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KC Northern loses, wins in a matter of moments
KC EAST SHORTSTOP Jake Tanner applies the tag on Lamars Jablonski Green, who was gunned down trying to steal second by East catcher Cody Nelson. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Funny how one simple flip of the coin can change a team’s entire disposition.Moments after his team fell to Bishopville, 4-2, in the fourth round of the District 5 Sub-District A Dixie Youth baseball tournament, Kershaw County Northern manager Brian Nelson was able to manage a smile.Make that a wide grin.With three teams -- KC Northern, Bishopville and Lamar -- tied atop the tourney leader board with one-loss each, Nelson and KC Northern became the odd-team-in when they won the coin toss to determine which team would forego Friday’s 6 p.m. elimination game and move into the 8:30 p.m. title contest. What that meant for the local entry is that, by virtue of the top two finishing teams in the Camden event moving on to the District 5 tourney in Pageland, the Northern entry’s ticket was already punched in their playing in the finale at Woodward Park.Playing three nights after going toe-to-toe in an 11-inning, three-hour game, won by KC Northern 1-0, Thursday’s game was a veritable run-fest.Bishopville scored as many run(s) after an inning and a half as the two sides combined to score on Monday when Alex White led the inning off with a walk, took second and third on passed balls before scoring on Reid Watkins’ opposite-field single to right for a 1-0 lead.An inning later, Bishopville tacked on a second run to grab a 2-0 advantage as Jamar McCall drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a two-out error. In the bottom of the second, KC Northern used a leadoff single by William Cobb and Will Farmer’s being hit by a pitch to put men on first and second with no outs.