Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-23-2017

PC Notes:

Baseball… The Blue Hose baseball team finished their regular season this past weekend as they traveled up to Lynchburg, Va. to take on the Liberty Flames in a 3-game series that started on Thursday. (For more information on each of the games below, click on their day / score.)

  • Thursday: Liberty 4 – PC 3… On Friday the Blue Hose lost a heartbreaker as Nick Wise put them ahead 3-2 with a solo homer in the top of the 9th inning only to have Liberty to come back and score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to take a 4-3 win.
  • Friday: Liberty 8 – PC 3… Then on Friday the Flames put 7 runs on the board in the 2nd inning and then went on to an 8-3 win over the Blue Hose.
  • Saturday: PC 12 – Liberty 1… In the final game on Saturday, the Blue Hose scored early and often as they defeated the Flames 12-1 to avoid being swept in the series… The win gave PC a final regular season record of 29-27 overall and 15-9 in Big South play.
  • PC Opens Big South Tournament Action Today… The 15-9 record in Big South play means that the Blue Hose finished #3 in the conference behind Winthrop who finished first and Liberty who finished second… The Big South Tournament starts today down in Lexington, SC and PC who has the #3 seed will be taking on #6 seed UNC-Ashville about 1:00 pm today in the second of four games on opening day… The game can be seen live on the Big South Network… Now for all the information you might have about the tournament, click here and it will take you to the Big South Conference website posting devote to the tournament…. Good luck to the Blue Hose!

Local Notes: 

LDHS

  • Lady Raider Golf Drop In… If there are any young ladies out there in Laurens District 55 that think they might be interested in playing golf for the Lady Raiders at LDHS this next school year, I have some news you will be interested in… This Wednesday (May 24th) Raider golf coach Jim Iacuone will be hosting an informational drop-in at the Laurens 55 District Office between the hours of 6-7pm… Any young lady that will be in grade 7 or above is eligible to play provided you are in good academic standing… Also no prior golf experience is necessary though it would obviously be helpful… The district office is located on Hillcrest Drive in Laurens in what was the Palmetto Bank’s operation center across from Auto Zone… If you would like more information about Raider Golf or this this drop-in, contact Head Coach Jim Iacuone at jiacuone@laurens55.org or 864-681-3630.

 College Baseball Notes:

  • Clemson & ACC TournamentThe Clemson Tigers also closed out their regular schedule this past Saturday and they finished their season 39-17 overall and 17-13 in ACC play… They finished 3rd in the Atlantic Division behind Louisville (46-9 / 23-6) and Wake Forest (38-17 / 19-11)… The ACC Baseball Championship Tournament kicks off today up in Louisville, Ky. and the Tigers who are in Pool B with Virginia and Duke will be playing have a #5 seeding in the tournament… They are scheduled to start play today against #9 seed Duke… First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm… Now the ACC has revamped their tournament format (again) this year expanding the pools from 3 to 4… To go to the ACC Tournament website for all the information you might want, click here.
  • South Carolina and SEC TournamentThe South Carolina Gamecocks also closed out their regular season last Saturday and they finished the season 32-23 overall and 13-17 in SEC play which for the Gamecocks is a “down year”… The SEC Tournament starts today with all the games today being single elimination “play in” games… The Gamecocks are involved in the very first game today at 10:30 am as they take on Vanderbilt… The Gamecocks need to win this game to make it into the double-elimination portion of the tournament and then do well there or they most likely find themselves on the outside looking in when the field of contenders for the National Title is announced next week…. To go to the SEC website where their posting is for the tournament, click here.  

Pro Sports

  • Braves 5 – Pirates 2… The Braves opened a 3-game series with the Pirates at Sun Trust Park last night and the Braves started off the series with a 5-2 win over the Pirates… For more information on this game, click here…. I’m surely not ready to say the Braves are contenders this year but they have won 7 of their last 11 games and are in second place in the NL east 6.5 games behind the division leading Nationals and one game ahead of the Mets.
  • Kannapolis 4 – Drive 3… The Greenville Drive opened a series with the Kannapolis Intimidators up in Kannapolis last night with a 4-3 loss to the Intimidators… Kannapolis scored 4 runs in the first inning and then made them stand up as they outhit the Drive 9-7…. For more information on this game, click here.

This & That:

  • Laurens Adult Basketball League… The Laurens Adult Basketball League (LABL) will kick off its inaugural season on June 5, 2017…The LABL will take the first six teams to register for the 2017 season. The LABL is open to teams consisting of players ages 16 and up… Teams must submit a roster with a maximum of 10 players before their first game. All players must have matching jerseys with visible numbers… Games will be played at The Ridge at Laurens on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from June 5 to June 28. Game times will be 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The top 4 teams will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, July 6 with the championship game being played on Monday, July 10… Registration is open now and will continue until Friday, May 26 at The Ridge at Laurens… The cost to register is $100 per team… Each team will also be responsible for paying a $30 referee fee at each game… There will be a mandatory team captains meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at 6pm at The Ridge at Laurens… For more information, contact Jason Pridgen at laurensprd@yahoo.com or 864-681-7275.
  • CHS Athletic Booster Golf Tournament… Athletic Director Nickie Templeton and Booster Club President Buddy Bridges have released information about the 2107 CHS Booster Club Golf Tournament… This year, the tournament will be held at Musgrove Mill, on July 27…  Registration begins at 8:30…  For more information: CHS Golf Tourney Brochure 2017… This is a major fundraiser for our Red Devil student-athletes, and it is also a lot of fun… GO BIG RED!
  • Clinton YMCA Better Together 50th Anniversary Celebration… The Clinton YMCA will be celebrating their 50th year in operation this June… To help celebrate this milestone the YMCA is offering a way that current members can get 20% off their membership for a year by  referring a new member who also gets the same 20% off for a year… This special celebration offer can be taken advantage of for the remainder of the calendar year… For complete details call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555 or simply click on the following which has all the details, click here … Don’t let this opportunity to save on Y memberships pass you by and help celebrate the YMCA’s 50th year! !

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