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Cheraw hands P-17 second straight loss

Posted: June 23, 2011 9:22 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2011 5:00 a.m.

P-17 HEAD COACH Curtis Johnson was hoping to regain the services of Blake Outlaw (background) in time for Thursday’s game with Sumter.

In a matter of two days, things have tightened up in the battle for second place in the American Legion League III standings.

One night after a 6-4 loss to Manning-Santee, Kershaw County Post 17 fell to host Cheraw, 12-2, in a game stopped in the middle of the seventh inning by the 10-run rule.

The loss marked the first time P-17 has dropped back-to-back games this season while giving Curtis Johnson’s troops a 10-4 record heading into Thursday’s home game against once-beaten Sumter. By virtue of the KC loss, combined with its 11-3 win over Hartsville, Manning-Santee improved to 8-6 on the season and trails Post 17 by two games in the chase for second in the league standings.

Securing second place in the league will be important since it keeps that team away from both Sumter and League II leader, Florence, in the second round of the state playoffs which begin Tuesday, July 12.

League III, once again, is lined up with the Lowcountry-based League I in first round playoff pairings (July 5-9). As the standings stood on Wednesday, the second-place finisher in League III was looking at Hilton Head as a possible first round opponent in the best-of-five series.

As for the loss to Cheraw, Johnson said the story of the game was simple.

"We just didn’t play very well and they played well," said the first-year KC head coach. "We’re not playing very good baseball, right now."

The 17ers sent Kal Davis to the mound to start the game and the right-hander allowed two runs in three innings of work, which was all Johnson was looking to get from Davis. In the fourth, Cheraw exploded for eight runs and took control of the game.

Offensively, against a Cheraw pitcher who, Johnson estimnated, threw a fastball clocked in the mid-70s, but little else in turns of off-speed pitches, the guests struggled. Only Jake Ansley was able to solve the pitching of the Post 23 starter as he continued his torrid run with the bat as he collected three hits to lead the 17ers.

The 17ers also played another game minus the services of starting shortstop and number three hitter, Blake Outlaw, who has been under the weather. Johnson hoped to have Outlaw back in the lineup as early as Thursday.

"Blake has been out sick and that has killed us this week," Johnson said.

As for Thursday’s game with Sumter, Johnson said left-hander Taylor Lunsford (0-0) would probably get the start against the defending state champions and League III leaders. Scott Baldwin (3-1) is the probable starter for Friday night’s game at Dalzell-Shaw with Will Dorton (2-0) being held back to start Tuesday’s key home game with Manning-Santee.

Having been outscored 18-6 in their first two games of the week, Johnson said his team needs to get back on the winning track and put some distance between themselves and Manning-Santee in the battle for second place.

"We have to try to regroup and get everybody healthy," he said. "This is a big stretch of games which we have coming up. We are going to try and make sure that we can, at least, finish in second place."


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