Sports Report for Thursday, 7-24-2014

Local Notes:

Interviews with Coaches Scott King and Chris Liner… Back on Tuesday morning, Laurens hosted a 7 on 7 passing competition that involved several schools… Clinton was one of the teams present at that completion… That will be the last 7 on 7 competition for both Laurens and Clinton this summer… After the completion was over, we caught up with both head coaches and had a short interview with them about how they thought the competitions went this summer, who stood out at them and about what lies ahead in the next 10 days or so as they get ready for the first day of fall practice… Below are those interviews.


Big League World Series: SC 5 – Southwest 1… The last few days I have been mentioning to you that the Little League Big League World Series was starting last night in Easley and that 3 LDHS current of former baseball players (Cody Smiley, Grayson Bailes, and Thomas Jones) had made the roster for the host SC Dist. 1 team… Well good news as the SC team took a 5-1 win over the southwest team and two Raiders made the starting lineup… They were Cody Smiley at third and Grayson Bailes at shortstop… Cody Smiley actually scored the first run for the host team in the bottom of the 4th inning when he led off and “took one” for the team being hit by a pitch… He later scored the first of two runs in the inning… SC would score 3 more runs in the bottom of the 4th and Grayson Bailes had a key sacrifice bunt in the inning to move the first runner into scoring position… Also in the 4th inning, Cody Smiley was robbed of at least a double down the right field line as the Southwest right fielder made a great diving catch just inside the foul line…. While Smiley went 0-2 scoring a run and Bailes went 0-1… Emerald’s Sheldon Reed and Easley’s Brandon Hood led the host team both going 2-3… TL Hannah’s Adam Hill got the start and picked up the win going 6 innings giving up no runs on 4 hits while striking out 7 and walking only 1…. The SC team will have today off and be back in action Friday night at 7:30 as they face a team from the Central Region of the U.S… Click on the following for more game statistics: 7-24-14-BLWS-SCD1-SW


Braves: Braves 6 – Marlins 1… The Braves and marlins hooked up in game 3 of their 4-game series in Atlanta last night and after losing 2 straight to the Marlins the Braves put one in the win column s they took a 6-1 win over The Fish… The Braves went up 1-0 in the first then pretty much put the game out of reach as they scored 4 runs in the second inning… The big blow in the 2nd came off the bat of Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman who hit his 14th homer of the year a 3-run shot… BJ Upton and Jason Hayward each got 2 of the Braves 8 hits..


Greenville Drive: Drive 9 – BlueClaws 2… The Greenville Drive started a week long road trip yesterday and their first stop is in Lakewood, NJ where they took on the BlueClaws… Good news for Drive fans as they snapped a 7-game losing streak by taking a 9-2 win over The Claws… Greenville trailed 2-1 going into the top of the 8th inning when they struck for 3 runs and added 5 more in the 9th to take the win… The Drive got only 9 hits to the BlueClaws 5 but were the recipient of 5 walks and a Claw error…


Countdown to Start of Football Season: Hang on football fans it’s only 29 days until Clinton opens up its football season at AC Flora, 35 days until PC opens up at Northern Illinois and 36 days until Laurens host BHP in the start of the Chris Liner era at LDHS.


Carolina Panthers… The Carolina Panthers Fan Fest will be tomorrow night, July 25, when the Carolina Panthers conduct their first preseason practice at newly renovated Bank of America Stadium to kick off the franchise’s 20th season…Admission is free, and all fans will receive a 2014 team roster photo card with a 2014 schedule… Then on Saturday the pre-season training camp opens in Spartanburg at Wofford College… Click on the following link for the practice schedule at Wofford and special happenings on certain days of spring training: Panthers Training Camp Schedule.


Upcoming Summer Camps – Clinton & Laurens YMCA, City of Laurens Parks & Recreation and PC


Laurens YMCA:

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;

 Basketball Camp

  • July 29-31, Ages 9-16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm @ Laurens YMCA Gym
  • Cost: $40 Y-Members, $50 Non-Members
  • Instructed by LDHS head Boys Basketball Coach Ben Sinclair

Cooking Camp

  • July 29-31, Ages 9-16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm @ First Presbyterian Church
  • Cost: $45 Y-Members, $55 Non-Members
  • Capacity 15 and instructed by Ray Bell

Clinton YMCA:

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:  


  • Date TBA , 9:30 am – noon,  girls ages 5-12, Instructor – Coach Laurie Addison
  • Cost: $50 members, $55 non-members        **$5 discount if live inside city limit
  • Sign-up deadline – Friday, TBA at 5:00 pm


PC Sports Camps 

Baseball Camp 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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