Sports Report for Monday, 4-2-2018

Local Notes:


  • Baseball: Woodruff 7 – Clinton 6… After defeating the Wolverines at Woodruff by a score of 41 last Tuesday the Red Devils hoped to complete the sweep of the region foe at Clinton last Friday night but fell just short of that as the Wolverines took a 7-6 win in a tight game… According to the Woodruff game Changer accounting of the game the Wolverines jumped on top early scoring 2 runs in the top of the first inning… The Red Devils plated a single run in the second inning when Chance Ewell singled and later scored after Konnor Richardson and Corey Suber also singled in the inning….The Red Devils went up 4-3 when they plated 3 runs in the third inning when Griffin Fuller had 3-run homer over the left field fence… Woodruff retook the lead 5-4 in the top of the fourth plating 3 runs on a pair of walks, 2 hits and a sacrifice fly… I have heard that one of those hits was originally called out at first and would have ended the inning earlier but that the plate umpire overruled the base umpire saying the Clinton’s first baseman Dawson Green’s foot off the bag thus negating the out…. Coach Tom Fortman took issue with the ruling and ensuing “conversation” with the plate umpire resulted in only having him ejected from the game…Both teams scored single runs in the fifth inning with Clinton’s run being scored when Konnor Richardson doubled with two outs and then moved to third on a passed ball… He scored when the Woodruff pitcher was not able to handle strike 3 to Lane Cunningham allowing Cunningham to reach first and Richardson to score…. The Wolverines put their final run on the board in the top of the seventh inning making to score 7-5 Woodruff… The Red Devils started the seventh inning battling back as Suber and Richardson led the inning off with singles… The next two Red Devil batters popped out and struck out leaving the two baserunners at first and second… The runners were able to execute a double-steal putting themselves in better scoring position… Suber was then able to score on a wild pitch and Richardson moves to third… Alas the rally fell short as the Red Devil batter struck out looking to end the game…. Again according to the Woodruff scorer, The Red Devils outhit the Wolverines 12-7 with Konnor Richardson going 4-4 with one of his hits being a double… The Red Devils fall to 5-9 on the season and 2-4 in region play and will next be in action on Monday, April 9th when they travel to Laurens to take on the a JV – Varsity doubleheader.



  • Baseball: Laurens 9 – Emerald 3… Back in early March in their first game of the season the Laurens Raiders lost to the Emerald down in Greenwood by a score of 12-6 in a game where the Vikings scored all their runs in one inning on more walks, hit batters and errors than they had hits… Saturday afternoon the Raiders hosted the Vikings making up a rain postponed game from earlier in the season… They found out that the Raider team they faced Saturday is not the same team they defeated earlier as the Raiders took a 9-3 win… The Raiders got on the board first putting two runs on the board in the first inning… Ty Foster and Heath Bragg had back to back singles to lead off the inning for the Raiders… Foster later scored thanks to an Emerald error and Bragg scored on a sacrifice fly by Kobe Williams… The Vikings scored their 3 runs in the top of the fourth inning on a walk, 2 singles and a sacrifice fly to take a 3-2 lead… The Raiders responded by plating 2 runs in the bottom of the inning and held the Vikings scoreless the rest of the way… They added 3 in the fifth and 2 in the sixth making the final 9-3… Williams had another sac fly in the game and Kobe Williams had a pinch-hit triple driving in 2 runs… The Raiders had 10 hits with Foster, Heath Bragg and Nathan Rutter each getting 2 hits each… Heath Bragg started the game on the mound and went 4 innings giving the 3 earned runs and Nick Robertson game in to finish the game and picked up the win… For the game’s box score and some stats, click on the following: LDHS-BB-3-31-Emer… For the games scorecard, click on the following: LDHS-BB-3-31-Emer-SC… The Raiders will be traveling to JL Mann later this week to participate in their Spring Break Tournament… They are scheduled to play 4 games in 4 days starting this Wednesday when they take on Daniel in a 2 pm contest.

College Notes:

  • Women’s Basketball… The Fighting Iris h of Notre Dame won a pair of buzzer beaters over the weekend to claim the Women’s D-I national Championship in basketball this season… On Friday they defeated previously undefeated UConn 91-89 on a 3-point shot with 1 second left in the game by Arike Ogunbowale… They had trailed UConn by 11 points in the second quarter… Well if that was not enough, yesterday they came from behind again to take a 61-58 win over Mississippi State to claim the National Championship… Just like Friday the game was tied 58-58 when the same young lady hit a 3-point shat as time ran out to give the Irish the title…For more information on the Iris win, click here
  • South Carolina’s Wilson named National Plyer of the Year…  South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson has rewritten the record book for the Gamecocks… She has already received numerous post-season honors and tehis weekend she added the “big one” as she was named the 2018 Citizen Naismith Women’s Player of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club… If you would like to learn more about this award and some of the others she has one this (and previous seasons) click here.
  • Men’s Title game Tonight… A reminder for the casual basketball fans (the true ones already know this) hteh men’s championship pits Villanova against Michigan tonight at 9:00 pm and I do believe you can catch it on TBS.



Braves… The Atlanta Braves concluded their home series with the Phillies over the weekend. For more information on each of the games listed below, click on their day and score.

  • Friday: Phillies 5 – Braves 4 (12)….  The Braves lost their first game of the young season to the Phillies 5-4 in 11 innings after battling back to tie the game in the 8th inning.
  • Saturday: Braves 15 – Phillies 2… On Saturday night the Braves put a good old fashion whipping on the Phillies as they pounded out 19 hits and took a 15-2 win over the Phillies… Lane Adams had a pinch hit, two out 3-run homer in the 8th inning…. The Braves host the Washington Nationals tonight.


Sports Schedules for this Week

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy… To see the Laurens Academy baseball schedule and results, click here.

 Broadcast Schedule… Below is the broadcast schedule for baseball and softball for the next several days on Real Radio 860 WLBG…  And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at… All are home games unless noted.

  • Tuesday, 4-10, Softball host Hillcrest @ 7:30
  • Friday, 4-13, Baseball host Hillcrest @ 7:30
  • Monday, 4-16, Baseball host Woodruff @ 6:00
  • Tuesday, 4-17, Softball host Greenwood @ 7:30
  • Friday, 4-20, Baseball host Greenwood @ 7:30

This & That:

  • Inaugural Raider Alumni Baseball Game Scheduled… The LDHS Raider baseball team will be holding their first ever alumni baseball game on Saturday, April 14th at Ed Prescott Field… Any alumni who wish to participate needs to contact Coach Tori Patterson at 864-200-8654 or email…. The first pitch is scheduled for 11:00 am… Now the night before (Friday, April 13th) they will have a meet and greet for the alumni players starting at 5:45 pm at the field… Those alumni on hand will be recognized before the Raider baseball game against the Hillcrest Rams that starts about 7:30… So if you are an baseball alumni and want to meet up with other past players and have a little fun mark those dates on your calendar and contact Coach Patterson.

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