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Storm delays Post 17’s League III title party

Posted: June 28, 2018 11:08 a.m.
Updated: June 29, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

P-17 SHORTSTOP Bradwin Salmond fires a jump throw to first base in the second inning of Tuesday’s rain-marred game with Orangeburg.

Hoping to take care of business and get the matter of winning the League III crown out of the way early, Tuesday evening’s thunderstorm threw a crimp in Kershaw County Post 17’s plans.

Needing one win in three final three regular season game to lock down the league title and, the top seed in the playoffs which comes with it, the 17ers (8-1 in League III) were leading visiting Orangeburg Post 4 (2-6), 1-0 after two and a half innings Tuesday night before torrential rains forced the game to be stopped as the hosts were coming to bat in the bottom of the third inning.

Tuesday’s game will be completed tonight starting at 6 p.m. at Mirmow Field in Orangeburg. Following a short break, the regularly scheduled Friday game will be played, albeit a five inning contest.

This is the second time this season that KC, which at 15-2 is ranked first in the most recent South Carolina American Legion state poll, played what amounts to a 12-inning doubleheader. On June 12, in a series moved from Lexington to Camden, P-17 swept the Grizzlies, 8-3 and 10-5.

As for Tuesday’s rain-shortened game, KC leadoff batter Bradwin Salmond looped a leadoff single to center field against Austin Sandifer to start the bottom of the first. After Jaiden Garner’s sacrifice bunt moved Salmond to second, Jake Laffin lined a one-out RBI single to left to plate Salmond with what proved to be the night’s lone run.

Zac Branham got the starting nod for the hosts and after a 1-2-3 first, he gave up an infield single to Hanks Avinger to start the second. After having been bunted over to second, Avinger tried to take third base on a pitch in the dirt only for KC catcher Brady White to retrieved the ball and send a strike to third baseman Noah Rabon who applied the tag on the sliding Avinger for the second out.

Branham pitched to nine batters in three innings, fanning five while throwing just 27 pitches.

Last night, KC was scheduled to have hosted winless Dalzell-Shaw in its final regular season home game.

The locals have next week off before opening the first round of state playoffs on Monday, July 9.

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