Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-27-2018

Local Notes:

Clinton Dixie Youth All-Star Teams

  • AA 8-9 All-Star: Saluda 14 – Clinton 10… Clinton 7-8 AA machine pitch All-Stars played Saluda Monday in an elimination game… This was the 2nd time the two teams had faced off and Saluda won the 1st meeting 22-21… Clinton was down 3-1 after first inning and both teams went scoreless in the 2nd mainly due to both teams having some great defensive plays in the inning…  In the bottom of the 3rd Saluda was able to plate 4 making the score 7-1…  Clinton was able to score 5 in the 4th with the help of a home run by Will Corley…   In the bottom of the 4th Clinton was able to get the 1st two batters out but Saluda was able to score 6 runs before Clinton got the 3rd out… Going into the top of the 6th Clinton was down 14-6 and rallied to score 4 runs but just could not get any closer as Saluda took the 14-10 win eliminating Clinton from the tournament… According to Coach Dale McWaters Clinton hit the ball hard but Saluda just made plays when it counted…. To their credit, Clinton never quit and the kids battled every game….  They got down in both games and battled back in each of them but just could not come all the way back…   Coach McWaters said he and the other coaches are very proud of the kids… Batting leaders for the game were Grayson Gansz, Ryan Campbell, Cade Lyda, Taryn (Bubba) Underwood, William Addison, Corbin Kimberlin and Will Corley all having two hits each… Alex Cornelio and Wilkes McWaters each had one hit…. Congratulations to the team on a fine showing in the tournament!
  • O-Zone All-Stars… The Clinton O-Zone All-Stars got within 3 outs of getting their game in last night with Mid-Carolina before the weather caused them to suspend the game… The game will be resumed this afternoon (weather permitting) with Clinton leading 6-1… If they get the 3 outs they need to end the game with a win they will take a short break and then play Edgefield… Edgefield would have to beat Clinton twice tonight to advance to the state… Should Mid-Carolina come back and win the suspended game there will be a draw for a bye in the finals and it gets too complicated to explain here… Good Luck to Clinton tonight!
  • AAA All-Stars… I did not get any word from Coach Campbell about their game last night… I’ll try to find out if they played and if so how it came out today.



  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field.


College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Arkansas 4 – Oregon State 1… Well they were finally able to get in the first game of the CWS Finals in last night and the Arkansas Razorbacks took game one by a score of 4-1… The Beavers got on the board first plating their run in the bottom of the 2nd inning… The Razorbacks picked up their 4 runs in the top of the 5th and then held on for the win… Oregon St. actually outhit Arkansas 9-5 but just could not get the hits at the right time…. The two teams will face off again tonight at 7 pm and Arkansas can claim the title with a win… One stat they mentioned during the broadcast last night is that the team who wins the first game in this best of three format goes on to win the title 73% of the time.


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

  • Reds 5 – Braves 3… In the second game of their 3-game series in Atlanta last night the Reds took a 5-3 win over the Braves… The Reds led 4-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when the Braves loaded the bases with no outs but could only manage to get 2 runs and the Reds got one of those back in the top of the 9th… The teams will finish their series with an early afternoon game today.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Rome 4 – Drive 3… The Drive finished their 3-game series with the Rome Braves down in Ga. yesterday on a sour note as they lost 4-3… The Drive scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning but could not hold the lead as the Braves came back to score the winning run in the 7th inning… Rome took the series 2-1 and the Drive continue their road trip as ty travel to Augusta tonight to start a 3-game series with the GreenJackets.


This and That:

  • Clinton YMCA Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons… The Clinton Family YMCA will be having a full slate of summer sports camps this summer and will also be offering swimming lessons throughout the summer… To see complete details on all these click here… The next camps is a cheer camp starting July 9th for girls ages 5-12 and you must register by Friday, 7-6 at 5 pm… The other camp is a soccer camp starting July 16th for boys and girls ages 6-12… The deadline to register for it is July 13th at 5 pm… Again for more details on these and swimming lessons click here.
  • City of Laurens Parks and recreation Sumer Camps… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting 3 camps this summer… They will have a Straight Street Camp (June 11-29), basketball camp (July 9-12) and a baseball camp (July 16-19)… Also registration will open for cheerleading, football and fall baseball at different times this summer… For more information about all of these, click here.
  • PC Summer Sports Camps… This summer various sports at PC will be holding camps for various age groups of youth in the area… To see a complete listing of all the camps click here… The nest camp is: Academy Showcase Soccer Camps… June 29- July 1 and July 27-29… These camps are for high are for rising high school freshman – seniors… The camps are intended to put college-bound elite high school soccer player in the best possible environment in this intense three-day camp… During the day, camper will be in high-level technical and tactical training session conducted by the Presbyterian College staff or other high level college coaches from the area… In the evening players will be coached and evaluated in 11 v 11 match play…Each day of camp features coaches who will educate campers on topics including: strength and conditioning, college recruiting, and what it is like to be an NCAA Division 1 athlete…. For more information about these camps including cost ($350 or less) and registration, click here
  • 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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