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Demons, Knights drop regular season finales
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No matter the outcome, Lugoff-Elgin’s state tournament fate was sealed when Dutch Fork, supposedly, threw together a makeshift lineup out against Ridge View in their Region 4-4A finale.The DF loss bumped L-E into third place in the conference standings, rendering the Demons’ game at Blythewood virtually meaningless on Monday as the host Bengals completed a 12-0 season in 4-A play with a 9-2 victory over L-E.At the same time, North Central closed the book on its regular season with a 10-1 non-conference loss to Buford.As for the Demons, Randy Stokes’ troops trailed 3-0 after one inning before Deion Gridion belted a solo home run in the second for his third hit in six innings. “Deion is really starting to swing the bat well for us,” Stokes said of his junior designated hitter.L-E closed the gap to 3-2 in the third when Austin Hayes was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Gunner Smith single. BHS would put this one away by scoring three times in both the third and fourth frames.The Demons may very well be without Hayes and pitcher Taylor Lunsford --- both nursing elbow ailments --- when they open 4A state tournament play at Lexington on Thursday.“As far as our attitude goes,” Stokes said, “we’re pretty beat up right now.