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Big fifth inning lifts P-15’s to 7-0 victory over Camden

By EDDIE LITAKER
Sports Contributor
Posted 7/11/20

The Sumter P-15's sent 11 batters to the plate and pushed across six runs in the fifth inning against Camden to break open what had been a pitcher's duel on the way to a 7-0 win on Friday at Riley …

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Big fifth inning lifts P-15’s to 7-0 victory over Camden

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The Sumter P-15's sent 11 batters to the plate and pushed across six runs in the fifth inning against Camden to break open what had been a pitcher's duel on the way to a 7-0 win on Friday at Riley Park.

With the win, Sumter evened its overall record at 4-4 while moving to 2-1 in Lower State League play in clinching its first series win of the season in the South Carolina American League.

Jackson Hoshour got the big inning started with a single through the left side of the infield and added a second one-bagger later in the frame. Wylie Coker doubled for his second hit of the night, plating Hoshour with the game's first run. Seth Posey, who is batting over .500 now with runners in scoring position, Dustin Kennedy and SB DuCom all contributed RBI singles, with another run coming home after a Camden throwing error. Brennan Jones also contributed a sacrifice bunt that pushed Coker to third before Posey's run-producing hit.

"We put the ball in play when we needed to," Sumter head coach Robby Coker said. "We advanced runners tonight, and we haven't been doing that very well. We also didn't make any errors, so we played Sumter baseball. That's just what I just told those guys down there, that's Sumter baseball. I call that (former longtime P-15’s head coach) Wallie Jones baseball. We didn't make any errors, we pitched well and played defense."

With Camden playing as the designated home team, the P-15's sudden offensive outburst in the top of the fifth broke up a mound duel between Sumter's Cody Windham and Camden's Tate Abbott. Windham recorded his first six outs on fly balls and was perfect until issuing a 1-out base on balls to Jake Tanner in the third inning while Abbott made it through four innings on just 34 pitches with three strikeouts. With both pitchers working relatively quickly and hitters showing limited plate patience, the first four innings were completed in just under 40 minutes.

Abbott would be pulled from the mound with two outs in the fifth, surrendering four hits and two earned runs. Tanner would toe the rubber next for Camden and get rocked for three hits and four runs, three earned, before finally getting bailed out when DuCom was caught stealing heading to third with Wylie Coker at the plate.

Windham made it through six innings on just 60 pitches, surrendering four hits, including a bunt single, while striking out three, walking one, hitting a batter and recording 10 fly ball outs. John Kolb pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out Owen Dabbs for the final out, to close out the shutout win.

"Cody threw a heck of a ball game," Coach Coker said. "When Cody gets ahead on batters, that's what we've got to do. Our pitchers have got to get ahead (in the count) and not walk batters. It drives me crazy when you walk a batter, especially a leadoff batter. Cody did a good job and old John, he comes in, he throws balls in there and he gets batters out."

Sumter added an insurance run in the top of the seventh as Trey Yates reached on a fielder's choice grounder, stole second and came home on an RBI single from Kennedy. The nine hits tied a season high for the P-15's, who had that same number in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to Camden.

Sumter goes against Dalzell-Shaw next week in another 3-game league series. The teams play Monday and Friday at Thomas Sumter Academy’s General Field in Dalzell, with Wednesday's game taking place at Riley Park.