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Control issues doom P-17ers in 7-6, 11-loss to Orangeburg
GUNNER SMITH HAD THREE of Post 17s 10 hits in Mondays loss at Orangeburg. The locals will host League IV-leading West Columbia Thursday at 7 p.m.
Not that he had to scour the Internet or, check out a book at the library to find it out, but Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball coach Craig Smith knows there is no way to defend walks.That’s what made KC’s 7-6, 11-inning loss to host Orangeburg on Monday that much more difficult to swallow.The 17ers fell to 0-2 in League IV with the loss on a night in which they carried a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Post 4 used three walks in the ninth to even the count before taking advantage of a leadoff walk in the 11th to push across the winning run.“In all of baseball,” Smith said of his pitching staff’s late-game control issues, “there is no play on defense that you can use against a walk. Walks killed us in this game.”While wildness may have been a problem late in the contest, for the first five innings, KC right-hander Zack Bowers was working on a perfect game.