MANNING -- Rain washed away nearly the entire South Carolina American Legion Juniors lower state playoff slate on Monday evening. The Manning-Santee junior team was able to get through three and a half innings of its game against West Florence Green before a severe thunderstorm halted the action in the bottom of the fourth inning with Manning leading 4-1.
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Manning scored twice in the first inning without even recording a base hit. Bryce Acord, Keaton Wildes, and Austin Geddings all drew walks in the inning. Acord eventually scored on a wild pitch, and Wildes crossed the plate on a grounder to the right side of the infield by Cameron Branham.
Branham got Manning on the board again in the third inning, roping a single that scored Davis Campbell, giving his team a 3-0 advantage. Jordan then reached base on an infield single, scoring Geddings and pushing the lead to 4-0. Branham nearly scored on the play as well, but was called out at the plate to end the inning.
West Florence Green threatened in the top of the fourth, loading the bases for their leadoff hitter Brody Cook. Manning head coach Mark Campbell elected to bring in Branham to pitch, and Branham promptly struck out Cook on four pitches to end the threat. The thunder and rain came shortly thereafter sending the players and crowd scrambling for shelter.
Manning and West Florence Green are now scheduled to complete their suspended game, and play game two of their series on Tuesday night in Manning. The original schedule called for the game to be played at West Florence, but a lack of available fields forced the game back to Manning. Game one is expected to resume at 6 p.m., followed by a thirty-minute break, and then game two.
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