Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-30-2018

Local Notes:

All-Laurens County baseball & Softball Teams Announced…. Recently the All-County baseball And Softball Teams were announced…. Let’s take a quick look at them

  • Baseball… The Red Devil baseball players who made the All-County Team were Taylor Bailey, Thomas Hellams, Konnor Richardson, Caleb Riddle and Matt Thomas… Members of the Laurens Academy Crusader baseball team who made the All-County Team are Noah Moore, Cal Robertson and Will Tindal… The balance of the team is composed of Laurens Raiders and they are Jalen Bragg, Ty Foster, Nathan Rutter, Tanner Smith and Kobe Williams… Each year a Laurens County Player of the Year is selected and this year Laurens’ senior Nathan Rutter is that player… Nathan was also selected to the All-Region 11-AAAAA team and batted .339 on the season with20 hits 3 of which were doubles and 3 were triples… He scored 14 runs and drove in 7… The Coach of the Year went to Raider Coach Tori Patterson who just completed his first season as the Rader head coach after serving several years as an assist and one as interim head coach.
  • Softball… Turning to the All-County Softball Team the Red Devils who made the team were Kamryn Atkins, Hunter Benson, Madison Burton and Elizabeth Childress… This season Laurens Academy did not field a softball team so the balance of the team is all Laurens Raiders… Rachel Delio, Tamara Haney, Octavia Johnson, Kauree Munyan, and Cassy Plaia… Cassy Plaia was named the Softball Player of the Year… She hit .406 this season with an on base percentage of .529 due to her 28 hits and 17 walks while striking out only 3 times… She led the Raiders in runs scored with 31…The Coach of the Year went to the Red Devils’ Coach Dillon Salmans who led the Red Devils back into the playoffs this season his first and what will be his last as he has accepted a position elsewhere for next season…. Congratulations to all these players and coaches.

Mac Harrison Memorial Tennis Tournament…. The Clinton-Laurens-Newberry Tennis Association will hold its 7th annual Mac Harrison Memorial Round Robin Doubles Tournament, Sunday, June 3rd at the brand-new Oakland Tennis Center (1448 First St, Newberry) from 9 am – 12 pm…. Each player will play three sets with a different doubles partner, against different doubles competition… There will be two divisions for both women and men: 1) 2.5 & 3.0, 2) 3.5 & 4.0… Play will be limited to the first 24 registered participants (12 women and 12 men)… There is no charge. However, a donation will be appreciated as all proceeds go towards our two tennis summer youth camps (Laurens and Newberry). The CLNTA is a nonprofit organization…To sign-up, go to the Facebook page (Clinton-Lauren-Newberry Tennis Association, or to its closed group: CLNTA) or call/text Martha (863-340-1888) by Thursday, May 24th… Provide your name, telephone number and the division in which you wish to play

This and That:

Raider Youth Football Camp 2018… On Thursday, June 7th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm the Laurens Raider football staff will be conducting a youth football camp at KC Hanna Field… The camp is open to rising 2nd – 8th graders and it is always a lot of fun for the youth as the Raider staff has age appropriate football related activities… The cost is only $20 and you register the day of the camp between the hours of 8:00 – 9:00 am…By the way that cost includes launch…  If you have any questions contact either Coach Sentell Peake or Coach Brian Lothridge…. Their email addresses are kspeake@laurens55.org or blothridge@laurens55.org… If you wish to reach them by phone call 864.426.6076 or 864.682.3151… Go ahead and make plans to have your youth have a fun filled and instructive half day with the Raiders.

Finally Friday… The City of Laurens and Main Street Laurens will hold another Finally Friday on the Square Friday, June 29th from 7- 9 pm… There will be a family game area, music, concessions, beer & wine and businesses on the square will be open late… The music for this Friday will be provided by the Shag Doctorz and it is free to the public… The other Finally Friday events will be held on the last Friday of each month… The theme for the summer concert series will be beach music… On July 27th there will be an ice cream event…. At the end of August Split Shot will present the music and in September The Carolina Player are scheduled to provide the music.

Dirt Devils Take First Tournament of the Season… The Clinton Dirt Devils a local travel baseball team won their first tournament of the season last weekend up in Easley… The weather shortened the tournament in which the Dirt Devils defeated Diamond Mine 10-1 and Elite 4-3 in the championship game… The team is coached by William Marshall, Josh McLendon, Ted Richardson and Blake Riddle… The roster includes Jayden Argo, Chance Ewell, Griffin Fuller, Austin Long, Nick Perkins, Kimon and Qua Quarles, Konnor Richardson, Caleb Riddle, Blake Smith and Davis Wilson.

 

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

  • Braves 7 – Mets 6… For the second time in two days the Braves took a walk-off win over the Mets as Johan Camargo had a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Braves a 7-6 win over the Mets in Atlanta… That capped a four run comeback by the Braves who tied the game in the 8th inning on a Ender Inciarte two-run triple.
  • Drive… The rain in the area caused the Drive to postpone their game at Flour Field last night with the Augusta GreenJackets and they will try to make that up tomorrow as they already have a doubleheader on tap today with the GreenJackets starting at 2:00 pm.

This and That:

  • Raider Youth Football Camp 2018… On Thursday, June 7th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm the Laurens Raider football staff will be conducting a youth football camp at KC Hanna Field… The camp is open to rising 2nd – 8th graders and it is always a lot of fun for the youth as the Raider staff has age appropriate football related activities… The cost is only $20 and you register the day of the camp between the hours of 8:00 – 9:00 am…By the way that cost includes launch…  If you have any questions contact either Coach Sentell Peake or Coach Brian Lothridge…. Their email addresses are kspeake@laurens55.org or blothridge@laurens55.org… If you wish to reach them by phone call 864.426.6076 or 864.682.3151… Go ahead and make plans to have your youth have a fun filled and instructive half day with the Raiders.
  • Finally Friday… The City of Laurens and Main Street Laurens will hold another Finally Friday on the Square Friday, June 29th from 7- 9 pm… There will be a family game area, music, concessions, beer & wine and businesses on the square will be open late… The music for this Friday will be provided by the Shag Doctorz and it is free to the public… The other Finally Friday events will be held on the last Friday of each month… The theme for the summer concert series will be beach music… On July 27th there will be an ice cream event…. At the end of August Split Shot will present the music and in September The Carolina Player are scheduled to provide the music.

 

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