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Lexington evens series with 8-4 win over KC

Posted: July 11, 2018 9:22 a.m.
Updated: July 11, 2018 9:09 a.m.

Kershaw County Post 17 slugged a pair of home runs in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday's second game of the state American Legion Baseball playoff series with host Lexington to take a 4-3 lead.

It would not be enough.

Post 4 responded with a five-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth to even the first round best-of-five series at a game apiece with an 8-4 victory at the Lexington Sports Complex. Game three of the series will be played Wednesday at American Legion Park in Camden. The series returns to Lexington for game four on Thursday with game five, if necessary, being played in Camden on Friday. All contests have 7 p.m. starting times.

Trailing, 3-1, after five frames, Post 17 received a one-out solo blast from Todd Mattox to cut the deficit to 3-2. Jake Laffin followed with a single before William Cobb sent a two-run, two-out shot to left center to give KC the lead at 4-3.

Lexington answered by roughing up P-17 starter Devin Beckley for five runs on three hits while using en error, a walk and a hits batsman to score five times in the home half of the sixth to regain the upper hand at 8-4.

Beckley, who pitched this past season as a freshman at The Citadel, gave up a dozen hits, fanned five batters and allowed three earned runs in his first American Legion outing of the season.

The 17ers (18-4) collected seven hits off Post 4 starter Will Lott, who went the distance for the win. Mattox and Laffin each had two hits for the visitors.

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