, while other kids are at the beach or in the mountains for vacation.

This past summer was a special one for Kershaw County baseball as the Post 17 American Legion baseball team and coaches battled their way to finish tied for third in the state in the recently completed South Carolina State Tournament at Riley Park in Sumter with a final 25-8 record. The final of those 33 games was a loss to eventual state champion Florence.

While in Sumter for two games, I witnessed, at least, four college coaches who made or were preparing to make offers to players from our county. Thanks to the members of James Leroy Belk Post 17, these young men played baseball for free this summer and several of these players will be rewarded for their efforts on and off the baseball diamond.

As a former Post 17 American Legion baseball player who now coaches baseball in my home county, I appreciate and applaud the efforts of the players and coaching staff who represented our county so well not only in Sumter, but throughout a long summer schedule of games and practices, as well, while developing better players and young men to help our three Kershaw County high school programs in the spring.

I know I speak for many other baseball fans in Kershaw County in the hope and belief that the success which the Post 17ers enjoyed in 2014 will be a stepping stone to future success for the program and young men in our county.



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