LEXINGTON -- It was a daring move which, when completed, a coach is greeted either by a jubilant team or, an angry group of second-guessers.
t took three trips to Summerville but, in the end, it may have been worth the long hours on the bus for the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team.
SUMMERVILLE -- Summerville scored two runs off three hits in the bottom of the first inning and then held off the visiting Lugoff-Elgin for a 2-1 win in Tuesday's 4A District 8 softball tournament elimination game.
This was hardly the type of present one would receive after having posted the best record in school history.
Lugoff-Elgin adavanced into tonight's 4A Distict 5 baseball championship with a 6-3 nine-inning win over Ashley Ridge in a twice-delayed elimination game on Wednesday.
Once the Lugoff-Elgin softball team arrived in Summerville for Monday's 4A Distict 8 softball game with the host Green Wave, the Lady Demons were forced to do a U-turn and return home as late afternoon rains in the Lowcountry made the field unplayable for the third round elimination game.
Lugoff-Elgin will carry a full head of steam into Thursday's 4A District 5 softball playoff opener.
In a pairing which had all the earmarks of a classic last game of the season in which one team is priming for the playoffs and the other is playing out the string, Lugoff-Elgin pounded visiting Irmo, 13-0, on Senior Night at Optimist Field on Monday.
That strong breeze which you may have felt coming from the northeast area of Richland County on Tuesday night may well have been as the result of a collective exhale from the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team.
Sophomore Erin Blizzard shut down Ridge View on two hits as the Lugoff-Elgin softball team improved to 5-4 in Region 4-4A play with a 6-0 win over the host Blazers on Tuesday.
Cementing its spot for a second straight trip to the state 4A tennis playoffs, Lugoff-Elgin used a 5-1 win over visiting Blythewood on Thursday to put the Demons firmly in third place in the Region 4-4A standings with two conference matches left on the schedule.
Since Lugoff-Elgin restarted its boys' tennis program six years ago, L-E and Richland Northeast have been in a see-saw pattern when it comes to matches between the two nearby rivals.
About the only difference this time was that Richland Northeast put a runner on base.
Having to use both his number one and 1A starting pitchers on the same night in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to Richland Northeast, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Randy Stokes plans on giving the duo the weekend off.
There is a part of Allen Jenerette that wishes he could get right back on the wrestling mat and get back to the business of winning.
Playing minus first singles player Trevor Black, who had been playing some of his best tennis, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team suffered a 6-0 loss to visiting Dutch Fork in a Region 4-4A match played last Thursday.
Randy Stokes looked at his team playing four games in as many days this week combined with four games scheduled for next week and knew one thing: he needed to stretch out his pitching staff without overburdening his team's young arms.
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