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Demons ruin Dogfest

Posted: April 8, 2014 11:50 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2014 5:00 a.m.

While some of the numbers may have been similar, the only one which mattered was the final outcome.
On a day in which each team collected 12 hits, it was Lugoff-Elgin which spoiled Camden’s Dogfest with a 7-2 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at American Legion Park.
Each of the two cross-river rivals scored emotional one-run conference wins the previous night, but it was the visiting Demons who handled their success better as they did all their damage on a dozen hits; a figure which was matched by the hosts. Camden, however, left 13 men on base while L-E stranded 10.
The Demons sent Elliott Campbell to the mound and the right-hander earned his first varsity victory. The 6-foot-5 freshman worked into the fifth inning before handing the ball off to senior Jake Brazell, who went through the sixth. Bradwin Salmond, an eighth-grader, came on in the seventh to close the non-region contest.
The L-E offense gave Campbell a two-run cushion after scoring a pair in the top of the first. Salmond drew a one-out walk and stole second before scoring on Gunner Smith’s RBI single, which was the first of the junior’s four hits in the game. Smith scored the second run on Ethan Beasley’s bases-loaded walk.
An inning later, the guests made it 3-0 as Hunter McManus smacked a triple and scored on Smith’s single.
Camden scored a run in the fourth when Lawson Stokes walked and went to second on a wild pitch. He scored when Josh Hough’s squeeze bunt went for a single as the hosts closed the gap to 3-2.
The Demons scored once in the fifth as Smith single and came home on Gage Branham’s sacrifice fly. An inning later, another Branham sacrifice fly to center brought Russ Radcliff, who singled, home as the lead went to 6-1.
The Bulldogs pushed across a run in the sixth when Bennett Harrelson singled before coming around on a Darius Smith double down the left field line.
L-E tacked on an insurance run in the seventh as Beasley reached base with a walk before scoring on a Cody Mailly sacrifice fly to center.
Gunner Smith led the 12-hit L-E attack as he went 4-for-4 on the afternoon. Blake Serpas and McManus each had two hits in four trips to the plate.
Darius Smith paced the Camden offense as he had a double, a single, a walk and an RBI in three at-bats. Stokes was 2-for-3 while scoring a run.

Scheduling note: Due to Monday’s rains, the Demons’ home game with Irmo has been moved to tonight at 7:15 p.m. at Optimist Field. The game will begin after the L-E vs. Blythewood junior varsity game which is set for a 4:30 p.m. start.


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