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17ers win streak washed away in 8-1 loss to Sumter
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POST 17 THIRD BASEMAN Lawson Stokes (left) gets a rain-soaked high-five from Kershaw County American Legion head coach Craig Smith after a scoreless top of the second inning from Mondays loss to Sumter.
Originally, Curtis Johnson’s plan of attack was to throw P.J. Krouse for two innings in Monday’s showdown with once-beaten Kershaw County and then, adjust his Sumter pitchers accordingly thereafter.It seems as if someone forgot to let Krouse in on the secret.The tall right-hander with the sidearm delivery stymied the Post 17 bats on four hits in a strong seven-inning stint as the visiting P-15s handed their closest pursuer in the League III race an 8-1 loss.The win gave Sumter a 9-1 record in league play while KC fell to 6-2 on a rainy night at American Legion Park on which the hosts saw their five-game win streak come to an end.KC continued its four-game homestand on Tuesday against Manning-Santee with Cheraw and Hartsville coming Thursday and Friday nights, respectively.Krouse was in control of this game from the get-go, being staked to a 4-0 lead after two and one-half innings of play. The rising sophomore at The Citadel’s final line for the night included one run on four hits with two walks while setting down 11 KC batters on strikes. Not too shabby for a player who was slated to go just two innings on the mound.“We were pre-determined to only throw (Krouse) two innings.

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