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17ers try to stay alive with Monday afternoon contest

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.

July 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17ers in it to win it

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.

July 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers face Rock Hill in Saturday's state tourney opener

Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.

July 23, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


How sweep it is!

Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.

July 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Weather throws wrench into P-17 playoff series

One night after heavy rains in the Georgetown area forced the postponement of Tuesday's game two of the state American Legion second round playoff series between Kershaw County and host Georgetown, weather problems stopped the following evening's game dead in its tracks.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hayes helps lift P-17ers to game one win

Coaches love to talk about those players who show up early to games and practices and put in additional time on the field to prepare for an upcoming game.

July 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers take on Georgetown in round 2

Kershaw County Post 17's quest to earn a trip to the state American Legion Baseball tournament continues tonight when the locals take on Georgetown in game one of the best-of-five second round Lower State playoff series.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-EHS football coach/AD retires, heads to Ben Lippen

Scott Jones, the winningest coach in the 42-year history of the Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) football program, retired as both the school's head football coach and athletic director Wednesday morning to take an assistant coaching, teaching and administrative position at Ben Lippen Christian School in Columbia.

July 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin


With a little help from his friends

By TOM DIDATO

July 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Localife


17ers break out the brooms; sweep Horry County in 3

When it is the second week of July and you are still playing American Legion baseball, you get into "who's next" territory as to who will be your next opponent.

July 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


League III goes 3-for-4 in series openers

League III batted .800 in the first night of the first round of the best-of-five South Carolina American Legion baseball Lower State playoff series.

July 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers overcome shaky start to take game one

Every person has their breaking point … coaches, especially.

July 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


A dentist with a beat

When his family would take trips in their station wagon, a young Bobby Joseph would kill time by using the panels of the car to bang out a tune which he would play in his head. The same scenario unfolded when he was in school, only this time the top of the desk served as his drum which would lead to his getting into trouble from teachers who scolded him for disturbing the rest of the class.

July 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Miscellaneous


P-17ers host Horry County in tonight’s playoff opener

In 2009, the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team ended a six-year post-season drought by earning a berth in the South Carolina American Legion playoffs.

July 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post 17 outlasts Sumter in 13-inning marathon, 4-3

SUMTER -- It took 13 innings and a little bit of help from the Sumter P-15's, but Kershaw County Post 17 got a much-needed win that kept it in position to take second place in American Legion Baseball League III.

July 04, 2014 | By DENNIS BRUNSON Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


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Up in smoke

SUMTER -- Watching as Post 17 lost its lead to Inman in Sunday's second round of the South Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament, starting pitcher Grey Hoke smashed his plastic Gatorade bottle to the floor of the first base dugout at Riley Park.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Survival mode

SUMTER – There were two ways in which the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team could have responded to Sunday's gut-wrenching 10-9, 10-inning loss (see story, Page 9) to Inman in the second round of the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17 vs. Florence game moved to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

SUMTER -- Kershaw County Post 17 staved off elimination in the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament with a 7-3 win over Chapin-Newberry on Monday afternoon at Riley Park.

July 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Zac attack

SUMTER --- When you are in new territory, you sometimes like to feel your way around before you get comfortable.

July 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Re-rallying the troops

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.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Answering a higher calling

It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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