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Demons’ offense comes alive in topping Jackets, 10-3

Posted: March 26, 2013 1:36 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Using an altered batting order, Lugoff-Elgin scored 10 runs and, more importantly, collected its first Region 4-4A win of the season in a 10-3 victory over host Irmo last Friday night.
The win gave the Demons a 1-3 league mark and a 3-8 overall record.
Senior lefty Taylor Lunsford went the first 4.1 innings to record his third win in four decisions while junior Zac Bowers came on in the fifth and went the rest of the way for his second save of the season.
Lunsford allowed four hits while fanning six batters in his stint while Bowers did not surrender a base hit while fanning four in a relief role.
“We scored some runs, which is good,” said L-E head coach Randy Stokes. “The key for us has been our pitching. Our pitchers have done a great job of keeping us in the game.
“Our problem has been that one night, we can’t field it and the next night, we can’t hit it. We’re still trying to put it all together.”
On Friday, the Demons gave Lunsford all the run support he would need with a six-run top of the second which opened with Gunner Smith reaching on an error before Jordan O’Cain got aboard on a walk. Ethan Beasley then walked to load the bases. Brock Robinson drove in two runs with a single while Hunter McManus plated two more runs with a single to left. Following a Cody Mailly base hit, Russ Radcliff brought runs five and six across with a two-out double.
Two innings later, the guests went on top, 9-1, when Radcliff smacked a two-run triple to bring in McManus and Mailly who got on with a walk and a single, respectively. Radcliff scored on an O’Cain ground out.
The Demons closed their scoring with a run in the seventh as Austin Hayes singled home the 10th run.
The Demons collected 10 hits on the night with Radcliff and Mailly getting two each. Radcliff drove home four runs with his double and triple while Mailly knocked in two runners. McManus also had a two-hit night.
The Demons went in search of their second conference win on Tuesday against Ridge View. Tonight, in a site change, L-E heads back to White Knoll for a 7 p.m. non-league start before traveling to Spring Valley on Thursday for another Region 4 game.
Blythewood and Richland Northeast are leading the way in 4-4A play with 4-0 records. The two met on Tuesday. After that, it is a free-for-all in the conference standings.
“You look at our region and, after the two teams up front, it’s all jumbled up,” Stokes said. “This week is very important to us. I feel that we can compete with the likes of a Spring Valley and we can compete with the rest of the teams if we play solid baseball.
“But we’re hanging in there. We’re still in the hunt.”


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