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Chapin hands L-E non-region setback

Posted: April 3, 2014 11:26 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Turning 12 hits into only four runs, Lugoff-Elgin suffered a 13-4 loss to host Chapin in a non-region baseball game played on Wednesday night.
As if that was not tough enough for the Demons to handled, they committed three errors in the first inning which led to three Eagle runs. The guests trailed, 6-4, after three innings only to see Chapin score seven times in the bottom of the sixth to give itself plenty of breathing room with needing to get just three more out.
“We had plenty of opportunities, but we just didn’t capitalize on them,” Stokes said of his team’s offensive attack.
L-E jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Bradwin Salmond reached on an error and scored on a Blake Serpas single to right.
The Eagles then scored three times in a forgettable bottom of the first.
“In the first inning,” Stokes said, “we didn’t play fundamentally sound baseball. We also blew a rundown and we missed a pickoff play. But we got better as the game went on.”
The guests closed to within a run with one in the second as Ethan Beasley, who went 4-for-4 on the night, led off with a single and scored on Cody Mailly’s single to center field. But the Eagles used a three-run bottom of the second to hike their lead to 6-2.
The Demons scored twice in the third as Serpas, who was 2-for-3 in this game, rapped a two-out single. Gage Branham and Beasley followed with singles to load the bases for Chase Galloway who drove in Serpas with a single to center. Hunter McManus plated the final L-E run with an RBI base hit.
L-E was still within striking distance until the sixth when the Eagles gave themselves breathing room by hanging up a seven spot.
“We were right in it until the sixth inning,” Stokes said. “You take away the first and sixth innings and we, possibly, come out of there with a win.”
The Demons return to Region 4-4A action tonight when Spring Valley comes to Optimist Field for a 6:30 p.m. game. On Saturday, L-E heads to Camden to meet the Bulldogs for a 12:15 p.m. non-region contest which will serve as the centerpiece of Dogfest at American Legion Park.

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