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Up in smoke
P-17ers loses lead and game to never-say-die Inman in 10
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POST 17 CATCHER Austin Hayes applies the tag on Inmans Dallas Betsil, who was gunned down at the plate on a throw from KC outfielder Russ Radcliff in the third inning of Inmans 10-9, 10-inning win over Post 17 in Sundays South Carolina American Legion State Tournament game. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
SUMTER -- Watching as Post 17 lost its lead to Inman in Sunday’s second round of the South Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament, starting pitcher Grey Hoke smashed his plastic Gatorade bottle to the floor of the first base dugout at Riley Park.About an hour later, Inman shattered Kershaw County’s hearts.Scoring all its run in its final four at-bats, Post 45 took a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the 10th inning, only to survive a furious P-17 rally in taking to come away with a 10-9 victory. It marked the second time in as many days that Inman staged some late-game heroics to knock off a League III squad. A day earlier, Post 45 scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 3-2 win over Hartsville.Sunday’s contest, again played in the simmering late afternoon heat, saw Inman follow a nearly identical script as it did in its tourney opener.