SPARTANBURG - The Sumter Junior P-15's scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to open a 7-1 advantage and survived a rally by Aiken in the bottom of the inning to win 7-5 in their opening game of the American Legion Baseball Junior state tournament at Duncan Park on Saturday.
Sumter, which improved to 18-5 on the season, took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second after Aiken had scored a run in the bottom of the first. Wylie Coker walked and Seth Posey singled and scored on a 2-out single by Drake Thames.
The Junior P-15's pushed the lead to 3-1 in the fourth. Coker led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Posey and scored on a Victor Brown sacrifice fly.
Sumter made it 4-1 in the fifth. Thames drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second by Hunter McGee, moved to third on an Aaron Carlton single and scored on a Dustin Kennedy sacrifice fly.
In the seventh, Trey Yates was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Thames reached on a bunt single and McGee singled. Yates and Thames scored on separate errors and McGee scored on a Carlton sac fly.
Kennedy started for the Junior P-15's and took a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. He got two outs before Brown came in to get the final one.
Kennedy worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and four walks while striking out six.
Thames was 2-for-3 with two runs and two runs batted in. McGee had two hits and Coker had a double and two runs.
Sumter plays at 4:30 p.m. today against Inman or Horry.
Sumter "O"Zone 17
HARTSVILLE - The Sumter 11-12 year-old "O"Zone all-star baseball team opened the "O"Zone state tournament with a 17-9 victory over Midland on Saturday at Byerly Park.
Sumter will face Blythewood today at 6 p.m.
Dylan Richardson was the winning pitcher and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run.
Cameron Coulter had two hits and drove in three runs, Clark Kinney had two hits, two RBI and three runs scored, Brandt Reynolds had two hits and two RBI and Ben Reynolds had two hits and two runs.
Sumter National 3
HARTSVILLE - The Sumter National 9-10 year-old all-star baseball team lost to Bluffton 4-3 in seven innings on Saturday in its opening game in the AAA state tournament at Byerly Park.
Sumter National meets Belton today at 3 p.m. in an elimination game.
Caleb Vaclavik had three hits to lead Sumter National and Owen Meyers had two hits. Sumter National finished with nine hits, but left eight runners on base.
Marion Davis pitched 5-plus innings of 1-hit relief.
Chapin/Newberry in legion state tournament
Chapin/Newberry defeated Camden 9-6 on Saturday afternoon in Camden to win its American Legion baseball second-round state playoff series 3-1.
That means six of the eight spots for the state tournament which begins at Riley Park have been filled. Sumter and defending state champion Florence completed sweeps of their best-of-5 series on Friday while Gaffney earned its spot on Friday as well, winning its series 3-1. Rock Hill won its series in a sweep on Thursday.
Horry and Beaufort played Game 4 of their series on Saturday night in Conway. Horry led the series 2-1.
The final spot will be filled by one of the upper state second-round losers via a playoff game. Those three teams are Greenville, Spartanburg and Fort Mill. The game is scheduled to be played on Monday, but there is still a question as to who will be in it.