Chalk one up for the unpredictable nature of summer weather in the South.
The Sumter Junior P-15's took Game 1 of their American Legion baseball first-round playoff series over Hartsville after a rain delay and a separate prolonged lightning …
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The Sumter Junior P-15's took Game 1 of their American Legion baseball first-round playoff series over Hartsville after a rain delay and a separate prolonged lightning delay resulted in 10-2 victory over Hartsville on Monday at Riley Park.
The game was halted for the second time in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Junior P-15's got off to a sloppy start, striking out four times in the first two innings. A miscue in the field ultimately gifted Hartsville the first run of the game when Sumter failed to cover third base on a bunt single, allowing the runner at first base to advance all the way to third. Hartsville scored on a sacrifice fly to go up 1-0.
Sumter then had leadoff runners picked off first base in both the second and third innings.
Everything changed with one out in the bottom of the third, however, when the Junior P-15's scored five runs, and sent 10 batters to the plate. Clayton Goff and Timothy Gottshall delivered two clutch 2-out base hits to score four of the five runs in the inning and give Sumter a 5-1 lead.
Hartsville got one back in the top of the fourth inning, but the Junior P-15's erupted for five runs again in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gottshall delivered the knockout blow with another 2-run single, giving Sumter its 10-2 lead. Gottshall finished the game 2-for-3 with four runs batted in.
On the mound, it was Austin Trapp who held the Hartsville bats in check for most of the game. Trapp allowed five hits and struck out two batters in four innings pitched.
The teams were scheduled to play the second game of the best-of-3 series on Wednesday in Hartsville. A third game, if needed, is set for Thursday.
The winner of the Sumter-Hartsville series will face either Manning-Santee or West Florence Green.in the second round.
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