Sports Report for Monday, 8-19-2019

Local Notes 

LDHS: Raiders:

  • Laurens 8 – Spring Valley 8… The Laurens Raiders traveled down to Chapin last Saturday night to participate in their jamboree playing a half of football against the Spring Valley Vikings… Almost from the start of the contest the teams could see lightning off in the distance to the north so little time was wasted in the half…Laurens took early lead when they trapped the Viking quarterback in the end zone for a safety somewhere about the 7 minute mark of the first quarter… Soon after that the Raiders muffed a punt attempt deep in their own territory and the Vikings took over at the raider 5 yard line…. The raider defense rose to the occasion and snuffed the Vikings on a fourth and six inches to go to keep the Vikings out of the end zone and preserve the 2-0 lead… The Raiders later scored on about a 3 yard run by Ryan Campbell but extra point went wide to make it 8-0… Spring Valley later moved down the field on a couple of big pass plays and a 15 yard penalty on the Raiders and scored to make it 8-6 Raiders… They went for the 2-point conversion and were successful to tie the game 8-8… Both teams had trouble moving the ball until the last possession of the game when the Vikings moved down into scoring position and tried a 47 yard field goal as time ran out which was no good as the game ended in an 8-8 tie… Ryan Campbell was selected as offensive player of the game… Afterwards Coach Liner said he was overall pleased with team’s performance against a good Spring Valley team but they still have work to do eliminating mistakes.


Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Crusaders Split at Richard Winn… The Laurens Academy Crusaders traveled down to Richard Winn on Friday night to participate in their jamboree… They played a quarter of football against two different opponents… In the second quarter they took the field against a team made up of players from Cambridge Academy and Palmetto Christian Academy in Greenwood… God news here for Crusader fans as they rolled to a 20-0 win… They took the field again in the last quarter against the host Richard Winn Eagles… The two teams managed only 8 points in the quarter of football but unfortunately for Crusader fans they were scored by Richard win as they took an 8-0 win.



Pro Sports… Click on the score for any game(s) listed below to get more information on that game.

Braves… The Braves hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend and the Dodgers came into the 3-game series with one of the best records in MLB to this point of the season.

  • Friday: Dodgers 8 – Braves 3… The braves carried a 3-2 lead into the top of the 7th inning where the Dodgers put 4 runs on the board and then added 2 more in the 8th inning to take an 83 win over the Braves… The Dodgers outhit the Braves 11-6 and no Brave had more than 1 hit.
  • Saturday: Braves 4 – Dodgers 3… On Saturday the Braves rebounded to take a 4-3 win over the Dodgers as the Braves bullpen bent but did not break in the late innings of the game… The Dodgers outhit the Braves 9-7 and booth teams had a pair of homers…. The Dodgers homers were solo shots as were the Braves… Josh Donaldson (29) and Adam Duval (6) had the Braves homers in the 6th inning… Donaldson was the only Brave with more than 1 hit as he had the homer and a double.
  • Sunday: Braves 5 – Dodgers 3… In the rubber game of the series yesterday, the Braves took a 5-3 win to win the series 2 game to 1…. The winning runs were scored off the bat of Rafael Ortega who hit a grand slam homer in the 6th inning after the Dodgers had taken a 3-0 lead in the first inning… The Braves are now 74-52 and have a 5.5 game lead over the Nationals in the NL East… They have the night off tonight and will start a home series with the Marlins tomorrow night. 


Drive… The Greenville Drive finished their 4-game series with the Hickory Crawdads over the weekend at Flour Field….As you may recall the Crawdads took a 5-1 win Thursday night.

  • Friday: Crawdads 1 – Greenville 0… The two teams hooked up in a pitcher’s duel on Friday in a game that had only 8 hits and one run scored…. The bad news for Drive fans that 6 of the hits and the one run belonged to the Crawdads as they took a 1-0 win over the Drive.
  • Saturday: Crawdads 5 – Drive 4… Now Saturday’s game did have a few more hits and a few more runs scored than Friday’s game but the Crawdads still took a one-run victory by a score of 5-4… They scored the winning run in the top of the 9th inning and then held the Drive in the bottom of the inning.
  • Sunday: Drive 3 – Crawdads 2… Yesterday the Drive managed to avoid being swept by the Crawdads as they took a 3-2 win… The Drive led 3-1 going into the 9th inning where the Crawdads added another run but could get no closer as the Drive took the 3-1 win. 


 High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • Laurens School Dist. 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019 Crusader volleyball schedule click here…. To see the 2019 Crusader varsity football schedule click here…. To see the 2019 middle school football schedule click here.


Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 11
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 11
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 12
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 26
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 10
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 12


This and That

Raider Youth Softball Camp… Starting June 10th and running through August 26th Coach Michaela Smith will be offering a FREE softball camp on Mondays for young ladies in grades 1-6…. There is no registration required and all you need to bring is your glove… Again the clinic is free and it is on Mondays at the LDHS softball field or adjacent hitting building from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm… If you have any questions email Coach Smith at:


Laurens YMCA Flag Football and Soccer… Registration is now open for soccer and flag football at the Laurens Family YMCA… Soccer is open to youth ages 3-15 while flag football is open for youth ages 3-14… The cost is $50 for YMCA members and $60 for potential members… The registration deadline is August 25…. Call 984-2626 for more information.


 Fall Ball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation… Registration is now open at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department for Fall Baseball… Ages 6-8 can register for coaches pitch while ages 9-11 can register for kids pitch baseball…. The cost is $40 for either and you can register at The Ridge on Exchange Drive daily… Registration closes August 30.


Next Sports Camps at PC

  • Blue Hose Select Baseball Camp… This camp will take place Saturday August 24th thru Sunday August 25th and is for young men in grades 9-12 and Junior College players… For more information about this camp and a link to the registration form, click here.


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