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Irmo tops Sumter 3-2 on Gamecocks' senior night

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 4/11/19

So close, yet so far away.

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Irmo tops Sumter 3-2 on Gamecocks' senior night

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So close, yet so far away.

Irmo High School spoiled the Sumter baseball team’s Senior Night with a 3-2 victory at Gamecock Field on Thursday.

The loss dropped Sumter to 10-8 overall and 5-6 in Region IV-5A play, but it wasn’t all bad for the Gamecocks.

Blythewood beat Spring Valley in both games of their doubleheader on Thursday, guaranteeing Sumter at least a No. 3 seed in the region for the state playoffs with Spring Valley now having seven region losses.

Sumter pitcher Josh Bryant had nine strikeouts, recorded a walk and gave up four hits and three runs, all of them earned, in 4 2/3 innings in the loss. In relief, Seth Posey allowed a walk and a hit, Wylie Coker had three strikeouts, a walk and a hit, and Drake Thames had two strikeouts and gave up a walk.

Irmo pitcher Trent Polly recorded two strikeouts, issued no walks and gave up seven hits in the win.

“Their pitcher did a good job tonight,” Sumter head coach Brooks Shumake said. “We need to put the ball in play more. We didn’t score runs when we needed to. The other team wanted the game more.”

Irmo opened up the scoring in the top of the third inning when Aaron White hit a double to plate Joe Conti to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead.

However, Sumter would tie things up in the bottom of the third when Sebastian DuCom scored Jackson Hoshour on a groundout to make it 1-1.

Irmo regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning when Conti scored on a wild pitch, and Polly scored after a single from Payne Disque to take a 3-1 lead.

Sumter would get a run back in the top of the sixth inning when Bryce Lyons scored on a fielding error after Thames put the ball in play to make it 3-2, but that’s as close as the Gamecocks would get.

“We have to come out and be more competitive,” Shumake said. “If we do that, we’ll play pretty well.”