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17ers' rally falls short in 5-4 loss to Sumter
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SUMTER HEAD COACH Wallie Jones, far left, gets an explanation from an umpire, who was a fan at Mondays game with Post 17, as to the illegality of a bat used by Post 15s Zach Sherrill. The protest, which was upheld by the two game umpires, was immediately registered by KC head coach Curtis Johnson in the first inning. - photo by Tom Didato
A night which had a controversial start ended with Sumter holding off a late-game Kershaw County rally as visiting Post 15 left American Legion Park with a 5-4 victory Post 17 Monday night in a battle of League III American Legion unbeatens. First-year KC (4-1) head coach Curtis Johnson fanned the flames against his former team when, after Zach Sherrill’s two-out double in the top of the first, Johnson came out with a page from the rule book and protested that Sherrill’s bat was illegal. After a meeting between the two umpires who read the rule, they brought in another fellow umpire who was in attendance at the game as a fan.