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L-E gets sweep of Falcons

Hartsville next up for Demons

Posted: March 19, 2018 3:13 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Scoring five runs on as many hits, the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team extended its win streak to four games with a 5-1 road victory over Darlington in a Region 6-4A contest played at Williamson Field on Friday night.

The win gave Randy Stokes and company a 6-2 record while, more importantly, keeping their conference slate clean with the two-game sweep of Darlington.

The Demons, ranked eighth in the most recent South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association 4A poll, have a key two-game set with Hartsville which begins tonight at Optimist Field at 6:30. The two sides will then meet in the back end of the pair on Friday on Jimmy White Field at Kelleytown Stadium, also in a 6:30 p.m. start.

Hartsville sports a 1-1 mark in league play after having split a pair of one-run games with Lakewood --- a 2-1 win and a 9-8 loss --- in their series last week.

Before that, L-E was scheduled to have hosted Midland Valley on Monday before closing its four-game week at Camden Saturday afternoon.

As for the Darlington series, the Demons upended the Falcons, 9-2, last Tuesday at home behind Zac Branham’s 14 strikeouts.

Friday, it was lefty Justin Dorton who worked into the sixth inning on 75 pitches, allowing one run one six hits before giving way to senior teammate Bradwin Salmond, who recorded the final six outs. The pair did not issue a walk.

The visitors reached DHS starter Chase Weatherford for solo runs in the second third and fourth innings before adding a pair in the fifth to stake Dorton to a 5-0 advantage. The hosts ended the Demons’ shutout bid by pushing a run across in the home half of the sixth.

L-E took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Dorton opened the inning with a leadoff single to left. Courtesy runner Josh Boone scored the game’s first run on Mason Cassidy’s two-out single to center.

An inning later, Noah Rabon worked his way on base with a one-out walk. He made it a 2-0 game when Jake Laffin sent a two-out, RBI double to left center.

The Demons tacked on a third run in the fourth when Hunter Coleman got aboard on a dropped third strike, stole second and scored on an error on a ball hit by Zac Branham.

L-E put this one on ice with a two-spot in the fifth. With two gone in the frame, Dorton drew a walk before being lifted for Boone, who stole second and then scored from there on Garrett Cassidy’s single to center. Cassidy took second on a wild pitch and scored from there when the Falcons booted a ball put into play by Mason Cassidy.

Darlington’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth when Jake Jones, who led off with a single, came in on a double play ball. The L-E defense turned a pair of double plays on the night with the first ending the first inning.

The Demons did not have a hitter with more than a hit on the night. Laffin’s double was the only extra base hit surrendered by Weatherford, who threw 114 pitches in a complete game effort. The Darlington starter allowed three earned runs while fanning seven and walking four.

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