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17ers takes series opener in 9, 10-9

Posted: July 17, 2018 10:07 a.m.
Updated: July 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Josh Boone, who got on base after being hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth, scored the winning run from third base on a wild pitch to give Kershaw County Post 17 a 10-9 win over visiting Sumter Monday night at American Legion Park in Camden.

The victory gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the second round best-of-five state American Legion playoffs. game two is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Riley Park with game three being played in Camden at 7 p.m.

In winning their second consecutive series opener in extra frames, Post 17 scored two runs in each of the first threee innings to jump to a 6-0 lead while chasing P15 starter Lathan Todd from the box after two innings in which the right-hander threw 58 pitches with 38 of those coming in the first inning.

Sumter chipped away at the deficit and took an 8-7 lead by scoring two runs in the sixth. KC answered by re-taking the lead with two runs inthe home half of the inning thanks to Noah Rabon's two-run single.

The visitors scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to even things at nine which is way things stood until the bottom of the ninth.

With one gone in the home half of the ninth, Boone was hit by a pitch. Bradwin Salmond then singled with a wild pitch on Daniel Twitty’s first offering to Mattox advancing the pair into scoring position. With first base open, Sumter head coach Curtis Johnson decided to issue Mattox an intentional walk. That strategy went by the boards with the second pitch in the dirt of the inning, on a 2-2 count to Jake Laffin, which allowed Boone to score the winning run.

The complete story from Monday's game will be included in Friday's edition of the Chronicle-Independent.

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