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Survival mode
KC sticks around in state tourney by knocking off defending champs
Flick plate
KERSHAW COUNTY CATCHER Christian Flick reaches out in applying the tag on Chapin-Newberrys Justin Hawkins, who was gunned down trying to score from second by a throw from Post 17 rightfielder Bradwin Salmond in the fourth inning of Mondays American Legion state tournament game at Riley Park in Sumter. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
SUMTER – There were two ways in which the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team could have responded to Sunday’s gut-wrenching 10-9, 10-inning loss (see story, Page 9) to Inman in the second round of the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament.Post 17 head coach Craig Smith got the answer he was looking for as his squad assembled to return to Sumter for Monday’s 1 p.m. elimination contest with defending state American Legion champion Chapin-Newberry. When the dust at Riley Park had finally settled, it was KC living to see another day in the double-elimination event with a 7-3 victory over a squad made up of players from Chapin, Newberry, Mid-Carolina and Dutch Fork high schools. KC advanced to the tourney’s final four and faced unbeaten Florence in a Tuesday night game.“Our team is like a family,” Smith said, “and that loss last night bothered them.