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Dyer delivers as 17ers win opener in 12, 6-5

Posted: July 10, 2018 11:03 a.m.
Updated: July 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Wynston Dyer's one-out, walk-off pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 12th inning drove home Bradwin Salmond with the winning run as Kershaw County Post 17 scored twice in the 12th to defeat visiting Lexington in the first round of the Midland Region State American Legion Baseball playoffs.

Game two of the best-of-five series is set for Tuesday at the Lexington Sports Complex with game three returning to American Legion Park in Camden on Wednesday. Should a fourth and/or a fifth game be necessary, they would be played in Lexington and Camden, respectively. All games have a 7 p.m. start.

KC (18-3) trailed, 5-4, heading into the bottom of the 12th before Zac Branham and Josh Boone opened the frame with consecutive singles. An error on Boone's bunt allowed Branham to score from first base on the errant throw to first while Boone landed on second.  Salmond followed with a single before Boone was thrown out at home trying to score from third on a Justin Dorton grounder. Dyer was sent to the plate after Jay Lynch had a one-ball count. The left-handed hitting Dyer sent a liner between third base and shortstop, scoring Salmond from third with the winning run.

Lynch, the 17ers' third pitcher of the evening, went 4.2 innings to earn his sixth win of the season in as many decisions. The right-hander fanned nine batters while allowing one hit in his stint.

The hosts collected 15 hits led by four from Boone and three each off the bats of William Cobb and Salmond.

In the other half of the Midlands Region bracket, Sumter defeated Hartsville, 10-0, in a game stopped in sixth inning by the 10-run rule. In Coastal Region openers, Florence shut out Hampton, 9-0, while Goose Creek/Charleston blanked Horry County, 2-0.


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