Hoff pitches P-15's past Florence 8-1


The Sumter P-15's went into Friday's American Legion baseball game against Florence Post 1 reeling. Not only was Sumter in the midst of a 4-game losing streak, but it got hammered by Camden Post 17 15-1 in five innings on Thursday.
Hunter Hoff came to the rescue.
The left-hander limited Florence to just one run in 6-plus innings, and the P-15's got their offense in gear as they handed Post 1 its first loss of the season with an 8-1 victory at American Legion Field in Florence.
The victory gave Sumter a 6-5 overall record and a 3-3 League 2 record before Monday's game against Horry Post 111. That game was originally scheduled to be played in Conway, but was moved to Riley Park because of inclement weather along the Grand Strand due to Tropical Storm Claudette.
Two games in the 3-game series are scheduled to be played in Conway, but it remains to be seen when those games will be played, according to Sumter head coach Randy Twitty.
Twitty is just happy the P-15's were able to rebound and hand Florence its first loss in 11 games after the shellacking at the hands of Camden.
"After Thursday night we had a come-to-Jesus meeting," said Twitty, who is in his first year as the P-15's head coach. "This was probably the best game we've played this season. We had no errors, played solid defense, pitched well, and we hit the ball wall.
"This was a big win for us considering we had lost four straight games with the last one coming the way it did. I think it was more important because it came against a Florence team that was 10-0. They came out on the field, and thought they would keep it going. We had to play our best game, and hopefully we can keep it moving forward."
Hoff limited Florence, which fell to 5-1 in league play, to six hits. He struck out six and walked just two.
`'Hunter was really good," Twitty said. "That's the Hunter Hoff we want pitching for us every time."
Timothy Gotshall closed out the game for Sumter.
The P-15's managed 12 hits against three Post 1 pitchers. They scored two runs in both the first and second innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead. They added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Jackson Hoshour led the Sumter offense, going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double, three runs scored and two runs driven in.
Dustin Kennedy and Austin Trapp both went 3-for-4. Kennedy had two runs and an RBI, while Trapp had an RBI.
Brennan Jones had a hit and two RBI, while Wylie Coker had a hit and a run.