Sumter loses 7-4 to Troy, Alabama, in Southeast Region tourney opener

P-15's fall into loser bracket

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 8/9/18

ASHEBORO, N.C. - The Sumter P-15's came up short in its opening game in the American Legion baseball Southeast Region Tournament against Alabama state champion Troy Post 70 on Wednesday at McCrary Park, falling by a final score of 7-4.

"We didn't …

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Sumter loses 7-4 to Troy, Alabama, in Southeast Region tourney opener

P-15's fall into loser bracket

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ASHEBORO, N.C. - The Sumter P-15's came up short in its opening game in the American Legion baseball Southeast Region Tournament against Alabama state champion Troy Post 70 on Wednesday at McCrary Park, falling by a final score of 7-4.

"We didn't play well," said Sumter head coach Curtis Johnson of his team, which fell to 23-14 on the season. "We had no defense, we were behind in counts, and we need to do a better job of locating the ball."

The P-15's will play today in an elimination game against the loser of today's 9 a.m. game between South Carolina state champion Chapin/Newberry Posts 193/24 or host RandolphCounty Post 45. The game was scheduled for Wednesday, but postponed due to rain.

Sumter opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when second baseman Lathan Todd grounded out to score Rylan Williamson, who had doubled to start the inning.

However, Troy responded with a run of its own in the top of the third with designated hitter Ryan Tomlin scoring center fielder Gage Herring with a single. Troy added two more runs in the top of the fourth, but Sumter responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead, highlighted by left fielder Bobby Crisp's double to score Dabbs and Todd. Corey Blackley's single scored Crisp after he advanced on a wild pitch to make it 4-3.

It all went downhill from there for the P-15's though.

In the top of the fifth, Troy answered with a 3-run inning. Tomlin plated shortstop Logan Thompson with a double, third baseman Wood Jinright scored Tomlin with a single, and second baseman Dylan Register plated catcher DJ Law with a ground out to make the score 6-4.

Troy tacked on another run in the top of the sixth, with Thompson driving in left fielder Joey Wozniak with a single to give Troy its seventh and final run.

"(We've) got to play better," Coach Johnson said. "We need to get more hitter's counts."

Troy pitcher Reed Jinright threw 4 innings, giving up seven hits, four runs (all of them earned) and three strikeouts. In relief, Nathan Light recorded two strikeouts and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. Register also pitched for an inning, fanning one batter.

For Sumter, Rylan Williamson threw four innings, giving up seven hits, four runs (all of them earned), three walks and three strikeouts. In relief, Josh Bryant threw for an inning, giving up three hits and two runs, both earned. He took the loss.

Chandler Hunter pitched for one inning, giving up a hit and a run, and Charlton Commander also pitched for an inning, recording a walk.

"It's a one-game season," Coach Johnson said. "The chips will fall where they may."

Crisp was the only Sumter player with two hits. The team had seven total.

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL

Wednesday-Sunday

at McCrary Park

in Asheboro, North Carolina

Wednesday

Game 1 -- Lyon County, Kentucky, 11, Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1

Game 2 -- Troy, Alabama, 7, Sumter 4

Game 3 -- Tallahassee, Florida (16-9-2) vs. Wilmington, North Carolina (21-6)

Game 4 -- Chapin/Newberry (20-5) vs. Randolph County, North Carolina (24-17) (late)

Today

Game 5 -- Parkersburg, West Virginia (25-13) vs. Loser Game 3, 9:30 a.m.

Game 6 -- Sumter (23-14) vs. Loser Game 4 (doubleheader)

Game 7 -- Lyon County, Kentucky (20-9) vs. Winner Game 3, 4:30 p.m.

Game 8 -- Troy, Alabama (31-6), vs. Winner Game 4 (doubleheader)

Friday

Game 9 -- Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 12:30 p.m.

Game 10 -- Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 4:30 p.m.

Game 11 -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (doubleheader)

Saturday

Game 12 -- Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 4:30 p.m.*

Game 13 -- Winner Game 10 vs. Winnger Game 11, 7:30 p.m.*

Sunday

Game 14 -- Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 1:30 p.m.**

Game 15 -- If Necessary

*Pairings for games 12 and 13 will not match previous opponents against each other unless absolutely necessary

**If three teams remain after Game 13, the winner of GAme 11 automatically draws the bye for Game 14