The Sumter P-15's American Legion baseball team survived its encounter with Hampton Post 108 on Friday, posting a 10-0 victory in a long 6-inning game at Riley Park.
That may not sound too difficult, but three of Sumter's runs were scored by …
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That may not sound too difficult, but three of Sumter's runs were scored by players that got on base when they were hit by pitches.
In all, Hampton starter J.D. Bailey plunked five Sumter batters, including three in the second inning, along with giving up nine hits and eight runs in the loss before giving way to Jackson Ridgeway after 2 2/3 innings.
Sumter starter Josh Bryant got enough runs in the first to post the win, going three innings and scattering four hits and a walk while striking out four.
"We had both played a lot of games this week, so they were down on pitchers," said Sumter head coach Curtis Johnson, whose team improved to 5-2 overall with the non-league victory. "I thought our hitters did a good job and we played clean defensively for the most part. And I thought those guys that pitched did a good job."
Hampton looked game in the first, with a lead-off hit, a sacrifice bunt, a walk and another hit to load the bases before Bryant got Seth Pritchard to ground to first and finished off a 3-2-1 double play.
Sumter got started right away, with Chandler Hunter drawing a lead-off walk that foreshadowed Hampton's struggle with control. Tray Yates moved Humter to second with a grounder to third and then Daulton Dabbs plated him with an RBI double. A single by designated hitter Rylan Williamson scored Dabbs from second and Sumter led 2-0.
Things really went awry for Bailey in the second, when he hit Dalton Browder to lead off and gave up back-to-back hits to Daniel Reynolds and Hunter, whose single scored Browder to make it 3-0. Bailey then hit Yates and Joey Pereira to load the bases. Dabbs flew out and Hampton third baseman Cason Dobson saved multiple runs with a great catch on a sharply hit line drive by Williamson that ended the inning with three P-15's stranded.
Remarkably, Bailey returned to the mound in the third inning and immediately hit Andrew Twitty to get things started. Jackson Hoshour and Browder singled and Twitty scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. Browder's single scored Hoshour to make it 5-0. Browder moved to second on a sacrifice by Ryan Moore and to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Hunter to push the sixth run across. Bailey then plunked Yates a second time, and the speedster stole second before Pereira's long double to the left field fence plated him from there.
That would finally be all for Bailey, but Pereira would score on a double down the left field line by Dabbs to make it 8-0 at the end of three.
David Frey came on in relief of Bryant to start the fourth inning, and struck out two allowed only one base runner over the next two innings when he hit Hampton's Ty Keyes. Josh Sykes closed it down with a 1-2-3 sixth, striking out two.
"You've got to give our pitchers credit," Johnson said. "Bryant and Frey and Sykes right there at the end, they hadn't pitched all year and went out there and threw strikes."
Johnson praised the performance both of some of the players getting their first starts and the veterans for their support.
"We had some guys in there that hadn't played a whole lot, and we gave them a chance to play and they were able to produce for us," Johnson said. "We started some guys that hadn't had a lot of at-bats, trying to give some guys some opportunities, and they went in there tonight and played well. And our guys that have been playing a lot showed a lot of support from the bench and really worked hard. I was really proud of them."
Sumter tacked on a run in the fourth when Hoshour singled, stole second and third and scored on a single by pinch hitter Daniel Twitty that made it 9-0.
The P-15's missed a chance to end it in the fifth, drawing two walks but taking the field again after Andrew Twitty hit into a double play. Sumter wasted no time in the sixth, however, when Hoshour tripled to lead off and Browder ended the game plating Hoshour with a single.
Sumter has a packed schedule next week, starting with back-to-back road games at Orangeburg and Hampton on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. On Wednesday, the P-15's are at home against Camden and then travel to Camden on Thursday before playing in the North Carolina-South Carolina Challenge next weekend in Salisbury, North Carolina.
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