When you look at the scorebook, it will read that Kershaw County's hopes of a second consecutive trip to the South Carolina American Legion state baseball tournament started going up in smoke when visiting Murrells Inlet scored seven runs in the top of the third inning of Friday's game and held on for an 11-8 victory.
Scoring three times on a pair of Kershaw County errors in the bottom of the eighth, Murrells Inlet overcame a 7-5 deficit to take an 8-7 victory over visiting Post 17 on Thursday night to force a fifth and deciding game of their best-of-five state American Legion playoff series.
Like a shopper who waits until Christmas Eve to complete their shopping, David Watkins was heading into a Camden hardware store as he looked to put the finishing touches on work at the go-kart track at the Carolina Motorsports Park.
Will Dorton was hoping his Kershaw County American Legion team would build on the momentum from Wednesday's 3-0 win over West Columbia and carry it over to Thursday's fourth game of the best-of-five first round Lower State playoff series.
This is the time of year when you want to be playing your best. And the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team is checking all the boxes in their quest for a second straight trip to the state tournament.