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Bowers effort wasted in loss to SV
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As a former pitcher, Randy Stokes more than appreciates what he has seen and received from his throwers through the first seven games of the season.As Lugoff-Elgin’s head baseball coach, however, it is the other aspects of the game which has the one-time Detroit Tigers’ farmhand shaking his head.Tuesday night, Stokes saw Zac Bowers fire a complete game eight-strikeout, two-hitter against visiting Spring Valley and L-E still was unable to get the win for the junior as the visiting Vikings left Optimist Field with a 3-0 victory. The game was the Region 4-4A opener for both sides.Scoreless through five frames, the Vikings pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth and added another of the same variety in their final at bat to make a winner out of Chris Collins, who worked the first 6.2 innings. Gene Cone would come on with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh and notched a strikeout to earn the save.“We’ve lost three ballgames where it came down to our making one mistake that cost us a chance to win,” said Stokes of his snake-bitten 2-5 squad.