Every person has their breaking point … coaches, especially.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
The sixth annual Springdale 5k at Sunrise will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Springdale Race Course in Camden.
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.
SUMTER --- When you are in new territory, you sometimes like to feel your way around before you get comfortable.
The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament continues today through Wednesday at Riley Park in Sumter.
It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.
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