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Lions stave off rally for win at Seneca

SENECA — Although it was only a preseason game between Daniel and Seneca on Friday night, there was a midseason feel on the diamond Friday night when the teams came together at Coach Mac Field in Seneca.

Despite a rally from the Bobcats, and a bit of drama up until the game’s final out, the Lions hung on for an 8-7 victory over their rivals in their fifth game of the Anderson County Preseason Tournament.

For Daniel head coach Andy Swords, the game was one he didn’t especially look forward to because of its possible ramifications the next time the two squads meet.

In fact, he stressed just that to his team before the game, reminding them this game wasn’t going to count in the final standings.

“More than anything else, it’s such a big rivalry between the two schools,” he said. “I think that’s a big disadvantage because sometimes you can get too overconfident in a win, and you get your head down in a loss. It can kind of go both ways, and that’s the biggest disadvantage of playing them early.”

The Lions (4-1) scored in each of the first three frames, getting an RBI single from Jerad Clark to score Logan Perkins in the first inning.

After Seneca scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, Daniel came back with six runs over the next two innings, which all came courtesy of Bobcat errors.

But Seneca struck back in the fourth win a two-RBI single from Matt Crowe to bring the Bobcats within two runs at 7-5, and Jordan McNeely scored on an error to close the frame with Daniel up 7-6.

The Lions picked up an insurance run in the fifth when Richard Dix singled home Chris Duncan to close out the night’s scoring.

Swords said that run was key, after Seneca picked up momentum following a sluggish start.

“We had several walks that let guys get out there, then we made a mistake, they got a hit and things got rolling for them,” Swords said. “It’s just one of those things, and I’m proud of the guys for hanging in there and fighting back.”

Seneca managed to threaten in the bottom of the seventh, with Crowe earning a walk before taking second base on a passed ball.

However, Daniel reliever Jacob Galloway forced a groundout to end the ball game, leaving Crowe stranded at second.

Both Daniel and Seneca will be in action at home today, with junior varsity games starting at 11:30 a.m. against opponents that had not been determined at press time.

Daniel 8, Seneca 7

DWD 124 010 0 — 8 10 5

SHS 200 401 0 — 7 6 6

Pitching

IP H R K BB

W—Alexander 3.2 3 5 3 8

L—Mitchell 3.1 5 7 3 7

Hitting

DWD—Clark, 1-2, RBI

SHS—Crowe, 1-1, 2 RBI, 2 BB