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Baseball, softball players collect postseason laurels

Posted: May 21, 2018 3:23 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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CAMDEN’S BRIANA DOW will play in the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports All-Star Softball Games to be played on the campus of USC-Aiken June 13-14.

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A pair of Lugoff-Elgin baseball players will play in this week’s South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game while a Camden High softball player must wait until next month before she lines up with the state’s elite.

The Demon duo of pitcher/infielder Zac Branham and outfielder/pitcher Bradwin Salmond are in Lexington this week preparing for the SBCA All-Star games to be played today and Wednesday at Lexington High School. The two Demons were selected to and will play for the South 4A/3A squad. 

Camden senior shortstop Briana Dow has been selected to play in the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports All-Star Softball Games to be played on the campus of USC-Aiken June 13-14.

That trio headlines a host of postseason honors garnered by county athletes.

Branham, who was recently named as the player of the year from Region 6-4A, led the Demons (21-9) mound staff with six wins in eight decisions while pitching to a team-best 1.42 ERA. The right-hander worked 54.1 innings, fanned a team-high 67 batters while issuing 20 walks.

At the plate, the Florence-Darlington Tech batted at a .300 clip. His eight doubles led Randy Stokes’ squad as did his 28 runs scored. His 30 hits and 22 singles were both second on the team, while his eight stolen bases tied him for fourth among the Demons.

Salmond, who is committed to play baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College, batted .359 with a home run, three doubles, a triple and driving in 16 runs for Randy Stokes’ Demons this past season. He was 12-for-12 in stolen bases.

On the mound, the 6-foot-2 Salmond went 3-0 with two saves. In 27.2 innings of work, he fanned 33 batters while posting a 1.77 earned run average.

Dow was Camden’s leader in virtually every offensive category in helping the Lady Bulldogs into the AAA state playoffs. She finished her senior campaign with a .608 batting average which included 31 hits in 51 at-bats with eight double, two triples and four home runs. She also drove in 28 runs, scored 18 and stole six bases. 

Dow had a .636 on-base percentage and a 1.078 slugging percentage. In the field, she committed just five errors in 72 chance for a .931 fielding mark.


Demons place six on 6-4A squad: In addition to Branham being selected the Region 6-4A player of the year, L-E head coach Randy Stokes was named the conference coach of the year after having led the Demons to the league title.

Five L-E players earned all-conference honors including Jake Laffin, who was also a 4A All-State choice, Justin Dorton, Noah Rabon, Josh Boone and Salmond.

Laffin, a junior first baseman, led the Demons with a .403 batting average with a team-best .514 slugging percentage. His .500 on-base mark tied for the team lead. His six doubles were second-most for L-E while his 22 singles were second on the team with his 29 base hits tying him for third-best. He was third on the team with 17 runs batted in and fifth in runs scored with 17.

Dorton, a senior pitcher/outfielder, posted a 5-4 mound record with a 4.17 earned run average. He fanned 29 batters in 45.1 innings of work. At the plate, the Florence-Darlington Tech signee was second on the team with a .365 batting average while leading the Demons with 23 RBI. Dorton had three doubles and a pair of triples included among his 27 hits.

Rabon, a senior infielder/outfielder who signed with USC-Lancaster, batted at a .250 clip with three doubles and23 runs scored, both of which tied for third on the Demons. 

Boone, a senior outfielder, posted a .357 batting average which was good for fourth on the squad while his 15 stolen bases were a team-best. He tied for the team lead with two triples and was second on the Demons with 19 RBI and fourth with 19 runs scored.

Camden trio named All-4AAA: Camden placed Tate Abbott, McKenzie Barrineau and Brady White on the All-Region 4AAA baseball team after Denny Beckley’s charges finished second in the circuit.

Abbott, a sophomore pitcher/infielder, collected three victories for the Bulldogs, throwing 51.1 innings while fanning 57 batters with a 3.00 earned run average. At the plate, he led the Bulldogs with a .284 batting average and, with 21 hits while collecting three doubles and a triple while driving in nine runs.

White, a junior catcher, drove in a Camden-best 17 runs while hitting at a .260 clip. He was second on the team with 20 hits which included three doubles and a triple.

Barrineau, a junior outfielder/designated hitter/pitcher, was at his best in league contests in which he hit .318 in 10 conference games (7-22). He also had a .438 on-base percentage to go along with five RBI.

Holley, Mangum tabbed All-Region 4-AA: For the second year in a row, North Central’s Cam Holley was named the Region 4AA player of the year. This came after the senior infielder/shortstop was named to his second straight AA All-State team. 

Joining Holley on the All-Region 4AA squad was senior teammate Chance Mangum.

Holley ended his senior season by leading the Knights with a .441 batting average. His 22 base hits led the team while he also had three doubles and a triple while driving in 10 runs and scoring 16. He also had six stolen bases in seven attempts.

On the mound, the USC-Lancaster signee, worked 19.2 innings with a win while striking out a dozen batters for Brandon Faulkenberry’s squad.

Mangum, the Knights’ first baseman/pitcher, batted .294 while driving in a team-best 16 runs. He had three doubles among his 26 hits. On the mound, the right-hander appeared in 10 games without a decision. He worked 25.1 innings, struck out nine and posted a 4.14 earned run average.


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