LCC-Lane baseball

There are no dust clouds kicking up from the turf infield as Lane’s Jimmy McDonald dives back into first base on a pickoff play. But neither are there any new rules, so he was out as LCC first baseman Cameron Campbell drops the tag on his back before McDonald can touch the bag.

Bill Wagner, The Daily News

Having a week off between games didn’t seem to matter for the Lower Columbia College Red Devils.

LCC collected 11 hits in its nonleague doubleheader sweep of Lane, winning the opener 1-0 and the nightcap 2-1 on Friday at David Story Field. It was the Devils’ first games since March 3, due to inclement weather.

“There were about 15 Major League scouts watching their pitcher (Austin Crowson), and for us to come out with the win is exciting,” LCC coach Eddie Smith said. “We were eager to play, and put in a lot of prep work in to get ready for this. We came out with a lot of energy, and the execution was good overall.”

Crowson, a sophomore lefty from Monroe, Ore., was charged with the loss after allowing four hits, a walk, a hit batter and struck out five through five innings.

Taylor Davis got the start for the Devils in the opener, scattering five hits and striking out six through six innings. Trevor Huddleston picked up the save after allowing one hit and whiffing four in three innings.

Tyler Parsons went six innings in the nightcap, allowing four hits and striking out six. Anthony Garcia tossed a spotless seventh inning with a strikeout.

“You can’t say enough about the starts from Taylor and Tyler,” Smith said. “The relief from Trevor and Anthony was also outstanding. Lane threw out some good pitchers and so did we. You have to tip your hat to the pitchers on both sides.”

In the opener, the Devils snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Cameron Campbell singled, and later scored on a double play. Lane got one baserunner to third, but left him stranded in the first inning.

Ricky Muzzy and Nicklaus Palmer hit two singles apiece as the Devils finished with seven hits.

In the nightcap, LCC scored all of its runs in the first inning. Campbell was hit by a pitch and scored on a single from Huddleston, and JT Strickler reached on an error and was later plated on an infield out.

Lane parlayed a base hit and an LCC error into a run in the fifth. The Titans also had opportunities to score in the third and sixth innings when they left baserunners at third.

The Devils, who left seven baserunners stranded, collected four hits, two walks and were hit by four pitches.

LCC (2-1) hosts Lane for another doubleheader on Sunday.

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Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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