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L-E trio blanks Knights, 9-0

Posted: April 4, 2018 11:44 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

L-E’S BRADWIN SALMOND beat the throw from the plate and the tag from Dalton Truesdale in stealing third base in Monday’s win over North Central.

Getting a combined two-hit shutout from a trio of pitchers, Lugoff-Elgin opened play in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Tournament with a 9-0 victory over in-county foe North Central Monday night at American Legion Park in Camden.

The Demons (12-4) started Hunter Coleman, who went the first four frames before giving way to Jay Lynch, who was returning to the lineup after having been sidelined with an eye malady. All Lynch would do was to fan five in a two-inning stint before Zac Branham worked the seventh.

Together, the three seniors fanned seven Knights with Coleman and Lynch setting down 14 consecutive Knight (2-10) batters during a stretch which started in the first inning and ended in the sixth.

As for the L-E offense, that unit collected 13 hits off a trio of NC pitchers.

The Demons scored in all innings but the second and fifth and posted the only run they needed in the top of the first as Branham collected a leadoff single, stole second and scored on a Bradwin Salmond double.

Two innings later, Noah Rabon was hit by a pitch to lead off the third before swiping second. A Salmond double and a Justin Dorton walk loaded the bases for Josh Boone whose two-out double drove in runs two and three.

The Demons made it 5-0, plating a pair in the fourth with Dalton Reeves sending a single through the box. Branham followed with an RBI double before scoring on a Salmond sacrifice fly to center.

Reeves got things going again in the sixth with a leadoff single with another sacrifice fly off the bat of Salmond driving in the sixth run. The visitors tacked on three more in the seventh with Garrett Cassidy and Rabon driving in a run each with singles before while a Branham ground out accounted for the other run.

Branham led the L-E offense with three hits in five at-bats while driving in two runs. Salmond had a two-hit, three RBI night while Reeves added two singles to go along with two RBI from Boone. 

Cam Holley singled in the first and Dalton Truesdale singled in the seventh to account for NC’s two hits.

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