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17ers look to lock up second in League 3
BRANDON DOW and Post 17 hope to second place in League III locked down before heading to Orangeburg tonight. - photo by Tom Didato/C-I photo

Due to what was reported to Kershaw County American Legion head coach Tyler Pike as being an unplayable field, Wednesday’s scheduled make-up game between visiting Post 17 and Orangeburg has been moved to tonight at 7 p.m. at Mirmow Field in Orangeburg.

Tonight’s slated contest will be the final regular season game in League III for both sides. But it may not be the final game before the state playoffs.

Post 17 (6-4) was scheduled to have hosted Manning-Santee (5-6) on Thursday at American Legion Park. A win by the hosts would lock up second place in League III while rendering tonight’s game all but meaningless for the 17ers. 

Should KC lose its final two games, it would create a three-way tie for second place in League III with Post 17, Orangeburg and Manning-Santee and force what would amount to a two-game, tie-breaking format as per South Carolina American Legion rules.

In the event of a three-way tie, the names of KC, Orangeburg and Manning-Santee would all be placed together. The first team drawn from the hat/bag or bowl would get a bye while the two teams left would play in knockout game, presumably, on Saturday. The winner of that game, at a yet-to-be-determined site, would face the recipient of the first game bye, presumably at home on Sunday, with the winner taking second place. 

The loser of the second night’s game would be declared the third place finisher which, according to the state American Legion rule book would be the final entry from League III to make the state playoffs which begin on Tuesday, July 5. On Wednesday, however, a report included on the Florence Post 1 twitter account said Florence, the League II champion, was already slated to play the fourth-place finisher from League III in round one of the playoffs.

In any event, should Post 17 have to play in a second place tie-breaker games(s) , the possibility exists that the locals would be playing games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before opening the best-of-five first round state playoff series beginning next Tuesday.

Should that be the case for KC or either Orangeburg or Manning-Santee, good luck in trying to find rested arms for the state playoffs with nine inning games being played on consecutive nights.