Sports Report for Thursday, 5-17-2018

Local Notes:


  • Spring Practice Football Game… The Red Devil football team has been working out hard during spring practice the last several games and they will culminate the spring practice with a spring game starting at Wilder Stadium starting a 6:00 pm tomorrow… Mark your calendars and plan on being there for a sneak peek of next season’s team.


  • Football Spring Practice & Spring Game… Likewise the Laurens Raiders have been conducting spring practice and they also will be having a spring game tomorrow… The Raiders will take the field at KC Hanna Stadium starting at 7:00 pm and again Raider fans can get a look at the coming season’s team which most likely will have some new wrinkles on offense…. Before the spring game there will be a Powder Puff Game that is slated to start about 5:30.


College Notes

  • Baseball…. The college baseball season is winding down fast and most of the major conferences will be having the tournaments next week… The Top 25 Poll came out earlier this week and lets take a quick look at it… There was some shakeup in the top 10 but Florida remained in the #1 spot with last week’s #2 & #3 teams swapping places… Oregon State is now #2 and Stanford #3… NC State moved from #5 to #4, Ole Miss moved up a spot to #5 as did Arkansas moving up a spot to #6… Last week’s 4 team North Carolina dropped to #7 and Clemson remains at #8… East Carolina and Duke round out the top 10 in that order….Coastal Carolina moved up from #25 to #21 and South Carolina got back into the top 25 coming in at the #25 position… If you would like to see the entire poll, click here… we’ll try to catch up on softball tomorrow.
  • Clemson… The #8 Clemson Tigers close out their regular season with a 3-game ACC Series in Pittsburg taking on Pitt starting today at 6:00 pm, tomorrow at 3;00 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm… All games will be televised on the ACC Network.
  • South Carolina… The Gamecocks also close out their regular season schedule on the road as they travel to College Station Texas to take on Texas A&M in a 3-game SEC series… They will also start their series tonight with first pitch scheduled 7:30 ET, tomorrow at the same time and then close out the series on Saturday with a 3:00 pm ET start… All these games are scheduled to be shown on the SEC network.


Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves 4 – Cubs 1… The Braves put 3 runs in the 8th inning to break a 1-1 tie as they defeated the Cubs in Atlanta last night…. In the pivotal 8th inning Ozzie Albies tripled with one out and then was driven in on a single by Ronald Acuna Jr… Freddie Freeman then singled moving Acuna to third and he took second on the throw… Carl Edwards drew an intentional walk to load the bases… A pair of walks brought in two more runs to make the final 4-1.
  • Greenville Drive… The Drive had the night off last night and will return home to Flour Field this afternoon at 3:30 to start a 4-game series with the Augusta GreenJackets… The Drive are 10-28  on the season and are in last place in SAL Southern Division 13.5 games behind the Augusta GreenJackets who lead the division… By the way the reason the game is starting at 3:30 is that there will be a BMW Charity Pro-Am Celebrity Softball Game starting about 7:30 after the Drive game.
  • BMW Charity Pro-Am… This event is kicking off in earnest today and if you want more information about it such as the schedule, celebrities scheduled to appear, pairings & tee times, live scoring and spectator information, click here.


This and That:

  • City of Clinton will be holding Rhythm on the Rails tomorrow and Saturday May 18 & 19th… Rhythm on the Rails is Downtown Clinton’s signature spring festival that includes retail and craft vendors, non-profit information booths, games, rides, lots of great music and BBQ…For more information go to… Go ahead and make plans to come out that weekend.
  • Battle Mud May 19thThis year’s Battle Mud Run is coming up on Saturday May 19th rain or shine… This event is put on by the Laurens Family YMCA, Main Street Laurens and the Greenville Health System, Laurens County Memorial Hospital… The cost is $60 per two-person team… You can register at the Laurens YMCA or online at

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