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Lady Demons finish third at Lexington tournament

Posted: March 14, 2016 3:23 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Facing some of the toughest competition that the Carolinas have to offer, the Lugoff-Elgin softball team finished with a 4-1 record which was good for third place in last weekend’s two-day Lady Wildcat Invitational in Lexington.

Coming off a 19-4 season which ended with another appearance in the district championship game, the Lady Demons did not waste any time and returned to their winning ways by defeating James Island, 5-0, in last Friday’s season and tourney opener. 

Junior Baleigh Lunsford had a dominating pitching performance, allowing only one hit in seven innings of work with eight strikeouts and only one walk. Lunsford helped her cause at the plate as she collected two hits in three trips while both driving in and scoring a run. Designated player Taylor Sinay also collected two hits in three appearances with an RBI and a run scored for James Marlow’s charges.

In the second day of action, the Lady Demons faced off against Gray Collegiate Academy. After the previous night’s pitching performance, Lunsford pitched another complete game shutout by scattering seven hits in L-E’s 6-0 victory. 

Like in the previous game, the Lady Demons had plenty of offense in this game.

 In the bottom of the first, junior catcher Sophie Holland hit a two-run bomb to center to give L-E a 2-0 lead that it would never relinquish. Also contributing to the offensive attack was freshman Savannah Grigsby, who had two triples in four plate appearances. Lunsford collected two hits, scored twice and drove in another run for the Lady Demons.

After winning their first two games, L-E squared off against Airport. Freshman Bailey Douglas got the start and had a good outing, allowing only two hits and striking out six in three innings of work. In the fourth, Gracie Holland was just as effective, allowing only one run in three innings to help secure a 6-2 win over the Lady Eagles.

Lunsford had another good day with the bat as she drove in two runs and collected two hits. Douglas contributed to the mix by picking up two hits in four plate appearances.

L-E’s opponent in the fourth game of the tournament was Ashley Ridge and it was the Lady Demons coming out on the short end of a 5-4 decision.

In the final game of the tournament, L-E faced off against White Knoll. The Lady Demons jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first three innings. In the fourth, White Knoll used some timely hitting and took advantage of L-E two errors, which allowed the Lady Timberwolves to even things at 4-4.

 The game was still knotted at 4-4 heading into the seventh inning in which the Lady Demons would push across three runs to get the 7-4 win.

Lunsford came on in the sixth and pitched two shutout innings to pick up her third win on the season. At the plate, she had two hits and drove in three runs. 

Grigsby rapped out two hits and scored two runs while junior first baseman Kelly Graham added two hits in four trips to the plate.

Following Monday’s game with rival Camden, the Lady Demons will kick off their Region 4-4A campaign with a trip to meet Spring Valley tonight . On Thursday, Marlow and company will be back at home to meet Blythewod in a conference pairing.

L-E will return to the tournament trail this weekend to play in an event at Byrnes High School.

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