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Devils blank L-E for tourney title

Posted: April 9, 2018 2:20 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

JAKE LAFFIN HAD TWO of Lugoff-Elgin’s six hits in Thursday’s loss to Dreher in the championship game of the Kershaw-Richland wooden bat tournament.

Dreher scored 10 runs in the first four innings which was more than enough for pitcher Matt Mince to work with as the Blue Devils shut out Lugoff-Elgin, 10-0, to win the Kershaw Richland wooden bat tournament in a game played Thursday night at American Legion Park in Camden.

The Demons (15-4), the defending event champions, won the Kershaw County portion of the tournament after having defeated North Central, South Aiken and Camden earlier in the week. Dreher, which hosted the Richland County portion of the eight-team event, advanced to Thursday’s title game by knocking off Crestwood, Gray Collegiate Academy and Irmo.

The Blue Devils, coached by former Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball head coach Thane Maness, banged out 13 hits to close the game out in five innings.

L-E managed six hits off Mince with junior first baseman Jake Laffin and sophomore catcher Dalton Reeves supplying a pair of singles each. 

The Demons’ best scoring chance of the night came in the top of the first as Bradwin Salmond sent a two-out, opposite field single to left. Jake Laffin followed with a single to center but both runners were left hanging on third and second base as Mince got out of the jam with a strikeout.

Mince was aided by his defense which turned double plays in both the fourth and fifth innings which kept L-E off the board.

Dreher got to L-E starter Justin Dorton for three runs in the first with doubles off the bats of Jacob Collins and Jay Washington bringing a run home each. Will Bishop plated Dada Washington, who reached on a single, with an RBI single in an inning in which the visitors collected five of their 13 hits.

The Blue Devils tacked on three more runs in the second with an L-E error allowing runs five and six to come across.

Dreher would score a pair in both and third and fourth frames as it built up a double-digit lead in a contest stopped after five innings by the 10-run rule.

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