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Sumter upends P-17 in season finale, 16-6
BLAKE OUTLAW DROVE HOME half of Kershaw Countys six runs in Thursday nights loss to Sumter when he belted a three-run double in the top of the fourth inning.
SUMTER -- With a League III title already in hand and the American Legion baseball state playoffs waiting next week, the Sumter P-15’s could have come out and laid an egg in its final regular-season game against Kershaw County on Thursday at Riley Park.Sumter did get off to a sluggish start, but it scored the final 10 runs of the game to beat Post 17 16-6 at Riley Park in a game called off seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.P-15’s head coach Curtis Johnson gave most of his regulars a night off, choosing to play mainly reserves against the team he coached last season. Sumter responded with 14 hits and also took advantage of 10 Kershaw County errors for the big offensive night.“This gave us a chance to play some guys that haven’t had a chance to play that much but have been working really hard,” said Johnson, whose team finished the regular season with a 16-6 record and will open the playoffs with a first-round series against Lake City on Monday. “I wanted to see where we were from a depth standpoint, and I think this showed we have some good depth.”KC, which finished its season with a 4-13 record, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against Sumter starting pitcher Gordon Owens.