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Brookhaven sweeps Lawrence Co.

Brookhaven needed to sweep a Division 6-4A baseball doubleheaderfrom the Lawrence County Cougars Friday night on Moyer Field. ThePanthers responded with timely hits and they got two strongpitching performances from Reggie Smith and Scotty Smith, beatingLawrence County 8-1 and 11-1.

“We played especially well tonight,” said BHS head coach RandySpring. His Panthers improved to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in thedivision, avenging a foggy, 11-10 Tuesday night loss atMonticello.

“Reggie set the tone in the first game with his strong pitching.Then Scotty had a no-hitter until the sixth.

“We hit the ball very hard,” Spring continued. “When you put theball in play, you make the other team have to catch and throwit.”

Brookhaven 8, Lawrence 1

In the opener, Reggie Smith (2-1) cooled the Cougars with a3-hitter. He struck out 5 batters and walked 3.

Luke Watts (1-2), the losing pitcher, had won Tuesday night’sgame. He struck out 5, walked 3 and allowed 5 hits. His teammatescommitted 4 errors.

Justin Sykes, Brooks Hall and Scotty Smith doubled forBrookhaven. Josh Townsend and Adam Ogden singled.

In the bottom of the sixth, Brookhaven loaded the bases with noouts when Grant McDonnieal was hit by a pitch. Watts retired 2batters before Reggie Smith was hit by a pitch, making it 5-1.Sykes hit a grounder to second base but the throw to first was lowand three runs scored.

The Cougars got singles from Watts, Corey Rogers and MichaelThompson.

Brookhaven 11, Lawrence 1

In the nightcap, Scotty Smith fanned 4 batters and walked 2. Hegave up a sixth-inning double to Watts who scored on an error,making it 9-1.

“My defense worked hard tonight. My fastball was my best pitch,”said Smith. The Panthers committed only 1 error and turned a bigdouble play in the fourth.

Two singles by Hall directed Brookhaven’s 8-hit attack.

Brookhaven scored twice in the second inning. Hall punched a2-strike pitch to right and later scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0lead. Scotty Smith was safe on an error and scored on a sacrificebunt by Townsend.

In the third, Josh Anderson scored on a passed ball, making it3-0. The Panthers plated 4 runs in the fourth. Sykes delivered ahard smash through the shortstop, scoring 2 runs and making it7-0.

Klein Harbour started on the mound for the Cougars but waslifted in the fourth with his team down 5-0. Harbour had retired 2batters before the bottom fell out. Designated hitter GrantMcDonnieal singled to left field, Darius Perkins drew a walk andAnderson spanked a full-count, RBI single to left, givingBrookhaven a 4-0 lead.

Reggie Smith singled to left and it was 5-0. Sykes greetedrelief hurler Marlon Stanfield with a 2-RBI smash.

“Brookhaven played well and much more enthusiasm than we did,”said Lawrence County head coach Chris Clark. “They didn’t make manyerrors. We made mistakes you can’t make against a good team.”

The Cougars (3-4, 1-2) were unable to solve Scotty Smith andthey committed 3 errors, giving them 7 miscues in the twinbill.

A sixth-inning Cougar error allowed Perkins to score the 10thrun. Perkins had led off the inning with a single to right.Anderson drew a walk and scored the 11th run on a sacrifice fly byOgden.