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Post 17 in midst of key stretch

Posted: June 11, 2018 3:02 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.

After having what has now become its annual post-graduation week off, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team finds itself in the middle of a four games in as many nights stretch that could help shape its playoff fortunes.

The 17ers’ most recent game, a 7-5 win over Dalzell-Shaw on June 1, gave the locals a 2-1 record in League III play and hiked their overall season mark to 5-2.

KC is ranked ninth in most recent South Carolina American Legion state top 10 poll.

Stephen Carmon and company will hardly ease into their return to the diamond. A trip to fifth-ranked Lexington (2-0 in League III) was on tap last night with the two sides meeting this evening in a 7 p.m. start at American Legion Park in Camden.

The Grizzlies’ roster includes 17 players who are playing for, will play college baseball next season.

On Wednesday night, Post 17 heads to Riley Park in Sumter to take on the host P-15s (4-1 in League III) before hosting eighth-ranked Sumter in a Thursday night contest. Both games have 7 p.m. starts.

KC, Lexington and Orangeburg did not play a league contest last week but Sumter, Hartsville and Manning-Santee stayed busy. 

Sumter won two of its three games. Curtis Johnson’s troops opened the week with a 4-1 win over Hartsville before falling to Hartsville the following night, 8-4. Post 15 needed just five innings to breeze past Manning-Santee, 18-0, last Thursday.

Lexington lone unbeaten team in League III:  With two opening week victories over Dalzell-Shaw, Lexington in the only team remaining in League III play with a perfect record. The Grizzlies carried a 2-0 mark into Monday’s pairing with Post 17.

Sumter dropped its first game of the season to Hartsville last week and sits in second place at 4-1. KC and Orangeburg are next with a 2-1 records while Hartsville stands at 2-2. Post 153 has split its four games with Post 17 and Sumter.

Manning-Santee is in fifth place with an 0-2 record while Dalzell-Shaw brings up the rear at 0-5.

The top four finishers from League III advance to the American Legion  playoffs.

This week in League III action: You could see the standings in League III to be shaken up a bit after this week with all six teams playing at least once.

Last night saw KC and Sumter traveling for league games in Lexington and Orangeburg, respectively. Here is the remainder of the schedule for this week:

Tuesday: Lexington at Post 17, Orangeburg at Manning-Santee, Hartsville at Dalzell-Shaw

Wednesday: Post 17 at Sumter, Manning-Santee at Orangeburg

Thursday: Sumter at Post 17, Dalzell-Shaw at Manning-Santee, Hartsville at Lexington

Friday: Lexington at Hartsville

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