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KC softball teams all stay alive in tourney

Posted: May 4, 2014 10:54 a.m.
Updated: May 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Tyler Bowers belted a pair of home runs while driving in three runs, but it was not enough to help North Central get past host Buford in a 9-5 loss in Thursday’s first round of the AA District 3 baseball tournament.
The host Yellow Jackets answered a one-run Knight top of the first by scoring seven times in the home portion of the inning, using one hit, a dropped third strike and a pair of NC errors to inflict the damage.
The loss, which came after NC dropped a doubleheader to Buford six nights earlier, had Robbie Cash’s squad host Indian Land in Saturday’s elimination contest.
“Our guys played hard,” Cash said. “After the first inning, we played well. But in that first inning, we did not make a couple routine plays in the field which you need to make, especially in the playoffs.
“I thought that our outfield played a very good game and we were also able to manage their running game as Buford had just one stolen base.”
Bowers’ first blast was a solo shot to right with one gone in the first. He added an RBI single in the third to drive in Marqueis Barnes, who was the courtesy runner for catcher Chase Stephens. Bowers then went deep again in the sixth with another solo shot to right which made it an 8-3 game.
Trailing 9-3 in the seventh, Michael Williamson was hit by a pitch. With two gone, Cam Holley singled to center to put runners on the corners for Bowers, who was issued an intentional walk. Broderick Gaither then sent a two-run double to left field for the 100th hit of his career. He became the third Knight in the past two years to reach the century mark.
Cash said the first inning all but did his team in on Thursday.
“That’s just baseball,” he said of his hard-luck squad which fell to 8-14. “We just have to keep working and come up with something to get things going our way.”
L-E blanked in opener: Summerville scored an unearned run in both the first and fifth innings and that was all Zach Mosay needed as he threw blanks at visiting Lugoff-Elgin in a 2-0 Green Wave win in Thursday’s opening round of the 4A District 6 baseball tournament.
L-E senior Zac Bowers was the hard-luck loser. For the second time in as many games, the Erskine College signee did not receive a run from the Demons’ offense which received hits from Bradwin Salmond, Brock Robinson, Hunter McManus and Ethan Beasley.
Bowers, a right-hander, worked into the sixth innings and allowed just four hits while striking out four batters.
After SHS pushed across a run on two L-E errors in a first inning which ended with shortstop Russ Radcliff saving two runs on a diving stab of a line drive, the Demons threatened in the second only to leave the bases loaded without scoring a run off Moza
SHS added another unearned run in the third and theeatened again in the sixth by loading the bases with no outs. Jake Brazell then came on in relief of Bowers and retired all three batters he faced to give the visitors a chance.
L-E head coach Randy Stokes said the postseason opener seemed like a continuation from the end of his team’s regular season.
“We squared the ball up, but Summerville made all the plays on defense,” he said. “We also had some strikeouts at key times in the game, which hurt us.”
“That’s been our M.O. the past few weeks; we get men on, get them into scoring position but we cannot get the run across.”
Lady Bulldogs races past Chapman: Camden scored eight times in the top of the first inning and then held off a furious charge from Chapman to take a 10-7 win in Friday’s opening round of the AAA District 4 softball tournament.
Lynn Looney’s charges will travel to meet top-seed Seneca, a 10-0 winner over Berea, tonight in a 6 p.m. start in the Upstate.
The Lady Bulldogs’ quick start was helped along as their first four batters of the night in the game played in Inman, all reached via walks. Michaelan Barngrover drove in two of those runners with a double.
After a one-run first, Chapman closed the gap to 8-6 by scoring five times in the second inning.
Using four singles and an error in the fifth, Camden padded its lead to 0-7.
Alexis Edgerton led the Lady Bulldog offense, going 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Barngrover and added a pair of hits in the win.
Lady Knights tripped up by Buford: The North Central softball team suffered a 9-1 loss to visiting Buford in Thursday’s opening round of the AA District 4 tournament.
In spite of the setback, the Lady Knights remained at home to take on fellow Region 3-AA entry Eau Claire, a 5-4 loser to top-ranked Andrew Jackson, in Saturday’s elimination contest.
Northwestern gets past Lady Demons: Northwestern did all its offensive damage in the first two innings of Saturday’s 6-2 victory over Lugoff-Elgin in a winners’ bracket 4A District 3 softball tournament game played in Rock Hill.
The host Trojans improved to 19-0 while the Lady Demons fell to 20-4. L-E will play host to Hillcrest, a winner over Gaffney on Saturday, in tonight’s elimination game at Lady Demon Field. L-E downed Hillcrest, 3-1, in eight innings in opening round play on Thursday. The winner of tonight’s game will have to defeat Northwestern twice on Wednesday in order to advance to next week’s 4A Upper State tournament.
On Saturday, the Lady Demons saw NHS score three times in each of its first two at-bats to jump to a 6-0 lead.
The visitors hit the board in the fourth as Taylor Rawl singled and later scored from third on a double steal. L-E closed out the scoring with a run in the top of thee seventh when Kelly
Graham smacked a leadoff single before Dallas Guerrero reached on an error. A Taylor Mullis two-out single drove in Graham with the second run.
James Marlow’s charges were limited to three hits on the afternoon with singles coming off the bats of Mullins, Rawl and Graham.
Lady Knights stay alive: The North Central kept its season alive by taking Saturday’s AA District X softball tournament elimination game with a 14-2 victory over Region 3-AA colleague Eau Claire.
The Lady Knights will try to advance into Wednesday’s district championship pairing with top-seed Andrew Jackson. In order to do that, Mike Grigsby’s girls will have to get past visiting Buford in tonight’s elimination game in Boonetown. The Yellow Jackets downed NC, 9-1, in Thursday’s opening round.
 Demons, Knights knocked from post-season: It was a long afternoon of short games for the Lugoff-Elgin and North Central baseball teams,both of which saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday in a pair of five-inning losses.
In 4A District 6 elimination contest played at Optimist Field, Aiken breezed to a 19-2 win over host Lugoff-Elgin.
Earlier in the day, in a AA District X tournament elimination game in Boonetown, visiting Indian Land jumped to an 8-0 second inning lead and went on to a 17-2 victory over the host Knights.

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