Lugoff-Elgin what it wanted on Wednesday at the Forest Acres Classic – positive results.
The Demons, who entered the spring break tournament at A.C. Flora’s Falcon Field mired in a three-game losing streak that dropped their Region 4-4A record to 2-5, came away with back-to-back morning wins yesterday to even their overall record at 7-7.
L-E began with a 2-1 early-morning 2-1 conquest of Dreher, followed by a 9-7 decision against Mid-Carolina.
“We’ve been kind of paddling around, not getting much done so we were looking at this tournament as a chance to build up a little confidence,” said Demons coach Randy Stokes. “It was good to get two wins today, especially considering we had to play back-to-back games. Maybe this is the kick start we need going forward in the regular season.”
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The LE-Dreher game was originally scheduled to open the tournament on Tuesday, but wet field condiitions prompted tournament officials to move the first game to Wednesday instead of pushing the entire schedule ahead.
Will Dorton, a College of Charleston signee, was a key man for the Demons in both decisions. He was the winning pitcher vs. Dresher, and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs against Mid-Carolina. Sophomore Taylor Lunsford gained the mound decision against M-C. Freshman Zack Bowers closed out both games in relief.
The Demons can earn a spot in the tournament championship game on Friday with another positive outcome in the third round. The 5 p.m. Thursday game against White Knoll features two teams that won state championships last spring. Lugoff-Elgin, of course, is in the midst of its first season at the Class 4A level after winning it all in 3A a year ago.