Spotlight games on the diamond around the Midlands:
Lugoff-Elgin at Richland NE
The Thursday game pits the Region 4-4A leading L-E Demons (7-2, 2-0) against the host Cavaliers (4-4, 1-0). L-E is fresh from a 3-2 win over cross-river rival Camden on Wednesday. Jake Brazell was the winning pitcher and Zack Bowers picked up a save. Gunner Smith had the big offensive game with two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. The Demons have won five in a row. RNE has won four in a row and is averaging 15.3 runs per game during the streak.
Camden at Chapin
The key Thursday game will sort out the pecking order behind A.C. Flora in Region 4-3A. Both teams have misleading records: Camden is 4-3, 2-1 and Chapin is 4-4, 3-1. Both teams have competed well against Flora. Camden dropped a 6-4 decision to the nationally-ranked Falcons, Chapin dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker against the two-time defending state champs. The winner stays in the pennant race, while the loser likely will need some help to salvage a second-place finish.
Airport at Midland Valley
It’s a big Thursday game in Region 5-3A. Airport and Midland Valley are both 3-1 in conference matters with the lone loss coming against front-running Gilbert. The winner stays very much in the pennant race, while the loser faces a long road back into contention for even a second-place finish.
North Augusta at Lexington
This Friday game will loosen things up atop the Region 5-4A standing. The host Wildcats, the visiting Yellow Jackets and Dutch Fork all have one region loss on the region balance sheet. Lexington edged White Knoll 3-2 on Wednesday, getting the winning run in the last inning via a bases-loaded walk. The Wildcats (6-4, 4-1) are hot of late winning three in a row since the Wildcat Invitational tournament. The roll began with a 2-1 win last week over fourth-ranked Dutch Fork.