FROM STAFF REPORTS
SUMMERVILLE - One down, two to go.
The Sumter P-15's defeated Goose Creek Post 166 10-7 in Game 1 of their best-of-5 third-round American Legion baseball state playoffs series on Monday at Cane Bay High School's Cobra …
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The Sumter P-15's defeated Goose Creek Post 166 10-7 in Game 1 of their best-of-5 third-round American Legion baseball state playoffs series on Monday at Cane Bay High School's Cobra Field.
Game 2 of the series was slated to be played on Tuesday at Riley Park.
The P-15's scored three runs in the first inning, and added two runs in the second inning to bury Post 166 from the outset. Trent Frye recorded two hits in the first two innings and knocked in two runs to help Sumter gain an early 5-1 advantage.
Dustin Kennedy earned the start in game one, and held Goose Creek to just two runs in four innings pitched. He left the game with a 6-2 lead on only 73 pitches.
"Kennedy was great on the mound," said Sumter head coach Curtis Johnson, whose team improved to 22-8 on the season. "He was less than 80 pitches, which means he can pitch on Friday if we need him."
Sumter extended the lead even further in the sixth inning when Drake Thames doubled to left field to push the score to 9-2. The P-15's recorded four doubles, and a total of 11 hits on the evening.
"Offensively, I was proud of our guys," said Johnson. "We hit a bunch of balls really hard, which was good to see. Even on some of the balls they [Goose Creek] caught, they had to make great plays."
Post 166 threatened late, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Johnson eventually went to Thames to stop Goose Creek's rally and end the game.
"Yeah, we were trying to save some pitching...and it kinda backfired on us a little bit," said Johnson. "We had a big enough lead that we were able to do that, and still have Drake come in and shut the door."
Frye and Victor Brown both had two hits with each of them picking up a double. Frye had two runs batted in, while Brown scored two runs.
SB DuCom and Thames both had a double with Thames driving in two runs. Kennedy and Chandler Hunter both scored two runs.
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