After having opened the third round best-of-five series in Florence on Monday, Kershaw County Post 17 and Florence Post 1 head to Camden tonight for game two.
Tonight’s first pitch at American Legion Park, on Ehrenclou Dr., is set for 7 p.m.
Game three returns to American Legion Field in Florence Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Should a fourth game be necessary, it will be played in Camden Thursday night at 7 p.m. with game five, if needed, being played in Florence at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of the Post 17 (18-5) versus Florence (30-3) series will earn one of four berths into the state American Legion Tournament at Segra Park in Columbia which begins July 31.
KC, ranked second in this week’s state American Legion poll, and top-ranked Florence split their two games this season with the 17ers taking the Florence Post 1 tournament title, 8-2, before Post 1 took the second meeting, 4-0.
Post 17 was to have sent Justin Dorton (7-0) to the mound for Monday’s opener. Florence was expected to counter with fellow lefty Anthony Hopkins.
If the rotation remains as its has been this summer, Post 17 head coach Stephen Carmon will send either Heath Stokes (5-0) or Zack Reynolds (4-1) to the mound tonight. Stokes last pitched in game two of the Orangeburg series with Reynolds getting the win in the third and clinching game. John Lanier and Alex Canino are also starting options this week.
Florence head coach Derek Urquhart has not announced a game two starter, but has been quoted in the Florence Morning News as saying Garrett Gainey will be his game three probable starter.
In the other half of the Lower State, Sumter, a 3-1 winner over Aiken, meets Goose Creek which defeated Horry County five games.
In the Upper State bracket, Greer, which topped Chapin-Newberry in five games, takes on Greenwood, a 3-2 winner over Rock Hill, while Fort Mill, which swept Inman, plays Gaffney, which knocked off Greenville in five games.