Sports Report for Monday, 8-6-208

Local Notes

Football Scrimmages

  • Clinton… Last Friday morning at the CHS practice field the Red Devils faced off against the Midland Valley Mustangs… As you might expect the two teams both had their share of mistakes in the game but as Coach Webb said that is why you play these so you can make them here and not in the first game… He noted that his team needed more consistency and not make the same mistakes twice… Clinton will practice again today and then get another opportunity to take the field against someone else as they host Ninety Six tomorrow at 6:00 pm.
  • Laurens… The Laurens Raiders hosted Byrnes, BHP and Strom Thurmond on Saturday morning in their first live action of the pre-season… The Raiders had trouble getting their new offense in gear against Byrnes who had a very quick defensive line and Byrnes did get one TD on the Raiders… Against BHP and Strom Thurmond the offense fared better but still had problems getting it across the goal line… However the defense played tough and pretty much bent but did not break… afterwards Coach Liner was happy in what he saw on the field and thinks the team is ahead of where they were at the same time last year… Laurens will also be back on the field tomorrow as they travel down to Greenwood to take on Emerald and Seneca starting at 10:00 am.



  • Raiders Rally & Sports Preview… Laurens District 55 Sports Director Ed Murray recently announced that there will be holding the inaugural Raider Rally and Sports Preview on August 18th at KC Hanna Stadium from 5:00 – 7:00 pm… The event is FREE and in addition to the coaches and student-athletes from football, cheerleading, volleyball, cross country, golf, and tennis there will be other activities, concessions, music, face painting raffles and the latest Raider gear on sale… For more information about the event click here


Pros … For more information on these games, click on their scores.

Braves… The Braves and the Mets finished their 4-game series in New York over the weekend… As you may recall the Braves started the series last Thursday with a 4-2 win over the Mets.  

  • Friday: Braves 2 – Mets 1On Friday the Braves picked up their 5th win in a row as they defeated the Mets 2-1… Braves pitcher Anibal Sanchez held the Mets to just 2 hits while the Braves had 6… Back-to-back doubles by Ronald Acuna Jr and Ozzie Albies along with a solo homer by Johan Camargo scored the Braves 2 runs.
  • Saturday: Mets 3 – Braves 0… On Saturday the Mets took a 3-0 win to break the Braves’ winning streak… The Mets simply outhit the Braves 9-5 and they got their hits when they counted the most.
  • Sunday: Braves 5 – Mets 4… The Braves rebounded yesterday taking a 5-4 win over the Mets to give them the series win 3 games to 1… The game was tied 4-4 at the end of 9 innings and a solo homer by Nick Markakis in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the winning run… Braves pitcher Julio Teheran picked up his first homer of the season a solo shot in the 5th and Ender Inciarte had a 2-run homer in the 7th… The Braves are off today as they travel to the nation’s capital to start a 4-game series with the Nationals tomorrow in 3 days… The teams will play a day / night doubleheader tomorrow.


Drive… After being rained out on Thursday night, the Rome Braves and the Drive finally were able to start their 4 game series with a doubleheader of 7 inning games on Friday and complete the series yesterday…

  • Friday, Game 1: Braves 7 – Drive 6In the first game on Friday the Drive outhit the Baby Braves 9-5 but lost the game 7-6…. Three of the Braves hits were homers and 3 Drive errors did not help the Drive’s cause.
  • Friday, Game 2: Braves 6 – Drive 3… The Braves also won the second game on Friday by a score of 6-3… The Drive led 2-0 going into the top of the 5th inning when the Braves took the lead for good with one swing of the bat as the Braves DH Drew Lugbauer had a grand slam homer that proved to be the difference in the game.
  • Saturday: Drive 14 – Braves 8… The Drive rebounded on Saturday to take a 14-8 win over the Braves… Lot of offense in this game as the two teams combined for 29 hits with Drive having 17 of them… A 7-run 8th inning proved to be the difference for the Drive.
  • Sunday: Drive 9 – Braves 2… Yesterday the Drive were once again victorious as they took a 9-2 win over the Baby Braves… Once again a big inning proved to be the difference in the game as the Drive plated 5 runs in the 6th inning… The Drive have the night off tonight and will start a week long road trip tomorrow with the first stop being in Columbia to take on the Fireflies.


Panthers… The Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College is now open and will close on Monday August 13th… To go to the Panthers website where you will find the training camp schedule, what not to bring, what you can bring and the answers to most any question you might have about the camp, click here…. The Panthers will take the field today at 9:25 this morning and tomorrow morning to start their practice.


Countdown to KickoffThe numbers of days until the following teams open their season

  • Laurens at Clinton… (8-24-18)… 18
  • Laurens Academy at Faith / Christian…(8-24-18)… 18
  • PC at Austin Peay… (9-8-15)… 33
  • PC host Stetson… (9-15-18)… 40
  • Clemson host Furman…(9-1-18)… 26
  • South Carolina host Coastal Carolina… (9-1-18)… 26

This and That:

  • Clinton YMCA Flag Football and Cheerleading… Registration is now open through August 17th for Flag Football and Cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA… Age groups will be 4 – 6, 7 – 9 and 10 – 12 for flag football and for grades K – 6 for cheerleading…. For more information as to fall out dates, cost and who to contact if you have more questions click here.
  • PC Individual Basketball Camp… August 6-9, 2018… Half Day Camp for ages 5-6, 9AM-12PM ($120) & Full Day Camp for ages 7-15, 9AM-3PM ($200) … The PC men’s basketball staff is having its first individual skills camp where they will focus on developing fundamentals while also incorporating team competition! .. By the end of the week our goal is to help improve your child’s skill set, but also help instill a love and passion for the game of basketball… They will coach, encourage, and instruct positive self-image makes our campers feel accomplished and confident moving forward… For more information click here to go to the PC website where there is more information and a way to register online for the camps.
  • 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 at least the end of August
  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… The current sports you can sign up for now are fall soccer and flag football… Early registration for both ends August 10th.


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