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Guerrero’s four RBI helps sink Gaffney

Posted: May 2, 2016 3:55 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Having played in the winners’ bracket game three times before, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of what was at stake on Saturday.  

A win against visiting Gaffney would mean that Marlow’s team would get three days off and would have to win just one more game at home to take the 4A District 3 AAAA championship.

The hostesses did just that in handing the Lady Indians an 11-1 loss in a game stopped after four and a half innings by the 10-run rule.

In the first inning, Gaffney put a runner on with a two-out walk. In the bottom half of the first, L-E had Savannah Grigsby and Delaney Guerrero reach on consecutive singles. However, no team could push a run across in the opening frame. 

Gaffney scored its only run of the game in the second inning when Emma Price reached on an error to start the inning.  After a sacrifice bunt moved her to second followed by a strikeout, Makalyn Martin, was able to get reach on a throwing error, allowing Price to score the first run of the game. 

Lugoff-Elgin wasted no time and would score three runs in its half of the second to take a 3-1 lead.   With one out in the inning, Bailey Douglas hit the first pitch that split the outfield in right center for a double. Taylor Sinay, the designated player for the game, came to the plate and was able to reach on a walk to put runners at first and second.  

With two gone, Grigsby smacked a double just inside the left field line to score Douglas from second to tie the game at one.  With runners on second and third, Guerrero hit an 0-2 pitch to left to score Sinay and Grigsby, giving the hostesses a 3-1 advantage. 

The score remained 3-1 until the bottom of the fourth when the Lady Demons would put the game away by scoring eight times to take an 11-1 lead.  

The inning started when second baseman Erica Rawl led off with a single and Grigsby reached on a walk.  Guerrero then hit a shot over Gaffney’s leftfielder’s head that rolled all the way to the fence for a double, allowing Rawl and Grigsby to score the fourth and fifth runs of the game.  

After junior pitcher Baleigh Lunsford moved Guerrero over to third on a successful sacrifice bunt and a Gaffney pitching change, junior catcher Sophie Holland hit a deep fly ball to left center that hit off the base of the fence for a double scoring Guerrero from third for a 6-1 lead.  Junior first baseman Kelly Graham would drive in Holland from second for the seventh run of the game on a towering fly ball to left that hit off the base of the fence for a double.  

Still with only one out in the inning, third baseman Kaley Goerlich was able to contribute to the scoring by driving in Graham from second with a single to right giving L-E an 8-1 lead.  After Douglas was able to reach on a single to short putting runners at first and second, Goerlich was able to score on a ground ball that Sinay hit to Gaffney’s shortstop that was misplayed going into left field for the ninth run.  

With runners on the corners, Douglas scored the 10th run of the game on a wild pitch. Rawl was next and would complete the scoring in the inning by driving in Sinay from second on a hard single to right field for an 11-1 lead.   

Lunsford then set down Gaffney in order in the top of the fifth to end the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.  

For the game, Lunsford was dominant and was able to keep the Gaffney hitters off balance the entire night.  She allowed an unearned run on one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out four in five innings of work. 

Guerrero finished the game going 3-for-4 with a double and driving in four runs.  Douglas collected three hits and scored two runs while Grigsby had another big game at the plate collecting two hits in three at-bats, scoring two runs and driving in one.

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