Sports Report for Wednesday, 3-18-2020


Laurens Raiders:

  • Baseball: Brookland Cayce 12 – Laurens 0… The Raider varsity baseball team traveled down to the Columbia area last Saturday to take on the Brookland Cayce Bearcats… I hate to have to report that the news is not good for Raider fans as the Bearcats took a 12-0 win in 5 innings… The reason is clear in that the Bearcats outhit the Raiders 10 -2 plus the Raiders had 5 errors which helped the Bearcat cause… The big inning for the Bearcats was the bottom of the 4th where they put 8 runs on the board on just 3 hits 4 walks and a couple of errors… Zac Rice and Zach Faulkner had the Raiders only 2 hits… The Raiders have a 3-4 record and 1-1 in region play as they take a break due to the Covis-19 virus.


  • Raiders Retire Matt Holcombe’s Baseball Jersey… Laurens District High School (LDHS) baseball players and fans honored former player Matt Holcombe at their home opener last Friday night… Holcombe, who was a member of the 2014-2017 LDHS baseball teams, was fatally injured in a car accident in early February. Holcombe’s parents, Michael and Phyllis threw out the first pitch after the LDHS baseball program retires Holcombe’s number three (3) jersey.










Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Softball: Ware Shoals 11 – LA 4… Last Friday the Crusader softball team was able to get in their first game of the season before it had to be shut down…They traveled over to Ware Sholas to take on the Hornets… I hate to have to report that the Crusaders fell to the Hornets by a score of 11-4… As Coach Megan Huck noted they struggled offensively as they managed only 3 hits in the game… Emily Abercrombie had two of them (both singles) and Blair Quarles also singled… Eighth grader Olivia Huck and Sophomore Emily Abercrombie on the mound, each going 3 innings… She also pointed out that the team played well defensively against the power hitting Hornets… The Crusaders were very aggressive on the bases taking advantage of walks and stolen bases to help manufacture their runs.


College Notes:

  • SoCon Cancels Rest of Spring Competition… Yesterday the Southern Conference joined the ACC, SEC and many other conferences and cancelling all athletics-related activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, including competition, championships, organized practices and meetings, due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic… If you would like to read the entire announcement and comments by Commissioner Jim Schaus, click here.


Other COVID-19 News

  • Kentucky Derby Postponed… The horses at the Kentucky Derby will now have to wait a while to run as yesterday it was announced that the Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May1, 2020 until September 4, 2020… If you would like to read the entire announcement click here.

This and That 

Golf for Kids… The Laurens YMCA and PRTC will be holding their 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 28, 2020 out at Lakeside Country Club… The monies raised at this tournament will benefit the Scholarship Program at the YMCA… The scholarships are designed to support those unable to participate because of financial difficulties… In 2019 the Y awarded more than $52,000 in financial assistance… For more information about the tournament, click here to see the tournament brochure… If you still have questions contact Brian Harland at 984-2626 or email him at… Make plans to come out for some great golf with your friends and support a very worthy cause.


Raider Baseball Alumni Weekend and Game… Mark your calendar for Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 because that is when the Laurens Raider baseball team will be honoring the 1990 State Championship before the varsity game with Woodmont on Friday about 6:30 pm and then on Saturday will be holding Annual Alumni Game on Saturday at 11:00 am at Ed Prescott Field… All former varsity baseball players between the years of 1980 to 2017 are invited to take part in the alumni game… Registration to participate is required by March 16th and the registration fee is $35 and that includes a shirt and hat… There is a registration form you are required to fill out and to get to that form and submit it, click here… There will be a lot of fun and fellowship that day so if you are a former Raider player please consider joining them… If not make plans to come out and enjoy watching them see if they can “recapture some of their former glory.”


Youth Soccer at the Laurens Family YMCA… Registration is now open for youth soccer at the Laurens Family YMCA… It is open for youth ages 3-12 and the cost is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers… Registration will close on April 5th… If you have questions contact them at 984-2626.


Girls Volleyball at The Ridge… Registration for girls’ volleyball is now open through April 10th through the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department… This is for young ladies ages 7-14 and the cost is only $60… You can register daily at their headquarter The Ridge on Exchange Drive and if you have any questions call them at 682-7175… NOTE… Due to the COVID-19 virus, The Ridge is closed until further notice and registration has been put on hold. :


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