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Season of change
New coach, new rules greet new-look 17ers as American Legion campaign kicks off
STEPHEN CARMON (left) talks to Noah Rabon during an at-bat in a Post 17 game from last season. Carmon, a former shortstop in the San Diego Padres system, makes the move from the 17ers assistant coach the past two year to the locals head coach this season. - photo by Tom Didato
Nearly 30 players from six different high schools answered the call when the rain-abbreviated tryouts for the Kershaw County Post 17 Senior American Legion baseball team opened last Monday. It was a far cry from two years ago when the locals finished second in the state American Legion Tournament at Riley Park in Sumter with just 13 players in tow in absurdly hot, mid-day conditions. A bump is numbers is hardly the only difference for the local entry.