Kershaw County Post 17’s quest to earn a trip to the state American Legion Baseball tournament continues tonight when the locals take on Georgetown in game one of the best-of-five second round Lower State playoff series.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.
Post 17 will have home field advantage in the series, hosting games one and three, on Wednesday. Georgetown will host game two on Tuesday night at Mike Johnson Field. Should a fourth game be necessary, it will be played Thursday in Georgetown with game five, if needed, being played in Camden.
Kershaw County gained the home field advantage when League I champion Goose Creek forfeited its series with Georgetown prior to Thursday’s fourth game after trailing, 2-1, in the series.
Post 17, which finished second in League III. wrapped up its first round state playoff series in three games by sweeping Horry County.
The locals will be without the services of starting pitcher Zac Bowers, who is away on vacation this week. With Bowers unavailable, the locals are expected to send out former Camden High standout and The Citadel signee Grey Hoke for tonight’s opener. The starting pitching nod for game two is expected to go to former North Central three-time All-State selection and Francis Marion University right-hander Grayson King, who is coming off consecutive dominating mound performances including last Wednesday’s complete game four-hitter in a 6-1 win .
Four of the five state playoff entries from League III remain alive in the Lower State playoffs. In addition to the KC vs. Georgetown series, Manning-Santee, which has yet to play a playoff game after Beaufort forfeited the opening round series due to the lack of available players, will face Florence while Hartsville, which won three straight from Murrells Inlet will meet League III colleague Sumter, which ousted Lake City in four games.
The winners of the second round series earn automatic berths into the state tournament to be held at Riley Park in Sumter on July 26-30. The three losers of the second round series will still have a chance to play their way into the state tourney with a three-team play-in series.