Sports Report for Monday, 6-26-2017

CHS

  • District 56 Boards Votes to Start Improvements to Wilder Stadium… In case you missed it on the WLBG news last Friday, I’ll take a moment here to again mention that last Thursday night the Laurens School District 56 Board of Trustees voted to approve a 1.4 million bond issue to start needed upgrades to Wilder Stadium… The monies will most likely not be enough to complete all the goals set out in the in the Wilder Improvement Drive about 4 years ago according to Dr. David O’Shields it will be a start after the priorities of handicap accessibility, restrooms and concession / ticket booths are taken care of, they will launch other efforts to take care of other identified needs. 

CWS is All SEC Affair… The College World Series Finals kickoff tonight at 7:00 pm on ESPN and in case you didn’t know the finals will be an all SEC affair as Florida and LSU will be playing in the best of 3 series finals…. For more information on the following or the CWS finals click here to go to the interactive bracket.

  • LSU… The Tigers made it to the finals by defeating the top seeded Oregon State Beavers twice over the weekend… They defeated the Beavers 3-1 last Friday and 6-1 last Saturday handing the Beavers just their 5th and 6th loss of the season.
  • Florida… The gators only needed to defeat TCU once to make it to the finals but TCU managed to hold off elimination on Friday by taking a 9-2 win over the Gators on Friday… The Gators rebounded to take a 3-0 win on Saturday thus setting up the SEC showdown in the finals… 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 60
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 60
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 66

 

 

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Braves… The Braves finished their current home stand over the weekend hosting the NL Central leading Milwaukie Brewers.

  • Friday: Braves 5 – Brewers 4… The first game of the series on Friday night both teams had to fight the rain in a nail-bitter the Braves took the lead early and then held on to take a 5-4 win over the Brew Crew… The Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips supplied a lot of the Braves offense with a homer and a RBI double.
  • Saturday: Braves 3 – Brewers 1… On Saturday the Braves assured themselves of the series win by taking a 3-1 win over the Brewers… Both teams scored single runs in the first inning and Brandon Philips again came through for the Braves as he had a two-run homer in the third inning to provide what proved to be the winning runs for the Braves… The Braves knuckleballer RA Dickey picked up the win going 7 strong innings giving up the run while striking out 6 and walking just 1.
  • Sunday: Brewers 7 – Braves 0… Sunday the Brewers avoided the series sweep as they scored 7 runs on 11 hits while the held the Braves to just 5 hits and no runs in a 7-0 defeat of the Braves and broke the Braves 4 game winning streak… Two of the Brewers 11 hits were homers… The Braves have the night off as they board the planes and travel to the west coast to start a 6-game road trip with the first stop being in Oakland tomorrow night.

Drive… The Greenville Drive completed their 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs at Flour Field over the weekend… As you may recall the RiverDogs won the first game last Thursday by a score of 2-1.

  • Friday: Charleston 4 – Drive 3… On Friday the RiverDogs won another one-run game as they took a 4-3 win over the Drive… The game was scoreless until the 6th inning when the Drive scored the first run of the game but the RiverDogs responded with 3 runs in the top of the 7th… Greenville tied it with 3 in the bottom of the 7th only to give up the winning run in the top of the 8th on a Charleston homer.
  • Saturday: Drive 5 – Charleston 4 (10)… The Drive did rebound to win Saturday’s game by a score of 5-4 in 10 innings… The Drive trailed 4-2 going into the 8th inning when they scored 2 runs to tie the game and then scored the winning run on 3 consecutive singles leading off the 10th inning.
  • Sunday: Charleston 8 – Drive 5… Then yesterday the RiverDogs scored 6 runs in the second inning to go up 7-0 and then went on to take an 8-5 win over the Drive giving them a 3-1 edge in the 4-game series… Two of Charleston’s 11 hits were homers… The Drive now hit the road and take a short drive up to Ashville for a 4-game series with the Tourist starting tonight. 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-22-2017

Tonight at The Depot in Clinton the City of Clinton will be sponsoring another edition of its free concert series Town Rhythms… Tonight’s entertainment will be the Carolina Coast Band and they will kickoff their first set at 7:00 pm… Meanwhile the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting round three of Laurens Sings at the Laurens Amphitheater at starting at 6:30 pm… The top 13 finalist will perform and as usual you and the judges will pick the favorites after the completion is over… For more information on Laurens Sings, click here… So go ahead and load your lawn chairs in the car this morning so you will be ready to head out to one of these two events this evening.

CHS

  • Clinton Cross Country Team Collecting Food Today as a Community service Project… CHS Cross Country Coach Lee Atkinson and his teams will be collecting can goods for the Open Door Ministry in Clinton today at CHS between the hours of 5:30 and 7:00 pm tonight… This is community service projects that that the teams have taken on and they would like the communities help… If you can help out please bring your can goods to the CHS student parking lot between those hours…. For more information about this, click here.… Please come out and help the team in this very worthwhile endeavor if at all possible.

Laurens Little League All-Stars

  • Laurens Majors 19 – Greenwood Abbeville 1…. Last night down at the Laurens City Park the Laurens Majors All-Star team rolled to a 19-1 win over a team composed of all-stars from Greenwood and Abbeville… I don’t have many details but I understand they took a quick lead and never looked back… They are scheduled to play Easley tonight in a winners bracket game at 6:30 and if you get a chance go out and cheer the team on.

Local Notes:

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 63
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 63
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 69 

College World Series: For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • LSU 7 Florida State 4… Last night the LSU Tigers sent the Florida State Seminoles home by taking a 7-4 win in an elimination game… The Tigers outhit the Seminoles 10-7 and simply got the clutch hits at the right time… LSU now advances to take on Oregon State at 3:00 pm tomorrow and must defeat the Beavers twice if they want to make it into the CWS finals… That will be a tall order as the Beavers have only lost 4 times this season and have a 56-4 record and have already defeated LSY 13-1 in an earlier game at the CWS.
  • Tonight… Louisville and TCU will go at it at 8:00 pm tonight out in Omaha with the loser going home and the winner advancing to take on Florida tomorrow at 8:00 pm and the winner would have to defeat Florida twice to make it into the CWS finals starting next Monday. 

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  • Braves 5 – Giants 3 (11)… The Braves used the long ball very effectively in their 5-3 win over the Giants last night down in Atlanta… The Giants tied the game 3-3 with a solo homer in the top of the 9th inning and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 11th inning when Matt Kemp ended the game with a walk-off two-run homer to give the Braves the win… First baseman Matt Adams had a two-run homer in the 4th inning and catcher Tyler Flowers had a solo shot in the 7th inning to account for the Braves other three runs. .. The teams finish their 4-game series tonight at Sun Trust park.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night as they finished up the SAL All-Star break… The Drive will start the second half of their season tonight as they host the Charleston RiverDogs in the first game of a 4-game series at Flour Field… By the way in case you did not note this, the Drive finished the first half of their season with a 41-28 record which meant they finished in first half in the SAL Southern Division 0.5 games ahead of the Columbia Fireflies. 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-21-2017

Local Notes:

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 64
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 64
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 70 

Clinton 12U Finish Third at Cooperstown

  • Clinton’s very own Dirt Devil 12U baseball team traveled to Cooperstown NY June 9-15 to compete in the Cooperstown Dreams Park National Tournament finishing 3rd out of 104 teams from all over the United States…The team finished with an 8-2 overall record and made it all the way to the semifinals before falling to a team from the Sacramento area of California 11-8… The Dirt Devils tournament play was highlighted by wins over teams from Georgia, Illinois(2 times), North Carolina, Wisconsin, California(2 times), and Florida… For the week the team hit 47 HRs, led by Justin Copeland with 10 and Luke White with 7…  Defensively they played flawlessly committing only 2 errors in 10 total games…Head Coach Brian Fortman commented afterward:  “What a great tournament and atmosphere to play baseball…  This place truly is every kids dream as a 12 yr. old to play…  The chance to play teams from all over the country and see how we compete against them was a tremendous opportunity…  We found out this week what we as coaches already knew, we can play with and win against some of the best in the United States…  We told our players it doesn’t matter where you’re from, baseball is played the same everywhere; score runs and make outs!! It is disappointing not get to championship game, we were right there and had our chances but things just didn’t go our way… Third out of 104 teams is a wonderful accomplishment by these guys…  I’m extremely proud of them.  It is a pleasure to coach such a great group of young men who consistently give their best every time they step on the field.”

CWS… Catching up on games in the College World Series out in Omaha yesterday…

  • TCU 4 – Texas A&M 1… TCU put 3 runs on the board in the 3rd inning and another in the 4th and then held A&M to a single run in the 6th and sent them home as the Aggies were eliminated
  • Florida 5 – Louisville 1… Meanwhile the Florida Gators took a 5-1 win over the Louisville Cardinals dropping the Cards into the losers’ bracket…. TCU now faces Louisville in an elimination game tomorrow with the winner advancing to take on Florida Friday and the loser goes home.
  • Today: Florida State will take on LSU in a 7 pm ET game… The winner will advance to take on Oregon State Friday and the loser will go home. 

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  • Giants 6 – Braves 3… The Braves and the Giants played game 2 of their current 4-game series in Atlanta last night and after dropping Monday’s game by a score of 9-0 the Giants rebounded to take a 6-3 win last night at Sun Trust Park… The Braves led 2-0 after 3 innings of play but the Giants broke the game open in the top of the 8th inning when they scored 5 runs with 3 of them coming off a homer by the Giants left fielder Austin Slater… Bothe teams had 9 hits each but 3 Braves errors did not help their cause… Julio Teheran took the loss for the Braves pitching 7⅓ innings.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night as they SAL had their All-Star Game down in Columbia last night… There was light rain throughout the game and the game was finally called after 7 innings of play with game tied 3-3 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-15-2017

Local Notes:

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 71
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 71
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 77 

Laurens Hosting Little League Coaches Pitch State Tournament

  • The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be busy tonight an through the weekend as they are hosting the SC Little League State Coaches Pitch Tournament… In addition to the Laurens team, there will be 9 other teams from across the state… The Laurens team will kickoff action tonight at 6:00 pm as they take on Trenholm the District 3 champ… Now this is a double elimination tournament and the 10 teams are divided into 2 brackets… To see the entire tournament schedule, click here… For more information about the Laurens team and the tournament, click here…. Good luck to the Laurens team!

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  • Braves 13 – Nationals 2… The Braves and the Nationals finished their 3-game series in DC last night… As you may recall coming into yesterday’s game, each team had a victory in the series so the game was for the series win… Well good news for Braves fans as the Braves pounded out 13 runs on 16 hits while the nationals managed only 7 hits and 2 runs as the Braves took the series win… Brandon Phillips led the attack for the Braves going 4 for 6 with 3 RBIs… The Braves will be off tonight and hit the road tomorrow as they 10-game road trip with the first stop tomorrow night down in Miami taking on the Marlins in a 3-game series.
  • Fireflies 6 – Drive 2 (11) … The Greenville Drive also finished up a 3-game series last night at Flour Field with the Columbia Fireflies and the Drive let one get away as they lost 6-2 in 11 innings… The Drive led 2-1 going into the top of the 9th inning where they gave a solo homer to the Fireflies which tied the game… The game remained tied until the top of the 11th inning where the Fireflies were able to plate 4 runs and then held the Drive scoreless in the bottom of the inning to take the win.,,. The Drive now lead the Fireflies by just a half a game in the SAL Southern Division with just 3 games left before the SAL All-Star Game break… The Drive travel to Rome , Ga. today to start a 3-game series with the Braves who are in third place in the SAL South 2,5 games behind the Drive. 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-14-2017

Local Notes: 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 72
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 72
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 78 

LDHS…

  • FootballThe Laurens Riders will be sending their quarterbacks; backs and wide receivers up to Woodruff for a 7 on 7 passing contest tomorrow… It starts at 10:00 am tomorrow and I know many of you will be working but if you can go up and check out the Raiders tomorrow. 

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  • Nationals 10 – Braves 5… The Brave and the Nationals got together last night for the second of their 3-game series and the Nationals jumped on top 3-0 after the first inning then put the game away in the sixth inning by putting 5 on the board as they went on to take a 10-5 win over the Braves… Washington had 14 hits and the Braves had 13 but 3 of the Nationals hits were homers while only 1 of the Braves was a homer… The series is now tied 1-1 and the rubber game of the series will be this afternoon at 4:05 pm.
  • Drive 5 – Fireflies 4… The Greenville Drive opened their 3-game series with the Columbia Fireflies at Flour Field last night with a 5-4 win… By the time the game got to the fifth inning the Drive led 4-0 but the Fireflies scored 4 in the inning to tie the game… The Drive used a walk, an error and a single to take the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth…By the way, Tim Tebow went 1 for 3 and drove in two of the four runs the Fireflies scored in the 5th inning.
  • MLB Draft… Well the MLB Draft is now through round 10 with about 30 more rounds to go… In case you missed it, Royce Lewis was the very first pick in the draft selected by Minnesota Twins… He is a 6-1 shortstop who just graduated from high school… So far the Clemson Tigers have had 2 players and one signee drafted… Junior lefthander Charlie Barnes was selected in the 4th round (106) by the Twins and junior outfielder Chase Ponder was selected in the 7th round (214) by the Cardinals… The signee is Sam Keating a righthander from Fort Myers, Fla. Selected by the padres in the 4th round. . The Gamecocks have had 3 selected so far… Junior righthander Clarke Schmidt was selected by the Yankees in round 1 (16) while another junior righthander will Crowe was selected by the Nationals in the second round (65)… The third Gamecock selected is also a junior righthander Tyler Johnson by the White Sox in the 5th round (147)…. The best way to keep up with the MLB draft is to go to the MLB website where they have a sortable posting showing all the selections as they occur… You can sort by MLB team, round, position, state, and team (college or high school they come from as well as another option or two… To go there, click here 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-13-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens County Speedway results from the main events last Saturday night (first, second & third).

  • 602 Crates… Mart Patterson, Chris Patterson & Butch Riddle… Mart & Chris Patterson both started on the front row and Mart got a good jump on the start and finished first ahead of Chris in what was really a 2 car race.
  • FWD… Mason Mack, Joel Cabe & Andrew Patterson… Mason Mack took a close win in the FWD main event as he took the lead late and reached the finish line less than a second ahead of Joel Cabe.
  • Thunder Bombers… Bo Baker, Shane Roberts & Justin McJunkin… Bo Baker took the lead on the fourth lap and then went on to finish first with Shane Roberts coming in second.
  • Monster Minis… Phillip Wilson, Larry Teal & Brandon Frazier… Philip Wilson took and early lead from row 1 but saw that lead close up on a caution but on the restart he again took the lead holding out Larry Teal.
  • 604 Crates… Colby Cannon, Ray Storay & Brad Rachels… Colby Cannon Started on the pole and took the lead at the start and never trailed as he took the win with Ray Storay being the next driver across the finish line.
  • Limited… Michael Smith, Chris Lyons & Mike Huey… Michael Smith took the win holding off the rest of the field with Chris Lyons claiming the second place finish.

Shrine Race Tonight… A quick reminder that the 36the edition of the Laurens County Shrine Race will take place tonight out at the LCS tonight… The pit will open at 5:00 pm and the grandstands open at 6:00 pm and racing gets started about 8:00 pm… If you get a chance come on out and enjoy the races while helping to support the work of the Shriners.

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  • Braves 11 – Nationals 10… The Braves started a 3-game series with the division leading National u in Washington last night and they started in a very positive fashion as they took an 11-10 win… The nationals led 9-6 going into the 8th inning when the Braves put 2 runs on the board and then added 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take the win… The Braves used the long ball to score many of their runs as 5 of their 11 hits were homers and the nationals also used the long ball as 3 of their 17 hits were homers.
  • Drive 6 – Augusta 4… The Greenville Drive finished not only their 4-game series with the Augusta GreenJackets but also their road trip in last night with a 6-4 win over the GreenJackets… This gives them a split of the 4-game series… The Drive return home to Flour Field tonight fie a short 3-game home stand with the Columbia Fireflies in a crucial series for the Drive… With only 6 games remaining in the first half of their season, the Drive lead the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League by just ½ of game over the Fireflies… And in case you have not heard, Tim Tebow is an outfielder for the Fireflies so tickets for the series a few and a long way from the infield I have heard.
  • NBA: Golden State 129 – Cleveland… In case you missed it last night, Golden State took a 129 – 120 win over the Cleveland to capture the NBA title winning the series 4 games to 1… Kevin Durrant picked up the series MVP award.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 6-12-2017

Local Notes: 

The Family YMCAs of Clinton and Laurens want to remind you that they have a full summer of specialty camps and activities available for the youth of our area… If you go to the WLBG home page and look down in the Featured Sports section on the right side toward the bottom of the page, you will find a posting that has information about these camps at both YMCAs… The next camp at the Clinton YMCA is a baseball camp June 19-23 that you must sign up for by June 16th… The next camp at the Laurens YMCA is an archery camp June 13-15… For more details on either of the camps check the posting in the featured Sports section…the way there is also information about swimming lessons at the Clinton YMCA also.

Tigers to Visit White House Today… In case any of the Tiger fans out there have not heard this, I’ll briefly mention that this Tiger football team that won the National Championship this past season will be headed to Washington DC today to meet with President Trump at 3:00 pm… I think it will be broadcast on ESPN live and Channel 4 WYFF says they will be carrying it also on their website… Hope they have fun, they deserve it! 

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Braves… The Braves played host to the Mets over the weekend in a 4-game series at Sun Trust Park.

  • Friday: Braves 3 – Mets 2… The Braves and the Mets were tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when Dansby Swanson turned a single into a double and then Rio Ruiz brought him home for a walk-off win… The Braves outhit the Mets 9-5 in the win.
  • Saturday-Game 1: Mets 6 – Braves 1… In the first game of a double header on Saturday, the Mets broke open a close game scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th and then going on to defeat the Braves 6-1… Yoenis Cespedes had a grand slam in the Mets half of the 9th inning… The Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips had a solo shot in the 8th inning.
  • Saturday-Game-2: Mets 8 – Braves 1… In the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday 3 Mets pitchers held the Braves to just 5 hits and 1 run while the Mets pounded out 12 hits 2 of which were homers off 4 Brave pitches as the Mets took an 8-1 win.
  • Sunday: Mets 2 – Braves 1… In the series finale yesterday the Mets made it three in a row as they lost to the Mets 2-1… Again the Braves offense was almost AWOL as they collected just 6 hits to the Mets 8… The Braves will now travel to Washington for a 3-game series with the Nationals starting tonight. 

The MLB 2017 Draft starts tonight at 6:00 pm… A lot of die-hard baseball fans will be tuning into the MLB Network or logging onto MLB.com to keep up with it… I am sure more than a few college coaches will be doing the same to see if they are likely to be losing commitments. … If you click here it will carry you to the MLB website where there posting all about the draft and you can keep up with it using links on that page.

Drive… The Greenville Drive were down in Augusta over the weekend as they started a 4-game series with the GreenJackets.

  • Friday: Drive 5 – Augusta 0… The Drive opened the series on Friday night in a positive way as the blanked the GreenJackets taking a 5-0 win… The Drive outhit Augusta 10-6 and took advantage of the 1 walk issued by the GreenJackets in producing one of their runs.
  • Saturday: Augusta 8 – Drive 1… On Saturday Augusta rebounded taking an 8-1 win… Augusta got their 8 runs on 8 hits and some Drive miscues while the Drive bats stayed on the bus getting only 1 hit and using walks and the one hit to get their run.
  • Sunday: Augusta 2 – Drive 1… Yesterday the GreenJackets and the Drive got into a pitcher’s duel where both teams produced 5 hits each… However the GreenJackets were able to get 2 runs out of those 5 hits while the Drive managed only 1….The teams will finish their series in Augusta today. 

NBA… A quick reminder to all the NBA (Not really Basketball Association) that game 5 of the finals takes place out in California tonight at 9:00 pm as the Golden State warriors take on the Clevland cavaliers… The Warriors lead the series 3 games to 1 and can clinch the title with a win tonight. 

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Sports Report for Friday, 6-9-2017

PC Notes

Normally on the sport report we talk about the PC sports team and the student-athletes who make up those teams… However we should note that as the term states, they are students first and athletes second… With that in mind I’d like to mention to you that at the last commencement ceremony PC had 77 student athletes earn their degrees several with honors… Football had the most graduates with 17 followed by baseball with 11… For more information about this, click here…. Congratulations to these students who kept their educational goals first while also participating in sports at PC.

Local Notes: 

Lytes Headed to Saluda…According to other media sources Coach Andre Lytes is leaving Laurens School District 555 and headed to Saluda HS to become the head boys’ varsity basketball coach…. Lytes who is a LDHS graduated and former Raider basketball player has served as assistant boys basketball coach at LDHS for several years and served as interim head basketball coach for the Raiders this past season after former coach Ben Sinclair stepped down from the position… Lytes who played college basketball at Newberry College has also served as either assistant or head football coach at Gray Court Owings Middle School for over 5 years… Good Luck to Coach Lytes.

 College Notes

  • Super Regional Start Today… The road to Omaha for the 16 teams still in the running for this year’s NCAA D-I College Baseball Championship goes through the 8 super regional sites this weekend… The super reginal kick off today… The 16 teams left and the super regional are; Vanderbilt at Oregon state, Davidson at Texas A&M, Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State, Kentucky at Louisville, Sam Houston State at Florida State, Missouri state at TCU, Mississippi State at LSY and Wake Forest at Florida… To see the brackets and results click here.

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  • Braves 3 – Phillies 1…. The Braves closed out their 4-game series with the Phillies in Atlanta last night with a 3-1 win thus earning a split of the series… Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey had his best start of the season striking out 8 over 7 innings while walking none which is rare for a knuckleballer… The Braves backed him up with an 11 hit attack where 4 different Braves each had 2 hits…The Braves remain home this weekend as they host the Mets.
  • Drive 5 – Crawdads 3… The Greenville Drive made it two in a row last night as they defeated the Hickory Crawdads 5-3 up in Hickory, NC… The Drive trailed 1-0 going into the 4th inning where they put 2 runs on the board and then added 2 more in the 5th and one in the 6th and then held on to take the win…. The Drive will now move on to Augusta to start a 4-game series with the GreenJackets. 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-8-2017

The first round of Laurens Sings takes place tonight at 6:30 at the Laurens Amphitheater…   Laurens Sings is in its first year and is replacing Laurens Idol that has been very popular in the past… There are 15 finalists who will perform tonight and then you will get to vite for your favorite online and that combined with judges scores will be used to rank the performances tonight… To find out mall the details about Laurens Sings and who the 15 finalist are, click here. 

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway results from the main events last Saturday night (First, second & third).

  • Thunder Bombers Casey Lawson, Dylan Chappell & Shane Roberts… When the Thunder Bombers main event ended it appeared that Dan Lawson picked up his third straight win… However a post-race protest was entered and he agreed to have his car inspected and in the end his car was ruled illegal so Casey Lawson picked up the win.
  • 602 Crates… Mart Patterson, Jeff Robinson & Chris Patterson…. Mart Patterson jumped out to the early lead in the 602 Crates and finished first breaking Jeff Robinson’s two-race winning streak… Robinson finished second.
  • 604 Crates… Dylan Brown, Dale Timms & Larry Timms… In this division Dylan Brown led wire to wire with Dale and Larry Timms being the next two across the finish line in that order.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson, Joel Cabe & Mason Mack… The FWD division also had another driver win wire to wire and not have too serious a challenger and that driver was Travis Jamieson.
  • Monster Minis… Rod Tucker, Phillip Wilson & Larry Teal… Rod Tucker won the Monster Minis main event but he did not do it wire to wire…. He was close to that though as he took the lead before the first lap was over and then went on to the win.
  • Limited… Billy Rushton, Frankie Coates & Steve Bowie…The Limited division saw the main event winner take the win by the biggest margin of the night (over 9 seconds) and the driver who won was Billy Rushton who took full advantage of a caution free race to show he had the best car in the race. .

Dirt Devils Headed to Cooperstown…. The Clinton based Dirt Devils 12U baseball team has been selected to play in the Cooperstown Dream Park and American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament during the week of June 10 in Cooperstown, New York…. The Dirt Devils will spend 7 days playing a minimum of 7 games in pool play. The team’s results in pool play will determine their seeding for a single elimination championship playoff… There will also be various individual completions and a visit to National Baseball Hall of Fame… Dirt Devils 12U teams members are Justin Copeland, Zach Fortman, Wil Stewart, Wilson Wages, Austin Copeland, Chandler Mims, Luke White, Landon Vo, RT Corley, Zane Mclendon, and Caleb Taylor. Coaches include Brian Fortman, Josh Mclendon, and Matt Stewart…. Congratulations and Good Luck to the team!.

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  • Drive 5 – Crawdads 3… The Greenville Drive broke a 3-game losing streak last night as they defeated the Hickory Crawdads 5-3 up in Hickory, NC… The Drive’s bats finally came alive as they pounded out 13 hits including a solo homer.
  • Braves 14 – Phillies 1… The Braves snapped their 4-game losing streak last night as they pounded out 12 hits and scored 14 runs in their 14-1 win over the Phillies in Atlanta… Shortstop Dansby Swanson paced the Braves going 3-4 which includes a 3-run homer in the 5th inning… First baseman Mark Adams had just one hit but it was a 2-run homer in the 8th inning… The Braves wrap up the current 4-game series with the Phillies tonight at Sun Trust Parky centerfielder Chris Madera… The Drive used 3 pitchers who allowed just 5 hits.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-7-2017

 

Local Notes: 

Greenville News Upstate Sports Awards… Late last month the Greenville news announced their annual list of high school student athletes who they felt were the best in the upstate area of South Carolina… The ceremony was held at the McAllister Auditorium on the campus of Furman University… I recently obtained a copy of all the honorees and there were several from Clinton and Laurens District 55 High Schools… Let’s recap those individuals now

  • Girls Tennis: Second team – Gracie Waldron CHS
  • Volleyball: First team – Anna Stevenson LDHS
  • Football: First Team – Summie Carlay & Jalin Walker LDHS; Second Team – Hunter Medlin LDHS
  • Boys Basketball: Second Team – Jalen Carter CHS
  • Baseball: Second Team – Ethan Jones LDHS
  • Softball: Second Team – C.J. Ginn LDHS
  • Girls Track & Field: First Team – Keria Dendy CHS
  • Boys Tennis: First Team – Isaac MacMillan – CHS ; Second Team – Robert Powell CHS

 LDHS

  • Girls’ Summer Basketball Workouts…. Coach Yoneko Allen is inviting any young lady who is interested in trying out for basketball at the middle school or high school level this next season to participate in the summer basketball workouts at LDHS… In order to participate, you must have a current physical dated April 1, 2017 or later… The workouts will take place every day this week except Thursday and will start at 5:30 pm… There will be other workouts at dates and times she will announce… If you have any questions contact Coach Allen at 864-682-3151 or email her at yallen@laurens55.org.

 College Notes:

Holbrook Resigns… There was some big news last night out of Columbia in that after meeting with A.D. Ray Tanner several times since the SEC Tournament wrapped up, Gamecock Head baseball Coach Chad Holbrook resigned that position… As you may recall, he was the first hire made by Ray Tanner just 1 day after he stepped down as baseball coach about 5 years ago to become AD at USC… Coach Tanner will be holding a meeting sometime this afternoon to discuss the future of the Gamecock baseball program… To go to the USC Athletic website where the posting is making the announcement, click here… It also will contain comments fro both Coach Holbrook and Coach Tanner.

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

  • Phillies 3 – Braves 1… The Braves had their current losing streak go to 4 games last night as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Phillies last night in Atlanta… The two tams were tied 1-1 going into the 6th inning when the Phillies put 2 runs on the board then hung on for the win.
  • Crawdads 2 – Drive 1…The Greenville Drive started a road trip up in Hickory, NC last night as they took on the Crawdads… Both teams scored a single run in the 4th inning and the game stayed that way until the bottom of the 8th where after two were out the Crawdads got 3 singles and plated 1 run then went on to take a 2-1 win over the Drive.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-6-2017

PC Notes

  • Danny Sterling Named New Athletics Director at PC….Presbyterian College and President Bob Staton announced yesterday the addition of Danny Sterling to the PC staff as the new Director of Athletics…. He will start immediately thus becoming the 2nd AD in PC’s NCAA Division I history… Sterling just completed his eighth year as Athletic Director at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise… While there he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, a multi-million dollar budget, a staff of 45, and over 300 students… He was instrumental in the development of all strategic and financial planning, as well as athletic revenue generation and development initiatives… During his tenure at Wise many of the programs were able to win conference championships… Sterling holds a Bachelor of Science (1994) and Master of Science (1997), both in Health and Physical Education from Virginia Tech…. To see the complete press release which includes comments from Mr. Sterling and more about his personal biography, click here… Congratulations and welcome to Mr. Wise! 

College Baseball Notes:

  • Vanderbilt 8 – Clemson 0… The Clemson Tiger baseball team and Vanderbilt were supposed to play the winner take all game of the Clemson Regional yesterday at 4:00 but the rains in the forced the game to be postponed twice and it finally got underway ay 8:30 last night… The Tigers probably wished the rains would have been hard and long enough to postpone the game until today because Vanderbilt took an 8-0 win over the Tigers therefore punching their ticket to a superregional and ending Clemson’s season with a 42-21 record… The Commodores got on the board in the top of the 3rd inning when Will Toffey hit a 2-run homer…. The Commodores scored 4 runs in the 5th inning and again Toffey’s bat had a lot to do with that as he blasted a 3-run homer… The Commodores then went on and added single runs in the 6th and 9th inning as they collected 13 hits in the game off 5 Tiger pitchers… Meanwhile the Tiger bats were cooled by 3 Vanderbilt pitchers as they managed only 4 hits in the game… By the way Toffey was a unanimous selection as the Regional MVP… To get more details on this game and to see which of the Tigers made the Regional All-Tournament Team, click here.
  • Other Regional Results… If you want to check out the other regional results, click here to go to the NCAA interactive brackets or see the posting in the Featured Sports section on our homepage at wlbg.com.

 

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

  • Phillies 11 – Braves 4The Braves opened their current home stand at Sun Trust Park last night in much less than stellar fashion as the Phillies defeated them 11-4… The Phillies put 3 runs on the board in the top of the first inning and never trailed… The Phillies only outhit the Braves 13-8 but the problem is that 3 of the Phillies’ hits were homers and they were not solo homers.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night and start a week-long road trip tonight with the first stop being in Hickory, NC to take on the Hickory Crawdads… At this point in the season the Drive are 34-22 and are in first place in the SAL Southern Division 2.5 games ahead of the Rome Braves.

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Sports Report for Monday, 6-5-2017

Local Notes:

LDHS

  • Girls’ Summer Basketball Workouts…. Coach Yoneko Allen is inviting any young lady who is interested in trying out for basketball at the middle school or high school level this next season to participate in the summer basketball workout starting today at LDHS… In order to participate, you must have a current physical dated April 1, 2017 or later… The workouts will take place every day this week except Thursday and will start at 5:30 pm… There will be other workouts at dates and times she will announce… If you have any questions contact Coach Allen at 864-682-3151 or email her at yallen@laurens55.org.

 College Baseball NotesClick on the scores of each game below for details on that game.

Clemson Regional… I’m sure most true Tiger fans kept up with the Tigers in the regional at Doug Kingsmore stadium but just in case you missed something.

  • Friday: Clemson 5 – UNC-G 4… On Friday the Tigers took a 5-4 win over the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro in their first game of the regionals… The Spartans took an early 1-0 lead but Clemson scored 4 runs in the 5th inning and then went on to take the win.
  • Saturday: Vanderbilt 9 – Clemson 4… Then on Saturday the Tigers took on the Commodores of Vanderbilt in a winners bracket game… The Commodores threw their ace pitcher Kyle Wright at the Tigers and he did give up a few runs but the Tiger pitchers gave up more as the Commodores won the game 9-4 pounding out 16 hits to the Tigers 9.
  • Sunday, Game 1: Clemson 6 – UNC-G 3… The loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday dropped the Tigers into the losers bracket where they were to face the Spartans of UNC Greensboro again yesterday at 1:00 pm and the winner of that game would face Vanderbilt at 7:00 pm and have to beat them twice to win the regional… However bad weather in the Clemson area forced the game with the Spartans to be delayed until; about 6 pm yesterday… The Spartans jumped out to an early lead but Logan Davidson’s two-run homer in the 7th inning helped lift the Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Spartans.
  • Sunday, Game 2: Clemson 6 – Vanderbilt 0… After winning the game with the Spartans, the Tigers had just a few minutes to catch their breath before the game with the Commodores started just after 10:00 pm last night… For those of you who did not stay up to watch it there is good news if you are a Tiger fan as Clemson took a 6-0 win forcing a winner take all game today at 4:00 pm… The Tigers got a great game out of graduate right-hander Tyler Jackson who pitched a two-hit shutout while the Tigers picked up 10 hits including a solo homerun by Weston Jackson who went 3-5 on the day and had 3 RBIs… The winner of today’s game at which starts at 4:00 pm and can be seen on ESPN3 will be the regional winner and advance to the Super Regional and will be playing Oregon state and I do believe it will be out in Oregon…. Good Luck to the Tigers!

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

Braves … The Braves were in Cincinnati for a 3-game series with the Reds over the weekend.

  • Friday: Reds 3 – Braves 2 (10)… On Friday the Braves and the Reds battled to a 2-2 tie at the end of 9 innings with the Braves outhitting the Reds 11-5… In the 10th inning each team picked up one more hit but the problem for Braves fans is that the Reds hit was a leadoff solo homer by Devin Mesoraco in the bottom of the 10th to give the Reds a 3-2 win.
  • Saturday: Braves 6 – Reds 5 (12)… Saturday’s game was somewhat similar to Friday’s game in that the two teams were tied at the end of 9 innings this time by a score of 5-5… However the results were different in that the Braves took a 6-5 win in 12 innings and they had matt Adams bat to thank for the win… Not only did he get the winning run in the 12th inning on a solo homer but he also had a grand slam in the 5th inning where the Braves scored a total of 5 runs.
  • Sunday: Braves 13 – Reds 8… Yesterday the Braves and the reds hooked up in the rubber-game of the 3-games series and good news for Braves fans as they won 13-8… The long ball definitely played a part in this game as each team had 3 homeruns but the Braves managed to outhit the Reds 13-8 in the game to pick up the other runs they needed… The Braves now return home tonight after the long road trip and will start a week long home stand with a the first team into the Sun Trust Park tonight will be the Phillies for a 4-game series.

Drive … The Drive completed their 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs over the weekend… As you may remember the series started on Thursday with Greenville taking a 3-2

  • Friday: Drive 4 – RiverDogs 2…. On Friday the Drive again were victorious this time by a score of 4-2… The game was tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the 8th when the Drive put 2 runs on the board and tehn blanked the RiverDogs in the top of the 9th to take the win.
  • Saturday: RiverDogs  5 – Drive 0… On Saturday the RiverDogs bounced back to take a 5-0 win over the Drive scoring 3 runs in the 6th and single runs in the 7th and the 8th innings to take the win.
  • Sunday: RiverDogs 17 – Drive 0… Yesterday the two teams finished their series but someone forgot to tell the Drive pitchers and bats that there was a game because the RiverDogs put an old-fashioned beat-down on the Drive taking a 17-0 win handing the Drive their worse loss of the season… The RiverDogs pummeled the Drive pitchers getting 17 hits (three of which were homers) while the Dive managed just 5 hits in the game… The Drive are off tonight and will start a week long road trip tomorrow with the first stop being in Hickory, NC. 

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Sports Report for Friday, 6-2-2017

PC Notes:

  • Baseball Honors… Recently it was announced that Presbyterian College placed four players on All-Big South teams, the most since PC joined the league. Catcher TJ Richardson was named first team All-Big South with infielder Glen Casaceli earning a spot on the second team and pitchers Ryan Hedrick and Brian Kehner receiving honorable mention honors. AJ Priaulx earned a spot on the All-Academic Team for the second straight season… Of course this comes after PC finished the seaon with a 29-27 record overall and 15-9 in Big South play which allowed them to finish third in the Bid South standings their highest since joining the conference… For more about this, click here… Congratulations to those players.
  • Softball Honors… The PC softball team had one of its members pick up post season honors also… senior shortstop Hope Rogers (Gaston, S.C.) was named to the Big South All-Academic Team, as was voted on by the Big South’s sports information directors… Rogers led the team in batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, RBI, doubles, triples, total bases, and assists… She was in the top 15 in the Big South in batting average and triples… Rogers also finished third in PC’s Division I record book in runs and first in career hits and doubles… This season she also moved to first in career home runs with 28.

College Notes:

  • NCAA Baseball Regionals … The NCAA actually got started yesterday as out in Stanford as Cal State Fullerton defeated BYU 13-2 and Stanford defeated Sacramento State 10-0… All the other regionals get started today and if you want to keep up with all the action you can click here and it will take you to the interactive bracket the NCAA has posted on its website… You can also find a posting in the Featured Sports section on our homepage at wlbg.com that has links to not only the baseball bracket but also the softball bracket which is down to the final 8.
  • Clemson Regional…. The Clemson Regional kicks off at noon today as the #2 seeded Commodores of Vanderbilt take on the #3 seed Red Storm of St. John’s… That game can be seen on the SEC Network and also on WatchESPN… Then at 7:00 pm tonight the #1 seeded Clemson Tigers will take on the #4 seeded Spartans of UNC-Greensboro… If you want to watch this game you will have to do it on ESPN3… If you click here it will take you to a posting on the Clemson Athletic website where you can find all sorts of information about the four teams, the schedule and results… Good luck to the Tigers! 

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

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night but will return to action tonight in Cincinnati where they will start a 3-game series with the Reds… The Braves are now 22-29 on the season and find themselves in third place in the NL East 10.5 games behind the division leading Washington National and a .5 games behind the second place Mets.
  • Drive 3 – RiverDogs 2… The Greenville Drive started a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs last night on a positive note as they took a 3-2 win… The RiverDogs got on the board first scoring both their runs in the first inning and the Drive tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth inning… The Drive scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning when first baseman Tucker Tubbs led the inning off with a solo homer. 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-1-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens County Speedway Results From Last Saturday Night’s Main Events… (First, second & third)

  • Monster Minis / Stock 4… Phillip Wilson, Dusty Eaves & Larry Teal… Wilson and eaves both started on the front row but Wilson took the lead at the start and never surrendered it in a caution free race.
  • Thunder Bombers… Dan Lawson, Dylan Chappell & Casey Lawson… This was Lawson’s second win in as many weeks… At one point in the race he was at the back of the pack but fought his way back to the lead to win by just over half a second.
  • Limited… Billy Ruston, Frank Coates & Terry Bullard… Rushton took the lead at the start and lead wire to wire as he had the dominant car winning by more than 3 seconds in front of Coates.
  • 604 Crates… Dylan Brown, Larry Timms & Dale Timms… Brown and Larry Timms both started on the front row with Brown in the #1 spot which he took advantage of at the start grabbing the lead at the start and holding on for the win.
  • 602 Crates… Jeff Robinson, Chris Patterson & Mart Patterson… Robinson picked up his second straight win but it was not easy as caution flags kept the racers close but in the end he did hold off both the Patterson boys.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson, Joel Cabe & Mason Mack… It took them 4 start before they could get this race going but each time Jamieson took the lead and finally wound up winning the race by over 2 second.
  • Sprints… Greg Mayer, Banjo Duke & ???… The traveling Sprint series returned to LCS last Saturday night and Greg Mayer took the win though he almost lost it as he got loose at the end but still managed to hold on for the win.

Laurens Academy

  • Todd Kirk to Remain as Head Football Coach… In a brief announcement yesterday from Laurens Academy, Coach Todd Kirk will indeed be the Head Coach of the Crusader football team this next season. 

 

Pro Sports    For more information on the following games click on their scores

  • Angels 2 – Braves 1In the final game of their 3-game series out in Anaheim, the Angels and the Braves locked up in a pitcher’s duel where both teams managed just 6 hits each but the Angels had 1 more run than the Braves as they took a 2-1 win over the Braves… The Braves got on the board first as Matt Kemp had a homer in the 2nd inning and the Angels tied it with a run in the 7th inning…. They then broke the tie and scored the winning run in the 8th inning on a solo homer by Eric Young Jr…. The win gave the Angels the series win 2 games to 1… The Braves have tonight off as they travel to Cincinnati to start a 3-game series with the reds tomorrow night.

 

  • Drive 7 – Braves 1…. The Greenville Drive finished their 4-game series with the Rome Braves last night up at Flour Field on a high note as they took a 7-1 win… The Braves got on the board first with scoring their only run in the second inning but the Drive came back scoring 3 runs in both sixth and seventh innings and a single run in the eighth to take the win… The win gave the Drive a split of the 4-game series and they will continue their home stand tonight as they host the Charleston RiverDogs in a 4-game series with the first pitch tonight at 7:05 pm.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-31-2017

Local Notes: 

LDHS

Raider Baseball Awards…. Before the last baseball season gets to be too far back in the rearview mirror let me tell you of some post season awards picked up by various Raiders…

  • JV Awards: Nick Robertson- Most Improved Award, Heath Bragg- Gold Glove Award and Zach Rice- Coaches Award
  • Varsity Awards; Ethan Jones- Silver Slugger Award, Nick Howell- Captains Award, Nate Towles- Most Improved, Nathan Weiss- Coaches Award and Layton Mahon- Gold Glove Award.
  • All-Region: Ethan jones, Jalen Bragg, Morgan French and Jared Cvetko

Raider Camps

  • Raider Youth Football Camp… This year’s Laurens Raider youth football camp will take place tomorrow at the Raider practice / soccer field just behind the softball field… Coach Liner, his staff, former / current players and some other current / former college players will be teaching the basic fundamentals of various aspects of the game… There will be NO tackling… The camp is open to those in the first through rising ninth graders… Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 am and campers are to be picked up between 12:30 and 1:00 pm… The cost is $20 cash only and is to be paid at registration… Campers should bring athletic clothing, tennis shoes or cleats and sunscreen… Snacks, water and Gatorade will be provided… If you have any questions or want to reserve a spot, contact Coach Liner at 864-232-2472 of celiner@laurens55.org… Why don’t you make plans to bring your son or grandson out tomorrow for proper instruction and a fun time. 
  • Raider Youth Baseball Camp… Coach Patterson, his staff and both current and former players will be conducting a youth baseball camp July 10-13… The camp is open to all youth in the community between the ages of 7-13…. The basic fundamentals including throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and pitching will be covered… Water and snacks for the campers will be provided with plenty of breaks between periods each day… The camp will be held at Ed Prescott Field between the hours of 5:00 – 7:30 pm and the cost is $40 (cash only) per camper… If you click on the following you will find more information as to what you should bring and a form that needs to be completed and signed by the parents and brought to the camp when it starts: Raider Baseball Camp July 2017 … Raider Baseball wants to provide our youth baseball players with the proper instructions on how to become a successful baseball player, and also an idea of what it takes to be RAIDER!

Pro Sports    For more information on these games, click on their scores.

  • Angels 9 – Braves 3Last night out in Anaheim, the Braves scored first on a 2-run homer by Matt Kemp in the third inning but the lead did not last long as the Angels put 9 runs on the board and then went on to take a 9-3 win over the Braves… The Braves third run came in the seventh inning on a solo shot by catcher Tyler Flowers… The Braves and the Angels finish their series tonight.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were able to get a doubleheader in with the Rome Braves yesterday at Flor Field… Game 1: Braves 10 – Drive 7… In the first game the two teams fought to an 7-7 tie at the end of 8 innings but the Braves broke that tie putting 3 runs on the board in the top of the 9th inning then holding the Drive scoreless in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-7 win… The Drive led 7-0 going into the 7th inning before letting the Braves come back to beat them… Game 2: Drive 5 – Braves 2… In the second game of the doubleheader, the Drive bounced back to take a 5-2 win… The Drive got on the board first in the third inning and never trailed as they outhit the Braves 5-2 in the seven inning game…. The teams will finish their current series tonight with a 7:05 game at Flour Field. 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-30-2017

PC Notes

Baseball… The Blue Hose baseball team wrapped up their participation in the Big South Baseball Championship Tournament last Sunday where they did a lot better than some folks expected, so let’s recap how things went… You can get more details on each game by clicking on its score.

  • Thursday: PC 6 – UNC-A 4… As you may recall, I reported last Friday that PC opened up their tournament participation on Thursday where they defeated UNC-A by a score of 6-4
  • Friday: PC 7 – Gardner-Webb 6… In Friday’s game against G-W, PC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 2 innings of play but the Runnin Bulldogs tied the game putting 3 on the board in the 4th inning… By the time to 9th inning rolled around PC had responded and led 7-4… G-W tried to battle back in the top of the 9th as they scored two runs before PC could get the third out making the final score 7-6.
  • Saturday: Winthrop 4 – PC 3… Then on Saturday the Blue Hose took on the #1 seeded Winthrop Eagles and lost a heartbreaker by a score of 4-3… PC led 3-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when the Eagles rallied and scored 3 runs to take the win… The loss forced the Blue Hose into an early Sunday morning game with the eagles to see who would advance to championship game later on Sunday
  • Sunday: PC 9 – Winthrop 4 (7)… On Sunday morning, the Blue Hose wasted little time in their quest for revenge for the 9th inning loss the night before as they scored 5 runs in the first inning and then went on to a 9-4 win over Winthrop in 7 innings… Cletis Avery and AJ Priaulx both homered in the first inning for the Blue Hose…
  • Sunday: Radford 9 – PC 2… Then on Sunday Afternoon PC and Radford faced off for the Big South Championship… The game was tied 1-1 going into the top of the 5th inning when Radford broke it open scoring 6 runs and then went on to a 9-2 win and the Big South Championship… PC finished the season with 32 wins (against 29 losses), a Division I era record and the most by a PC team since 2000 when it won 37 games. The Blue Hose finished third in the Big South standing, its highest ever finish, and went on to make its first appearance in the Big South Championship game… Congratulations to the Blue Hose on a fine season.

College Baseball Notes:

  • Field of 64 FinalizedYesterday the NCAA Division I baseball Committee finalized the field of 64 teams and announced the top 8 seeds that will host Super Regionals if they make it out of their regionals… The top 8 seeds are Oregon St. (49-4), North Carolina (47-12), Florida (42-16), LSU (43-17), Texas Tech (43-15), TCU (42-16), Louisville (47-10) and Stanford (40-14)…. The Clemson Tigers found out who their opponents will be and when their regional will start yesterday… Their regional will start this Friday when St. John’s takes on Vanderbilt at noon and then the Tigers will take on UNC-Greensboro at 7:00 pm… The Tigers are the #1 seed in their regional and Vanderbilt the #2 seed… The Gamecocks and defending National Champion Coastal Carolina did not make it into the field of 64…. For more information on the who made it and who did not as well as a breakdown of how many teams from each Conference made it, click here….
  • Link to Interactive Bracket… If you click here you will be carried to an interactive bracket where you can click on any of the 16 regionals and it will show you the teams, schedules and results for that regional.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 6 – Angels 3… The Braves continued their road trip to the west coast yesterday as they stopped in Anaheim for a series with the Angels… Julio Teheran navigated around three solo homers and Matt Adams and Danny Santana hit two-run doubles in a six-run third inning as the Braves went on to top the Angels, 6-3… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Rome 3 – Drive 2 (11)… The Greenville Drive finally returned home to Flour Field yesterday and were scheduled to play a doubleheader with the Rome Braves… Rain forced the cancelation of the second game and the Drive might wish it would have done the same to the first game as Rome took a 3-2 win in 11 innings…      The Braves used a solo homerun by Justin Ellison to get the win in the 11th inning… For more information on this game, click here. 

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Sports Report for Monday, 5-29-2017

College Baseball Notes:

South Carolina & the SEC Tournament

  • Friday: Gamecocks 3 – Kentucky 1On Friday the Gamecocks defeated Kentucky 3-1 in an elimination round game out in Hoover, Al… TK Hopkins pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the 7th inning proved to be the difference in the game… For more details on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: LSU 11 – Gamecocks 0… On Saturday the Gamecocks had to take on LSU and the Tigers pounded out 14 hits 3 of which were homers in route to an 11-0 win over the Gamecocks… For more information on this game, click here… With the loss the Gamecocks saw their record drop to 35-25 on the season and now must wait to see if they make it into the 64-team field that will all trying to reach Omaha and the national Championship.
  • SEC ChampionshipBy the way LSU went on to take a 4-2 win over Arkansas in the SEC Championship game and get an automatic spot in the field of 64… This is LSU’s 12th SEC Championship… For more on this game, click here.

 Clemson & the ACC Tournament

  • Friday: Virginia 10 – Clemson 2… In what would prove to be their last game in the ACC Tournament last Friday, the Clemson Tigers lost to #10 Virginia by a score of 10-2… Virginia scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first inning to go up 8-1 and were never really threatened after that… The loss dropped the Tigers season record to 39-19.
  • ACC ChampionshipIn the ACC Tournament semi-finals on Saturday, Florida State took a 5-1 win over Duke and North Carolina took a 12-4 win over Miami… Then in the finals yesterday Florida State took a 7-3 win over North Carolina to claim the ACC’s automatic bid to the field of 64…. This pushes the Seminoles record to 39-20 on the season and marks their second ACC championship in three years… For more information on this game, click here 

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship

  • NCAA Announces Regional Host… Yesterday the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 71st annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship…. Good news for the Clemson Tigers as they have been selected as one of those sights… They will start the regional either Thursday or Friday and that will be announced today… The other schools hosting are LSU, North Carolina, Oregon State, Arkansas, TCU, Florida, Southern Mississippi, Houston, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Louisville, Texas Tech, Stanford, Florida State and Wake Forest… For more details on this and a breakdown by conferences and other criteria, click here.
  • Balance of Teams Selected Today… Now there are 31 conferences whose winners all receive automatic bids to the to the regionals… Where they will be placed in the regionals and the balance of the 64-team field will be announced today and uoc can see that live selection show on ESPN2 starting at noon today. 

Pro Sports

Braves… The Braves started a road trip to the left half of the USA on Friday with their first stop being in san Francisco to take on the Giants in a 3-game series…. If you want more information on each of the following, click on their scores.

  • Friday: Braves 2 –Giants 0… Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia pitched 6⅔ innings giving up just 4 hits and drove in one of the Braves two runs in the 7th inning as the Braves opened the series with a 2-0 win over the Giants.
  • Saturday: Giants 6 – Braves 3… The Giants jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after 5 innings and Giants; pitcher held the Braves scoreless until the 8th inning as the Giants took a 6-3 win in game two of the series… The Giants only outhit the Braves 9-8 but two of their hits were homers.
  • Sunday: Giants 7 – Braves 1… Yesterday the Braves knuckleball pitcher had some control problems early as the Giants score 7 runs in the first 3 innings and then went on to take a 7-1 win over the Braves…. The Braves remain out west as they start a 3-game series with the Angels.

Drive … The Grenville Drive started a 4 game series down in Charleston last Thursday with a 1-0 win over the RiverDogs…Checking on the games this weekend (gain click on the scores for more details of each game)

  • Friday: RiverDogs 2 – Drive 1… At the end of 9 innings of play the RiverDogs and the Drive were tied 1-1 and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 13th inning when the first two RiverDogs singled to put runners on first and second base and then after a strikeout they picked up another single for a walk-off 2-1 win.
  • Saturday: RiverDogs 1 – Drive 0… Saturday’s game was pretty much a pitcher’s duel as the two teams used 5 pitchers and between them they gave up only 8 hits and one run… However, the one run was scored by the RiverDogs in the 7th inning as they took a 1-0 win.
  • Sunday: Drive 10 – RiverDogs 3… In the series finale yesterday the Drive bounced back to taking a 10-3 win thus gaining a split of the 4-game series… The Drive jumped on top quickly scoring two in the first inning and six runs in the second and then coasting to a 10-3 win… The Drive return home to Flour Field today and the first team will be the Rome Braves as they play a doubleheader starting at 2:00pm. 

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-26-2017

PC Notes

  • Baseball: PC 6 UNC Ashville 4… The third-seeded Blue Hose baseball team claimed its first ever victory in the Big South Tournament with a 6-4 win over the sixth-seeded Bulldogs of UNC Asheville yesterday afternoon in the Big South Tournament down at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium…. The Bulldogs led 1-0 after one inning of play but by the time the 6th inning rolled around PC had a 3-1 lead… UNC-A scored two runs in the top of the 6th to tie the game 3-3 but PC scored a run in the bottom of the inning to go back up on top and never trailed again…. PC outhit UNC-A 10-5 but did make 3 errors… For more information on this game, click here… . PC will now face the No. 7 seed Gardner-Webb today in the winner’s bracket of the Big South Championship… First pitch is slated for 45 minutes following the first game of the day, which is set to begin at 9:30 am…. PC claimed the regular season series over the Runnin’ Bulldogs, taking two of three games with a pair of 2-1 victories…. To check on other results in the Big South Tournament click here and it will carry you to the Big South’s Baseball Tournament posting where all kinds of information can be found.
  • Kerns Named Head Coach of PC Men’s basketball Team… Earlier this week PC President Bob Staton introduced Dustin Kerns as the new Head Coach for the Blue Hose men’s basketball team… Kerns will be coming to PC from Wofford College where he been on the Terrier coaching staff the last 7 years the last four of which have been as associate head coach… Of course he will be replacing Coach Gregg Nibert who stepped down after 28 years at the helm of the Blue Hose…. Now to find out more about Coach Kerns I invite you to click here and it will take you to the announcement on the PC website dobluehose.com… Congratulation to Coach Kerns and good Luck!

 

College Notes:

  • Baseball: South Carolina 10 – Missouri 2In the SEC Tournament yesterday, the Gamecocks took a 10-2 win over Missouri thus allowing them at least one more game today… The Gamecocks out hit the Tigers 14-6 and Carlos Cortes tied a couple of SEC Tournament single game records… One was the fact that he had 2 homers and the other was he had 6 RBIsFor more information on this game, click here… The Gamecocks will play another elimination game today at 4 pm as they take on Kentuky who lost to LSU by a score of 10-0 last night… As you may recall, the Wildcats took a 7-2 win over the Gamecocks on Wednesday so the SC will be looking for revenge…For information as to other results in the SEC Baseball Tournament, click here.
  • Clemson Back in Action Today… The Clemson Tigers will return to action in the ACC today at 4 pm as they take on Virginia… The Tigers will go into today’s game knowing that they will not make it to semifinal tomorrow as Duke took a 4-3 win over Virginia yesterday meaning they will be the team from the pool Clemson is in to make it to the semifinals….If you would like to check results on other ACC tournament games, yesterday, click here
  • Women’s Softball College World Series…. The NCAA softball playoffs are well underway and they are down to the final 16 teams in the 8 different super regionals… If you are a fan of college softball, click here and it will carry you to the NCAA’s website where you can find out who those 16 teams are and the schedule for this weekend.  

Pro Sports

  • Pirates 9 – Braves 4… In the last game of a 4-game series with the Pirates in Atlanta yesterday afternoon, the Pirates scored 5 runs in the second inning and then went on to take a 9-4 win over the Braves giving them a split of the series… In the second the Pirates Adam Frazier had a 3-run homer that did most of the damage… For more information on this game, click here.… The Braves now start a 10-day road trip with the first stop tonight out in San Francisco to start a 3-game series with the Giants.
  • Drive 1 – RiverDogs 0… The Greenville Drive were down on the coast of SC last night as they were in Charleston to take on the RiverDogs… The Drive scored a single run in the top of the first inning and made it holdup as they took a 1-0 win…. For more information on this game, click here… The Drive will stay down there and finish the 4-game series over the weekend.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 5-25-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens County Speedway… here is a quick recap of results from the LCS main events last Saturday night with the top 3 drivers listed in order of their finish (first-second-third).

  • SECA 604 Crates: Dale Timms, Goose Calvert and Deane Long… Timms chased down Calvert and took the win by a margin of less than 1 second.
  • Thunder Bombers: Dan Lawson, Tinker Roberts & Casey Lawson… Roberts tried to catch Lawson toward the end of the race but Lawson managed to stay ahead and took the checkered flag and a $1000 bonus for taking first.
  • Limited: Michael Smith, Frank Coates & Austin Watkins… Smith started on the front row and lead wire-to-wire picking up his first win in more than a month.
  • Monster Minis: Larry Teal, Jasper Brown & Tim Collins… Teal took the lead after the second attempt to start the race and finished almost 2 seconds ahead of Brown.
  • 602 Crates: Jeff Roberts, Chris Patterson & Butch Riddle… Roberts did not take the lead until there were about 3 laps left in the race but went on to finish over 2 second ahead of Patterson..
  • FWD: Joel Cabe, Travis Jamieson & Justin Reed… This was Cabe’s second win in as many weeks and it came in the last main event of the night as the rain started to fall.

 College Notes:

  • Kentucky 7 – South Carolina 2… In the SEC Tournament yesterday, the Gamecocks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over Kentucky but could not hold that lead as Kentucky came back to take a 7-2 win over the Gamecocks…. For more information on the game, click here… The loss puts the Gamecocks in the elimination pat of the bracket and they will face Missouri who lost to LSU 10-3 in an loser go home game early this afternoon in the second contest of the day… South Carolina really need to win and do well in this tournament or they might find themselves sitting out the NCAA championship series for the first time in several years…. For information as to other results in the SEC Baseball Tournament, click here.
  • ACC Tournament… In the ACC Tournament, the Clemson Tigers were idle and will not get back into action until to tomorrow… If you would like to check results on other ACC tournament games, yesterday, click here
  • Women’s Softball College World Series…. The NCAA softball playoffs are well underway and they are down to the final 16 teams in the 8 different super regionals… If you are a fan of college softball, click here and it will carry you to the NCAA’s website where you can find out who those 16 teams are and the schedule for this weekend.  

Pro Sports    .

  • Pirates 12 – Braves 5 (10)… In game 3 of their 4 game series with the Pirates in Atlanta last night, the Braves found themselves tied with the Pirates 5-5 at the end of 9 innings and the game went into extra innings… As you know we have had some pretty hard rain at times the last few days and the Braves found that it was raining home runs in the top of the 10th inning as the Pirates scored 7 runs mainly on back-to-back-to-back homers by the Pirates as they went on to take a 12-5 win over the Braves… The Pirates only outhit the Braves 14-12 but 4 of their hits were homers while the Braves had no round-trippers… For more information on this game, click here… The two teams finish the current series with a 12:10 pm game today as the Braves have to board the plane and head to the west coast where they will start a series with the Giant tomorrow.

 

  • Drive … The Greenville Drive played a pair of 7-inning games yesterday up in Kannapolis, NC as they made up a rained out game from Tuesday,,, In the first regularly scheduled game, the Intimidators took a 2-1 win over the Drive… The intimidators scored the winning run on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning… In the second game, the Drive rebounded to take a 6-3 win giving then the series win 2 -1… For more information on these games, click on their scores.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-24-2017

Local Notes: 

LDHS

  • Lady Raider Golf Drop In… If there are any young ladies out there in Laurens District 55 that think they might be interested in playing golf for the Lady Raiders at LDHS this next school year, I have some news you will be interested in… This Wednesday (May 24th) Raider golf coach Jim Iacuone will be hosting an informational drop-in at the Laurens 55 District Office between the hours of 6-7pm… Any young lady that will be in grade 7 or above is eligible to play provided you are in good academic standing… Also no prior golf experience is necessary though it would obviously be helpful… The district office is located on Hillcrest Drive in Laurens in what was the Palmetto Bank’s operation center across from Auto Zone… If you would like more information about Raider Golf or this this drop-in, contact Head Coach Jim Iacuone at jiacuone@laurens55.org or 864-681-3630.
  • Softball Awards… This year’s banquet was held last night and it was a bitter-sweet affair as it marked the end of Coach Butch Clark’s tenure as Head Coach of the Raiders… He started off by introducing one of his former players at Mauldin High School Coach Haley Register who has been chosen to take his position next school year. He pointed out the numerous highlight of this season including 2 tournament division wins, an 18 win season, the fourth consecutive region title and was eliminated from the playoffs by Byrnes who won the state championship… For a list of all those who were honored for their achievements on the field this year, click on the following: 2017 Raider Softball Awards  …. Also check out the slide show of photos from the event just below.

  • Spring Football Game… For those of you who did not get a chance to attend the raider Football Spring Game last Friday, I invite you to check out the interview done with Coach Liner after the game and following that a few photos from the game just below.


 

College Baseball Notes:

  • Duke 6 – Clemson 3… In their opening game of the ACC Baseball Tournament yesterday up in Louisville, KY., the Tigers lost to the Duke Blue Devils 6-3… The game was tie 3-3 going into the 8th inning where the Blue Devils put 3 runs on the board and then went on to take the win… The Blue Devils outhit the Tigers 12-7. The Tigers will next face Virginia Friday at 11 am… For more information on this game, click here… To check results on other ACC tournament games, yesterday, click here.
  • South Carolina 7 – Vanderbilt 4Now there is better news for Gamecock fans as South Carolina took a 7-4 win over Vanderbilt in 11 innings to play their way into the double-elimination portion of the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Al. yesterday morning… A two-out bases loaded walk followed by a two-run double in the top of the 11th inning lifted the gamecocks to the win… For more information on this game, click here…. The Gamecocks now move on to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and will take on #3 seed Kentucky in the second game today… For information as to other results in the SEC Baseball Tournament, click here 

Pro Sports

  • Braves 6 – Pirates 5… The Braves took a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Pirates last night when Matt Adams had a walk-off single to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning at Sun Trust Park…. The game took over 6 hours to complete and included a rain delay of over 3 hours which means the game actually finished just after 2:00 am this morning… For more information on this game, click here
  • Drive Rained Out… The rain last night up in Kannapolis, NC caused the Drive’s game with the Intimidators to be postponed until today when the team will play a doubleheader starting at 10:30 this morning. 

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