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.
There have been stretches of time in which the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team went more than a full calendar year without being able to get a win over perennial state power Sumter. So, beating the P-15s twice within 24 hours is pretty heady stuff.
Nine times out of 10, Zac Bowers comes away with a win or, at least, leaves with a no decision. Monday night was that pesky 10th time which people don't like to talk or think about.
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.
Suddenly, things are getting interesting in the final charge for playoff seeding in League III American Legion baseball.
It took Mother Nature and a pair of confused umpires to help put an end to Kershaw County's Post 17's six-game win streak.
Monday: KC Post 17 at Hartsville (7 p.m.); Dalzell-Shaw at Sumter (7 p.m.); Cheraw at Manning-Santee (7:30 p.m.)
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.
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.
Well, another year of AAU basketball and it has definitely been a pleasure, so far.
Depending on your perspective, Wednesday night's rain storm arrived at just the right time or, at an inopportune moment for the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team.
Monday: KC Post 17 at Manning-Santee (7:30 p.m.); Cheraw at Sumter (7 p.m.); Dalzell-Shaw at Hartsville (7 p.m.)
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.
Monday: Dutch Fork at Lugoff-Elgin (G – 4 p.m.); North Central at West Florence (VB – 5:30 p.m.)
For almost as long as North Central fans can remember, schools such as Andrew Jackson, Indian Land, Buford and Chesterfield have been the region rivals of the Knights' athletic teams.
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