Sports Report for Friday, 7-1-2016

PC Notes:

  • PC Football season Tickets… The Blue Hose will open their home football season on Sept 24th as they host Florida Tech…. In addition they will have 3 other home games…. Season tickets for the Blue Reserved seats are only $75 each… Bench reserved season tickets are $60 each… It’s not too early to go ahead and but in your application for season tickets… To go to the PC website where the season ticket order form is, click here… You will find out here how to get the optional season parking pass, single home game tickets (if available) and tickets to select away games…. For more information, call 864-833-8240.

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway Notes… Let’s take a quick result back at the winners from the LCS main events last Saturday night:

  • Crates… It is customary that when a driver wins his first ever race at the LCS that he take a celebratory drag through the mud but with the lack of rain about all they could do last Saturday night is playfully drag Chastin Blackwell through the dust as he won his first ever race at the LCS by winning the Crates main event… Nick Dietz finished 2nd and Deano Long 3rd.
  • Limited… Frankie Coates took the lead very early in the Limited main event race and then hold on to take the win with the next two drivers across the finish line being Jimmy Taylor and Mike Kernels in that order.
  • SS4… Jasper Brown won his first race of the season as he took the win in the SS4 main event… The next two drivers to get the checkered flag were Dallas Miller and “Bam Bam” Meadows.
  • Stock Thunder… Darren Fowler took the checkered flag in the Stock Thunder Division but did not take the win… As soon as the race was over Dan Lawson made an official protest and when Fowler refused to teardown his car and was disqualified, Lawson was declared the winner… Dean Barnett was second and Bruce Barnett third.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson picked up his 7th win of the season by taking the win in the front-wheel drive… The real battle was for second where Andrew Patterson finished second just ahead of Spud Ammons who took third.
  • Hobby… The Hobby main event saw Chris Lyons continue his dominance in the division by taking his 10th win of the season… He started on the pole and was never really challenged… Clark Smith and Lucas Motte finished second and third respectively.
  • Schedule Note… Due to the July 4th weekend, Laurens County Speedway will be holding its weekly races tonight and not tomorrow night.

College Notes:

  • Coastal Carolina 4 – Arizona 3… well the clock never struck midnight for the Cinderella Coastal Carolina Chanticleers as they defeated Arizona 4-3 yesterday afternoon to win the CWS Division I Baseball Championship out in Omaha… The game was scoreless until the 6th inning when Coastal but 4 runs on the board thanks to a couple of Wildcat errors and a 2-run homer by G.K. Young… Arizona responded scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th and Arizona got one more in the bottom of the 9th and had a runner at third with two outs when a strikeout ended the game and the dog pile began… Coastal ended its season 55-18 and became the first team since Minnesota in 1956 to win the title in its first appearance in the CWS finals… This is Coastal’s first nation championship in any sport and it came on their last day as a member of the Big South Conference as the move to the Sun Belt Conference starting today…For all sorts of information on this game, click here… Congratulations to the Chanticleers!

Pro Sports

  • Braves 8 – Marlins 5…. The Atlanta Braves opened a home series with the Miami Marlins last night on a positive note as they took an 8-5 win in a rain delayed contest… The Marlins led 3-2 going into the bottom of the 6th inning when the Braves scored 4 runs with the key hit being a 2-run triple by Braves pinch hitter Brandon Snyder… The Braves added single runs in the 7th & 8th innings and the Marlins scored their last run in the top of the 9th… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Tourist 5 – Drive 4… The news is not as good where the Greenville Drive are concerned as they opened a home series with the Ashville Tourist last night losing the game by a score of 5-4… Ashville scored 3 runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead and never trailed again… For more information this game, click here for the wrap and here for the box score.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 56 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… [Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 6-30-2016

Local Notes:

Laurens Dixie boys All-Stars… The Laurens Dixie Boys All Stars began play in the 2016 District 5 2016 Laurens Dixie Boys All-Star TeamTournament earlier this week at the Timken Complex in Union, South Carolina… The Laurens team Head Coach is Jeremy Wardell and he is assisted Wayne Nelson, Dwight Gregory and Emory George… The team is comprised of players from Laurens, Clinton, Gray Court, Waterloo and Hickory Tavern…The players are: Neal Spelts, Jaylan Nance, Travis George, Brooks Nelson, Nicholas Humphries, Cade Liner, Kevin Norman, Jon Butler, Andrew Cantrell, Chandler Rhodes, Blake Hiott, Judson Watkins and Sullivan Pinson… In their first game with Mauldin they took a 13-3 win… Jaylan Nance led the way at the plate with a 3-run homerun in the first inning…. It cleared the centerfield fence which is 300 feet by at least 20 more feet…The Mauldin pitching staff did not pitch to Jaylan the remainder of the evening; intentionally walking him the next 3 times he came to the plate… Kevin Norman and Judson Watkins were 2-4 with 2 RBI’s each… Nick Humphries was 1-4 with 3 RBI’s…  Chandler Rhodes was walked 4 times and scored 4 runs… Alex Hiote was the winning pitcher going 4 innings and allowed only 2 earned runs… When I get more information on their games I will pass it along.

College Notes:

  • Final Game of CWS Postponed… The third and deciding game of the CWS will be played sometime today as bad weather in the Omaha area last night… Arizona and Coastal Carolina will have their winner take all game at a time that had not been determined at the time I posted this sports report… late last night they were leaning toward a night game but had not ruled out an afternoon game.

Pro Sports

  • Indians 3 – Braves 0… The red hot Cleveland Indian won their 12th straight game last night defeating the Braves in Atlanta by a score of 3-0… This gave the Indians a sweep of the 3-game series with the Braves… They had 8 hits to the Braves 7 but put them together at the right time and only 1 of them was a solo homer in the 6th inning… For more details on this game, click here… The Braves now start a 3-game series with the Marlins tonight at Turner Field.
  • MLB All-Star Game Ballot… The MLB All-Star Game is less than two weeks away as it is scheduled to be played in San Diego on July 12th… If you would like to vote for you favorite player(s) you may do so by clicking here which will take you to the MLB website’s page where the ballot is located…. Voting for fans ends tonight just before midnight so do it now!
  • RiverDogs 5 – Drive 4… After being rained out Tuesday night, the Greenville Drive and the Charleston RiverDogs played the last game of their current series last night down in Charleston and the RiverDogs took a 5-4 win over the Drive… The Drive led 4-2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when the RiverDogs put 3 runs on the board and then held the Drive scoreless in the 9th to take the win… For more information on this game, click here… The Drive return home to Flour Field tonight to start a 4 game series with the Ashville Tourist.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 57 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 63 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 86 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech  [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-29-2016

Local Notes:

  • Clinton 11-12 O-Zone All-Stars Win District Championship… The Clinton YMCA 11-12 All-Star O-Zone team completed its march through the District 3 tournament in Abbeville last night taking an 11-5 win over the team from Edgefield… After the game Coach Matt Stewart was quick to point out the pitching of Jaylin Alexander who picked up the complete game win giving up the 5 earned runs on 9 hits (2 of which were home runs on the shortest field they have played on this week) while striking out 5 and walking just 2… He also cited the solid defense behind him that continued play solidly… Zack Fortman went 3-3 in the game last night scoring 3 times and R.T. Corley went 2-2 with an RBI and scoring once… As a team, Clinton had 11 hits last night… For the box score of the game, click on the following: Edgefield_vs_Clinton_YMCA_O_Zone_Allstars_Jun_28_2016  … Coach Stewart also commented afterwards how the core group of his team had now won 5 district titles and others 4… The team now advances to the state tournament in Sumter which starts on July 15th… Congratulations to the team on their undefeated run through the district tournament and continued success in the state tournament.
  • Clinton and Laurens Continue to Improve in 7 on 7 Contests… Yesterday at CHS the Red Devils hosted schools form several different classifications in a series of 7 on 7 passing contest… Among the teams present were the Laurens Raisers, Easley, BHP, Spartanburg, Emerald, Union County, JL Mann and Calhoun Falls… Both of the local coaches were quick to point out the improvement made their squads as the summer has progressed… Below are two video interviews done with Coach Webb and Coach Liner as well as a few photos taken… There is a video problem with Coach Webb’s interview but the audio is good while on Coach Liner’s interview the wind was up and caused audio problems… Sorry about that.

 

 

 

College World Series Notes:

  • Coastal Carolina 5 – Arizona 4… Well the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were able to live to fight another day (tonight) yesterday as they took a 5-4 win over the Arizona Wildcats last night in Omaha to tie the CWS Finals at 1-1… Coastal fell behind early but took a 2-1 lead after 3 innings of play… Arizona tied it in the 5th and the game remained that way until the top of the 8th inning when they struck for 3 runs to take the lead… Arizona loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with no outs but managed to score only 2 runs making it 5-4 Coastal… Coastal then held on to take the win… For more information about this game, click here… That sets the winner take all game tonight at 8 pm on ESPN and I pulling for Coastal to bring home to South Carolina their first national championship in any sport…. Go Chanticleers!!

Pro Sports

  • Indians 5 – Braves 3… The Cleveland Indians continue to be the hottest team in MLB right now as they won their 11th consecutive game defeating Atlanta 5-3 at The Ted last night… The game was tied 2-2 going into the top of the 9th inning when the Indians struck for 3 runs to take a 5-2 lead… The Braves tried to come back in the bottom of the inning but managed only 1 run on a Jace Peterson solo homer making the final 5-3… For more information on this game, click here… Cleveland will try to sweep the 3-game series with a win tonight.
  • Drive Rained Out… The Greenville Drive were supposed to play the second game of their 3-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs last night down on the coast but rain caused the game to be postponed… Wonder if the bus driver can but some of that rain on the bus and bring it back up to my yard while he is waiting on them?
  • MLB All-Star Game Ballot… The MLB All-Star Game is less than a month away as it is scheduled to be played in San Diego on July 12th… If you would like to vote for you favorite player(s) you may do so by clicking here which will take you to the MLB website’s page where the ballot is located…. Voting ends just before midnight tomorrow so get your votes in NOW!

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 58 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 64 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 87 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-28-2016

PC Notes:

Please go to the lower portion of this report to see all the sports camps remaining at PC this summer… There will be a basketball camp for young ladies ages 7-17 starting tomorrow.. Again please see details below.

Local Notes:

  • 7 on 7 Contests at CHS Today… This morning at 10 am there will be several teams at CHS for 7 on 7 passing contest… In addition to the Red Devils, the Laurens Raiders will be there… I’m sure both the local teams would love to see you out there if you get a chance to come.
  • Clinton 11-12 All-Stars Winn Again… The Clinton 11-12 year-old Dixie Youth Ozone All-Stars continued to cruise through the District 3 Tournament in Abbeville last night as they ran their record to 4-0 win a 12-2 win over the Mid-Carolina All-Stars… The game was tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the second inning when Clinton put 3 runs on the board and never looked back adding 2 in the third and 5 in the 5th for the 10-run win… Clinton pounded out 11 hits while 2 Zach Fortman and Wil Stewart combined to allow Mid-Carolina just 2 hits… R.T. Corley led Clinton going 3-3 and driving in 2 runs while Jaylin Alexander went 2-2 with 3 RBIs… The team is undefeated in tournament play and will play again tonight and only has to win once to claim the championship while the opponent would have to beat them twice to claim the championship… Click on the following for the game’s box score: Mid-C_vs_Clinton_YMCA_O_Zone_Allstars_Jun_27_2016
  • Laurens Little League Minors Win District Championship…The Laurens Little League 9-10 year old Minors All-Star team won the District 1 Championship up in Easley last Friday night with a 15-14 win over the Wren Blue team… They took the win in the bottom of the 6th inning on a 2-run, walk-off homer by Owen Pridgen… They now advance to play in the state tournament up in Taylors on July 7th… Congratulation to Coach Pridgen and the team!

College Notes:

  • CWS: Arizona 3 – Coastal Carolina 0… In game 1 of the CWS finals last night out in Omaha, the Arizona Wildcats behind the pitching of JC Cloney took a 3-0 win over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers… Cloney had the complete game shutout allowing only 4 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3… Arizona got their 3 runs on just 6 hits and played very solid defense… Coastal has runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning when a great double play and a strikeout looking ended the threat and the game… Coastal must win tonight at 8 pm and force a game 3 if they want to bring back the big hardware to SC… For more information on this game, click here.

Pro Sports

  • Indians 8 – Braves 3… The Braves have enjoyed a measure of success as of late but last night’s game indicated they might be slipping back to early season form as they fell to the Cleveland Indians 8-3 in Atlanta last night… To be honest though, the Tribe is one of the hottest teams in MLB as this was their 10th consecutive win…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • Drive 6 – Charleston 1… The Greenville Drive started their 3-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs down on the coast last night on a positive note as they took a 6-1 win in Joe Riley Park… The Drive had only 7 hits to the RiverDogs 5 but they were aided by a couple of Charleston errors and 4 walks…For more information on this game, click here for the recap and click here for the box score.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 59 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 65 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 88 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech
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Sports Report for Monday, 6-27-2016

Local Notes:

Clinton’s 11-12 All-Stars Roll To Big Wins In Rounds 1 & 2 Of District 3 Tournament

  • Clinton 11 – Batesburg-Leesville 1… The All-Stars began District 3 play Friday with a convincing win over Batesburg/Leesville 11-1… Wil Stewart and Luke White combined to give up only one hit and 1 unearned run from the mound… Leading the way at the plate was Davis Wilson going 2-3 with a towering home run over the right field fence… Wilson Wages and RT Corley each went 2-2… To see the box score and statistics for this game, click on the following: Clinton_YMCA_O_Zone_Allstars_vs_Batesburg_Jun_24_2016
  • Clinton 16 – Edgefield 0… Round 2 on Saturday found the All-Stars facing an extremely talented Edgefield County team… The All-Stars proved to be more than up to the challenge dominating from start to finish for 16-0 victory… Jaylin Alexander led the way with a stellar 3 hit shutout from the mound pitching 4 complete innings and throwing only 38 total pitches… He was once again backed by great defense led by the outstanding play of RT Corley and Wil Stewart turning 2 double plays… Davis Wilson once again proved to be unstoppable at the plate going 2-2 with a walk and 2 monstrous home runs and 5 RBIs… Alexander went 3-3 with 2 singles, a home run, and 4 RBIs… Luke White perhaps had the biggest hit of the game in the 3rd inning completely blowing the game open with a 2-out grand slam. Stewart and Wilson Wages also had 2 hits apiece… For the box score and stats on this game, click on the following: Edgefield_vs_Clinton_YMCA_O_Zone_Allstars_Jun_25_2016  … Head Coach Matt Stewart commented: “Great job by our kids! We really didn’t play very well against B/L on Friday and to win the way we did was good to see…. We just didn’t have our normal focus. ..The kids hung in there and took care of business.”… “Saturday’s game against Edgefield County was about as good as I have seen us play… They’re a great team, the kids focused on their job, did what they’ve been coached to do… If we continue to hit as well as we have we can go a long way… We’ll continue to do what we have always done though; focus on HOW we play not WHO we play and win one game.”
  • Clinton 16 – Abbeville 0… Last night the Clinton All-Stars continued their stampede through the tournament as they defeated the home team Abbeville 16-0 in 4 innings… Luke White had a 3-run homer for the team while Jaylin Alexander went 3-3 with 4 RBIs… To see the box score for the game, click on the following: Abbeville_vs_Clinton_YMCA_O_Zone_Allstars_Jun_26_2016   … Coach Stewart commented last night after the game “The team continues to hit well and play good defense and we continue to take it one game at a time with the next game being the most important”… The team is now 3-0 in tournament team and is the only undefeated team in the tournament… They will play Mid-Carolina tonight who does have a loss at 8 pm in Abbeville… Congratulations to the team on 3 wins so far and Good Luck tonight…

College Baseball Notes: The Road to Omaha and the CWS started with 64 teams and now that number has been whittled down to 2 as Arizona and Coastal Carolina both came back out of the loser’s bracket to make it to the CWS Finals best of 3 series for the championship which starts tonight and can be seen on ESPN starting at 7 pm… Taking a look back at how they got there this past weekend;

  • Arizona… On Friday Arizona took a 9-3 win over Oklahoma State to give OSU its first loss in the tournament… The Wildcat pitchers held the Cowboys to just 4 hits while the Cowboy pitchers had their worst game of the tournament top date giving up 14 hits… That forced the deciding game on Saturday which Arizona won by a score of 5-1… Arizona jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of 2 innings and coasted from there… For more information including game recap and box scores, click on the scores for each game.
  • Coastal Carolina… On Friday the Chanticleers got a complete game win out of Andrew Beckwith as they posted a 4-1 win over TCU… That gave Beckwith an NCAA season leading 14 wins against just 1 loss… In the winner take all game on Saturday, Coastal took a 7-5 win over TCU to advance to tonight’s championship round… Again for more information on these games, click on the scores… I know who I am pulling for and it will be the team with Carolina in their name… Go Chanticleers!!!

Pro Sports

  • Braves … The Braves completed their 4-game series with Mets in Atlanta… On Friday the Mets took an 8-6 win over the Braves… The Mets first baseman James Loney had a key 3-run homer in the 5th inning to help lift the Mets to the win… Then on Saturday the two teams in an 11 inning game which the Mets won 1-0 on the strength of a pinch-hit homerun by the Mets Kelly Johnson… Yesterday the Braves rebounded to take a 5-2 win over the Mets on the strength of two homeruns one by Freddie Freeman and the other by Adonis Garcia…As you might remember, the Braves won the first game of the series on Thursday so that gave the two teams a 2-2 split of the series… For more information on these 3 games, click on their scores… The Braves continue their longest home stand of the season tonight as they start a 3-game series with the Indians.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive finished their 4-game home series with the Lakewood BlueClaws this weekend… As you may recall they lost game 1 on Thursday night by a score of 8-7… On Friday rebounded to take an 8-5 win… The BlueClaws then took a 5-3 win on Saturday… Then yesterday, the Drive then managed to break even in the series as they took a 2-1 over Lakewood… For more information on each game, click on the score… The Drive will now travel down I-26 for a 3-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs.

Countdown to Kickoff Well its only 60 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 66 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 89 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 6-24-2016

PC Notes:

  • PC Women’s Basketball Summer Camp for Individuals… June 29 – July 1…This camp is for young ladies 7 -17 and will allow them to learn and improve their skills in the fundamentals of basketball in a fun-filled camp setting… If you would like to see the camp brochure which not only has all the information you need to know about the camp but also an application for the camp, click here.
  • PC Football season Tickets… The Blue Hose will open their home football season on Sept 24th as they host Florida Tech…. In addition they will have 3 other home games…. Season tickets for the Blue Reserved seats are only $75 each… Bench reserved season tickets are $60 each… It’s not too early to go ahead and but in your application for season tickets… To go to the PC website where the season ticket order form is, click here… You will find out here how to get the optional season parking pass, single home game tickets (if available) and tickets to select away games…. For more information, call 864-833-8240.

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Little League Minors… The Laurens Little League Minor All-Star Team has been in action this week up in Easley and on Monday they defeated Greenwood 16-2… Then on Wednesday they defeated Wren Blue 13-10… These two wins but them in the into the district championship game tonight up at the JB Red Owens Complex tonight at 6 pm… Good luck to Coach Pridgen and the team!
  • Clinton 11-12 Dixie youth All-Star team in Action Starting Today… The Clinton’s 11-12 year old Dixie youth All-stars will begin play in the District 3 O-Zone tournament today in Abbeville at 4pm against Batesburg-Leesville… The All-stars are looking to continue their remarkable 4 yr. run that includes 4 straight district titles, 2 state championships, and 2 top four finishes in the Dixie Youth World Series… The team is once again led by Head Coach Matt Stewart, assisted by Brian Fortman and Josh McClendon… The roster of 12 includes Jaylin Alexander, Davidson Pitts, Collin Stewart, Davis Wilson, Luke White, RT Corley, Zach Fortman, Wil Stewart, Zane McClendon, Justin Copeland, Austin Copeland, and Wilson Wages. Head Coach Matt Stewart commented “We’re excited to get started, we have an experienced, hard working group of players… District 3 is one of the toughest in the state with 8 teams playing for 1 spot in the state tournament… We’ll have to play really well to advance. Our goal remains the same as it has always been. Win one game!”… Good Luck to the team!!!

College Notes:

  • Coastal Carolina 7 – Texas Tech 5… The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina took a 7-5 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders to remain alive in the CWS… For more information on this game, click here…. There are now only 4 teams remaining in the hunt for the National Championship… Oklahoma State and TCU are undefeated and would have to be beaten twice not to make it into the finals starting Monday… Coastal Carolina will take on TCU tonight at 8 pm on ESPN an as previously mentioned would have to beat TCU twice (today and tomorrow)… In the early game today (3pm on ESPN 2) Arizona will take on Oklahoma State and must beat OSU twice to make it to the finals on Monday….. Click here for the interactive bracket.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 4 – Mets 3… One night after having their 6-game winning streak broken, the Braves hopefully started another last night as they took a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Mets in Atlanta… Atlanta trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when the Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia had a 2-run homer that would prove to provide the winning runs… For more information on this game, click here…. EDITORIAL… Those who really know me know that I spent 3 decades umpiring various levels of baseball and softball at various levels including high school and some college softball… I spent over half that time officiating basketball so I am very reluctant to voice criticism or cast doubt on sports officials… Last night in my humble opinion the Braves tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning on a bang-bang play at home plate that that the umps missed even when reviewed by MLB in New York… I have 3 points of contention on the play… 1: The home plate ump was in foul territory on the first base side of the pate and not the third base side where his view would not have been blocked by the catcher… He had to look over and around the catcher to see the play develop…. 2: The catcher blocked the plate without the ball and did not leave the runner a path to the plate… That is a no-no… 3: Again in my humble opinion, the replays clearly show the runner contacting the catchers shin guards which were on the edge of the plate and pushed them back enough to make contact with the plate BEFORE the catcher applied the tag to the upper chest area of the runner… The plate ump had to guess where the tag was applied due to poor position… In New York MLB replay officials (umps and former umps I do believe) seeing this still did not overturn the bum call… They seem reluctant to change any calls at home plate that will affect the score of the game… On the bases no problem, they overturn when warranted… Hope we don’t have this situation in game 7 of the World Series… Hats off to Braves manager Brian Snitker for standing up for his team after the call and getting ejected… He still has a long way to go to catch up with former manager Bobby Cox’s 158 regular season ejections… I do miss Bobby sometimes.
  • Lakewood 8 – Drive 7 (10)… The Greenville Drive returned to action last night after the all-star break and opened the second half of the season on a sour note as they lost to the Lakewood Blue Claws by a score of 8-7 in 10 innings last night up at Flour Field… The Drive trailed 7-5 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when they rallied to tie the game at 7 – 7 and send the game into extra innings… The Blue Claws had a solo homer in the top of the 10th that proved to be the winning run…. Click here for more information on this game… The same two teams will continue their series in Greenville over the weekend.

 Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 63 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 69 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 92 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech
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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-23-2016

The City of Clinton will be hosting another of its Town Rhythms free concert series tonight down at The Depot… The band performing will be the Fantastic Shakers featuring Clinton’s own John Franklin…   The action starts at 7 pm so bring your lawn chairs and come on out.

The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department has asked me to remind you that the third round of performances for Laurens Idol and Junior Idol will take place tonight at 6:30 at the Laurens Amphitheater… After last week’s performances and voting only 11 finalists remain… To see who they are and to find out how to vote for your favorite, click here.

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway… Let’s take a look back at the main event results from each division at the LCS last Saturday night.

  • Limited… Frankie Coates has been in the middle of a drought this season as he had not found his way to victory lane but that ended last Saturday night as he took the checkered flag in the Limited main event… Jimmy Taylor took second and Austin Watkins was third.
  • Crates… Taylor Puckett was the first car across the finish line in the Crates as he qualified for the pole in the main event and led from wire to wire… The real battle was for the next two spots and Deano Long beat out B.J. Eubanks for second with Eubanks coming in 3rd.
  • Hobby… Chris Lyons continues to be the “King of the Hill” in the Hobby division as he won his sixth consecutive race… The next two drivers across the finish line were Lucas Motte and Tim Tollison in that order.
  • Stock Thunder… Bruce Barnett took the lead early in the Stock Thunder main event and never lost it… Tinker Roberts won the battle for second place with Casey Lawson was right behind him in third.
  • FWD… Andrew Patterson started on the pole and had a battle on his hands the first few laps but eventually came out on top… Travis Jamieson finished second and Tony Hill third… Remember the gates open at 6 pm each Saturday at the LCS and racing starts at 8 pm.

College Notes

  • Arizona 3 – UC Santa Barbara 0… In the CWS last night, Arizona eliminated UC Santa Barbra by taking a 3-0 win over the Gauchos… Arizona scored all 3 of their runs in the third inning and then kept the Gauchos off the board limiting them to just 6 hits… For more information on this game, click here…. There is one game on tap in the CWS tonight and that is Coastal Carolina vs. Texas Tech in an elimination game at 8 pm… That game can be seen on ESPN 2.

Pro Sports

  • Marlins 3 – Braves 0… I have often heard that all good things must come to an end and that was true for the Braves yesterday as the Marlins defeated the Braves 3-0 ending their 6 game winning streak… The Marlins picked up all 3 of their runs in the second inning and then made them standup as they outhit the Braves 9-6…. For more information on this game, click here… The Braves return home tonight to start an 11-game home stand with the first team coming into The Ted being the NY Mets.
  • Drive…The Greenville Drive have taken a break for the last 3 days for the SAL All-Star game on Tuesday night but that break is over as they get back into action tonight hosting the Lakewood Blue Claws in the first game of a 4-game home stand… They finished the first half of their season 37-32 and finished in 2nd place in the Southern Division behind Charleston who had a 42-27 record at the break.

Countdown to Kickoff [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-22-2016

College Notes:

The College World Series continued out in Omaha yesterday with an elimination game and a winner’s bracket game.

  • Texas Tech 3 – Florida 1… In the “BBQ & out in two game” (elimination game) the Red Raiders of Texas Tech eliminated the #1 national seeded Florida Gators by a score of 3-2… The Red Raiders had a 2-run homer in the 4th inning and added another in the top of the 9th inning to carry a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the inning… The Gators finally got on board with a 2-run homer but the Red Raiders then retired the next 3 batters to win the game… Texas Tech had some great defensive plays in the game and if you will click here it will carry you to a web page where you can get more information on the game and a short video showing some of the game highlights.
  • TCU 6 – Coastal Carolina 1… In the winners bracket game, TCU took a 6-1 win over Coastal Carolina… The Horned Frogs had just 2 hits more than the Chanticleers (8-6) but they were able to get the clutch hit when they needed it… For more information on this game, click here… Coastal Carolina will now face Texas Tech Thursday in an elimination game… Tonight UC Santa Barbara and Arizona will square off in an elimination game at 7 pm on ESPN…. Click here to go to the interactive bracket for more information.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 3 – Marlins 2 (10)… After taking Monday night off, the Atlanta Braves traveled to Miami to take on the Marlins last night in the first game of a short 2-game series… As you may recall, the Braves went into last night’s game with a season high 5-game winning streak… For 7 innings it looked like the streak would be broken as the Marlins led 2-0 and the Braves only had 1 hit going into the top of the 8th inning… The Braves’ Jace Peterson tied the game 2-2 in the 8th with a 2-run homer and that is where the score stood at the end of 9 innings… Peterson was again the hero in the 10th inning as he slapped a single to drive in what would prove to be the winning run as the Braves took a 3-2 win over the Marlins to run their winning streak to 6 games… For more information on this game, click here… The teams will finish their short series today at noon.

NFL

  • Panthers Training Camp Info… The Carolina Panthers will be back in Spartanburg again this season for their training camp just like they have since their inaugural season back in 1995… They have high hopes of making back to the Super Bowl this season and this time winning it… For those of you who look forward to going up and watching mark your calendars for Thursday, July 28th as that is their first day of practice… For more information including schedule and special promotions during the camp, click here.

 Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 65 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 71 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 94 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-21-2016

PC Notes:

  • PC Women’s Basketball Summer Camp for Individuals… June 29 – July 1…This camp is for young ladies 7 -17 and will allow them to learn and improve their skills in the fundamentals of basketball in a fun-filled camp setting… If you would like to see the camp brochure which not only has all the information you need to know about the camp but also an application for the camp, click here.
  • PC Football season Tickets… The Blue Hose will open their home football season on Sept 24th as they host Florida Tech…. In addition they will have 3 other home games…. Season tickets for the Blue Reserved seats are only $75 each… Bench reserved season tickets are $60 each… It’s not too early to go ahead and but in your application for season tickets… To go to the PC website where the season ticket order form is, click here… You will find out here how to get the optional season parking pass, single home game tickets (if available) and tickets to select away games…. For more information, call 864-833-8240.

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Little League Coach Pitch All-Star Team… The Laurens Little League All-Star Coach Pitch Team participated in the state tournament down in Summerville last Thursday – Sunday and came close to qualifying and came up just 1 game short of making it to the state finals… In their first game on Thursday they defeated Chester 16-3… They returned to play on Saturday losing a close one to Summerville 9-8 but rebounding to dominate Kingstree 19-0…. For more information on these games, click here…. In their first game on Sunday, Laurens took an 18-8 win over the Irmo Green team… To make it to the state semi-finals Laurens needed to defeat Greenville in the last game of pool play Sunday… The game was tied 10-10 at the end of 5 innings and Greenville struck for 6 runs in the top of the 6th inning to take the lead…. Laurens did threaten in the bottom of the inning loading the bases but could not score as Greenville took the 16-6 win… For more information on the last 2 games, click here… Greenville lost in their semifinal game and the eventual state champ was Northwood…. Congratulations to the team for a great effort!

College Notes:

College World Series… The CWS continued yesterday and there were some rain delays and the second game did finish kind of late.

  • UC Santa Barbara 5 Miami (Fla.) 3… In the elimination game yesterday ( which is also known as BBQ and out in 2) the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara sent the Miami Hurricanes home by taking a 5-3 win… The game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning when the Gauchos struck for 4 innings and then held on as the Hurricanes rallied getting 2 runs in the 8th but could get no closer.
  • Oklahoma State 1 – Arizona 0… In the winner’s bracket game, Oklahoma State used good pitching and some very solid defense to defeat Arizona 1-0…. Arizona will now face UC-SB tomorrow at 7 pn with the loser going home to watch the rest of the CWS on TV and the winner taking on OSU on Friday and must win 2 to continue to the finals…
  • To see the schedule for today and more details on the games above, click here.

Pro Sports

  • Braves … The Braves were off last night and will start a short 2-game series with the Marlins in Florida tonight.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were also off last night as they start a 3-day break for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game tonight up in Lexington, Ky…. The Drive will have 8 players on the roster for tonight’s game… For more information about this click on the following 3 links: Link 1…. Link 2…. Link 3 
  • MLB All-Star Game Ballot… The MLB All-Star Game is less than a month away as it is scheduled to be played in San Diego on July 12th… If you would like to vote for you favorite player(s) you may do so by clicking here which will take you to the MLB website’s page where the ballot is located.

 Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 69 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 75 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 98 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech
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Sports Report for Monday, 6-20-2016

College Baseball Notes: The College World Series got underway on Saturday so let’s recap just the winners of each of the 4 games played so far… If you want more details on any of these games or to see the interactive bracket, click here.

  • Saturday: Oklahoma State 1 – UC Santa Barbara 0…. Arizona 5 – Miami (Fla.) 1
  • Sunday: TCU 5- Texas Tech 3… Coastal Carolina 2 – Florida 1
  • Today’s Schedule: Miami (Fla.) vs. UC Santa Barbara @ 2 pm on ESPN U (Elimination Game)… Oklahoma State vs. Arizona 7 pm on ESPN.

Pro Sports

Braves… The Braves were up in The Big Apple over the weekend taking on the Mets.

  • Friday: Braves 5 – Mets 1… When you hear this you might want to pinch yourself to be sure you are not asleep and dreaming but believe it or not the Braves won their third game in a row when they defeated the Mets 5-1 Friday night… The Braves outhit the Mets 11-6 and Freddie freeman continues to swing a hot bat as he went 3-5 with a double and an RBI… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Braves 4 – Mets 3… Pinch yourselves again because the Braves made it 4 in a row on Saturday night with a 4-3 win over the Mets… The Braves were down 3-0 at one point and tied the in the 7th inning… They then scored the winning run in the top of the 8th inning and then had to throw a runner out at the plate and survive a “runners on the corners” situation with 2 outs to get the win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Braves 6 – Mets 0…Well go but a lottery ticket because the Braves did something Sunday they had not done all season, they won their 5th game in a row as they defeated the Mets 6-0 to also sweep the 3-game series… Julio Teheran pitched the complete game giving up just 1 hit while the Braves pounded out 11 hits… Freddie Freeman continue to be on a tear leading the Braves offense going 4-5 in the game… For more information on this game, click here… The Braves improve to 23-46 on the season while the Mets drop to 36-32…. The Braves have to do something they may not want to do as they are hot at the moment and that is take the night off as they travel to Florida to start a short 2 game series with the marlins tomorrow night.

Drive… The Greenville Drive were up in Hagerstown, Md. over the weekend taking on the Suns… They were rained out on Thursday so they started the series with a doubleheader on Friday.

  • Friday, Game 1: Suns 6 – Drive 1… In the first game the Suns took a 6-1 win… They simply outhit the Drive 9-4 and got the key hits when needed… For more information on this game, click here
  • Friday, Game 2: Suns 4 – Drive 1… The second game on Friday was a little closer but the Drive still fell to the Suns 4-1… It was pretty much the same story as in the first game, the suns got more hits (9) then the Drive (6) and got them when they needed them… Click here for more information on this game.
  • Saturday: Drive 7 – Suns 1… The Drive’s bars finally came alive on Saturday as they pounded out 15 hits which produced 7 runs while holding the Suns to just 4 hits and 1 run… Two of the Drives hits were homers… Click here for more information about this game.
  • Sunday: Drive 3 – Suns 2… The Drive finished their series up in Hagerstown, Md. With the Suns by taking a 3-2 win thus earning a split of the 4-game series… Drive second baseman Chad De la Guerra had the key hit for the Drive a 2-run homer in the 5th inning… The Deive now take a 3 day break for the SAL All-Star Game.

NBA

Cavaliers 93 – Golden State 89… In case some of you NBA (Not really Basketball Association) fans missed it, the Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to come all the way back from a 3-1 deficit and win the NBA Championship last night as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in CaliforniaGosh, neither team scored over 100 points… You don’t think someone might have actually tried to play defense?…. Nah!… LeBron James lead Cleveland with a triple-double, 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds… He was also named Finals MVP…. Wonder if he is going to Disney Land?… For more information on this game, click here.

 Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 70 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 76 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 99 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 6-17-2016

PC Notes:

  • PC Football season Tickets… The Blue Hose will open their home football season on Sept 24th as they host Florida Tech…. In addition they will have 3 other home games…. Season tickets for the Blue Reserved seats are only $75 each… Bench reserved season tickets are $60 each… It’s not too early to go ahead and but in your application for season tickets… To go to the PC website where the season ticket order form is, click here… You will find out here how to get the optional season parking pass, single home game tickets (if available) and tickets to select away games…. For more information, call 864-833-8240.

Local Notes: 

Shrine Race results from The Laurens County Speedway… Taking a quick look back at main event results from the Shrine race at the LCS Tuesday night…. A 2 hour rain delay forced some of the events to be finished in the wee hours of Wednesday morning;

  • Carolina Clash Super Late Model… Ross Bailes won his second straight race in this event… He had to fight off Chris Madden at the finish and Johnny Pursley finished third.
  • Monster Mini… Dustin Morris took the checkered flag in the Monster mini Series besting Austin Mintz who finished second and Justin Mintz who finished third.
  • Crates… Just after 2 am David Smith took the checkered flag in the Crates… The next two drivers across the finish line were Dale Timms and Dillon Brown.
  • Hobby… After taking 3 starts to get the race going, Chris Lyons won the Hobby main event… At the checkered flag, he had a comfortable lead over “Pork Chop” Pulley who finished second and Tim Tollison who finished third.
  • Stock Thunder… Josh Ayers took the lead late in the Stock Thunder main event and then held off Casey Lawson… Chris Davis finished third.
  • FWD… The rain delay came during the FWD preliminary races that caused other races to finish late… When they finally were able to hold the main event, Travis Jamieson took the win holding off John Williams in the last 4 laps.

College Notes:

  • CWS Starts Tomorrow… The Division I College World Series starts tomorrow out in Omaha as UC Santa Barbra takes on Oklahoma St. at 3 pm and Arizona and Miami (Fla) go at pm… Then on Sunday TCU and Texas Tech will tangle at 3 pm and the state of South Carolina’s lone representative to the CWS Coastal Carolina will try some Gator wrestling as they take on Florida at 8 pm…. If you would like to look at the interactive bracket for the CWS, click here.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 7 – Reds 2… The Braves and the Reds finished their current series in Atlanta yesterday afternoon and the Braves did something rare this season winning their second consecutive game by taking a 7-2 win… Freddie Freeman had a 2-run homer in the third inning but the Braves ahead after falling behind early and they would never trail again… For more information on this game, click here…. The Reds drop to 26-41 on the season while the Braves go to 20-46 on the season… The Braves hit the road tonight with their first stop being in New York to take on the Mets in the first game of a 3 game series.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive traveled to Hagerstown, Maryland to take on the Suns but rain caused the game to be postponed.
  • NBA: Cavaliers 115 – Golden State 101… In game 6 of the NBA (Not really Basketball Association) last night the Cavaliers forced a game 7 Sunday night by taking a 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors… Did you have any doubt there would be a game 7? … More money this way… LeBron James scored 41 points in the game… Click here for more game details and stats.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-16-2016

The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department want me to remind you that the second round of Laurens Idol and Laurens Jr. Idol will take place tonight at 6:30 down at the Laurens Amphitheater… As you may remember the first round was a week ago today and two of the contestants were eliminated by a combination of judges and fan voting.

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Little League Coach Pitch All-Stars… The Laurens Little League Coach Pitch All-Star Team is scheduled begin their participation in the State Tournament down in Summerville tonight… As you may remember they finished second in District 1 this past Sunday and Wren Blue finished first… They are scheduled to play the runner-up in District 8 which is a team from Chester tonight at 6 pm… They are in Pool A with 5 other teams… To go to the Little League website where the schedule, bracket and information about the park where the teams will play, click here … Good luck to the team!
  • Laurens 9-10 Minors Start District Play Monday… The Laurens Little League 9-10 Minors All-Star team will start district play next Monday up in Easley… Coach Jason Pridgen believes he has enough talent to make a good showing in the tournament… The team members are M.J. Henderson, Owen Pridgen, Rylan Bagwell, Jackson Martin, Jaedon Goodwin, Harrison Moore, Jordan Hudson, C.J. Threatt, Brett Young, Bennett Edwards, E.J Grant, Ben Willis, Jonah Hogge & Zay Pulley… Between now and Monday I’ll try to get more information as to opponent and game time on Monday.
  • Clinton Football to be on TV… I just happened to be looking at one of the upstate newspapers yesterday and noticed that the list of televised football broadcast for this coming season on WMYA Channel 40 were listed… It appears from that list that the Sept. 30th game where the Red Devils travel to Chapman will be broadcast as part of the WMYA Bojangles Friday Night Rivals game of the week series… Other contest on the list were; Sept 2 – Hillcrest @ Dorman, Sept. 16 – Byrnes @ Broome, Oct. 7 – Chapman @ Woodruff, Oct 14 – Landrum @ Christ Church and Oct. 21 – Greer @ Union County,

Pro Sports

  • Braves 9 – Red 8 (13)… In a 5 hour and 20 minute game that went 13 innings the Braves took a 9-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field last night…The game was tied 6-6 at the end of 9 innings and neither team scored until the 13th inning… That is when the Reds but 2 on the board and you figure OK turn off the TV the Braves will never come back from that this season… Well as Gomer Pyle said “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!” the Braves loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and with the outfield pulled in, Chase d’Arnaud delivered a single over the centerfielder to give the Braves the walk-off win… By the way Freddie Freeman hit for the cycles for the first time this season last night… For more information on this game, click here… The two teams will finish their series today at noon.
  • Drive 4 – Crawdads 1… The Greenville Drive pulled the brooms out of the closet last night at Flour Field as they completed a 3-game sweep of the Hickory Crawdads by taking a 4-1 win… Greenville scored 3 in the first inning and 1 in the third and then limited Hickory to 1 run in the seventh inning… The Drive now start a 4-game road trip with all 4 games being in Hagerstown Maryland that will be the last series they play before the South Atlantic League All-Star Game next Tuesday.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 71 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 77 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 100 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-15-2016

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway… Let’s take a quick look at the results from the LCS last Saturday night (6-11-16) in each division’s main event:

  • Limited… Michael Smith won his 4th race of the season putting him in a tie with Billy Rushton who also has 4 wins in the division… Doug Davis finished 2nd and Travis Blackwell 3rd.
  • Crates… Dale Timms continues to be the man to beat in the Crates as he took his 7th win of the season… Deano Long had the fastest time in the qualifying and started on the pole but finished 2nd and Stevie Bowie 3rd.
  • Stock 4… Unlike the Crates, the Stock 4 main event had its 7th different driver to win the main event this season in the person of Travis Sharpe… Sharpe had to fight off Dusty Eaves who finished 2nd with Wayne Summers coming in 3rd.
  • Hobby… Chris Lyons managed to overcome some early race damage to his car and finish 1st in the Hobby main event with Chris Patterson and Tim Tollison being the next two drivers to take the checkered flag.
  • Stock Thunder…  Casey Lawson and Bruce Barnett battled each other all through the Stock Thunder main event with Barnett holding the lead most of the race… Lawson finally got past him on the last lap to take the win… Dan Lawson came in 3rd.
  • FWD… Tony Hill picked up the win in the FWD main event… He won the race from the pole position with Andrew Patterson and Spud Ammons being the next two drivers across the finish line.

Pro Sports

  • Reds 3 – Braves 1… Well the Braves had their chances last night but like so many other times this season they could not capitalize on them as they fell 3-1 to the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field… The Reds got all 3 of their runs in the top of the first inning when right fielder Jay Bruce had a 3 run homer… In the first 8 innings the Braves had chances to score but could only push 1 run across the plate… In the bottom of the 9th inning they had the bases loaded with no outs but a strikeout and a double play to end the game was very symbolic of how their season has gone… For more information on the game, click here… They will try again tonight to beat the Reds in Atlanta at 7 pm.
  • Drive 9 – Crawdads 8… Well at least the Greenville Drive had better luck than the Braves as they defeated the Hickory Crawdads 9-8 last night at Flour Field… They did that in spite of being out hit by the Crawdads 15-9… Same two teams again tonight at Flour Field starting at 7:05… For more information on this game, click here.
  • MLB All-Star Game Ballot… The MLB All-Star Game is less than a month away as it is scheduled to be played in San Diego on July 12th… If you would like to vote for you favorite player(s) you may do so by clicking here which will take you to the MLB website’s page where the ballot is located.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 72 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 78 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 101 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-14-2016

PC Notes: Please see area at bottom of this report for sports camps at PC.

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Little All-Stars heading to State Coach Pitch Tournament… Congratulations go out to the Laurens Little League All-Stars Coach Pitch team will be headed to the state tournament this Thursday down in Summerville… They finished pool play with a 3-1 record and defeated Wren Gold 20-5 this past Sunday… Their only loss in the tournament was to Wren Blue 23-20 in their opening game on Saturday… The bounced back on Saturday and took an 18-1 over Greenwood… Wren Blue defeated Greenwood to win the tournament with Laurens finishing second and qualifying to more on to the state… Congratulations and Good Luck to the team!
  • 35th Annual Shriners Race Tonight… Please don’t forget that the Laurens County Speedway’s 35th annual Shrine Race is tonight… The pit gates open at 5PM. Admission will be $30… The main gate will open at 6PM… Admission will be $20 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 11 years old, and free for children aged four and under. There will be chances to win a John Deere mower with trailer and a limited edition USC Gamecocks refrigerator… Also please do not forget proceeds go to help the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Pro Sports

  • Braves… The Atlanta Braves started a home series with the Chicago Cubs last Friday and started it on a positive note as they took a 5-1 win over the Cubs… The Braves outhit the Cubs 12-4 with Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers both hitting homers for the Braves… On Saturday the Cubs turned the tables taking an 8-2 win over the Braves…. In the rubber game of the 3-game series Sunday the Cubs dominated the Braves taking a 13-2 win over the Bravos… The Cubs improved to 43-18 on the season while you can just about reverse that to get the Braves record of 18-44… Last night the Braves started a 4-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at the Ted… The Braves scored 8 runs on 10 hits two of which were homeruns but the Reds scored 9 runs on 9 hits to take a 9-8 win over the Braves… Sad thing is that walks were a key factor in the Reds scoring the winning run in the top of the 9th when 2 walks helped load the bases for the Reds and a bases-loaded walk scored the winning run… By the way if you click on each of the games scores it will carry you to more information about that game.
  • Drive… Last Thursday the Drive started a 4-game series with the Augusta Green Jackets… They lost that first game with Augusta by a score of 8-2 … The Drive rebounded on Friday night as they took a 5-4 win over Augusta… A big 3 runs 5th inning but the Drive in front and they never gave up the lead after that… Then on Saturday Augusta responded with a 4-2 win over the Drive getting all their runs in the 8th inning then held on… The Drive managed to get a split of the 4-game series as the Drive took an 11-8 win… Last night at Flour Field the Drive started a series with the Hickory Crawdads… Good news as the Drive improved their season mark to 32-30 with a 4-3 win over Hickory…. By the way if you click on each of the games scores it will carry you to more information about that game.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 73 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 79 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 102 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

Sport and Specialty Camps at the Clinton & Laurens YMCA as well as Presbyterian College

Clinton YMCA…Below you will find the next sports and specialty camps being offered at the Clinton YMCA… For more information on these camps such as registration deadlines, cost, age restrictions and camp instructor as well as information about all camps offered at the Clinton YMCA this summer, click here

  • Baseball June 20-24… Boys ages 6-12… Must register by 6-17 at 5 pm
  • Tennis June 20-23… Boys & Girls 4 & up with 3 age groupings… Must register by 6-17 at 5 pm
  • Horse-Riding June 20-23… Youth age 5-12… Contact Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Program @ 923-4998
  • Golf Camp June 21-23… Youth age 7-15… Must register by 6-17 at 5 pm

Laurens YMCA…Below you will find the next sports and specialty camps being offered at the Laurens YMCA… For more information on these camps such as registration deadlines, cost, age restrictions and camp instructor as well as information about all camps offered at the Laurens YMCA this summer, click here

  • Golf June 21-23 (Lakeside CC)… Ages 7-15
  • Archery June 28-30…. Ages 7-15 in AM camp (9-noon), 15 & up 6-8 pm
  • Water Polo July 5-7… Ages 7-15

PC Sports Camps… PC has different sports camps throughout the summer… Below are the next couple of camps that I know of being held at PC.

  • PC Women’s Basketball Summer Camp for Individuals… June 29 – July 1…This camp is for young ladies 7 -17 and will allow them to learn and improve their skills in the fundamentals of basketball in a fun-filled camp setting… If you would like to see the camp brochure which not only has all the information you need to know about the camp but also an application for the camp, click here.
  • Soccer Elite Residential Camp… This camp will be held July 7-10 and is open to youth ages 11-18 who would like to be trained and experience what it would be like to play at PC… Each day of camp features coaches who will educate campers on topics including: strength and conditioning, college recruiting, and what it is like to be an NCAA Division 1 athlete… For more information on this camp, click here. 
  • Soccer Academy Showcase Camp… This camp will be held July 15-17 and is open to rising high school freshman – senior boys… It is intended to put college-bound elite high school soccer player in the best possible environment in this intense three-day camp. During the day, camper will be in high-level technical and tactical training session conducted by the Presbyterian College staff or other high level college coaches from the area. In the evening players will be coached and evaluated in 11 v 11 match play…. For more information on this camp, click here.
  • Football Elite Camp… July 16, noon to 4pm… This camp id designed for high school juniors and seniors who want to receive individual instruction from the PC coaching staff… It is a non-contact camp and there will be instruction available for all offensive and defensive positions… For complete information on this on this challenging yet fun camp, click here. 
  • Basketball… August 1-5 Coach Greg Nibert and his staff will be conducting the 2016 Camp of Champs Morning Camp for youth ages 5-10… The camp will start at 9 am each day and end at noon… Coach Nibert and his staff will definitely help your child improve his / her basketball fundamentals… For more information on the camp and to get a copy of the camp registration form, click here.
  • Soccer Summer Day Camp… This camp will be held August 7-10 and is open to boys ages 5-15… This camp is designed to help your son or grandson improve their basic skills no matter what level they are at now… For more information on this camp, click here. 

This & That:

  • Lady Raider Basketball Summer Workouts… Any young ladies that are interested in trying out for the Lady Raiders JV or Varsity basketball team or anyone interested in trying out for our feeder schools’ (LMS, Sanders, Gray Court Owings, or Hickory Tavern) female basketball team are welcome and encouraged to come and participate in summer work-outs at LDHS… The student must have an updated physical (April 15, 2016 or after) to participate…Work-outs will begin June 6 at 5:30 at LDHS in the main gym…  For further information on other work-out dates or if interested  in learning more please email Coach Yo9neko Allen at yallen@laurens55.org or call me at 864-682-3151. 
  • Nominations Being Accepted for the LDHS Athletic Hall of FameAthletic Director Mark Freeze has asked me remind you that nominations are being accepted for the LDHS Athletic Hall of Fame… The period to accept nominations will close in mid-July… Nominations are being accepted for anyone who graduated from Laurens District 55 High School… Nomination forms can be obtained by calling Athletic Director Mark Freeze at 683-3362 or emailing mfreeze@laurens55.org.
  • Fall Sports Parent Meeting at CHS… Parents of student athletes participating in fall sports (football, volleyball, cross country, & girls’ tennis) mark your calendars for July 28!  The CHS Athletic Department will hold its annual Fall Sports Parent Meeting on July 28 at 6:00 in the auditorium at CHS… It is HIGHLY recommended that all parents attend this meeting to get to not only meet the coaches but also find out what is expected of your student-athlete in whatever sport they will be participating. 

If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.

 

Sports Report for Monday, 6-13-2016

Summer Meals Programs at  Laurens County School Districts 55 & 56… Free summer meals will be available this summer in both districts for members of the community 18 years of age or younger… Meals will be served at certain sites and at certain times during the summer… There certain days they will not be feeding… For more information on meals in district 55, click here… For the same information in District 56, click here… This program is fully funded by USDA and is of no cost to the school district.  All food served is healthy and follows USDA nutrition guidelines.

Local Notes:

  • Jones Selected in Third Round of MLB Draft… Recent LDHS graduate Thomas Jones was selected in the third round of the recently completed MLB draft by the Florida Marlins as the 84th draft pick overall… As most fans in the area know, Thomas has signed to play baseball at Vanderbilt.. It appears that Thomas will now face a very interesting decision as to what the near future holds in store for him… I believe that Thomas was the first of only 3 high school players taken from South Carolina and those were taken in the 27th round or better… Congratulation to Thomas!

College Notes:

Oklahoma State Denies South Carolina a Trip to CWS by Winning Two Straight Games… Well Gamecock fans can cancel their reservations in Omaha as the Cowboys of Oklahoma State took two straight games in the Columbia.

  • Saturday: OSU 5 – SC 1… The Cowboy pitching staff pretty much dominated the Gamecocks in game 1 on Saturday in route to a 5-1 win… They limited SC to just 6 hits with the Gamecocks only score coming in the bottom of the 9th on a solo homer by Dom Thomas-Williams… On the other hand the Cowboys only had 8 hits but 2 of them were homers with a 3-run homer in the 9th inning putting the final nails in the Gamecocks coffin… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: OSU 3 – SC 1… Yesterday the Gamecocks outhit the Cowboys 9-8 but that is not what counts as the OSU took a 3-1 win to punch their ticket to Omaha… The Cowboys scored all their runs in the 5th inning on just 2 hits but the Gamecocks aided them with 2 errors in that inning… SC had runners in scoring position at least 3 times but the Cowboy pitchers came through when the Gamecocks threatened… The Gamecocks got their only run in the 8th inning when the first two runners reached base and later Cone scored on a wild pitch… For more information on this game, click here…. The Gamecocks finished their season with a 46-18 record.

Clemson & South Carolina Players selected in MLB Draft.

  • Clemson Tigers Drafted… Clemson had several players drafted in the MLB draft… Junior catcher Chris Okey went in the 2nd found to the Reds as the 43rd pick…… Junior lefthander pitcher Ale Bostic went in the 10th round (305th pick) by the Giants… For more information on these 2 drafts, click on the players name… Then on day 3 four current Tigers and one Clemson signee were drafted… Junior infielder Eli White (Easley, S.C.) was selected in the 11th round (No. 322 overall) by the Athletics, junior infielder Weston Wilson (High Point, N.C.) was chosen in the 17th round (No. 501 overall) by the Brewers, senior right-hander Clate Schmidt (Acworth, Ga.) was picked in the 20th round (No. 595 overall) by the Tigers and junior lefty Pat Krall (Downingtown, Pa.) was drafted in the 28th round (No. 856 overall) by the Cardinals… Tiger signee and infielder Logan Davidson (Charlotte, N.C.), son of former Clemson and MLB player Mark Davidson (1982), was drafted in the 30th round by the Phillies. Davidson joined infielder Carter Kieboom (Marietta, Ga.), brother of former Tiger Spencer Kieboom (2010-12) who was drafted in the first round by the Nationals, and right-hander Travis MacGregor (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), who was taken in the second round by the Pirates, as Clemson signees selected in the draft…. For more information on these, click here.
  • Gamecocks Drafted… Likewise the Gamecocks had several players drafted… The first was right-handed pitcher Braden Webb in 3rd round by the Brewers as the 82nd pick of the draft… Dom Thompson-Williams the junior outfielder was taken in the 5th round by the Yankees… Marcus Mooney a senior infielder was selected by the Braves in the 10th round as the 289th pick overall…. The fourth Gamecock selected was also in the 10th round in the person of Gene Cone who was selected by the Mets… Now for more information on each of these, click on their names…. Widen Taylor and Mat Vogel both junior right-handed pitcher was also selected… Taylor in round 12 by the Mets and Vogel in round 25 by Tampa Bay… Will Crow a senior right-hand pitcher was taken in round 21 by the Indians.
  • MLB Draft Tracker… For more complete information on the 2016 MLB Draft, click here which will carry you to the MLB site and allow you to search in many different ways..

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 74days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 80 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 103 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 6-10-2016

PC Notes:

Please scroll down toward the bottom of this sports report top see a listing of PC sports camps that I know about coming up this summer… They are listed in chronological order.

College Notes:

CWS – Super Regionals… The eight super regionals in D-I baseball start today and tomorrow… Below you will see the two teams involved in each super regional, the location of the super regional and the day and time that the first game begins… Also listed is the network the game can be see on… For an interactive link to all the brackets, click here.

  • Florida State vs. Florida…. Gainsville, Sat. 6 pm ESPN 2
  • Coastal Carolina vs. LSU…. Baton Rouge, Sat. 9 pm ESPN U
  • East Carolina vs. Texas Tech… Lubbock, 8 pm Friday (tonight) ESPN U
  • TCU vs. Texas A&M…. College Station… Friday (tonight), 9 pm ESPN 2
  • UC Santa Barbara vs. Louisville… Louisville, Sat. noon ESPN 2
  • Arizona vs. Mississippi State… Starkville, Friday (tonight) 6 pm ESPN 2
  • Boston College vs. Miami (Fla.)… Coral Gables, Friday (today) 5 pm ESPN U
  • Oklahoma State vs. South Carolina… Columbia, Saturday 3 pm ESPN 2

Pro Sports

  • Braves… The Braves had the night off last night and will start a home stand tonight with the Cubs being the first team in town.
  • Augusta 8 – Drive 2… The Drive started a home stand last night with the first team in being the Augusta Green Jackets… The game was tied 2-2 going into the 7th inning when Augusta scored 3 runs and then added 3 more in the 8th to take an 8-2 win… For the box score and stats, click here.

NASCAR

  • Schedule for This Weekend… The Sprint Cup race will be Sunday up at the Michigan International Speedway and the green flag is scheduled to drop at 1 pm… I believe you can catch the action on Fox Sports 1.
  • Driver Standings… Taking a quick look at the Sprint Cup driver standings we find Kevin Harvick 1st with 490 points… Spots 2-5 are occupied by (points), Kurt Busch (465), Brad Keselowski (442), Carl Edwards (437) and Kyle Busch (416)… spots 6 – 10 are occupied by Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliot, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Matt Kenseth… Dale Earnhardt Jr just missed the top 10 coming in at #11.

Countdown to Kickoff[Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 6-9-2016

On Tap For Tonight

  • Clinton… The Town Rhythms concert series resumes tonight down at The Depot… The entertainment for tonight will be the Southern Drawl band featuring Clinton’s own Jeremy Edge… The music starts at 7 pm so bring your lawn chairs and come on down.
  • Laurens… The 2016 version of Laurens Idol & Laurens Jr. Idol kicks off tonight down at the Little River Amphitheater… The competition will begin at 6:30 and after all the competitors have performed you will be able to vote online for your favorite… For a list of the competitors and more information on all this, click here.

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway results from Last Saturday Night’s Main Events

  • Crates… Dale Timms took his 6th victory of the season in the Crates main event… Due to a caution flag coming out after Timms was shown a white flag and some weird circumstances, BJ Eubanks and Chastin Blackwell were both ruled to have finished in a tie for 2nd place.
  • Limited… The Limited main event saw Doug Davis take his first win of the season… Michael Smith was 2nd and Travis Blackwell 3rd.
  • Hobby… In the Hobby main event, Chris Lyons continued to be on a roll as he also took his 6th win of the season… He was able to hold off early challenges to take the win… Tim Tollison and Bobby Tucker were the next two across the finish line in that order.
  • Stock 4… In the Stock 4, Dusty Eaves started on the second row but not stay there long as he and Wayne Summers battled most of the race with Eaves finishing 1st and Summers 2nd… Tim Collins finished 3rd.
  • FWD… The FWD main event saw Travis Jamison pick up another win at the end of a long battle with Andrew Patterson throughout most of the race… Patterson finished 2nd and Spud Ammons 3rd.
  • Stock Thunder… The Stock Thunder main event was a 2-car race with Bruce Barnett getting the win after Tinker Roberts had to retire.
  • Shrine Race… Now in addition to the regular race this Saturday night at 8 pm, I want to remind you that the 35th edition of the Laurens County Shrine race will take place… The first green flag is scheduled to drop at 8 pm… Of course this is the annual fund raiser for the Shriners with proceeds going to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville… Please come out and support the Shriners.

College Notes:

  • Oklahoma Wins Softball CWS… Last night in the third and deciding game of the Division –I Softball CWS Oklahoma scored 2 runs in the first inning and then went on to take a 2-1 win over Auburn to claim the national championship… This is the Sooners third title and the second in four years.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 4 – Padres 2… Well the Atlanta Braves finished their current series with the Padres out on the west coast yesterday afternoon and they did something they have not done in a couple of years as they took a 4-2 win over the Padres on the Padres home field… The Braves pounded out 15 hits while allowing the Padres just 5… Julio Teheran picked up the win pitching 8 innings and even had a two hits and an RBI in the game to help himself… For more information on this game, click here… The Braves will have today off as they fly back to Atlanta and get ready for a week long home stand with the Cubs being the first team in town tomorrow night.
  • Intimidators 3 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive finished their series up in Kannapolis, NC with the Intimidators last night and Kannapolis avoided being swept in the 3-game series by taking a 3-2 win over the Drive… For more on this game, click here… The Drive are now 30-28 on the season and return home tonight to start a series with the Augusta Green Jackets.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 78 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 84 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 107 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

Sport and Specialty Camps at the Clinton & Laurens YMCA as well as Presbyterian College [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-8-2016

College Notes:

  • SC 10 – UNC-W 5… The Gamecocks of South Carolina punched their ticket for the 12th time to a super regional yesterday afternoon in Columbia with a 10-5 over the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington… The Seahawks got on the board first scoring a run in the bottom of the 3rd inning but the Gamecocks responded by putting 5 runs on the board in the top of the 4th inning… The Seahawks had a couple of errors in that inning and the Gamecocks had three hits and played excellent small-ball… The Gamecocks led 8-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when the Seahawks showed they were not about to throw in the towel as they scored 4 runs to make the score 8-5 Carolina… However the Gamecocks responded with a pair of runs in the top of the 9th inning then hold the Seahawks scoreless to take the win… For more information on this game, click here…. The Gamecocks did something in this regional that happens less than 10% of the time in that they lost their first game and then came back to win the regional… Now Clemson was suppose to host a super regional but they lost their super regional to Oklahoma State…. Their loss is Carolina’s gain as the Gamecocks will now host the Cowboys in the super regional… The first game in the best of three series is now scheduled for Saturday at 3 pm… Go Gamecocks!
  • College Softball D-I Softball World SeriesAuburn 11 – Oklahoma 7… Last night the Auburn Tigers tied the Softball CWS at 1 game apiece as they defeated Oklahoma 11-7… By dramatic fashion I mean that the game was tied 7-7 at the end of the regulation 7 innings… Auburn held Oklahoma scoreless in the top of the 8th inning and then won the game on a walk-off grand slam homer in the bottom of the inning by their second baseman Emily Carosone… That sets up the winner take all game for the championship tonight at 7 pm on ESPN.

Pro Sports

  • Padres 4 – Braves 3… The Atlanta Braves continued their free-fall into the MLB basement last night as they lost to the Padres 4-3 in San Diego… The Braves were actually leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when they gave up two runs… For more information on the game, click here.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive had better luck last night as they took a pair of games from the Kannapolis Intimidators by scores of 4-1 and 5-2… To find out more about these games, click here… The Drive have one more game at Kannapolis tonight before they return home on tomorrow.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 79 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 85 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 108 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-7-2016

PC Notes

  • Weston Jackson Garners Post Season Honors… Presbyterian College outfielder Weston Jackson has been named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper… Jackson had a standout senior campaign, leading PC with a school-record 27 doubles, 10 home runs and 55 RBIs to go with a .341 batting average and a .613 slugging percentage…. For more information about Jackson and this honor, click here
  • Baseball… On Tuesday June 14th Coach Elton Pollock and his staff will hold the Blue Hose Select Baseball Camp (Session 1) for youth in grades 9-12 and Junior College players… The camp will consist of intensive instruction, an extensive pro-style workout, BP and scrimmages… You will not find a better camp for the money anywhere… For more information on this camp, click here

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Lightning Win State Championship… The Laurens Lightning is a 10th grade travel basketball team from the area and this past weekend they won the NTBA State Championship down in Charleston… This qualifies them for the national tournament in Myrtle Beach July 12-16…. For more information on this, click here.

College Notes:

  • D-I Baseball Regionals… Weather in Columbia yesterday forced the postponement of the South Carolina vs. UNC-Wilmington game until today at 2 pm… If you are interested in other action last night in the regionals or the lineup for the super regional, click here.
  • D-I Softball Finals… The college softball season is coming to a rapid close as only two teams remain in the hunt for the CWS Softball Championship and they are Oklahoma and Auburn… They played game 1 of their best of 3 series last night and Oklahoma won 3-2… Auburn had the bases loaded in the 7th inning with 1 out when the Oklahoma first baseman made a great play to get the runner at the plate and then the next batter popped up t end the game… Game 2 is tonight at 8pm on ESPN.

Pro Sports

  • Braves … We have not had time to keep up with the Braves lately and to be honest with you we have not missed much as the Braves now stand 16-41 on the season with a 7-2 loss to the padres out on the west coast last night… Over the weekend they lost 3 straight games to the Dodgers by scores of 4-2 on Friday, 4-0 on Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday… Their current losing streak is 5 games.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive are doing a little better than the Braves as their record is now 28-27 on the season…. Going back to last Thursday they defeated the Ashville Tourist in NC by a score of 5-2… The Tourist won on Friday by a score of 6-5 but the Drive bounced back to take a 6-5 win on Saturday… The Drive had Sunday off as they traveled to Kannapolis, NC to get ready to play the Intimidators but the grounds were too wet last night so they will try to get 2 games in today.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 80 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 86 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 109 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

Happenings at – Clinton & Laurens YMCA, City of Laurens Parks & Recreation and PC  [Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 6-6-2016

College Notes:

D-I Baseball Regionals… The D-I baseball Regionals got started this weekend and as you most likely know both the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks were hosting this weekend so let’s check in on how they did and where they stand in case you just woke up from a coma…. If you want more information about the regionals other than at SC or Clemson, click here.

Clemson Regional

  • Friday: Clemson 24 – Western Carolina 10… Believe it or not the Tigers trailed the Catamounts of Western Carolina at one point in their Friday night’s game but the Tigers stormed back to take a 24-10 win in what we used to call over at Ware shoals an old fashion beat-down… The Tigers had 7 homeruns in the game and tied their school record for the most runs scored in a NCAA Tournament game… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Oklahoma State 12 – Clemson 2… The Cowboys of Oklahoma State were then the Tigers opponent on Saturday and the Tigers bats must have used all the hits and runs in them on Friday and someone forgot to reload them as the Cowboys took a 12-2 win over the Tigers… The Cowboys jumped out to an 8-0 going into the bottom of the third inning and the Tigers could never recover… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday Game 1: Clemson 15 Western Carolina 3… After the loss on Saturday the Tigers dropped to the losers bracket and had a rematch with WCU yesterday… The game was delayed 5 hours due to threats of thunderstorms in the area but when it was finally over, the Tigers had taken a 15-3 win… The Tigers had 5 home runs in the game as their offense found its grove again.
  • Sunday Game 2: Oklahoma State 9 – Clemson 2…. With the win against Catamounts the Tigers than stayed alive to face the Cowboys of OSU last night starting about 9:15 pm with the task being they had to beat them last night and again today in order to advance to the super regional… Unfortunately for Tiger fans OSU took a 9-2 win to end the Tigers season with a 44-20 record… The Cowboys scored 1 in the first inning and then added 4 more in the 5th inning with a grand slam homerun and another 4 in the seventh… Tough way for the Tigers to end a great season…. For more information on this game, click here.

South Carolina Regional

  • Friday: Rhode Island 5 – S.C. 4… The Gamecocks took an early 4-0 lead in their first game on Friday night but could not hold it as the Rams of Rhode Island came back to take a 5-4 win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: S.C. 4 – Duke 2… The Gamecocks rebounded Saturday and stayed alive in their own regional by taking a 4-2 win over the Duke Blue Devils… Carolina took and early 2-0 lead but Duke came back to tie the game… The Gamecocks scored their final two runs in the top of the 9th inning and then hold on to take the win and live to play again yesterday…. For more on this game, click here.
  • Sunday, Game 1: S.C. 23 – Rhode Island 2… The win on Friday night coupled with Rhode Island losing to UNC Wilmington on Saturday set up a rematch with the Rams at noon on Sunday… The Gamecocks got more than a measure of revenge as they defeated the Rams in 23-2 in another beat-down… The number of runs scored by the Gamecocks and the margin of victory were a record in NCAA Tournament play for the Gamecocks… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday, Game 2: S.C. – 10 – UNC Wilmington 1… The win over Rhode Island propelled the Gamecocks into “must win two” situation with the Seahawks of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington… The Seahawks entered the game undefeated thus the Gamecocks needed to defeat them twice… The Seahawks got on the board first with a single run in the top of the first inning but that would be the last run they would score as the Gamecocks went on to take a 10-1 win…. The big inning was the second when they put 5 runs on the board… The real story line was the complete game win by sophomore Tyler Johnson in his first start of the season after throwing 1⅓ innings on Saturday…. The win means the Gamecocks and the Seahawks will play 1 game today at 6 pm and the winner advances to the super regional … Now speaking of the super regional, with Clemson losing their regional it is my understanding that the Gamecocks will now host the Cowboys of OSU this weekend in Columbia if they can defeat the Seahawks tonight…. Go Gamecocks!… For more information on this game, click here.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 81 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 87 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 110 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]