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L-E gets combined no-no in drubbing Knights, 12-0

Posted: March 20, 2014 11:10 a.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Getting a combined no-hitter from sophomore Brock Robinson and eighth-grader Bradwin Salmond, Lugoff-Elgin breezed to a 12-0 win over an outmanned Crestwood squad in a Wednesday night game played at Optimist Field.
The non-conference victory gave Randy Stokes’ charges a 5-2 overall mark and a season sweep of the Knights.
Robinson worked the first 4.2 innings of a game stopped after four and a half frames by the 10-run mercy rule. The right-hander struck out 12 batters and walked a pair. Salmond, also a righty, recorded the final out of the game with a strikeout.
This pitching effort was all about Robinson, however, who did exactly what he was asked to do on the mound.
“This was a good outing for Brock,” Stokes said. “He threw a lot of strikes. We wanted him to get some work on the mound and we wanted him to get a start, as well.”
The Demons did all their scoring in the first two frames by following up a four-run first with eight more in the second.
Cody Mailly led the bottom of the first off with a double and went to third base on an error on the throw back to the infield. Salmond then reached on a dropped third strike while Mailly came home with the winning run on a wild pitch. After Salmond stole second and took third on an error, Russ Radcliff walked before Gunner Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Blake Serpas made it 3-0 with a two-run single to center before Smith scored on Mikey Branham’s sacrifice fly to center.
Things got out of hand for the Knights an inning later.
With one gone, Salmond reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Radcliff single. Smith then reached on an error before Serpas plated Radcliff with a single. A Branham run-scoring single to left made it 7-0 while Serpas came in on Gage Branham’s sac fly to left for the second out.
Hunter McManus kept the rally alive with a bunt single on which Branham scored. Mailly then walked to load the bases. An error on a line drive by Salmond trailed by Radcliff’s two-run single boosted the lead to a dozen runs for the hosts.
L-E did its damage on nine hits with Radcliff going 3-for-3 with a trio of RBI. Serpas had two hits while driving in two runs with Mailly having a single and a double.
“We didn’t strike out but four times in this game, so we put a lot of balls in play,” Stokes said of his team’s approach at the plate. “A lot of times, you have to make adjustments to pitching when you go up to the plate. I thought that our guys did a pretty good job of doing that.”
After a win against an overmatched opponent in Crestwood on Wednesday, the Demons will return home to host second-ranked Blythewood tonight in a 7 p.m. conference pairing. Stokes does not expect things to be easy with the Bengals in town.
“They are as good as they’ve ever been,” he said. “They are always good defensively and they have a lot of good players back from last year.”

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