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Pinch-hit, walk-off single in 12th gives Kershaw County 6-5 win in series opener
KERSHAW COUNTYS William Cobb takes to the air in taking third base on a wild pitch while Lexington third baseman Cole Lemacks looks for a throw from home plate in second inning action from Mondays first round state playoff game at American Legion Park in Camden. - photo by Tom Didato
From his seat in the press box at American Legion Park --- more on that later --- Kershaw County American Legion baseball coach Stephen Carmon opened the window and yelled instructions to his assistant coach, Ross Hough, to insert Wynston Dyer to pinch-hit for Jay Lynch with a one-ball count with runners on second and third with one out in a game knotted at 5-5 with visiting Lexington in the bottom of the 12th inning. Five pitches later, Dyer took a Caleb Boozer fastball the opposite way, driving it through the hole between third and shortstop, to bring Bradwin Salmond home from third with the winning run for a 6-5 victory in Monday’s first game of the best-of-five state tournament opening series. The walk-off single capped a three-hour, 56 minute marathon in which the two League III foes combined for 23 hits --- 15 coming off the hosts’ bats --- while equally dividing the 30 runners that were left on base.