High School Sports

March 27, 2014

Games of note on the diamond

Region baseball and softball races are starting to heat up. Several key outings dot the immediate Midlands schedule.

Spotlight games on the diamond around the Midlands:

Baseball

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.

Softball

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.

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