State American Legion tournament begins Monday

By Thomas Grant Jr.

The field is set for the double elimination state American Legion baseball tournament.

Sumter Post 15 and Florence Post 1 finalized the 4-team field Saturday with victories in their deciding games. Post 15 defeated Camden Post 17 by a 6-4 score in Game 5 of the Midlands Region final and Post 1 won 9-6 over Goose Creek/Charleston Post 166 in Game 4 of the Coastal Region final.

The state tournament opens Monday when Florence plays host to Sumter, while Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 travels to Gaffney Post 109 at 7 p.m.

The tournament then moves to Spirit Communications Park, the home of the Columbia Fireflies. Game times for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Opening ceremonies prior to the first game on Wednesday will feature the South Carolina National Guard supporting the event with a Black Hawk helicopter on display for guided tours and the Colors being presented by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

On Thursday, Newberry native and former Major League Baseball All-Star Billy O’Dell will join Sumter native, multi-World Series champion with the New York Yankees and former University of South Carolina head coach Bobby Richardson in the pregame ceremony prior to the 7 p.m. game.

The tournament champion and runner-up will advance to the Southeastern Regional in Asheboro, N.C.


(Monday’s Games)

Sumter at Florence

Chapin-Newberry at Gaffney 7 p.m

(Wednesday’s Games)

Sumter/Florence loser vs. Chapin/Newberry/Gaffney loser 4 p.m.

Sumter/Florence winner vs. Chapin/Newberry/Gaffney winner 4 p.m.

(Thursday’s Game)

Loser’s bracket winner vs. Winner’s bracket loser 7 p.m.

(Friday’s Game)

Championship 4 p.m.

(if second game is necessary) 7 p.m.

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