Lewisville held on against the Fox Creek baseball team on Wednesday, earning a 9-8 win.
The Predators (24-4) were unable to recover from a 3-run first inning by the Lions. In the frame, Fox Creek starting pitcher Brett Butler was pulled after 1/3 of an inning, surrendering three runs on three hits.
“It kind of derailed from there, it’s one of those ‘quicksand’ things, as we like to call it, we got in it and we couldn’t get out of it,” Wesley Brown, Fox Creek’s head coach, said. “We fought back at the end, but couldn’t get it done.”
Lewisville eventually got up to a 5-0 lead, with starting pitcher Christian Cok stifling the Predator bats. The Predators got on the board in the third inning, with a pair of singles an error by Cok and a sacrifice fly bringing home two runs. The Lions pushed the lead to 8-2 after five innings, batting around in the frame.
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T.J. Lundeen, North Augusta Star
Pageland Central 6, Indian Land 5: At Pageland, Central scored on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Indian Land in the Class AA Upper State baseball playoffs.
In all, Indian Land had five hits. Central had six hits.
The loss dropped Indian Land to 17-9 and ended the Warriors’ season.
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Clover 3, Mauldin 2: The Mavericks suffered a home loss against the Blue Eagles in a Class 4A Upper State elimination game.
“The last two ball games we were unable to put runs on the board,” said Mauldin coach Rhonda McCauley. “We just didn’t get the base hits we needed.”
Mauldin (25-2) suffered its first loss of the year, 4-2, against Byrnes on Tuesday night and looked to rebound against Clover.
The Blue Eagles tallied two runs in the third and tacked on an additional run in the fourth taking a 3-0 lead into the bottom of fourth.
Mavericks’ first baseman Christina Storch cut the deficit to two with a home run that landed over the right centerfield fence in the bottom of the fourth.
“The home run should’ve been enough to spark our offense,” McCauley said.
Mauldin threatened again in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs, Wagers drew a walk. The catcher advanced to second on a wild pitch. Christina Storch hit a screaming line drive toward second that went straight into the Clover defender’s glove.
Jacob Wilson, for The Greenville News