KELLEYTOWN -- The Sumter P-15's found themselves in a 5-0 hole going into the fifth inning of Game 2 of their American Legion baseball first-round state playoff series against Hartsville Post 53 on …
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KELLEYTOWN -- The Sumter P-15's found themselves in a 5-0 hole going into the fifth inning of Game 2 of their American Legion baseball first-round state playoff series against Hartsville Post 53 on Tuesday. Sumter then strung together some hits -- and hit by pitches -- to turn the game around.
The P-15's used three hits and three hit batters to tie the game with five runs in the top of the fifth. They added two runs in the sixth and put up another 5-spot in the seventh for a 12-5 triumph at Jimmy White Park. The win gives Sumter a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series, and it can wrap it up today at Riley Park at 7 p.m.
"I think our team is really coming to's gether right now," said P-15's head coach Curtis Johnson, whose squad improved to 17-9 on the season. "There is a lot of camaraderie and players pulling for each other. We took advantage of all they gave us."
Post 53 starting pitcher Keyshawn McDonald cruised through the first four innings, allowing just one hit, a 2-out double by Ryan Moore. When Trent Frye led off the fifth with a single though, things began to quickly unravel for Hartsville, which fell to 9-11.
Chandler Hunter followed Frye with another single, and Trey Yates reached to load the bases with no outs when McDonald slipped trying to field his bunt. McDonald plunked Jacob Holladay with a pitch to force in Frye and make it 5-1. After Moore popped out, McDonald hit Bobby Crisp and Daulton Dabbs to make it 5-3. A passed ball allowed Holladay to score and a sacrifice fly by Joey Pereira scored Crisp with the tying run.
Sumter starter Rylan Williamson, who was roughed up for four runs in the first, had his first 1-2-3 inning after the P-15's tied the game.
Sumter went back to work in the sixth against reliever Austin Sellers, who came on to retire the two batters he faced in the fifth.
After retiring Frye to start the inning, Sellers walked Hunter and Yates. Holladay grounded out to move the runners up a base before Sellers uncorked a a wild pitch to score Hunter. Moore followed with a double off the left field wall to score Yates and make it 7-5.
Williamson, who allowed 12 hits, reached his pitch limit in the sixth. Daniel Twitty came on with runners on first and second with two outs and caught Sellers looking at a called third strike to end the threat. Hunter pitched a scoreless seventh.
Hartsville had five hits in the first inning when it scored its first four runs and added three more hits in the second. It got its fifth run in the fourth to go up 5-0.
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