College Baseball Notes: The CWS is now down to 2 teams as Vanderbilt and Virginia will start a best of 3 series tonight at 8:00 pm for the championship… Texas did not go quietly as they defeated Vanderbilt 4-0 on Friday afternoon…That forced a loser go home game on Saturday and Vanderbilt took a 4-3 win in 11 innings to claim its spot in the championship series… Virginia started to punch its ticket to the championship series on Friday night but weather caused them to suspend the game until Saturday where they finished the job defeating Mississippi 4-1… Vanderbilt is now 49-20 on the season and Virginia is 52-14… Should be two pretty evenly matched teams coming into the contest tonight.
Braves: The Braves finished their 4-game series with the Washington National up in the DC area over the weekend playing games 2, 3, & 4…
- Friday: Braves 6 – Nationals 4 (13)… After taking a 3-0 win on Thursday night, the Braves made it 2 in a row over the Nationals with a 6-4 win on Friday but it took them 13 innings to do it… The Braves had a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the 9th but Craig Kimbrel could not hold it as the Nats scored 2 in the inning to send the game into extra innings… Evan Gattis singled in the 13th inning to bring in B.J. Upton who had walked earlier with what proved to be the winning run… Freddie Freeman had 3 of the Braves 12 hits going 3-6 with a solo homer.
- Saturday: Nationals 3 – Braves 0… The Nationals came back on Saturday and took a 3-0 win over the Braves regaining their lead in the NL East by a ½ game which they had given up the day before… The Braves managed only 5 hits and the only bright spot there is that Evan Gattis had one extending his hitting streak to 20 games the longest for any Braves catcher…. Julio Tehran did not pitch all that bad for the Braves going 7 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 10 and walking 2 but had no offensive support to help him out.
- Sunday: Nationals 4 – Braves 1… Then yesterday Washington earned a split of the 4-game series and stretched their lead in the NL East to 1.5 games as they took a 4-1 win over the Atlanta… The Nationals jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning and that would prove to be all they needed as the Braves offense went AWOL producing only 1 run on 4 hits on the night while Washington picked up their 4 runs on 9 hits… Freddie Freeman was the only Brave to have more than 1 hit as he went 2-4 scoring the Braves only run… Evan Gattis had his hitting streak broken at 20 as he went 0-3… The Braves will have today off to regroup.
Greenville Drive: The Greenville Drive were at home over the weekend concluding their 4 game series with the Savannah Sand Gnats…
- Friday: Drive 21 – Gnats 1… After losing the opening game of the series on Thursday by a score of 6-3 to the Gnats, the Drive rebounded on Friday with the most lopsided wins I can ever remember in the teams’ history as they took a 21-1 over Savannah… The Drive touched 3 Gnat pitchers for 20 hits to produce the 21 runs and not a single one of those hits was a homerun.
- Saturday: Gnats 7 – Drive 6 (11)… Give Savannah credit because after the big loss on Friday, they came back on Saturday and took a 7-6 win in 11 innings… A leadoff walk, stolen base, sacrifice fly and a single in that order by savannah in the 11th brought the winning run home while the Drive went down in order in their half of the 11th.
- Sunday: Drive 7 – Gnats 3… Yesterday the Drive rebounded and took a 7-3 win over the Sand Gnats thus earning a split of the 4 game series… The Drive are on the road for a while now with their first stop being in Ashville tonight to start a 4 game series with the Tourist.
This & That:
Football Officials Wanted… Have you ever sat in the stands at a football game and said to yourself I can do as good a job as those “blind zebras” out there… Well now is your chance to prove that… The District 13 Football Officials Association is looking for a few good men or women to who want to be football officials… If you are interested, call Brian Shealy at the Clinton YMCA… The phone number there is 833-1555… Also you can come to their meetings which are held each Monday night in the meeting room at the Clinton YMCA to get more information… The meetings start at 6:00 pm… The last date to join them is Sunday, July 13th.
Upcoming Summer Camps – Clinton & Laurens YMCA and PC
The Laurens YMCA will be having summer sport and specialty camps all summer long… You can get a $10 discount on each camp by registering the Friday prior to each camp… Call the YMCA at 984-2626 for more information about this or any of the camps… The following are the next camps on their schedule;
- July 8-10, Ages: 6-9 / 10-15, 8:30 – 10:00 am / 10:30 – Noon @ Laurens YMCA
- Cost: $45 Y-Members, $60 Non-Members
- Capacity 20 per age group, Instructed by Cindy Wright
- July 8-10, Ages: 5-13, 9:00 – 11:00 @ Laurens High School
- Cost: $40 Y-Members, $50 Non-Members
- Instructed by LDHS Wresting Coach Rob Sheffield and Joseph Kemp
- July 15-17, Ages: 7 – Up, 9:00 – 11:00 @ Lakeside Country Club
- Cost: $40 Y-Members, $55 Non-Members
- For beginning anglers instructed by Jerry Poole
The Clinton YMCA will be having summer sport and specialty camps all summer long also … Call the YMCA at 833-1555 for more information about this or any of the camps… The following are the next camps on their schedule:
- July 7-10, Instructor: Coach Clovis Simmons
- 9-9:45 am boys & girls age 4-6
- 10-11 am boys & girls age 7-10
- 11-12 noon boys & girls age 11-up
- Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members, **$5 discount if live inside city limit.
- Sign-up deadlines –July 19, at 5:00 pm
Boys Basketball Camp
- July 10-13, 9:30 am-11:30 am, boys age 6-12, Instructor: Coach Todd Frazier
- Cost: $35 members, $40 non-members **$5 discount if live inside city limit
- Sign-up deadline – Friday, July 5 at 5:00 pm
- July 14-18, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Ages 8-13, Instructor: Terri Ray
- Cost: $145 per child, $20 discount per sibling
- Sign-up deadline – June 30 or $15 late fee
PC Sports Camps
Coach Elton Pollock will be holding the Blue Hose Select baseball Camp (Session II) for baseball players in grades 9-12 and Junior College August 30-31… If your youngster is into baseball this is a great way for them to improve their basic skills… It’s not too early to register… For more information click on the following link: Blue Hose Select baseball Camp (Session II) Information
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