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Dogs take 4-AAA opener; L-E splits non-league pair

Posted: March 13, 2017 3:38 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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RANDY STOKES WILL LEAD Lugoff-Elgin into Region 6-4A play as the Demons host Darlington tonight with a trip to Darlington on tap for Friday.

Having been shut out in each of their two previous games and three of their last four, the Camden High baseball team was looking to score a run by any means possible heading into Friday’s Region 4-AAA opener at Fairfield Central.

The Bulldogs (2-5), who mustered a grand total of nine runs in their first six games of the season, exploded for eight in downing the host Griffins, 8-2.

The offensive output backed a complete game effort from Devin Beckley. The Citadel signee struck out 10, walked two and allowed one earned run in a 104-pitch effort.

The visitors scored in every inning save for the sixth while putting together nine hits including Parker David’s 3-for-4 night which included a pair of runs batted in. Lindsay Pierce and William Cobb added two hits each for Denny Beckley’s charges.

Camden got to FC starter Antonio Jackson for a run in the top of the first as Pierce got aboard with a one-out single with a two-base error. He scored on Devin Beckley’s sacrifice fly to center field.

The guests tacked on two runs in the second with Brady White reaching on a one-out fielders’ choice before the CHS catcher was lifted for courtesy runner Ryland Ayers who came in from first on David’s triple to right. David made it 3-0 when he came home on a Kyle Currie ground out. An inning later, Camden increased its lead to 4-0 when Pierce, who reached on a fielders’ choice, scored on a Cobb double.

Leading, 4-1, after three, the Dogs scored a pair in the fourth as White and David opened the inning with consecutive singles. Ayers would score for White on an error while David made it 6-1 by scoring on a wild pitch.

David singled in Tyler Maxwell, who reached on a fielders’ choice, in the fifth before Pierce led off the seventh with a single and later scored the eighth run on a dropped third strike pitch. 

The hosts scored an unearned run in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-2.

The Friday victory came two nights after Hartsville’s Cal Brunson shut Camden down and out on four hits in an 11-0 Red Fox victory.

The Bulldogs sent out five pitchers in the non-league game with freshman Tate Abbott being the most impressive of the quintet as he worked three scoreless innings with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Camden’s four singles were supplied by Nicholas Butler, John Bailey, Maxwell and Cobb.

 

Demons end week on a winning note: In a three-game week which opened with Monday’s 5-0 win over Camden before a 4-1 loss to Midland Valley two nights later, Lugoff-Elgin capped a series of non-region games with an 8-4 win over visiting Chapin on Friday night at Optimist Field.

The victory gave the Demons a 4-3 record heading into tonight’s Region 6-4A opener against visiting Darlington in a 6:30 p.m. start.

In the win over Chapin, the Demons used a five-run fourth frame to blow this one open at 7-1.

Zac Branham earned the mound win as he went the first four innings. The righty allowed three hits, fanned five and walked one before giving way to Jay Lynch who went the final three frames to close the combined five-hitter.

Offensively, the Demons banged out 10 hits with J.C. Legrand having three singles while driving in three runs. Bradwin Salmond and Chase Roberts added a triple and single each with Roberts bringing home three runs and Salmond a pair.

Salmond led off the bottom of the first with a triple to left center and scored the game’s first run on Legrand’s sac fly to right. Two innings later, Hunter Coleman rapped a leadoff double to left center, was bunted to third by Josh Boone and scored on Salmond’s sac fly to center.

After Chapin scored an unearned run in the fourth, the Demon bats got going in earnest.

The five-run outburst began with John Bradley’s one-out double to left. Coleman then walked. With one gone, a Salmond single to right plated Bradley to make it 3-1. Legrand singled Coleman to third to load the bases for Chase Galloway whose walk made it 4-1 and led to a three-run triple to right center off the bat of Roberts.

Roberts drove in the eighth run when his single plated Legrand, who had a one-out single, in the bottom of the sixth.

In Wednesday’s loss to Midland Valley, the Demons were limited to four hits by the Mustangs’ pitching combo of Brandon Paradise and Baylen Eubanks.

After scoring solo runs in the first and third innings, MV added two more runs in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. The Demons broke the visitors’ shutout bid with a run in the fifth as Josh Boone walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Legrand’s two-out single.

Salmond, Legrand, Galloway and Roberts had a single each for the Demons.

 

Knights suffer consecutive losses to close a good week: If he had a choice, North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash would have gladly traded a win over Region 4-AA rival Andrew Jackson on Monday for a pair of non-conference losses later in the week.

That was the exact scenario which played out for the Knights who, following Monday’s 3-2 win over league rival AJ, fell to Camden Military two days later, 5-3, before suffering a 5-4 loss to Lewisville Saturday afternoon to complete the first week of the regular season.

In the loss at CMA, in a game stopped by darkness in the middle of the fifth inning, the host Spartans scored three runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead before breaking a 3-3 deadlock with a pair in the bottom of the fourth.

The Knights scored a run in the top of the first as Cam Holley led off with a single and, after swiping third, scored on Tyler Faulkenberry’s one-out single to left.

The hosts hung up a three-spot in the third with Ian Lehman drawing a two-out walk to ignite the rally. Ned Gillian followed with a run-scoring double to right center. After Karson Stewart walked, Woodson Alexander brought the two runners home with a double to center.

NC evened things at 3-3 in the top of the fourth as Chase Stephens got on base with a one-out walk. He advanced to second on a Kevin Smith single and both scored on a two-run Wesley Roberts double to center field.

In the bottom half of the fourth, the Spartans added two runs as Gillian reached on a one-out fielders’ choice and stole second Stewart followed with a triple to center before he scored on a passed ball third strike to make it 5-3.

Gillian went the distance to earn the mound win and he allowed five hits while fanning seven in five innings of work. Kevin Smith and Dalton Truesdale worked two innings each and had a combined five hitter with Smith recording five strikeouts.

Gillian, Stewart and Alexander had two hits each for the Spartans with Roberts driving in three runs. NC had six hits from six different players with Roberts collecting a pair of RBI.

In a rare Saturday game, the visiting Lions used home runs in each of the first two innings to grab a quick 4-0 lead and would then hold on the for the one-run win.

Alex Reed gave the guests a 2-0 lead with a two-run blast in the first. A two-run top of the second included a two-out solo blast off the bat of Jack Jordan.

The Knights scored three times in the home half of the second as Dalton Truesdale had a one-out single which was followed by singles from Jeremiah Jenkins and Roberts to load the bases for Keaton Garner, who was hit by a pitch and allowed the first run to score. Holley then drove in two runs with a double to center to make it a 4-3 game.

NC evened things at 4-4 in the third as Smith walked and scored on a two-out double to right by Roberts.

LHS pushed the winning run across in the fourth to close the scoring.

Truesdale got the starting nod on the mound for the Knights and the right-hander worked five frames, allowed four hits while fanning two before being replaced by Faulkenberry in the sixth.

NC out-hit the Lions, 9-5, with Jenkins and Roberts having two each with Holley driving in two runs.

 

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