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The 21 Go getters win 2, Springtown and Jonesville drop 2

By Ralph Way

As the second half of the men’s softball season continues, each week becomes ever more important as the playoff picture begins to take shape.

The three struggling Colleton County teams, 21, Springtown and Jonesville, were happy to get a mid-season break. The first half of the season was brutal for all three teams. Now is the time to bear down and get some wins under these team’s belts in order to secure playoff bids.

   Team 21 hosted Olar on Saturday. They jumped all over the visiting team, and though the game was close, the 21 players came away with a victory. Then on Sunday, they traveled to Olar, where the team was able to gain a second victory.

With the Springtown and Jonesville teams both losing, this gave 21 a small advantage for future games.

Jonesville really had a rough weekend, as the B & F All-stars blistered them in both games. Springtown also fell to their opponent, Dimondale. Always a big time rivalry, these teams were poised for a remarkable showdown. The problem for Springtown, they apparently left a good bit left their offense in Colleton County, and lost by a score of 7-1 on Saturday. Springtown came out impressively in front of their home fans on Sunday, taking an 8-3 lead going into the third inning. This lead didn’t last, though. In the top of the fourth, Dimondale got things going and scored some runs and took the lead. Springtown regained the lead in the bottom half of the 4th.  In the top of the fifth inning, Dimondale again took the lead, and the team seemed to be in position to pile on some runs. But a spectacular play by Springtown’s second baseman ended their rally with a double play.

 The teams went back and forth again, and, at the bottom of the seventh inning, Springtown was down by only one point, and then quickly got a run to tie the game. Springtown had the winning run on second base with only one out, but then a careless mistake cost them an out when they sent an illegal courtesy runner to second base. This seemed to take the air out of Springtown, as the team saw one mishap after another while on defense after this call.

  The game ended after going into extra innings when Springtown failed to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dimondale got the win by a score of 23-22. Come out and support your community as they continue their season.

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