Stephen Carmon’s mild concern as to how many and which players he would have at his disposal for Kershaw County Friday game at Dalzell-Shaw went unfounded as Post 17 breezed past the Jets, 15-2, in a game stopped after five innings by the 10-run rule.
The non-league win was the fourth straight for KC (10-1) which regained the top spot in the most recent state American Legion top 10 poll.
The locals returned to League III play Monday with a home and home with Lexington which concludes tonight in Lexington.
Against Dalzell-Shaw, Heath Stokes improved to 3-0 on the season as he worked three innings of scoreless, four-hit baseball while reducing his earned run average to a miniscule 0.48. He fanned three batters while not issuing a walk in an abbreviated 49-pitch stint.
The lefty was provided all the run support he needed as the guests scored five times in the top of he first. After Bradwin Salmond led off the game with a single, Khyree Miller sent a two-run blast to center.
Two innings later, after Jake Laffin doubled home a run and scored on a Sawyer Reeves single, Wynston Dyer left the park with a three-run shot to right center for an 11-0 lead.
The Jets scored a run in the fourth before KC tacked on four more runs in the fifth with Miller driving in two runs with a double for his third and fourth RBI of the night.
The 17ers scored their 15 runs on just nine hits while using seven Dalzell-Shaw errors and nine walks to help them along the way.
Miller led the offensive attack for the winners with a double and a home run. Dyer drove in four runs with his 3-run shot and a sacrifice fly in the first inning.
The run-shortened victory gave KC the sweep over its former League III rival which is now in the seven-team League II circuit.
Keeping POSTed: Post 17 hosted Lexington on Monday and will have now seen all three of its League III opponents. All four teams will play each other four times to determine a league champion while shaking out state playoff seedings ... KC leads League III with a 4-1 mark. After dropping two of three to West Columbia, the Grizzlies (3-2) righted their ship and took a pair from Aiken two weeks ago before all League III entries played non-league games last week ... With his mound win on Friday, Stokes became the third Post 17 pitcher to open the season with three victories in as many decisions. He joined Justin Dorton and Zack Reynolds with 3-0 marks ... With his two hits in Dalzell, Miller raised his average to .308 ... The locals entered Monday’s game with Lexington with a team batting average of .308 ... Pitching-wise, KC throwers are pitching to a 1.87 team ERA ... The week four state American Legion top 10 poll looks like this: Post 17, Fort Mill, Sumter, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Lexington and Greer ...After playing back-to-back games with Lexington,the 17ers have a three-game --- at least --- week on deck next week starting with a visit from rival Sumter on Tuesday before Aiken comes in Wednesday. Next Friday, KC heads to West Columbia for a game and possibly, the continuation of a suspended contest.