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Nine-run fifth propels P-7 past Jets
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BRADWIN SALMONDS THREE-RUN double in the bottom of the fifth helped lift Kershaw County Post 17 to its first League III win of the season on Thursday.
It was only one game, but it sure seemed as if Kershaw County American Legion baseball coach Craig Smith was coaching two.One night after a dismal 12-2 loss to Dalzell-Shaw in a game stopped by the 10-run rule in the bottom of the seventh, KC Post 17 evened the three-game opening week series against the Jets with a 13-7 victory in Thursday’s home opener at American Legion Park in Camden.The win evened the locals’ League III record at 1-1 while they improved to 3-2 overall. Dalzell-Shaw, which was scheduled to host the 17ers on Friday in Rembert, went to 1-1 in League III play.Harping on his team’s nine-error, nine-walk Wednesday night debacle prior to Thursday’s game, Smith saw the hosts commit just two miscues in the field while a trio of pitchers allowed just a pair of walks in a contest halted in the top of the third inning for 30 minutes after thunder, accompanied by a bolt of lightning, sent both players and fans scurrying for shelter.KC turned this night in its favor by sending 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run bottom of the fifth which broke open a 4-4 game. When the contest finally ended, more than three hours after it started, Smith was able to crack a smile.“It was very important, especially after last night,” he said of the win.