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P-17 persevered throughout unseasonable year
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KC POST 17 SENIOR American Legion head coach Craig Smith, flanked by catcher Austin Hayes, found a silver lining to a long --- and wet --- season.
There were nights when 7 p.m. games would not end until it was nearly 11 o’clock.There were days when rain storms led to their roles being expanded from baseball players and coaches to members of a makeshift grounds crew so that they would be able to play that night’s games. Several times, due to the constant barrage of rain, games were shifted to odd dates and even stranger starting times.There were lengthy road trips to Manning, Cheraw and then, a pair of longer ones to Murrells Inlet.Through it all, the Kershaw County American Legion Senior baseball team earned a berth in the state American Legion playoffs following a one-year absence. And, if not for an unlucky bounce of the ball here or there, Post 17 could well have been playing this week with a shot to make a long-awaited appearance in the state championship tournament at Riley Park in Sumter.Throughout the season, which ended with Saturday’s 7-6 loss to Murrells Inlet in game four of the best-of-five state playoff opening series, KC head coach Craig Smith preached that his team needed to do the little things right in order to play deep into July.

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