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P-17 opens state playoffs at home Monday night

Posted: July 5, 2018 11:15 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.

NOAH RABON AND KC Post 17 will host either Lexington or, possibly, Hartsville, in Monday’s first game of the best-of-five first round state playoff series.

Barring an upset last night, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team will host Lexington in the first round of the state American Legion baseball playoffs.

The best-of-five series will start Monday, July 9 at American Legion Park in Camden at 7 p.m. Game two will be played in Lexington, at the Lexington Sports Complex, with game three in Camden. Games four and five, if needed, will be played in Lexington and Camden, respectively. All will have a 7 p.m. start time.

In this scenario, Sumter will face Hartsville in round one with Sumter having the home field advantage for games one, three and five, if needed.

The fly in the ointment could come if Hartsville lost to Dalzell-Shaw (winless in 11 League III starts) Thursday night. In that instance, Hartsville would finish fourth in League III and will face KC in round one.

The playoff picture in the Midlands Region --- League III --- became clearer Tuesday night after Sumter scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 7-1 win over Lexington at Riley Park. The six-run victory gave the P-15s a final 8-4 league record tying Sumter with Lexington and Hartsville for second place in the circuit with four losses each.

The American Legion state rule book states that if there is a tie and it cannot be determined by head-to-head play, then the number of runs allowed in the games between the (three) teams is used as the tie-breaker. In this instance --- provided Hartsville defeated Dalzell-Shaw --- the order of finish would have been: Camden, Sumter, Hartsville and Lexington.

Post 17 stayed away from the fray for second place by having locked down the League III championship with a win over Dalzell-Shaw last Thursday night. KC split a doubleheader with Orangeburg the following evening to finish with a 10-2 league record.

Post 17 won its two meetings with Lexington this season with both games having been played in Camden after rain suspended the opening game in Lexington. KC topped the Grizzlies, 8-3, in the opener and completed the sweep with a 10-5 victory in the five-inning nightcap.

KC split two games with Hartsville, losing, 2-1, on the road in Kellytown and gaining the split with a 4-3 win in Camden two nights later.

All four League III qualifiers will be part of the four-team Midlands Region bracket with the winner advancing to the four-team American Legion state championship tournament.

The second round best-of-five series will begin on Monday, July 16. Should Post 17 get past its first round series it will, again, have home field advantage in round two.

The winner of the second round will travel to meet the Coastal Region winner --- a bracket which features defending state champion and League II champion Florence and, presumably, League I leader Goose Creek, both of which have lost to KC in tournament play this season --- on either Monday, July 23 or, Tuesday, July 24 in the first game of the double-elimination state tournament.

After the first night of the event, the scene shifts to Spirit Communications Park in Columbia on Wednesday, July 25. The winner of the Midlands vs. Coastal region contest will play in a winners’ bracket game at 7 p.m. against the winner of the first round Upstate vs. Piedmont region game at the minor league park located off Bull Street with the loser playing an elimination contest at 3 p.m. that day.



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