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Errors do in 17ers in 9-6 setback
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POST 17S BRODERICK GAITHER slides safely into third base after having avoided the tag of Columbia Northeast pitcher Harrison Merck. Covering third on the play, at left, is third baseman Joe Stanton. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
There were two ways to view Kershaw County Post 17’s 9-6 loss to visiting Northeast Columbia Monday night.First, it was a non-league game so the final result will have no bearing on the hosts’ state tournament chances. In this same vein, it should be pointed out that the 17ers did not use any of their regular rotation of starting pitchers. Then, there is the way KC head coach Craig Smith looked as this contest.On a night in which the locals sent out a rising sophomore and was relieved by a rising freshman, KC’s defense made life rough on Elliott Campbell and Bradwin Salmond and Jake Brazell, the latter of whom came on in the seventh, by committing five errors behind the trio of pitchers.Following a night in which his team fell to 4-3 overall, Smith was sympathetic to the plight of his trio of throwers.“It was a non-league game and we played some other guys tonight,” Smith said.