ROCK HILL -- Lugoff-Elgin struck the first blow while Northwestern delivered the final one to advance to Saturday's 4A Upper State softball championship tournament in downing the visiting Lady Demons, 5-4, in nine innings in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader played in Rock Hill.
Fighting fire with fire, Lugoff-Elgin answered Hillcrest's five-run top of the third inning by hanging up a four-spot in the bottom half of the frame before tacking on four more an inning later to advance to the final round of the 4A District 3 softball tournament with an 11-5 win over the visiting Rams on Monday night.
In the final practice before Thursday's 4A District 3 softball tournament opener, Lugoff-Elgin spent plenty of time working on its bunting.
Having heard from even the most talent-laden teams about how a successful season has been a pleasant surprise, it is refreshing when a coach of a squad in the midst of one of its best seasons in school history says he had a feeling this would be a special campaign.
Mike Robinson is really getting the hang of these college signing ceremonies.
Lugoff-Elgin tuned up for Thursday's 4A state softball tournament opener by closing the regular season with a 6-1 road win over Irmo last Friday night.
Needing a bounce back match following last Thursday's Region 4-4A loss to Irmo, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team kicked off what is scheduled to be --- weather permitting --- a four-match week with a 7-0 win over Manning on Monday.
Visiting Ridge View broke a scoreless tie with a pair of second half goals to take home a 2-0 victory over Lugoff-Elgin in a Region 4-A boys' soccer match played on Tuesday at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.
Adding injury to injury on top of insult, Lugoff-Elgin head baseball coach Randy Stokes refused to play the "woe is me" card following his team's fourth straight loss.
There is no telling how good Lugoff-Elgin's tennis record would have been had it been able to get several of its matches to go into first doubles for the victory.
If there was a recurring theme for Lugoff-Elgin in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic, it was the Demons' having their share of chances to pull out wins in three of their games, only to have nothing to show for those efforts in the win column.
Playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter leaves Elliott Campbell precious little time to prepare for baseball season in the spring.
What a way to head into the Easter vacation break.
Things started on an ominous note for the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team on Thursday and they would not get better that evening.
Now this is how you end a drought.
It has been a productive start to the off-season for West Wateree junior wrestlers who have returned home from state meets with plenty of medals and championship titles.
Now that they are back at full strength, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team is eyeing another trip to the 4A state playoffs.
Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.
Celebrating the return of first singles player Trevor Black to the fold from an injury, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team breezed to a 6-0 victory over visiting Ridge View in a Region 4-4A match played last week.
Although this was only Lugoff-Elgin's fifth game in Region 4-4A softball play, head coach James Marlow knew the importance of the Friday's home game against Spring Valley.
Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.
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