Sports Report for Monday, 5-20-2019

Local Notes: 


  • Winter and Spring Sports Awards Tomorrow… Tomorrow in the gymnasium at CHS starting at 5:30 CHS will be holding their winter and Spring Athletics Awards ceremony… Similar to last year it will be done in two “shifts” with a 30 minute intermission between the “shifts” for refreshments… Now if you click here it will take you to a posting on the CHS athletic website where there is more information about this including which sports will be honored in each of the two “shifts”… Student-athletes will be admitted free but there is a $2 admission for all others.



  • Spring Game Tomorrow… The Laurens Raider football team has been working out in Spring Practice the last few weeks and that is fast coming to a close… As a matter of fact tomorrow at KC Hanna Stadium the Raiders will hold their Spring Game which marks the end of practice… The game will start at 7:00 pm… The Raiders have a good number of starters back and this will be a great opportunity to see them before school is out… Of course the Raiders will open their season on Friday, August 30th when the host the Clinton Red Devils at KC Hanna Stadium starting at 7:30 in the County Championship.


High School baseball and Softball Wrap-up….Well all the SCHSL baseball and softball playoffs finished up over the weekend or before… A couple of quick notes:

  • Class-AAAAA… In this class Dutch Fork took the baseball title defeating Blythewood 2 games to 1 in the best of 3 championship series… JL Mann was the last ram in Laurens’ region and they were knocked out in the Upper State Finals by Blythewood… As for softball, Lexington took 2 of 3 games in the finals against Byrnes to claim the softball title.
  • Class AAA… In the baseball finals of Class-AAA Bishop England took 2 out of 3 games over Crescent to take the championship… The Class-AAA softball championship was won by Battery Creek taking two straight games in the finals over Union County.
  • Other Results… I’ll briefly mention that nearby Dixie took the crown in Class-A and the Ninety Six softball team won the championship in Class-AA… Now if you wish to see any other of the baseball and softball brackets and who the winners were, click here and it will carry you to another posting at that has links to all the baseball and softball brackets.


 College Notes:

  • D-I Softball Tournament… Over the weekend the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament got started and all but two of the regionals have been wrapped up… For you Gamecock fans out there I’ll tell you South Carolina lost their opening game in the regional at Florida State to the University of South Florida by a score of 3-2 dropping them into the elimination bracket of the regional… They then defeated Bethune Cookman 10-0 and won a rematch with South Florida 2-1… They then had to take on the host Florida State Seminoles needing to defeat them twice to make it to the Super Regional… That was not to be as the #4 nationally seeded Seminoles took a 7-6 win in the first game to win the regional…. Now if you want to check out other scores in the regional tournaments click here to go to the interactive brackets on the NCAA website.


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

Braves… The Braves hosted the Milwaukie Brewers.

  • Friday: Braves 12 – Brewers 8… The Braves carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th inning last Friday and then did something they have not done in over a decade and that is score nine runs in the inning to go up 12-0… Max Fried was on the mound for the Braves at the start of the inning but was pulled for a pinch hitter in the inning so it was up to the Braves’ bullpen to hold the lead… Well it’s a good thing the Braves had a 12-0 win because three of the 4 relievers used gave up runs and by the time the last out was registered to Brewers had scored 8 runs to make the final 12-8…. Freddie Freeman (9), Dansby Swanson (7), Josh Donaldson (7), Tyler Flowers (4) and Jacob Nottingham (1) all homered for the Braves.
  • Saturday: Braves 4 – Brewers 3 (1)… On Saturday the Braves won again but this time it was a much lower scoring game that went 10 innings… The Braves led 3-2 going into the top of the 9th inning where the Brewers plated 1 run to tie the game 3-3… The Brew Crew went down in order in the top of the 10the inning and when Freddie Freeman came to bat in the bottom of the inning for as the first Brave batter he parked the second pitch he saw over the fence to give the Braves a 4-3 win with the walk-off homer… Austin Riley (2) also homered earlier in the game.
  • Sunday: Brewers 3 – Braves 2… Yesterday the Brewers avoided the sweep by taking a 3-2 win over the Braves in 10 innings… The Brewers leftfielder Ben Gamel (2) hit a solo homer to centerfield in the 10th inning that would prove to be the winning run… His was one of 3 homers by the Brew Crew while the Braves also had Ronald Acuna (2) and Freddie Freeman (9) homering for them.
  • Up Next for the Braves… The Braves not start a 7-game road trip over the next 8 days with the first stop being in San Francisco tonight to start a 4-game series with the Giants.


 Drive… The Greenville Drive started a 4-game series with the West Virginia Power at Flour Field last Friday night.

  • Friday: Power 10 – Drive 4… On Friday the Drive started the series on a sour note as the Power took a 10-4 win… Simply put, the Power had 14 hits to the Drive’s 6.
  • Saturday: Power 4 – Drive 1Then on Saturday the Drive played better but still lost 4-1 as the Power outhit them 8-6
  • Sunday: Drive 8 – Power 4… Yesterday afternoon the Drive made sure they did not get swept in the series as they took an 8-4 win over the Power… They scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning to go up 5-2 and continued to hold the lead and win the game.
  • Up Next… The Drive will finish the 4-game series with the Power tonight at Flour Field and then hit the road for 8 days playing 7 games.


This & That:

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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