Lugoff-Elgin wrapped up its first region baseball title since 2010 behind Zac Branham’s one-hitter in Tuesday’s 12-2 win at Crestwood.
The Demons improved to 6-1 in Region 6-4A play heading into tonight’s regular season finale with Crestwood.
As for Tuesday, Randy Stokes and company needed just five innings to wrap up their 15th victory in 21 games.
Branham, a senior right-hander, allowed a pair of runs while fanning nine and walking two batters on an 85-pitch night. The hosts did all their damage in the bottom of the first, scoring twice on one hit while taking advantage of a wild pitch and a Demon error.
L-E opened the game with a run in the top of the first as Branham rapped a leadoff double to center and scored on Justin Dorton’s sacrifice fly to center.
Trailing 2-1 after one, the visitors scored four runs in both the second and third frames to secure the victory.
In the second, Josh Boone reached on an error and stole second. He scored on a J.C. Legrand single to right. Legrand made it 3-1, coming home on an error. Mason Cassady walked and scored on Nick DiLauro’s single with DiLauro coming home on an error.
An inning later, a Jake Laffin leadoff walk was followed by consecutive singles from Noah Rabon and Boone. Legrand then knocked in two more runs with a single. A Cassady base hit plated Boone and Legrand.
The Demons made it 11-2 with two more runs in the fourth with Boone’s bases loaded walk plating Bradwin Salmond, who walked. Laffin scored on a double play ball. An inning later, L-E extended the lead to 10 runs with Branham getting on with a single and scoring on Salmond’s single.
L-E had 12 hits with Legrand going 2-for-2 with four RBI. Rabon and Branham also had two-hit nights.