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Sumter spoils KCs opener, 16-4
POST 17 THIRD BASEMAN Tyler Bowers prepares to apply the tag on Sumters Jacob Wachter, who was gunned down in trying to go from first to third on a base hit in the first inning of Fridays League III game at American Legion Park. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Different uniforms, same old Sumter.Gone are the familiar blue jerseys with the red script Sumter emblazoned across the chest. Those shirts have have been replaced by a stars and stripes design. Regardless of the new look, it was vintage Post 15 as the visitors pinned a 16-4 loss on host Kershaw County in Friday’s League III American Legion home opener for the hosts.The two sides were coming on this game from opposite directions: KC opened its season on Thursday with a 10-5 victory over Manning-Santee while the visiting P-15s were trying to avoid a 1-2 start to league play after having been tripped up by Cheraw in 10 innings one night earlier, 6-5.What Sumter did was to take control of this game early, scoring five runs in each of the first two frames to jump to a 10-1 lead after an inning and a half in a game which would be stopped after seven frames by the 10-run rule.Second-year P-15 head coach Curtis Johnson, who coached the P-17ers in 2011, had a look of relief on his face after this three-hour contest was finally in the books.“I felt like this was a must-win game for us,” he said.