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Black Thursday
Shutouts, errors lead KC contingent to go 0-6 in first round pairings
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Hide the kids.In six state tournament games, Kershaw County baseball and softball teams took the collar and were dropped into elimination games played either Friday night or Saturday afternoon.The county’s three baseball teams were outscored by a combined 37-12 total on a Thursday night in which Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central combined to make 22 errors.On the softball diamond, the three county entries were outscored by a combined 22-0 count in three losses.Lexington closes out Demons in five: Playing in a charged atmosphere in Lexington, Lugoff-Elgin lost in its first 4A state tournament contest, dropping a 13-3 decision to the host Wildcats.Lexington came into the game ranked among the nation’s top 50 high school teams while holding down the top spot in the 4A state baseball coaches’ poll.For the better part of five innings, the Demons hung with the Cats before the hosts scored nine times in the bottom of the fifth to close this one out by the 10-run rule. The big story here, however, was not Lexington’s scoring 13 runs on 12 hits as much as it was L-E’s opening the door for the Wildcat offense by committing a season-high eight errors.“We had enough hits (seven) in this game, but we made eight errors,” Stokes said following the loss. “When you make eight errors, you are not going to beat very many people.“We played real hard, though.