ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The Sumter P-15's saw their season come to an end on Friday with a 10-2 loss to Florida state champion Tallahassee Post 13 in an elimination game in the American Legion baseball …
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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The Sumter P-15's saw their season come to an end on Friday with a 10-2 loss to Florida state champion Tallahassee Post 13 in an elimination game in the American Legion baseball Southeast Region Tournament at McCrary Park.
Sumter, which advanced to the regional as the South Carolina runner-up in the state tournament after Georgia did not have a representative, finished the year with a 24-15 record.
Tallahassee improved to 18-10-2 on the season. Post 13 will play in one of the two games scheduled for Saturday.
The P-15's were playing without injured Joey Pereira and Daniel Twitty as well as Lathan Todd, who left to begin his freshman season at The Citadel after tossing a 5-0 shutout on Thursday against Chapin/Newberry Posts 193/24.
Sumter got off to a good start on Friday as the visitor, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. However, the P-15's could have done so much more.
Trey Yates reached on a throwing error by shortstop JD Tease before being forced out on a fielder's choice by Ryan Moore. Ryan Williamson singled off of Tallahassee starting pitcher Hunter Greene before Daulton Dabbs reached on an infield single Both Moore and Williamson scored when Tease threw the ball away on Dabbs' hit.
Greene then hit Bobby Crisp and Jackson Hoshour to load the bases. Greene got out of the jam without further damage by getting Andrew Twitty to ground out.
Right-hander Charlton Commander started on the mound for Sumter and had a scoreless first inning. He wasn't as lucky in the second.
Sammy Loveday drew a leadoff walk and Peyton Bennett followed with a base hit. Commander struck out Zack Treadway before Brady Blackburn singled to score Loveday and send Bennett to third.
It looked as if the P-15's would get out of it with just one run scoring when Caleb Carter hit a grounder to Moore at shortstop. Blackburn was forced at second, but the P-15's couldn't turn the double play and Bennett scored to tie the game at 2-2.
Joe Ruth followed with a single to send Carter to third. Ruth then took off for second, beat the throw and Carter came home from third to make it 3-2.
"We didn't turn a double play, and we didn't make some other plays when we had a chance," said Sumter head coach Curtis Johnson. "You can't do those kind of things and expect to beat a good team like that."
After the rocky first, Greene allowed only three hits the rest of the way. He went the distance, allowing five hits while striking out four and walking one.
The P-15's did get runners on the corner in the third, but Greene got out of it with a double play.
Lefty Josh Bryant came on in the third for Sumter, and Post 13 touched him for two runs to make it 5-2. Tallahassee broke the game open in the fourth, scoring four runs to go up 9-2.
Post 13 finished with 13 hits.
Despite seeing the season come to an end, Johnson had much praise for his players.
"I'm proud of these guys," Johnson said. "They worked hard, and they did that every day from May 1 to August 10. They competed, they battled and they did a lot of good things.
"And it was a good thing we were the last South Carolina team here."
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