Lawrence Co. sweeps Florence

Published 11:50 pm Saturday, April 2, 2016

MONTICELLO – Lawrence County swept a Division 6-4A baseball double-header from Florence Saturday, completing a three-game series sweep of the Eagles. LCHS won the first game by a 5-2 score, and completed the sweep with a 7-0 win in the nightcap. LCHS won 7-1 at Florence three nights earlier.

With the win, Josh Garrett’s Cougars improved to 16-1 overall, and 9-0 in Division 6-4A play. The win kept the Cougars even with North Pike in the division race. North Pike is also undefeated. Florence, coached by Kelly Greer, fell to 2-7 in the division.

In Saturday’s first game, Florence scored two unearned runs off LCHS lefty Brennan Lang in the second inning. After that, however, Lang was in total control. Florence wouldn’t get another base runner as far as second base until the seventh inning.

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Lawrence County got one run back in the bottom of the second, then tied the game in the third. The Cougars gained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kasey Durr had an RBI single and T-Tez banged a two-run double.

Cole led the Cougars with two hits. Durr, Lang, and Gabriel Lewis each had one. In seven solid innings of pitching, Lang allowed four hits and struck out three. He hit two batters.

Starting pitcher Riley Fant had two hits for Florence. Will Newell and Coree Adcock also hit safely. Fant worked into the fourth, when he was relieved by L.J. Brock. They combined to strike out four.

In game two, LCHS pitchers Marcus Atterberry and Kasey Durr combined on a one-hit shutout. Atterberry went five no-hit innings, striking out three. Durr worked the final two innings, allowing a single to the first batter he faced, then retiring six straight.

Lawrence County scored two in the first, and took control of the game with three more in the bottom of the third. The Cougars put the game away by adding single runs in the fourth and fifth.

T-Tez Cole, Josh Stephens, and Seth Bass each had two hits for Lawrence County. Brandon Bullock, Marcus Kees, Gabriel Lewis, and Rishad Haynes also had hits.

Lawrence County will resume division play Tuesday at Richland.