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Knights hang on for 5-4 win over Bulldogs
Baseball

North Central scored five runs in the second inning and made it hold up in a 5-4 win over Camden in Tuesday’s second round of the Kershaw-Richland Spring Break Tournament played at American Legion Park in Camden.

The Knights used a two-run single from Tyler Faulkenberry, RBI singles from Jordan Hayes, Brandon Bowers and an Austin Bowers sacrifice fly to account for their five runs.

Camden scored four times in the fifth with a Bryce Jeffcoat single driving in a run along with a run-scoring single off the bat of Robert Spring. The Bulldogs had runners on the corners with one out in the seventh only for the Knights to turn a game-ending double play.

Dalton Truesdale went the distance on the mound allowing five hits while fanning four in a 92-pitch effort.

Zane Cook worked the first 1.1 innings for the Bulldogs before being lifted in favor of Owen Newman, who worked the final 4.1 innings in which he did not allow a hit.

Here is information on the other three games played at American Legion Park on Monday and Tuesday.

Erwin shines as Demons stop Sumter: Junior right-hander Heath Erwin threw a complete game five-hitter at Sumter and picked up the win as Lugoff-Elgin scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to come away with a 2-1 win over its Region 4-5A rival.

The meeting was the fourth between the two sides and marked the second straight strong outing for Erwin.

The Gamecocks scored the game’s first run in the top of the seventh only for the Demons to score twice in their portion of the inning for the walk-off victory.

Will Morris led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple to right field. Jake Laffin followed with an RBI doubled before scoring the winning run on a one-out wild pitch. The two extra base hits were two of the three hits the Demons had on the night.

Demons hold off Knights: L-E scored three times in the top of the seventh to pull away from North Central for a 6-2 win on Monday night.

Laffin led a nine-hit Demon attack with a triple and two singles while driving in a run. Walker Branham had a pair of singles and two RBI in the victory.

Aaron Staples got the starting nod for the Demons and the lefty worked the first four frames, allowing one run on two hits while striking out six batters. Witt Branham came on in relief to work the final three innings in which he did not surrender a run or hit while fanning two.

Austin Bowers went the first 6.1 innings on the mound for the Knights, allowing six runs on seven hits with a strikeout. Blake Truesdale recorded the final two outs in relief.

Sumter scores one in 10th to get by Dogs: Sumter broke a 5-5 tie by scoring an unearned run in the top of the 10th and then retiring Camden in order to take a 6-5 win over the Bulldogs Monday night.

Camden used a three-run bottom of the third to take a 4-1 lead before the Gamecocks scored four straight runs including a pair of the unearned variety in the top of the seventh to go on top 5-4. Camden scored the equalizer in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Bennett Caldwell, McKenzie Barrineau and Bryce Jeffcoat had two hits each for Camden which out-hit the Gamecocks, 9-8.

Jake Tanner went the first six innings for Camden, throwing 88 pitches while scattering four runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Caldwell came on in relief in the seventh and went the rest of the way as he gave up two unearned runs on as many hits.

L-E wins varsity championship: Lugoff-Elgin won the vardity championship in the Camden portion of the Kershaw-Richland Spring Break Tournament as the Demons won all three of their games.

Sumter was second in pool play with a 2-1 record with North Central (1-2) third. Event host Camden went winless in three starts on its home field.

Chapin JVs win title: In the junior varsity portion of the tournament, Chapin went 3-0 en route to winning the championship. L-E was second with a 2-1 record followed by Dreher (1-2) and Camden (0-3).