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Chapin rallies for 5-2 victory over Demons
ZAC BRANHAM STRUCK OUT all three batters he faced in one inning of relief in L-Es loss in Chapin last Thursday. - photo by Tom Didato

Chapin broke a 2-2 deadlock by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for a 5-2 win over Lugoff-Elgin in a non-region baseball game played Thursday night.

The loss was the second in a row for the Demons, who played just one game last week. Randy Stokes and company close the regular season with three games this week starting with a trip to meet Crestwood tonight in a Region 6-4A pairing. An L-E victory over the Knights will wrap up the conference crown. 

The two sides will meet at Optimist Field on Friday night in the regular season finale designated as Senior Night. In between, the Demons will host Dutch Fork on Wednesday.

Stokes used four different pitchers against Chapin, starting with senior righty Jay Lynch, who allowed one run in four hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work. The hosts got to Lynch for an unearned run in the second as the guests committed two errors leading to the night’s first run.

L-E trailed, 2-0, after four frames before scoring once in the fifth against Eagle starter William Privette who issued a leadoff walk to J.C. Legrand who took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Mason Cassady ground out and scored on a wild pitch.

The Demons knotted things at 2-2 with a run in the sixth which opened with a Bradwin Salmond single to right on which an error on the play landed the senior at second base. A Jake Laffin sacrifice bunt moved Salmond to third. He scored from there on Justin Dorton’s one-out, opposite field single to left.

Chapin’s answer to L-E’s two straight runs came with a three-run home half of the sixth with the Eagles parlaying three hits and a walk into three runs.

Drew Highfill came on for the hosts in the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 frame.

The combination of Privette and Highfill combined to allow three hits with six strikeouts while issuing five walks.

After Lynch went the first three innings, Dorton came on to work the fourth frame. Zac Branham and Walker Branham worked an inning apiece --- with the former fanning all three batters he faced in the fifth --- in relief as the quartet combined to scatter eight hits, fan seven and issue three walks.