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Demon Dogs save their best for last by winning tourney

Posted: November 30, 2010 12:47 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2010 5:00 a.m.

THE DEMON DOGS 10U team after winning a tournament in Hartsville last month: (front row, from left) J.C. LeGrand, Mason Cassady, Seth Wages, Sawyer Reeves and Jake Laffin; (middle row, from left) McKenzie Barrineau, Grant Wells, Noah Rabon and Dalton Reeves; and (from left) coaches Brent Barrineau, Will Reeves and Jason LeGrand.

After a pair of second-place finishes in their first six tournaments, the West Wateree-based Demon Dogs’ 10U travel baseball team came home with the biggest piece of hardware in winning their final tournament of the year, which was played in Hartsville.

The nine-player, first-year team started play in June and competed in seven tournaments in their first season.

The Demon Dogs opened play in Hartsville by dismantling the Coastal Baseball Academy from Myrtle Beach, 21-4.

Demon Dogs’ second baseman Sawyer Reeves scored four run while pitcher J.C. LeGrand threw two shutout innings and scored three runs. LeGrand, Noah Rabon, Jake Laffin, McKenzie Barrineau and Dalton Reeves all scored three runs in the rout.

The Demon Dogs lost to Bandits Baseball Club from Conway, 9-5, in game two in spite of two hits off the bat of Barrineau and two runs scored by LeGrand.

The West Wateree squad secured a spot in the championship contest by knocking off the hometown Hartsville Rumble, 5-2, in game three.

LeGrand pitched a two-hit complete game to record the victory. He lost his shutout bid when the Rumble scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Seven Demon Dogs had a hit in this game with Cassady collecting a hit while scoring a run.

The Demon Dogs went out in style in this tournament as they blanked the Bandits Baseball Club from Conway, 7-0, in the finale.

The victors received their second straight complete game two-hitter, this one courtesy of Laffin. Catcher Dalton Reeves gunned down two would-be Bandit base stealers while adding a two-run single after the Bandits walked Barrineau to load the bases with two outs in fourth inning.

Rabon had three hits and scored twice while Grant Wells had had a triple and a single while scoring once. The game ended with Demon Dogs’ leftfielder Seth Wages making a diving catch to end the game while preserving the shutout.



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