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L-E polishes off Diamond Hornets, 10-0
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L-E FRESHMAN ELLIOTT CAMPBELL struck out seven Lower Richland batters in tossing a shutout against the Diamond Hornets on Monday night at American Legion Park in Camden. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter leaves Elliott Campbell precious little time to prepare for baseball season in the spring.That is one of the several reasons why Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes is easing the freshman into the pitching rotation. Playing in a tournament like this week’s Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic in Camden affords both the Demons’ coach and Campbell the opportunity to ease put the 6-foot-5 right-hander into a less pressure-packed setting.Throwing five innings of three-hit ball, Campbell won for the second time in as many decisions as he blanked Lower Richland, 10-0, in a game stopped in the fifth inning by the 10-run rule.Campbell, however, was not the lone youngster to shine for L-E on this night as eighth-grade shortstop Bradwin Salmond continued to swing a hot bat as he drove in three runs in the blitzing of the Diamond Hornets. Not to let the young kids hog the entire spotlight, senior Mikey Branham had three of L-E’s seven hits including a double and an RBI.As for Campbell, whose other win came against Camden also at American Legion Park, he set seven LR batters down on strikes while facing just 16 batters, only one of which advanced past first base.

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