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Hernandez tabbed as tourneys MVP
Tourney Notebook
POST 17S JOSH HERNANDEZ received the rare honor of being selected as the state tournament most valuable player in spite of playing for the runners-up. The presentation was made by League III commissioner Billy Brewer. - photo by Tom Didato/C-I photo
SUMTER --- It was seemingly appropriate that when the John Rateree Memorial Most Valuable Player award for the 2016 South Carolina American Legion State Tournament was presented, Kershaw County infielder Josh Hernandez was on the receiving end of the plaque. The presentation came a few hundred feet from the painting of Sumter native and former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson which adorns the wall in left center field at Riley Park. In 1960, Richardson became the first and only player to win the most valuable players award in the World Series after having played for a losing team as the Yankees fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games.