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Post 17 comes up short in series finale, 7-6
Attempted steal of home in ninth goes by the boards
POST 17 CATCHER Austin Hayes prepares to put the tag on Murrells Inlets Dylan Thompson, who was gunned down at the plate while attempting to steal home on the back end of an unsuccessful double steal in the first inning of Saturdays state playoff game at American Legion Park. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Gunner Smith heard the footsteps of Russ Radcliff charging toward the plate and did what any batter would do in that situation. He swung to try and protect the runner.In a wild last pitch of the first round state American Legion series between Murrells Inlet and Kershaw County Post 17, Smith went down swinging for the game’s final out while Radcliff’s stealing home ahead of the tag went for naught as the visitors from the Grand Strand ended the series in four games with a 7-6 victory on Saturday afternoon at American Legion Park in Camden.The scene was reminiscent of Lexington’s daring game-ending steal of home in the final play of the 4A Upper State playoffs against Lugoff-Elgin earlier this spring.With the speedy Radcliff on third --- with the bases loaded --- and Smith at the plate staring up an at 0-2 count, P-17 head coach Craig Smith went for broke and called for Radcliff to break for the home. With the slow delivery of Tides’ closer Dylan Thompson, Radcliff was into his slide well before the pitch neared glove of catcher Dalton Smith.It was a chance on which Craig Smith thought the odds were in his team’s favor.