Just when it looked as if Kershaw County Post 17 was ready to put Hartsville in its rear-view mirror, this happens.
His smile spoke volumes as to what Craig Smith saw as he tempted fate by looking ahead to what the upcoming weeks may hold for the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team.
On a night when runs were as rare as a breeze, Kershaw County's Zac Bowers and Russell Thompson of Manning-Santee took turns cooling off the opposing bats.
MANNING -- Manning-Santee put itself in an early hole against Kershaw County Post 17 on Monday and try as it might, Post 68 couldn't pull itself out.
Numbers and actions speak louder than words. And Taylor Rawl was bigger on the former pair than the latter in helping turn the Lugoff-Elgin softball team into a force in the state's 4A ranks.
Fans arriving at American Legion Park last Thursday night and seeing an empty, but playable, field may have thought that evening's League III game between Kershaw County Post 17 and visiting Cheraw was not played due to wet grounds.
Thanks in large part to Commanding Curve's second-place finish in the $2 million Kentucky Derby and his ninth in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables of Camden is enjoying a stellar spring.
Each day, millions of Americans pull up to a fast food restaurant intercom, place their order and moments later, their food and drinks are handed to them and they are off and back on the road again.
Just when it looked as if Kershaw County might enjoy a little additional down time on a warm Monday evening, Cheraw made the locals pull a regular shift.
While the Grand Strand is filled with sunbathers and vacationers at this time of year, a pair of recent Kershaw County graduates will spend this weekend in Myrtle Beach putting in a little work.
Glady Smoak remembers the night as if it were yesterday.
DALZELL -- After opening the American Legion baseball season with a convincing 12-2 victory, Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 suffered its second straight loss to Kershaw County Post 17 on Friday, falling 10-6 at Thomas Sumter Academy's General Field on Friday night.
It was only one game, but it sure seemed as if Kershaw County American Legion baseball coach Craig Smith was coaching two.
DALZELL -- Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 head coach Steve Campbell had to shuffle his starting lineup right before the Jets season-opener due to a player having a job interview.
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Kershaw County Post 17 received a brilliant pitching performance from The Citadel-signee Grey Hoke in the opener and a walk-off solo home run from Russ Radcliffe in the nightcap to sweep Haywood (N.C.) Post 47, 6-1 and 3-2, in an American Legion Senior Opening Day doubleheader on Saturday at Tuscola Ballpark.
After suffering a 10-9, 10-inning loss to Inman on Sunday, the Kershae County Post 17 American Legion baseball team fell into the elimination bracket in the double-elimination event.
SUMTER --- When you are in new territory, you sometimes like to feel your way around before you get comfortable.
As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday's evening's baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car's tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night's third game.
Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.
It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.
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