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KC salvages week with 15-10 win over Jets

Posted: June 25, 2011 1:55 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

 

SUMTER -- The last time the American Legion baseball teams from Dalzell-Shaw and Kershaw County met at the Crestwood High School field, the result was a 30-24 victory for Post 17 in a 5 ½-hour marathon.

On Friday, the two teams got together for another wild one as KC scored seven runs in the fifth on the way to a 15-10 victory.

With the win, Post 17 ran its record to 11-5 and solidified its grip on League III’s second playoff spot. The Jets fell to 7-9 with the loss, but still trail Manning-Santee by two games with four to play for the third spot. Post 68 fell to 9-7 with a 2-0 loss to Sumter Friday.

Post 17’s fifth-inning rally was aided by a defensive meltdown for the Jets. KC sent 11 batters to the plate and managed two singles off Post 175 pitchers Taylor Powell and Jeremy Harmon. However, Dalzell contributed with three walks, four errors, four passed balls and surrendered a stolen base.

"(Kershaw County’s) got a good ball club ... and they’re the kind of ball club to where you have to get the outs," said Dalzell-Shaw head coach Steve Campbell. "You can’t give up anything --- that’s with anybody --- but tonight we weren’t sharp. We didn’t play our game tonight. We weren’t focused as we should have been. We made some mistakes that proved to be pretty costly for us, but we’ve got to rebound."

KC, which entered the game on a three-game losing streak, started the second with three consecutive singles, one of which caught Powell sharply in the left leg. The left-hander stayed in the game and had a chance to work out of the jam with minimal damage, but a strikeout of Brandon Faulkenberry went awry as catcher Matt Holloman’s throw to first on a passed ball sailed down the right field line. Two runs scored on the play and Faulkenberry ended up at third as Post 17 plated five in the inning.

Dalzell came back strong in its half of the inning, sending 12 men to the plate and bringing seven home. Powell helped his own cause with an infield single that brought home two after a throwing error. Jeremy Buckner later drove home two with a double to right-center as the Jets drew three walks and pounded four hits off KC starter Scott Baldwin.

Jake Ansley quickly cut the lead back to one, lining a Powell pitch over the right-center fence for a solo shot to lead off the third. Powell answered by retiring the next three batters to end the half inning with Dalzell up 7-6.

Post 175 added a run in the fourth as Jeremiah Freeman singled, advanced on a Phillip Wilkie walk and came home on a Nathan Hair single.

KC pushed its lead to 14-8 with a run in the sixth as Ty Robinson was hit by a Harmon pitch, stole second and came around on a passed ball.

The Jets closed out their scoring with single runs in the seventh and ninth innings. Les Lawson drew his third walk of the night to open the seventh, took second as Logan Ingram drew a base on balls and moved to third on a Harmon single. Austin Powell would later plate Lawson with a fielder’s choice grounder.

KC’s final run came in the top of the ninth as Faulkenberry was hit by a Harmon pitch and came around to score after a Dillon Morrow single and an infield error.

Dalzell’s ninth-inning rally began with a 2-out single from Harmon, who took second on a throwing error. After a Juan Gardner walk, Austin Powell singled home Harmon with the game’s final run.

Campbell was pleased to see Harmon slow down the KC offense in his 4 2/3- inning relief stint. After pitching out of the fifth, Harmon allowed just one hit and two runs over the final four innings.

"You have to look for the positives in a game like this," Campbell said. "Harmon held them to two runs over the final four innings. Unfortunately, we only scored two runs on offense during that span. We just talked about what we did right tonight, talked a little bit about what we did wrong, and we’ve got to make the corrections on the things we didn’t do so well. We’re so close, we’re so close to having this whole thing together."

Keeping POSTed:

Kershaw County plays a pair of home games in this, the final week of the League III regular season. The biggest game of the week for the locals will be Tuesday night’s home contest with Manning-Santee. A win by the 17ers in this game would all but put the wraps on second place in the circuit. KC head coach Curtis Johnson said, following last Thursday’s loss to Sumter, that Will Dorton would be the probable starter for Tuesday’s pairing ... The second place finisher in League III gets home field advantage in the best-of-five first round playoff series which opens Tuesday, July 5. The second round of post-season play begins July 12, with another best-of-five series. The eight survivors of the two rounds will head to Charleston Southern University for the South Carolina State American Legion Championship Tournament, which is scheduled to run from Saturday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 27 ... Just how wild, high-scoring and lengthy have games between KC and Dalzell-Shaw been this season? In the four meetings between the two sides, all won by Post 17, Johnson and company outscored Post 175 by a combined 64-42 count.

 

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