Lugoff-Elgin was eliminated from the 4A District 1 state baseball tournaments with losses to Dorman and Laurens, respectively, last Thursday and Friday evenings.
On Thursday night, the Camden softball team was dropped into the elimination round of the 3A District 3 state tournament and needed a Monday win to keep their season alive.
Lugoff-Elgin was held in check as Clemson commit Jacob Hennessy allowed just three hits as he and Dorman blanked the visiting Demons, 3-0, in Spartanburg last Thursday. Hennessy threw just 65 pitches in a complete game effort.
On the other side, L-E sophomore Zack Branham limited the Cavaliers to just four hits in being tagged with the hard-luck loss.
Dorman scored twice in the third with Mason Patnoude smacking a two-out RBI double to drive home one run while an L-E error allowed the second run to score. Two innings later, Patnoude hit a solo home run to right field to give Hennessy a three-run cushion.
One night later, at Optimist Field, Laurens jumped to a 6-1 lead over the host Demons and would hang on for the 6-3 win.
Laurens advanced to meet Dorman in Monday’s elimination contest. Dorman fell to Region 3 champion Northwestern, 4-1, Saturday in Rock Hill.
The guests gave starting pitcher Jared Cuetto a 2-0 lead after one frame before scoring single runs in the second and fourth innings off L-E starter Justin Dorton, who was coming off a no-hitter against Ridge View in his previous start before coming down with the flu which kept him out of school and practice for several days last week.
The Demons got to Cuetto for a run in the bottom of the fourth as Chase Roberts hit a leadoff single to left, took second on a wild pitch before stealing third. He scored on Brock Robinson’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Two innings later, L-E cut the deficit in half to 6-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman J.C. LeGrand singled to left to open the inning. With one out, Chase Galloway singled to center before being lifted for courtesy runner Deontae Hudson. After advancing on a wild pitch, both LeGrand and Hudson came home on a Josh Ayers two-out single to center.
L-E collected eight hits in the loss with Bradwin Salmond and Chase Roberts having two-hit nights while Ayer had a two RBI game.
Dorton went the first two innings before giving way to Hunter Coleman who worked the final five frames.
Lady Bulldog rally comes up short: Camden scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut Travelers Rest’s lead in half at 4-2. But the Lady Bulldogs could get no closer in a 4-2 loss to the Lady Devildogs in last Thursday’s AAA District 1 opener played in Camden.
Camden was slated to have hosted Chester on Monday in an elimination game. A Camden win would keep the Lady Bulldogs alive for as road playoff game on Wednesday against the loser of Tuesday’s game between Travelers Rest and top-seeded Daniel High School.