Just as quickly as Khyree Miller’s three-run home run gave visiting Kershaw County a 3-2 lead in the pivotal third game of its third round playoff series at Florence, the hosts got the momentum back and kept it.
Post 1 responded to Miller’s three-run blast in the top of the third by scoring four times in the bottom half of the inning and adding four more runs in the fourth to take a 10-5 victory and a 2-1 series lead on Thursday at Legion Field in Florence.
The setback came one night after KC evened the best-of-five set with a 6-0 win.
The hosts got to P-17 starter Heath Stokes for a pair in the bottom of the first, using four singles to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead which stood through two frames.
Bradwin Salmond led off the top of the third by reaching on an error. J.C. LeGrand followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second for Miller whose blast over the fence in left gave the guests the 3-2 advantage.
The 17ers woukld load the bases after Miller’s home run but were unable to do any further damage as Florence went to Timothy Felder in relief of starter Garrett Gainey mindway in the third frame.
Florence scored four times in its half of the third on three hits and a pair of hit batsmen to go back on top, 6-3.
An inning later, Post 1 sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring four runs on as many hits to hike its advantage to 10-3.
KC scored two runs in the seventh to trim the final deficit to five runs.
With one gone in the seventh, Salmond and LeGrand had back-to-back singles before they advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Sawyer Reeves plated both runners with a two-run single to left.
Florence out-hit the visitors, 14-8, with LeGrand having a two-hit night for Post 17 which received three RBI from Miller and a pair from Reeves.
“Everything, every call went (Florence’s) way,” said P-17 head coach Stephen Carmon. “Every ball they hit dropped in for a hit.
“It was one of those games where there was, literally, nothing more we could do. Our boys were fighting and there was nothing we could do about it. We just kept playing.”