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Lunsford’s second no-hitter leads L-E girls to region title

Posted: April 25, 2016 3:50 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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KELLY GRAHAM CRACKED an RBI single in the third inning of Lugoff-Elgin’s 12-0 win over Dutch Fork last Thursday night in Ballentine.

Talk about rising to the occasion.

In a game that determined whether or not Lugoff-Elgin would repeat as Region 4-4A softball champion, Baleigh Lunsford sealed the deal with a no-hitter as the Lady Demons drubbed Dutch Fork, 12-0, Thursday night in Ballentine.

Lunsford, a junior, only needed one run on this night with her dominating pitching performance in the circle. The right-hander pitched her second no-hitter of the year. She struck out seven and only allowed two walks in five innings to improve to 19-2 on the season.

Rather than letting the pressure of the game get to them, the Lady Demons relished it. This was evident as Lugoff-Elgin got on the board by pushing a run across in the top of the second. With one out, Kaley Goerlich reached on a fielders’ choice. Bailey Douglas then ripped a two-out double to right center that allowed Goerlich to score from first to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

The Lady Demons broke the game open in the third inning by scoring four times. 

After Taylor Sinay reached on a fielding error, Savannah Grigsby smacked a double to left center which put runners at second and third with one out. Next, Delaney Guererro laid down a pretty bunt for an infield single which would appeared to the bases. However, a throwing error by the Silver Foxes allowed Sinay to score with the second run of the game while Guerrero and Grigsby both advanced on the play.

 A Lunsford ground out plated Grigsby to put L-E on top, 3-0 lead. With two outs, Sophie Holland hit a triple to deep right which scored Guerrero from third to make the game 4-0. Kelly Graham followed by hitting a single up the middle, which scored Holland, to increase the lead to five.

Lugoff-Elgin added two more runs to their lead in the fourth.

With runners at second and third with one out, Grigsby grounded out to second which allowed Douglas to score to make it 6-0.  Guerrero followed and hit a rocket to left to scoring Erica Rawl from third to increase the lead to seven runs.

The Lady Demons completed their scoring by crossing the plate five times in the fifth. 

With a runner on third, Goerlich was able to drive in the eighth run of the game on a ground out to second. After two walks and an Erica Rawl single, Grigsby hit a hard single to right driving in two runs to make it 10-0. After advancing to second on a throwing error to home, Grigsby scored from second and Sinay from third on a single by Guerrero to left to complete the scoring on the night.

Offensively, Guerrero led the attack for James Marlow’s charges as she went 3-for-4 while driving in three runs. Grigsby had a two-hit night with three RBI while Douglas and Holland had two-hit nights for the 20-2 winners.

 

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