For the USC-Salkehatchie Indians, pitching, defense and timely hitting carried the team to a 7-2 baseball victory over Lincoln Trail Thursday in Allendale.
On the mound, the Indians rode the coattails of sophomore right-hander Jason Washburn (Richland Northeast High).
Washburn slammed the door on Lincoln Trail's hitters, throwing a three-hitter with five strikeouts in four innings of work.
Washburn, who picked up his first win of the season, said he had solid support behind him.
"The defense really stepped up and helped me today," Washburn said. "I thought I did a good job of getting out in front of the hitters. My pitching coach also called a great game."
The Indians also got good relief work with Mickey Stroud (Mid Carolina) and Brent Lacey (Fox Creek High), each throwing an inning to close out the game.
Defensively, standouts for the Indians included Hunter Dilworth (Easley High), Thomas Smith (Battery Creek), Nolan Clark (Easley High), Justin Powell (Laurence Manning Academy), Richard Alexander (Easley High) and Dalton Foster (Clinton High).
Then there was the Indians' hitting led by Donovan Campbell (Colleton County).
Leading 3-2, Campbell's lead off single and stolen base in the sixth inning helped fuel the Indians to a four-run inning to break the game wide open.
Campbell, who singled twice and stole two bases, said it was time for their bats to arrive.
"Lately we've been struggling to gets hits with runners in scoring position. Today, we did a good job of putting the bat on the ball at key times in the game," Campbell said.
Other Indians contributing hits included Shuler Ward (Williams Academy), Powell and Zach Graham (East Clarendon High).
In other action, the Indians got the best of East Georgia College by a score of 5-3 Friday in Allendale.
With the win, USC-Salkehatchie moves to 9-6 in the standings.
Although they were out-hit 8-5 in the contest, the Indians made the most of their chances when they had runners on the bases. Nolan Clark and Tyler Wiand had a lot to do with that. The players accounted for four stolen bases and two runs scored.
Others producing offensively included Ward with a single, a stolen base and a run scored. Dilworth walked twice, stolen a base and scored two times. Thomas Smith and Alexander each singled.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Devin Fogle (Edisto High) picked up the win. Fogle pitched four and 2/3 innings with six hits allowed and four strikeouts. Zach Massengale (Barnwell High) and Ward each pitched an inning to complete the game.
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