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Demon Dogs break even at Winter State Championship

Posted: November 23, 2010 11:51 a.m.
Updated: November 24, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Camden-based Demon Dogs 14U travel baseball team finished with a 2-2 record at the South Carolina Winter State Championship Tournament played in Lexington on Nov. 13-14.

The locals opened the two-day event with a 9-2 loss to the Palmetto Longhorns.

In the first, Ross Hough hit a two-out double, which was followed by a Darius Smith RBI double off the fence in left center. The Demons Dogs’ second run came in the seventh when Hough singled and was driven home on a Smith base hit.

Lawson Stokes was the starting pitcher and worked two innings, giving up five runs on three hits. Will Abbott threw the next three innings and gave up two runs on three hits. Christian Flick came on in the sixth and worked the final two innings, allowing two runs on four hits. The Longhorns scored once in the first inning, two in the second, four in the fourth and two in the seventh.

The Demon Dogs then beat Sumter Elite, 8-7, in game two.

In the first inning, the winners got Cole Irick aboard on a walk before Hough singled. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Smith then brought the pair across with a two-run single. In the third, Matthew Stoke walked, Flick singled and Irick doubled, scoring Stokes. After Smith walked to load the bases, Lawson stokes doubled to left center to clear the bases.

With the game tied in the seventh, the contest went to international rules as Carson Morgan was placed on second base to start the inning. Morgan took third on a Sam Powers ground out. Abbott then walked and attempted to steal second base. Morgan broke for the plate on the throw, only to get caught up in a rundown. But an overthrow to third base allowed Morgan to score while Abbott landed at third base on the play. He would score the winning run on a Tyler Jordan sacrifice fly.

Powers started on the hill and went three innings, giving up five runs. Lawson Stokes pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Hough threw the last three innings, giving up a run on two hits.

The Elite scored three runs in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and another in the seventh inning.

The Demon Dogs were paired with the Elite on Sunday morning and came away with a 10-7 loss.

In the second, Powers singled before Abbott was hit by a pitch. They would move up a base on a wild pitch. Powers scored on a Jordan sacrifice fly with Abbott coming in on a Hough single. Two frames later, Jordan and Matthew Stokes singled with an Irick double plating Jordan. Smith’s single brought both Stokes and Irick across.

In the seventh, Stokes singled and went to second on a wild pitch. After a Morgan walk, a Powers single plated Stokes. Morgan scored the seventh run on a Jordan ground out.

Powers was the starting pitcher and went five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. Lawson Stokes followed and went two innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

The Demon Dogs won their final game of the tournament by a 7-0 forfeit against The Explosion to close the book on a 12-12 season.

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