High School Sports

April 14, 2014

No. 1 Sumter tops No. 3 Lexington

The Gamecocks pulled off a 7-5 win Monday in the first round of the Forest Acres Classic at A.C. Flora.

By Tony Ciuffo

Phillip Watcher drove in four runs and pitched six solid innings that helped No. 1 Sumter beat No. 3 Lexington 7-5 in the opening round of the Forest Acres Classic at A.C. Flora on Monday. Lexington, which fell to 12-5, takes on Airport at 5:00 on Tuesday. The Gamecocks improved to 14-2 and faces the host Falcons at 8 p.m. Watcher had a two-run double in the third inning that gave Sumter the lead for good at 2-1. His two-run double highlighted the Gamecocks' five-run fourth inning and stretched their lead to 7-1. Lexington got a run in fifth inning and added a three-run double by William Hunter in the sixth inning that cut Sumter's lead to 7-5. Ryan Brown, Cameron Matthews and Justin Bowers led Lexington with two hits each. Watcher finished 3-for-4, while Javon Martin and Tee Dubose added two hits each for Sumter. Watcher (4-1) picked up the win allowing five runs, four earned, with six strikeouts over the first six innings. Chris Crawford pitched the seventh inning for his first save. Michael Smoak (4-1) suffered the loss allowing seven runs, three earned, over the first 3 2/3 innings.

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