Those days of keeping runners tied to the bases while waiting for the three-run homer are gone.Wednesday night, host Lugoff-Elgin took the lead over rival Camden with a four-run fourth frame in which the Demons used a pair of singles, four stolen bases and a wild pitch to take a 5-3 lead which turned into a 6-3 win over the visiting Bulldogs.Welcome to the new world of L-E, if not high school, baseball.Thanks to a National Federation of State High School Associations rule, the old aluminum bats have been banned in favor of a metal bat known as Batted-Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR.) The new models are less “springy” with a smaller sweet spot which, in turn, has changed the way some coaches approach the game.On this night, the lone ball to leave Optimist Field came when L-E’s Dylan Grigsby sent a scorching liner beyond the fence in left field in the home half of the sixth for the night’s final run.The L-E line read: 6 runs on 5 hits with 6 stolen bases. Camden’s final tally had the Dogs scoring their three runs on five hits while using four sacrifice bunts to get runners into scoring position.“Small ball” has now filtered down to the high school ranks.“It’s just the way the game has changed,” said L-E head coach Randy Stokes. “These bats have changed the game.
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