Sports Report for Thursday, 5-16-2019

Rhythm on the Rails This Weekend…  Main Street Clinton wants me to remind you that this Friday and Saturday (May17th and 18th) they will be holding their first Rhythm on the Rails event of the season… It will start at 5:30 pm on Friday and 10:00 am on Saturday… There will be retail and craft vendors, non-profit information booths, rides, games, food (including a sanctioned BBQ event) and lots of music… For more information about this event including a list of the entertainers and times they will be preforming, click here.


Local Notes:  

Clinton HS:

  • Golf… As you may recall, the Red Devil golf team was in action on Monday and Tuesday participating in the SCHSL Class-AAA Golf Tournament in Camden… Well the team did not win the tournament but they did finish 11th which is obviously higher than any Red Devil golf team has done before… Phoebe Carlos led the Red Devils shooting a two-day total of 153 which allowed her to tie for 10th place in the tournament and make the All-State Team… Sofia Carlos finished with a total of 171, Javi Carlos 185, Zoe Carlos 187 and Matthew McKittrick 211… Congratulations to the team on a great season and going where no Red Devil golf team has gone before!


College Notes:

  • D-I Baseball Rankings… Looking at the National College Baseball Writers Association poll for this week which came out on Monday the top 3 teams remained unchanged… UCLA, Vanderbilt and Stanford hold down the top 3 spots in that order… There was some shakeup below that as Mississippi State jumped from #6 to #4 and Arkansas remained at #5… East Carolina checks in at #6 up from #8 and Georgia Tech jumped from 10th to #7… Texas Tech, Georgia and Louisville round out the top 10… If you would like to see the entire top 30 in the poll, click here… The site the link will carry you to also has information about other schools that received votes and a breakdown by conference as to how many teams from each conference made the top 30 in the poll.


  • D-II Baseball Rankings & Regionals… In the NCAA Division II they do rankings a little different in that instead of having one over all national ranking they do it by regions… In the Southeast Region two are teams hold down the #1 and #2 rankings… The North Greenville Crusaders are ranked #1 in the region with a 40-9 record when the last rankings were done and the Newberry Wolves were #2 with a record of 41-14… If you would like to see the entire standings for each region in D-II, click here…. Now that being said the playoff system is similar but not exactly like the D-I College World Series setup… Both North Greenville and Newberry will be hosting a part of the Southeast regionals starting later this week… If you are an interest in seeing the regional brackets for D-II click here… This link will carry you to the NCAA website where all the regionals are listed in a multipage document


Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Braves 4 – Cardinals 0… Twenty four hours after being humbled by the Cardinals losing 14-3 the Braves bounced back last night and took a 4-0 win over the Red Birds… The Braves outhit the cardinals 6-3 with two of the Braves hits being homers… Charlie Culbertson had a 2-run homer in the 8th inning and Austin Riley homered in his second major league at-bat in the 4th inning (s solo shot).
  • Drive 6 – Crawdads 5… The Greenville Drive took a one-run victory last night after losing by a run on Tuesday (4-3 in 12 innings) as they defeated the Hickory Crawdads 6-5 at Flour Field… Both teams had 8 hits but the Crawdads were guilty of 2 errors which hurt their cause while 3 Drive Pitchers struck out 14 Crawdads. .. The “rubber” game of the 3-game series is tonight starting at 7:05 at Flour Field.


This & That:

  • Laurens County Mud Run… This Saturday (5-18-19) the Laurens Family YMCA in conjunction with Main Street Laurens will be holding the Laurens County Mud Run… The off-road course will have 20 challenging obstacles and will be a lot of fun… For more information including age limits, start time and registering online click here… You can also register at the Laurens Family YMCA and call them at 984-2626… The event will take place rain or shine and to tell the truth it is probably more fun in the rain as long as there is no lightning.


  • Raider Volleyball… The Raider volleyball team started spring practice yesterday… Coach Erin Lake would like for any young lady who is in the 7th – 12th grade next year and is interested in joining the Raiders to contact her… If you click here it will carry you to the LDHS Athletic Site where there is a posting about this and a link to a form you can fill out and submit online to contact Coach Lake about your interest in Raider volleyball.


  • Raider Girls Golf… The LDHS Lady Raider golf team will begin spring practice on Monday, May 6 2019. Practice will be from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM at Lakeside Country Club on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until May 30. No golf experience is necessary but proper golf attire is required… Any girl who lives in District 55 and is a rising seventh grader (current 6th grader) or above may play for the team… There are will be no try-outs or cuts to form the team… If you have any further question please contact Head Coach, Jim Iacuone at or (864)681-3630.


  • LDHS to Host Sports Physical Night…. On Wednesday, May 22 from 5:50 to 7:30 pm at LDHS Student-Athletes in Laurens School District 55 who need to get a physical for the 2019-2020 sports seasons will have the opportunity to do so at LDHS… The cost will be only $20 and you must sign up for the physical ahead of time and have ALL paperwork completed before you can see the doctor-No Exceptions… Now for more about this including link to the sign up for the physicals which can be done on-line and the form that need to be completed, click here…. Parents if you have a son or daughter who plans on playing any sport on the middle school or high school level don’t let this opportunity to get your physical pass you by.


  • Raider Baseball Camp

The Raider Baseball Program will be hosting a 4-day camp, June 24th-27th. This camp is offered to young boys and girls, ages 7-12. While at camp, your son/daughter will learn basic baseball fundamentals; including base running, hitting, catching, throwing, and specific position fundamentals. Our goal for this camp is to serve youth baseball players in our county that want to become better players. We feel like it is our duty to give back to the community that has grown and shaped so many of our Raider Baseball players, past and present. We look forward to working with our youth and hope to see all of you on June 24th. Registrations will take place every morning beginning at 8am. Snacks and water will be provided. Players should wear proper baseball attire every day; baseball pants, hat, and cleats. If a player does not have appropriate baseball attire, please have them dress in clothes that they can get dirty in and tennis shoes. The cost is $45 per player / $55 for Siblings. A Google Form link is provided below if your children plan to attend, in order for us to get a head count… For more information or if you have questions contact Coach Patterson by email at     Click on following to register: LINK: Baseball Camp



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