ASHEBORO, N.C. - Lathan Todd left the Sumter P-15's with a nice parting gift on Thursday.
Todd, Sumter's standout right-handed pitcher, played his final game in the American Legion baseball Southeast Region Tournament on Thursday because he has …
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Todd, Sumter's standout right-handed pitcher, played his final game in the American Legion baseball Southeast Region Tournament on Thursday because he has to report for his freshman year at The Citadel this weekend. He made his final outing with the P-15's very memorable, tossing a 3-hit shutout and eliminating South Carolina state champion Chapin/Newberry Posts 193/24 from the regional with a 5-0 victory at McCrary Park.
Sumter, which improved to 24-14 on the season, will take on Florida state champion Tallahassee Post 13 today at 12:30 p.m. in another elimination game. Tallahassee lost Kentucky state champion Lyon County Post 68 5-3 on Thursday.
Chapin/Newberry, which beat Sumter twice to win the state tournament and also defeated it during the regular season, finished with a 20-7 record.
Todd gave up just three hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts while pitching the P-15's to their first win over C/N in four contests.
"I felt good," Todd said. "The defense and offense made me confident. My fastball and changeup worked today."
"He was good," head coach Curtis Johnson said of Todd. "He started and finished."
Outfielder Trey Yates agreed on Todd.
"That's what Lathan does," Yates said. "As the game went on, he got better. We can really lean on him."
Chapin was playing its second game of the day after its opening game against host Randolph County Post 45 on Wednesday was postponed due to rain. The teams played the first game on Thursday with Randolph County winning 8-2.
The only real threat for Chapin came in the second when it loaded the bases. He got out of the jam by getting Tanner Folk to fly out.
Posts 193/24 starter Jonathan Bickley matched Todd with scoreless innings through the first two frames, even though Sumter loaded the bases in the top of the first inning without scoring. Sumter broke through against Bickley in the third.
Right fielder Jacob Holladay led off with a double and Yates was hit by a pitch. Ryan Moore put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away by catcher Folk, allowing Holladay to score and Yates to reach third. Moore stole second, and Yates cored on another throwing error by Folk. Daulton Dabbs' double scored Moore with a double to make it 3-0.
In the fourth, Holladay doubled again, this time with one out. Yates put down a bunt for a hit, and Holladay came in to score on a throwing error by third baseman Aaron Copeland to make it 4-0 "We had a lot of bunts and we put pressure on them," Johnson said.
In the seventh, first baseman Andrew Twitty plated Dabbs, who was hit by a pitch, with a single to score the team's fifth and final run.
Yates finished with two hits and a run in two at-bats.
"I saw a lot of fastballs and I just put the ball on the ground," Yates said.
Holladay also had the two doubles and scored two runs.
Bickley threw for five innings, giving up six hits, two walks and four runs, two of which were earned. He also recorded four strikeouts.
In Tallahassee, which is 17-10-2 on the season, Sumter will be going up against a team in the regional that it faced during the regular season. The P-15's beat Post 13 11-3 in the Palmetto Invitational at Riley Park in June.
"We're going to go home, shower and sleep," Johnson said. "The hay is in the barn."
"We need to get ready and focused to play," Yates said.
Johnson said he wasn't sure who he would start on the mound today.
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