By J. SCOTT SEWELL
Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 finds itself in a place it hasn't been many times before - the American Legion baseball state playoffs.
The Jets were slated to begin their best-of-3, first-round playoff series …
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The Jets were slated to begin their best-of-3, first-round playoff series with Horry Post 111 on Wednesday in Conway. It's the first time Post 175 has made the playoffs since they were swept by Florence in 2014.
Dalzell-Shaw finished the 2019 season 4-6 in League II, allowing it to grab the fourth and final playoff berth for the league. Horry finished third in League II at 6-4 and is 9-10 overall.
"I wish we would've drawn someone different than our own league opponent, that we just played last week," said Jets coach Jamey Lisenby, whose team is 7-13 overall. "We finished the season with Horry and turn around and got to play them again. I guess it helps with familiarity. We know what they want to do and how they do it, but they know what we want to do and how we do it too."
The Jets were 0-2 against Horry during the regular season, losing 4-2 on the road, and then 6-0 at home.
"They're a good team, a very fundamentally sound baseball team," said Lisenby. "They play baseball very well. We've played them tough twice. The last time down there they got the hit when they needed it to take the lead, and we didn't get the hit when we needed it to win the game."
Post 175 enjoyed its most successful season in five years in part because of the production from the middle of its lineup. Hunter McGee and Malcolm Brown have produced outstanding seasons for the Jets, knocking in a combined 22 runs. McGee finished the regular season hitting .345 with a .387 on-base percentage, while Brown led the team with three home runs and 14 runs batted in. "Those two have been steady for us all year long," said Lizenby.
On the mound, it's been Shane Gaymon and Michael Love leading the way. Gaymon was expected to start Game 1 against Horry, while Love is slated to pitch Game 2 on Thursday in Dalzell.
"Gaymon has given us probably five quality starts on the mound," said Lisenby. "He always gives us a chance, and that's what we ask him to do. If he's got his control, he'll be fine."
Despite playing in a league with perennial state champion contenders in Sumter Post 15 and Florence Post 1, the Jets found a way to have a successful season. However, they're still looking to put it all together for a prolonged stretch.
"It's going to take a total team approach," said Lisenby. "We've had some games where we've had some great pitching, but didn't hit the ball. We've had some where we scored nine or 10 runs and lost because we didn't get good pitching. We've gotta put it all together for two out of the next three games."
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