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Sumter-Florence game suspended by rain in the second inning

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 6/27/20

The South Carolina American League game between the Sumter P-15’s and Florence Post 1 on Friday at Riley Park was suspended in the bottom of the second inning due to a heavy downpour of …

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Sumter-Florence game suspended by rain in the second inning

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The South Carolina American League game between the Sumter P-15’s and Florence Post 1 on Friday at Riley Park was suspended in the bottom of the second inning due to a heavy downpour of rain.

Florence was leading 2-0 when a fast-moving rain cloud dumped a lot of rain. After much debate between umpires, coaches from the respective teams and the grounds crew, the decision was made to call the game.

It will be finished on July 10 at Riley Park after the completion of a regularly scheduled game between the teams. The originally scheduled game, which will be a Lower State League contest, will begin at 6 p.m.

Florence scored a run in each of its two at-bats. In the first inning, Post 1’s Caleb Oakley singled off of Sumter starting pitcher J.T. Stanley. Kody Hanna followed with a double just inside the third base line to send Oakley to third. Oakley scored on a groundout to second by Noah Carter.

Korque Rainey led off the second with a single. He stole second and moved to third on a groundout by Malves Wallace. Rainey scored when P-15’s shortstop Dustin Kennedy was unable to handle an in-between hop on a 2-out groundball to make it 2-0.

Sumter, which came into the contest with a 0-2 record, threatened in the first off of Florence left-hander George Derrick Floyd. SB DuCom led off with an infield single and Tray Yates drew a walk. However, they didn’t move because of a flyout and a double play.

Sumter was threatening again in the second when the game was stopped. Josh Burns was hit by a pitch with one out, but was forced out at second on a Jackson Hoshour fielder’s choice. Hoshour went all the way to third when Brennan Jones dropped a single into right.

Brandon Arnold was at the plate with a 1-0 count when the rain began to fall.

Sumter plays host to Camden on Monday at Riley Park beginning at 7 p.m.