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How sweep it is!
P-17 takes down Gtown in three; head to state tourney
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KERSHAW COUNTY POST 17 players celebrate their win over Georgetown and berth in the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament by forming a dogpile on the American Legion Park playing field following Fridays series-clinching 6-4 win. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond’s diving grab of Mark Allen Nash’s liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.Two singles later, those on the bench, went back to sitting. But when Zac Bowers fanned Georgtown’s Seth Wall to close the door on a 6-4 victory, the bench erupted into an on-field celebration which started with a dog pile and ended with head coach Craig Smith getting the ice bucket treatment as he was doused by assistant coach Devin Walker.Never had an icy bath felt so good for Smith whose team swept Georgetown in three games in their second round playoff series while extending their win streak to eight in the process. And for the first time in recent memory and, according to some, maybe ever, Post 17 punched its ticket into the state tourney which begins Saturday at Riley Park in Sumter.On Saturday morning, KC officials only knew that the time of their first round game in the eight-team event was 4:30 p.m. The opponent was yet to be determined.With the way his team is playing, Smith could not care who the 17ers face.