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P-17ers in it to win it
Locals open state tourney play with Rock Hill on saturday
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POST 17 HEAD COACH Craig Smith makes a point to his players during a break in last weeks playoffs series game against Georgetown. The locals will head to Sumter to play in the South Carolina State American Legion Tournament which kicks off play on Saturday at Riley Park. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday’s evening’s baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car’s tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night’s third game.That scene, said Post 17 head coach Craig Smith, says a lot about this team which has not only generated a full head of steam heading into Saturday’s state American Legion Tournament, but has also piqued the interest of more and more people in the community as the summer has gone along.In what is believed to be the first time that a team representing Camden-based James Leroy Belk Post 17 has advanced into the state tourney, the 17 KC players and their four coaches are taking this all in stride. The locals kick off the eight-team event, which will be played at Riley Park in Sumter, on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against Rock Hill.“It really hasn’t sunk in that we have a chance to win it all,” Smith said in the days leading up to Saturday’s historic game for the local entry.