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Post 17 hosts tryouts for summer seasons

After having come one out away from playing in last year’s state championship tournament, the Kershaw County Post 17 Senior American Legion baseball team will hold tryouts for the 2019 season on Monday through Wednesday, May 13-15, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. each night. Tyrouts will be held at American Legion Park (Ehrenclou Dr.)  in Camden.

The age cut-off date to play Senior American Legion baseball is players who were born in 2001 or, 2000.

The 17ers will be led by second-year head coach Stephen Carmon, who played in the San Diego Padres’ system after a record-setting career as a shortstop at USC-Aiken. A Camden High graduate who played five years of baseball for Post 17, Carmon led the locals to a 22-8 record and to the League III crown in 2018.

Carmon will be assisted, once again, by Ross Hough and Christian Flick.

This year, KC will be part of a reconfigured, four-team League III which includes Aiken, Lexington and West Columbia. Each team will play each other four times with the top three finishers earning a berth in the state playoffs with the first and second place finishers getting a first round playoff bye.

Longtime League III rivals Sumter and Dalzell-Shaw have been moved into League II which includes Florence, Horry County, Lake City and Murrells Inlet.

Post 17 opens its season playing in the three-day Florence Invitational on May 24-26. The first League III contest comes on Tuesday, May 28 when Carmon and company travel to Aiken. The first home game is set for Wednesday, April 29 when Aiken comes to American Legion Park for a 7 p.m. start.

The first round of the state playoffs will be best-of-three series and are scheduled for July 10-12. The second round, a best-of-five series, begins July 15 with third round play, also a best-of-five series, starting July 22.

The four winners of the third round series will advance to the South Carolina American Legion state tournament to be held July 31 through Aug 2 at Segra Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies.

Post 17 juniors announce tryout dates: The Kershaw County Post 17 Junior American Legion team, which came up one game shy of playing in the state tournament, will hold tryouts for its squad on Monday through Thursday, May 20-23, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

The team will once again be under the direction of head coach Will Powers.