Sports Report for Monday, 6-24-2049

Local Notes:   

Clinton Dixie Youth All-Star Teams

Dixie Youth Minors 10U All-Stars… the Clinton Dixie Youth All-Star team opened its participation in the District 3 Tournament down in Edgefield last Friday.

  • Friday: Clinton 13 – Saluda 1…. On Friday the All-Starts opened their participation in the tournament with a bang as they rolled to a 13-1 win… A 7-run 4th inning was the big inning for the team which took the win in 4 innings… They outhit Saluda 16-5 with Owen Glenn, Aiden Price and Zack Lawson each getting 3 hits…. Talan Campbell and Dalton Williams combined to take the win on the mound.
  • Saturday: Clinton 20 – Mid-Carolina 10… On Saturday Clinton scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning and then went on to take a 20-10 win over Mid-Carolina with Clinton scoring 9 runs in the inning and 10 in the 5th inning to but the game away… Clinton bats pounded out 24 hits in the game while 3 Clinton pitchers allowed 12 hits… Camden Finley, Aiden Price and Zack Lawson each had 4 hits for Clinton.
  • Sunday: Clinton 21 – Batesburg-Leesville 16… Clinton played their third game of the tournament last night and again good news for Clinton fans as they took a 21-16 win over the Batesburg-Leesville All-Star team… The Clinton bats were hot again as they pounded out 28 hits and B-L got 12 hits off 5 different Clinton pitchers… Dalton Williams led Clinton’s attack going 5 for 5 with 3 RBIs and scoring 3 runs.

 

Dixie Youth O Zone All-Stars… The Clinton O Zone All-Stars started their participation in the District 3 O Zone Tournament in Abbeville on Friday.

  • Friday: Clinton 12 – Star-Iva 2… On Friday the Clinton O Zone team had some hot bats as thy pounded out 12 hits while 2 Clinton pitchers allowed just 2 hits as Clinton took a 12-2 win over the Star-Iva All-Star team… Star-Iva did commit 6 errors which helped the Clinton cause… Jacob C. led Clinton with 3 hits and 3 RBIs.
  • Saturday: Edgefield 16 – Clinton 0… Now the team was back in action on Saturday and the news here is not good as the Edgefield All-Star team scored 13 runs in the first inning in route to a 16-0 win over Clinton… Edgefield only had 6 hits in the game but Clinton pitchers walked 8, hit several Edgefield batters and there a few passed balls and wild pitches also… The loss drops Clinton to the losers bracket and I believe they will play today at 6:00 pm.

 

College Notes:

  • CWS Finals Start Tonight… Vanderbilt secured its spot in the CWS Finals be defeating Louisville 3-2 last Friday and Michigan did the same by pounding Texas Tech 15-3… The two teams will not meet in a best of three series with the first game starting tonight at 7:00 pm.

 

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

Braves… The Braves played a three-game series with the Washington Nationals up in DC this weekend.

  • Friday: Nationals 4 – Braves 3… In the first game on Friday, the Braves jumped out to an early 3 to 1 lead but could not hold it as the national scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to take a 4-3 win over the Braves… Austin Riley did hit his 12th home run of the year a two run homer in the top of the second inning.
  • Saturday: Braves 13 – Nationals 9… On Saturday the Braves turned the table as they took a come-from-behind 13-9 win over the Nationals… The Braves trailed 9 to 4 going into the top of the seventh inning when they started their comeback rally and went on to take the win… Tyler Flowers (7) and Dansby Swanson (14) in this game.
  • Sunday: Braves 4 – Nationals 3 (10)… In the final game of the series yesterday, the Braves took a 4-3 win but it took him 10 innings to do it… The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and in the top of the 10th inning Johan Camargo (3) in a two-run homer to put the Braves ahead…The Braves did surrender1 run in the bottom of the 10th inning but held on to take the win… Josh Donaldson (15) and Ronald Acuna Jr. (18) also homered for the Braves in the game.
  • Up next for the Braves…. The Braves continue their road trip tonight as they start a four-game series with the Cubs in Chicago

 

Drive… The Greenville Drive completed their 4-game series with the Lexington Legends up in Kentucky over the weekend… As you may recall, the Drive lost the first game of the series back on Thursday by a score of 8-7 to the Legends.

  • Friday: Greenville 5 – Legends 0… On Friday the Drive turned the table taking a 4-3 win over the Legends… They simply outhit the Legends 14-4 with Tristan Casas picking up his 13th homer of the year.
  • Saturday: Drive 5 – Legends 3… On Saturday the Drive were again swinging hot bats as they outhit the Legends 11-3 to take a 5-3 win.
  • Sunday: Drive 4 – Legends 1… Yesterday the Drives bats were not as hot but they still managed to take eight 4-win over the Legends to win the series 3 games to 1
  • Up next for the Drive… The Drive come home tonight to start a 4-series with the Kannapolis Intimidators at Flour Field.

 

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

Sports Report for Friday, 6-21-2019

PC Notes:

2019 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.

  • Boys Soccer: Academy Showcase Camp … June 28-30 for boys who are rising freshman – seniors in high school… The Presbyterian College Academy Showcase Camp is intended to put college-bound elite high school soccer player in the best possible environment in this intense three-day camp … For more information on cost, how to register and what to bring, Click here     .
  • PC Softball Hitting ClinicJune 24th… Players will participate in various hitting drills and have the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities while working with the PC Coaching Staff… For more information on cost, how to register and what to bring,Click here
  • PC Summer Elite Softball Camp… June 25th… This softball camp is for young ladies ages 13-18 who want to improve their softball skills working with the PC softball coaching staff… For more information on cost, how to register and what to bring,Click here

 

 

Local Notes:  

  • Laurens LL 10U All-Stars win 8-4?… Last night up in Easley the Laurens LL 10U team I believe took an 8-4 win over an opponent I cannot determine the name of… According to some incomplete information I received the Laurens team gave up 4 runs in the top of the first inning but that was all they gave up as they came back to take the 8-4 win putting the game away in the 5th inning scoring 5 runs… I’ll try to get more complete information over the weekend and get back to you with it.
  • Please see This and That section below for Camp Information.

 

College Notes: For more information on any of the following games, click on their score

CWS Results From last Night:

  • Louisville 4 – Mississippi State 3… n an elimination game at the CWS out in Omaha last night, Louisville scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to come from behind and take a walk-off 4-3 win over Mississippi State…. Click on the score for more details.
  • Today in the CWS… Louisville’s win now sets the stage for the semi-finals today… At 1:00 pm Michigan will take on Texas tech and then at 6:00 pm Vanderbilt will take on Louisville… Michigan and Vanderbilt are undefeated in the tournament and should either of them win they move into the final best of 3 series which starts Monday… If either Louisville or Texas Tech win, that would force a winner-take all game on Saturday… Click here for the schedule.

 

Women’s World Cup Soccer… For more information on the tournament including results and schedule, click here.

  • USA 2 – Sweden 0… Team USA defeated Sweden yesterday by a score of 2-0 thus making them 3-0 in group play… They have scored a total of 18 goals in group play while keeping all their opponents off the scoreboard… For more information about this match, click on the score.
  • Up Nest for Team USA… The team now enters the Group of 16 for the Knockout Phase of the tournament where each team faces a challenger and wins to go on or loses to go home… USA will take on Spain at noon (our time) this coming Monday.

 

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

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and start a 10-gme road trip tonight with the first stop being in Washington to take on the Nationals… The Braves are 44-31 on the season and are in first place in the NL East…. They lead the Phillies by 4.5 games and the third place Nationals by 7.5 games.
  • Legends 8 – Drive 7… The Greenville Drive started the second half of their season last night on the road up in Lexington, KY taking on the Legends in the first of a 4-game series with the Legends… Last night they lost a heartbreaker as the Legends took an 8-7 win… The Drive trailed 7-3 going into the top of the 9th inning where they scored 4 runs to tie the game 7-7… Unfortunately the Drive could not hold the lead in the bottom of the inning as the Legends won the game with a walk-off single.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-20-2019

Local Notes:  

  • Laurens Little League 10-Under fall to Wren… Last night up in Easley the Laurens Little League 10-Under All-Star Team finished a game that was interrupted by rain on Tuesday… Rain caused the game to be suspended in the second inning with Wren leading 8-2…. Unfortunately that hole was too big for Laurens to Climb out of as they fell by a score of 14-6… Wren outhit Laurens 9-3 and 12 walks issued by 6 different Laurens pitchers aided Wren’s cause… Isaac Cain had two hits to lead Laurens at the plate.

 

College Notes:

CWS Results from Yesterday: For more information on the games below and the schedule for today, click here

  • Texas Tech 4 – Florida State 1… Florida State eliminated from tournament
  • Louisville 5 – Auburn 3…. Auburn eliminated from tournament
  • Vanderbilt 6 – Mississippi State 3… Vanderbilt remains undefeated and Mississippi State drops to losers’ bracket to face Louisville today at 8:00 pm.

 

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

  • Braves 7 – Mets 2… Last night at Sun Trust Park the Braves finished their 3-game series with the Mets taking a 7-2 win thus taking the series 2 games to 1… Both teams had 9 hits each but 2 of the Atlanta hits were homers… Freddie Freeman (21) and Josh Donaldson (14) both had two-run homers for the Braves…. The Braves also finished their home stand last night and finished the homestand with an 8-2 record…The Braves will have tonight off and start a road trip tomorrow night with the first stop being in Washington to take on the Nationals… They will not return home until July 2nd.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night as they finished their break for the SAL All-Star Game on Tuesday… The Drive finished the first half or their season with a 32-38 record and in 4th place in the SAL South 5.5 games behind the Lexington Legends who lead the Southern Division… The start the second half of their season with a 4-game series in in Lexington tonight with the Legends.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 71
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 71
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 72
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 86
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 70
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 72

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-19-2019

Local Notes:  

Laurens County Speedway Main Event Results from Last Saturday

  • Limited…. Mike Huey took the win in the Limited main event turning back second place finisher Tony Quarles in a rare caution free race… Frank Coates finished third.
  • Thunder Bombers… The Thunder Bomber main event was definitely not caution free as they had a caution before they could get half a lap finished… Once everything settled down, Dan Lawson was the first to get the checkered flag with Tinker Roberts and Dylan Chappell finishing second and third.
  • 602 Crate… In this main event, Travis Morgan got off to a strong start taking the lead at the start and the only thing that slowed him down were caution flags as he charged on to the win… Colt Smith and Alan Shifferly were the next two across the finish line in that order.
  • 4-Cylinders… Another driver that got off to a good start and was only slowed by caution flags was Travis Sharpe in the 4-Cylinders main event… Russell Lamberth came in second and Miles Mintza third.
  • SECA 604 Crate… The SECA 604 Crate main event saw a driver pick up his first win of the season at the LCS and that was Brad Rachels who finished over 11 seconds ahead of second place finisher Danny Howell… Rich Kuylen finished third.
  • Shrine Race Note… Last week’s Laurens County Shrine Race produced, according to Shrine Race and track officials, what is believed to be a record for total contribution to the Greenville Shriner’s Hospital, with nearly $70,000 raised to date… Track officials said the official total raised, as of Saturday, is $69,332.75. This is nearly double the total raised last year, when the race generated $36,800 in donations.

 

Laurens LL 10-U: Laurens 9 – Ealey 5… Congratulations to the Laurens Little League Minors All-Star Team as they took a 9-5 win over Ealey on Monday night… This was their first game in the District Tournament up in Easley… If I can get more details I’ll pass them on to you.

 

College Notes:

  • CWS… No results from the college World Series last night as rain caused the first game yesterday to be suspended with Louisville leading Auburn 4-1 at the start of the 5th inning and the cancellation of the second game… They hope to finish both games today and to see the schedule for today, click here.

 

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

  • Mets 10 – Braves 2… The Braves bats have been hot over the last several games but that was not the case last night down in Atlanta as the Mets Jacob deGrom cooled the Braves bats going 8⅓ innings allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs as the Mets took a 10-2 win over the Braves… He also struck out 10 Braves and did not issue a walk… The Mets got on the scoreboard first scoring 4 runs in the third inning and never looked back… Josh Donaldson had 2 of the Braves 5 hits and was on base in the 9th inning when Freddie Freeman hit his 20th homerun of the season driving in both the Braves runs… game 3 of the 3-game series is tonight at 7:20
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night as the SAL held its all-star game up in West Virginia… By the way the North won the game 6-2 and neither of the Drive players who started for the South squad were not able to get a hit… To see the box score on the game click here… The Drive will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to Lexington, Kentucky to start a 4-game series with the Legends.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 72
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 72
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 73
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 87
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 71
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 73

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-18-2019

PC Notes:

2019 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.

  • Boys Soccer: Academy Showcase Camp … June 28-30 for boys who are rising freshman – seniors in high school… The Presbyterian College Academy Showcase Camp is intended to put college-bound elite high school soccer player in the best possible environment in this intense three-day camp … For more information on cost, how to register and what to bring, Click here  
  • PC Softball Hitting ClinicJune 24th… Players will participate in various hitting drills and have the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities while working with the PC Coaching Staff… For more information on cost, how to register and what to bring, Click here
  • PC Summer Elite Softball Camp… June 25th… This softball camp is for young ladies ages 13-18 who want to improve their softball skills working with the PC softball coaching staff… For more information on cost, how to register and what to bring, Click here

 

 

Local Notes:  See This and That below for camp information.

 

College Notes:

CWS… Yesterday in the College World Series: (For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.)

  • Texas tech 5 – Arkansas 4… In an elimination bracket game, Texas Tech knocked Arkansas out of the CWS by taking a 5-4 win.
  • Michigan 2 – Florida State 0… In a winner’s bracket game, Michigan (which may be the surprise team of the tournament) took a 2-0 win over Florida State putting them in a position where they need just 1 win to make it to the finals.
  • Schedule for Today… Elimination game: Louisville vs. Auburn | 2 p.m. ET on ESPN | Listen on Westwood One and Winners’ bracket: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. ET on ESPN | Listen on Westwood One

 

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

  • Braves 12 – Mets 3… Right now the Atlanta Braves are as hot as any team in MLB as last night they defeated the Mets 12-3 in Atlanta thus winning 10 of their last 11 games… The Braves bats are on fire as they pounded out 16 hits 3 of which were homers… Ronald Acuna Jr picked up his 17th homer of the season leading it off for the Braves in the bottom of the 1st inning and Brian McCann (7) and Ozzie Albies (11) both homered in the 8th inning… Mike Soroka went 6 strong innings for the Braves picking up the win giving up the 3 runs the Mets scored on 6 hits.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night as they take a break for the SAL All-Star Game being held tonight up in West Virginia… The Drive will have 3 players on the Southern Division All-Star Team … First baseman Triston Casas who leads the Drive in homers and RBIs with 12 and 53 will start at first base while third baseman Devin Granberg will start at third… Granberg has the highest batting average on any Drive player batting .290 and has scored 37 times to lead the Drive… Right-hand pitcher Thad Ward is the third member of the Drive to make the All-Star Team.
  • PGA… And for the PGA fans out there in case you missed it, this past weekend out at Pebble Beach Gary Woodland won the US Open finishing 13 under par and picking up his first major title.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 73
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 73
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 74
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 88
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 72
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 74

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 6-17-2019

Local Notes:  

  • See Countdown to Kickoff below.
  • See This and That below about Raider Softball Camp tonight at 7:00 pm.

 

College Notes:

  • CWS… To check on results from the College World Series over the weekend, click here

 

Women’s World Cup Soccer

  • USA 3 – Chile 0… Yesterday over in France, team USA took a 3-0 win over Chile with Carli Lloyd leading the team with 2 goals… Click on the score for more details… The team will next take on Sweden on Thursday at 3:00 pm
  • Schedule & Results… For more information on the tournament including schedule and scores, click here.

 

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

Braves… The Braves came into this past weekend leading the NL East as they played host to the second place Philadelphia Phillies and also riding a 7-game winning streak

  • Friday: Braves 9 – Phillies 8… In the opening game of the series on Friday, the Phillies jumped out to a quick lead and actually led 8-6 going into the bottom of the 9th inning… In their last at bat, the Braves cut the Phillies’ lead to just one run when Austin Riley doubled with two out driving in Dansby Swanson and moving Nick Markakis to third who had walked just before Riley doubled… That brought up Brian McCann who with a 2-2 count singled to left field driving in Markakis and Riley with the winning runs… McCann also had a homer (6) earlier in the game while Freddie Freeman (19) and Josh Donaldson (10) also homered.
  • Saturday: Phillies 6- Braves 5… On Saturday the Phillies turned the tables on the Braves as they scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning and then made them hold up as they took a come from behind 6-5 win snapping the Braves winning streak at 8 games…. The Phillies led 4-2 until the bottom of the 5th inning where the Braves scored 3 runs to go up 5-4 which lasted until the 9th when the Phillies rallied to take the win… Rookie Austin Riley hit his 11th homer of the season and Josh Donaldson also had his 11th homer of the season for the Braves.
  • Sunday: Braves 15 – Phillies 1… The loss on Saturday must have made the Braves mad because yesterday the Braves bats exploded for 19 hits which produced 15 runs as the Braves defeated the Phillies 15-1 thus taking the series 2 games to 1… The Braves scored 3 runs in the first inning and never looked back… Josh Donaldson hit his12th homer of the season for the Braves and Ronald Acuna Jr hit his 16th
  • Next for the Braves… The Braves are now 42-30 on the season and 2.5 games ahead of the Phillies las they lead the NL East… They start a 3 game series with the NY Mets tonight at Sun Trust Park and the Mets are in third place in the NL East with a record of 34-37.

 

 Drive… As you may recall the Greenville Drive started a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs down on the coast of SC last Thursday with a 10-0 loss.

  • Friday: Drive 7 – RiverDogs 6 (10)… On Friday the Drive rebounded taking a come from behind 7-6 win but it took them 10 innings to do it… The Drive trailed 6-5 going into the 9th inning where they tied the game and then scored another run in the top of the 10th inning to win the game.
  • Saturday: Drive 5 – RiverDogs 1… On Saturday the Drive took the lead early and then went on to take a 5-1 win over the RiverDogs… The drive’s first baseman Triston Casas hit his 12 homer of the game in the 6th inning to lead the Drive.
  • Sunday: RiverDogs 2 – Drive 1… In the final game of the series yesterday, the Drive outhit the RiverDogs 9-7 but that’s not what counts as they only produced 1 run with those 9 hits while the RiverDogs scored 2 runs thus taking the win as the two teams split the series… Tristan Casas again led the Drive as he drove in their only run with a triple in the third inning.
  • Next for the Drive… The Drive will now take a 3-day break for the SAKL All-Star Game which is being held tomorrow night up in West Virginia.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 74
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 74
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 75
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 89
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 74
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 75

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-13-2019

Local Notes:  See information below for local camps being held soon.

 

College Notes:

  • CWS Starts Saturday… For true college baseball fan it’s the time of the year that they look forward to as College World Series starts Saturday… On Saturday Texas Tech will play Michigan at 2:00 pm and then at 7:00 pm Arkansas and Florida State will go at it… The other 4 teams will play Sunday with Vanderbilt taking on Louisville at 2:00 pm and Mississippi State taking on Auburn at 7:30 pm… Looks like the SEC has 4 teams in the chase, not bad… Now if you would like more information about the CWS including the full schedule and bracket, click here to go to the NCAA website posting where all of that and more is available.

 

Women’s World Cup

  • FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019Now for the futbol fans out their (soccer is what we call it here in the USA) the women’s World Cup has been going on for about a week over in France… The UAA has played one match and they defeated Thailand 13-0 and a lot of folks are critical of the team as they say they “celebrated” each goal too much thus humiliating the Thailand…Oh how unsporting the world media says… Rubbish I say… Now if you would like to see the complete schedule for the tournament click here… By the way the USA will play Chile at noon on Sunday… Let’s hope they play nice…sic.

 

 

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

  • Braves 8 – Pirates 7 (11)…For you Braves fans who did not stay up to watch after the weather delay there is good news as the Braves made it three in arrow over the Pirates as they took an 8-7 win but it took them 11 innings to do it… The Braves took an early lead but the Pirates came back and tied the game so that it stood 7-7 at the end on 9 innings… Ozzie Albies delivered the game winning it a double into centerfield to drive in Austin Riley from first… The Braves rookie Austin Riley continues to swing a hot bat as he went 3 for 5 with a homer and a triple… The Braves will finish their series with Pirates this afternoon with a 12:10 start.
  • Drive 3 – Intimidators 1… The Greenville Drive finished their 3-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators at Flour Field on a positive note as they took a 3-1 win that also gave them the series win 2 games to 1… There were only 14 hits in the game and the Drive had 8 of them with all the runs being scored in the 4th and 5th inning by both teams… The Drive head down to the coast to start a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs tonight.
  • NHL: Blues 4 – Bruins 1… Well for my 3 hockey fans out there in case they missed it last night, the St. Louis Blues took a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Boston to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in the franchise history 4 games to 3… Jordan Binnington made 32 saves; Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O’Reilly each had a goal and an assist; and Schenn and Zach Sanford scored for St. Louis, which entered the NHL in 1967-68 and had never won a Cup Final game in three prior appearances (1968-70)… O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy, voted the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-12-2019

Local Notes: Please see the This and That section below.

 

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

  • Braves 7 – Pirates 5… Down in Atlanta last night the Braves took a 7-5 win over the Pirates and again the “long ball” played a big role in the Braves win…. The Pirates scored 2 runs in the 1st inning to go up early but that only lasted until the second inning when the Braves blasted 4 homeruns to take the lead…. Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, Brian McCann and Ozzie Albies all had solo homers in the inning… The Pirates fought back and had tied the game 4-4 as the Braves came to bat in the 6th inning… That is where Brian McCann picked up his second homer of the night a 3-run blast to right field which would score what proved to be the winning runs… Game 4 of the 4-game series is tonight at 7:05.
  • Intimidators 5 – Drive 4…. In game 2 of their 3 game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators last night at Flour Field, the Drive came up on the short end of a 5-4 score… The game was about as even as you can get as both teams had 8 hits that included a homer… Game 3 is tonight and if you want to see the Drive play for the next couple of weeks you better head on up to Greenville tonight as they will be on the road after tonight until after the All-Star Game break and then after it also.
  • NASCAR Monster Energy Series Standings… Well we have not looked at the Monster Energy Cup Drivers Standings in a while so let’s do that now… After his win on Monday at Michigan, Joey Logano moved to the top spot with 614 points… Kyle Busch is not far behind in second with 605 points… Spots 3-5 are occupied by Brad Keselowski (541), Kevin Harvick (539) and Chase Elliott (531)… In spots 6-10 you will find Martin Truex, Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman… To see the entire list of drivers and where they stand click here.
  • NASCAR This Weekend… Now the Monster Energy series has the weekend off and only the Xfinity and truck series will be racing… They will be up in Iowa with the trucks racing n Friday at Saturday at 8:30 and the Xfinity cars on Sunday at 5:30…. Click here for more details including TV availability
  • NHL… A reminder for our 3 hockey fans out there, game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals will be tonight in Boston as the Bruins will host the St. Louis Blues starting at 8:00 pm… With the series a best of 7 affair it’s down to this last game with winner taking it all… I believe you can catch that on NBC channel 4 out of Greenville.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-11-2019

PC Notes:

  • Baseball Camp at PC Next Monday… The next sports camp at PC is a baseball camp being put on by the PC baseball staff next Monday, 6-17-19… It is the Blue Hose Select baseball Camp and it is designed for young men in grades 9-12 and junior college players who might be interested… Now for more information on this camp like cost, start time, registration and who to call for more information, click here

 

Local Notes:  

Shrine Race Tonight… A quick reminder that the 38th Annual Shrine race will be tonight out at the Laurens County Speedway… Of course as eh name implies this is an event that helps the Shriners in the charity work… The gates to the grandstands will open at 6:00 pm so make plans to come out and support the Shriners

 

LDHS

  • Cassie Plaia Named as a Softball All-State Player I believe it was 2 weeks ago today when I was telling you about the Raider softball Awards banquet the night before that I mentioned that Cassie Plaia had been named to the Class AAAAA All-State Softball Team… Laurens School District 55 released more information about that yesterday including comments from Cassie and Coach Michela Smith… If you would like to read that press release, click here… Once again congratulations to Cassie!

 

  • Basketball Camp Starts Tomorrow… Please look in the This and That section below for more information about this.

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

Baseball

  • Braves 13 – Pirates 7… Last night the Braves opened a 4-game series with a bang and the bang was off the bat of Robert Acuna Jr. who hit a grand slam homerun as part of a 5-run second inning as the Braves then went on to defeat the Pirates 13-7… It was Acuna’s 15th homerun of the season… Ozzie Albies had 2 homers in the game (8 & 9) while both Freddie Freeman (18) and Nick Markakis (5) each had a homer for the Braves…
  • Drive 9 – Intimidators 2… The Greenville drive pounded out 15 hits last night off 3 Kannapolis Intimidator pitchers as they took a 9-2 win at Flour Field to open a 3 game series with the Intimidators… The Drive’s first baseman Tristan Casas went 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs to lead the Drive at the plate.

NBA

  • Golden State 106 – Toronto 105… Last night up in Toronto, the Golden State Warriors took a 106 – 105 win over the Raptors to stave off elimination and force game 6 in the NBA Finals… Draymond Green blocked a last-second raptors shot that could have won the game to seal the Warriors win… Kevin Durant tried to comeback from his leg injury last night for the Warriors but had to leave in the second quarter when he reinjured it. . Stephen Curry had 31 points to lead all scorers… Game 6 will be Thursday night out on the west coast.

 

NASCAR

  • Joey Logano Wins at Michigan… Now for you NASCAR fans who had to work yesterday and missed the race at Michigan yesterday that was postponed from Sunday due to rain, Joey Logano took the win… If you want to find out more about how the race turned out, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 6-10-2019

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

Braves… The Braves were down in Miami over the weekend for a 3 game series with the Marlins.

  • Friday: Braves 7 – Marlins 1… On Friday the Braves opened the series with a 7-1 win over the Marlins… The Braves bats pounded out 14 hits while two Braves pitchers held the marlins to just 5 hits with Mike Soroko getting the start and going 8 strong innings giving up the 1 earned run on 3 hits while striking out 6 and walking just 2… Freddie Freeman (17) and Robert Acuna Jr (13) both homered for the Braves.
  • Saturday: Braves 1 – Marlins 0Saturday’s game was more of a pitcher’s duel as the two teams combined for only 7 hits and 1 run with the Braves taking a 1-0 win… Julio Teheran went 6 innings and got the win for the Braves… The Braves only run came in the 7th inning when Tyler Flowers drove in Austin Riley with a sacrifice fly.
  • Sunday: Braves 7 – Marlins 6 (12)… Yesterday the Braves pulled the brooms out as they defeated the Marlins 7-6 to sweep the series but they had to come from behind and go to extra innings to do it… The Braves scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game 5-5 to send it into extra innings… Both teams scored a single run in the 10th inning ad were scoreless in the 11th… Matt Joyce had a single in the 12th driving in Ozzie Albies with what would prove to be the winning run… Robert Acuna Jr (14) had a 3-run homer in the 9th inning to help the Braves tie the game.
  • Next for the Braves… The Braves return home to Sun Trust Park tonight to start a 10-game homestand with the Pirates being the first team in for a 4-game series.

 

Drive… The Drive finished their series with the West Virginia Power up in West Virginia over the weekend… As you may recall they started the 4-game series last Thursday night with a 7-3 win over the Power.

  • Friday: Power 4 – Drive 2… On Friday the Power rebounded and outhit the Drive 9-6 taking a 4-2 win over the Drive and they scored 3 of their runs in the 7th inning.
  • Saturday: Drive 8 – Power 2… The Drive then turned the tables on Saturday taking an 8-3 win where their bats roughed-up 3 Power pitchers for 12 hits with all 8 of the Drive runs being earned… Kole Cottam led the Drive going 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
  • Sunday: Drive 7 – Power 1… Yesterday the Drive took a 7-4 win over the Power thus winning the series 3 games to 1… Two of the Drive’s 11 hits were homers which lifted them to the win.
  • Next for the Drive… The Drive return home to Flour Field tonight to start a 3-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

 

NHL: Bruins 5 – Blues 1… well for you three hockey fans out there in case you missed it, last night the Boston Bruins took a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues to tie the Stanley Cup Finals at 3 games each… Game 7 will be Wednesday.

 

NBA Friday: Toronto 105 – Golden State 92… Last Friday he Toronto raptors took a 105-92 win over the Golden State Warriors on the Warriors home court to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals Series… Game 5 will be tonight in Toronto.

 

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 6-7-2019

PC Notes:

  • Basketball Adds Two Signees… PC’s new men’s basketball coach Quinton Ferrell has announced recently the signing of guard Michael Isler (Albany, Ga.) and forward Luka Jaksic (Woodstock, Ga.) to join the Blue Hose in the fall of 2019…. To find out more about these players click here
  • Sports camps at PC… Some of the sports at PC will be having camps and clinics this summer… If you would like to see which sports are having them, the schedule, cost and other information click here.

 

 

Local Notes:  

CHS

  • Alexander named New CHS Athletic Director… According to other local media sources, Louis Alexander has been named as the new athletic director at Clinton HS… He is replacing Nicki Templeton who is leaving CHS to become an assistant principal at Woodmont HS… Alexander cam to CHS a couple of years ago from Mid-Carolina HS where he served as head football coach and athletic director… He has also served in those same capacities at Whitmire HS.

 

College Notes:

  • Baseball Super Regionals Start Today… The road to Omaha and the baseball D-I Championship goes through 8 different cities this weekend as the Super Regionals get started… UCLA will be hosting Michigan, Vanderbilt will be hosting Duke, Texas Tech will be hosting Oklahoma State, Louisville will be hosting East Carolina, Mississippi will be hosting Arkansas, Stanford will be hosting Mississippi State, LSU will host Florida State and finally North Carolina will host Auburn…. Now for more information on these regionals click here where it will carry you to the NCAA website where the interactive bracket is located and you can then click on any super regional you are interested in and see the schedule for it.

 

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

  • Pirates 6 – Braves 1… The Pirates and the Braves completed their current 3-game series up in Pittsburg yesterday and the Braves jumped out on top quickly as Freddie Freeman ripped his 16th homer of the season in the first inning to put the Braves up 1-0… However that would be the last run the Braves would score as the Pirates scored 3 runs in the 2nd and 8th inning to take a 6-1 win… The win also gave the Pirates the series win as they won two of the three games.
  • Drive 7 – Power 3… The Greenville Drive started a 4-game road trip on a positive note last night as they defeated the West Virginia Power 7-3 up in West Virginia… The Drive scored 2 run in the top of the first inning and then never trailed as they went on to take the win…

 

Days to Football Kickoffs

  • Clinton at Laurens on 8-30-19 – 84
  • Laurens Academy hosting Faith / Ridge on 8-30-19 – 84
  • PC at Stetson on 8-31-19 – 85
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte on 8-31-19 – 85
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech on 8-29-19 – 83

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-6-2019

Local Notes:  

LDHS … Please see the notes in the This and That Section below about the Raider Football camp tomorrow and the Raider Softball Camp starting Monday.

 

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

  • Pirates 7 – Braves 4… In game two of their three game series in Pittsburg with the Pirates, the Braves found themselves on the short end of a 7-4 score… The reason was simple, the Pirates bats pounded out 14 hits while the Brave bats managed only 6… The Pirates took control of the game in the second inning when they put 5 runs on the board and limited the Braves to just 1 run until the 9th inning where the Braves plated 3 runs mainly on the strength of homers by Ronald Acuna (12) and Dansby Swanson (12)… The final game of the series is tonight and the series is tied 1-1.
  • Legends 5 – Drive 4… The Greenville Drive finished their 3-game series with the Lexington Legends at Flour Field on a down note as the Legends took a 5-4 win over the Drive thus sweeping the series… The Legends scored all their runs in the first 4 innings and then held on to take the win… The Drive travel to West Virginia today to take on the Power in a 4-game series starting tonight.
  • NBA: Raptors 123 – Warriors 109…. In game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors took a 123-109 win over the Golden State warriors on the Warriors home court…Stephen Curry had 47 points for Golden State but it just was not enough…. The Raptors now lead the series 2-1 and game 4 will be Friday on the west coast.
  • NHL… I was asked by a hockey fan (most likely a transplant from up north somewhere) why I had not mentioned the NHL Finals the other day so I will remedy that now… The finals between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues is tied 2-2… game 5 of the series will be tonight in Boston at 8:00 pm…For more information on the Stanley Cup Finals, click here.
  • MLB Draft… The diehard baseball fans are aware that the MLB draft has been going on for a couple of days now… Clemson’s Logan Davidson was taken in the first round by the Athletics as the #29 pick… Other Clemson players who have been selected are Kyle Willkie (Pittsburg – Rd 12), Owen Griffin (Twins – Rd 20), Grayson Byrd (Cubs – Rd 24) and Brooks Crawford (Giants – Rd 29)… South Carolina has had about as many players drafted led by T.J. Hopkins (Reds – Rd 9), Luke Berryhill (Rd -13), Reid Morgan (Seattle Rd 13), Jacob Olson (Cubs) Rd 26) and Ridge Chapman (Angels – Rd 34)… Many other players from South Carolina schools have been selected including some of the smaller colleges and even one high school player from Latta HS… Now to see all who have been drafted click here… Once you get to MLB Draft Tracker posting you can filter by many options to refine what you would like to see.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-5-2019

Local Notes:  

Last Saturday Main Event Results at the Laurens County Speedway

  • LimitedFrank Coates took the lead at the start of the race and never relinquished it as he led wire to wire to win the Limited main event for the second week in a row….Mike Huey finished second and Tony Quarles

 

  • SECA 604 Crate… Gray Parton did not start on the front row in the SECA 604 Crate main event but as you know starting position is not what counts as it is finishing position that counts and he finished first with Brad Rachels and Justin Wofford being the next two across the finish line in that order.
  • FWD… The FWD main event saw two drivers get disqualified for various reasons and when the checkered flag finally waved it was for Charles Bellor who picked up his first win at the LCS… Billy Medlin was second and Matt Puckett took third.
  • 4-Cylinder… In the main event here, Phillip Wilson and J.R. Baker started on the front row and when the race ended they finished first and second with Wilson getting the win and Baker second… Scott Nelson finished third.
  • 602 Crate… The main event in the 602 Crate Davison had 3 negated starts but when they finally got in underway and finished Billy Rushton was the first driver to see the checkered flag… Dale Timms and Michael Smith were the next two the see the flag in that order.
  • Thunder Bombers… In the Thunder Bombers, Dillon Chappell started on the poll, took the lead at the start and then went on to win the race leading wire to wire… Scott Pulley finished second and Grant Burton third.

 

 

College Notes:

  • Softball: UCLA 5 – Oklahoma 4… The UCLA Bruins won the NCAA Division I Softball Championship last night as they defeated Oklahoma 5-4 in dramatic fashion…. UCLA led 3-2 in the top of the 7th inning when Oklahoma tied the game 3-2 on a 2out homer… UCLA bounced back in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out game-winning flare to left field… Colleen Sullivan, who reached second base on a wild pitch, raced home on Washington’s single to deliver UCLA its first national title since 2010 and 12th in program history… Click on the score to go to the NCAA website for more information on the game and to see a video of the winning run just barley scoring as Sullivan just managed to avoid the tag by the catcher.

 

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

  • Braves 12 – Pirates 5… The Atlanta Braves found themselves trailing the Pirates 5-23 going into the top of the 7th inning up in Pittsburg last night but scored 3 runs in each of the last 3 innings to take a 12-5 win over the Pirates… Austin Riley (9), Josh Donaldson (8) and Freddie Freeman (15) all had multi-run homers in the last three innings to power the Braves comeback.
  • Legends 6 – Drive 3… The news is not as good for Greenville Drive fans as they lost to the Lexington Legends 6-3 last night at Flour Field… The Drive led 3-1 up until the 6th inning when the Legends scored 3 runs and added 2 more in the 9th to take the win… The Drive will try to avoid being swept tonight as they teams finish the series and the Drive will hit the road to West Virginia tomorrow

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-4-2019

PC Notes:

  • Acrobatics and Tumbling, Women’s Wrestling Join NCAA Emerging Sports…Recently the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics has recommended that all three divisions of the NCAA governance structure add acrobatics and tumbling as well as women’s wrestling to the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. If adopted, the sports would join the program August 1, 2020…. Well PC is ahead of the curve here as they are already starting these programs…For more on this and comments from PC’s tumbling and acrobatics coach Amber King click here.

Local Notes:   

LDHS

Raider Baseball Awards… Last night in the Commons at LDHS the Raider baseball team closed out its season with its annual Awards banquet… After thanking the players, coaches and parents he handed out awards to each of the three Raider baseball teams.

 

  • Varsity AwardsAcademic Award– Garrett Addy Most Improved Award – Eric Jones, Hustle Award – Tanner Smith, Competitor Award – Nick Robertson, Silver Slugger Award – Jalen Bragg, Coaches Award – Luke Willis and Golden Glove Award – Zack Rice… Three Raiders were named to the All-Region I-AAAAA Team and they were Zack Rice, Kobe Williams and Jalen Bragg.
  • JV Awards… Academic Award – Jackson Edwards, Most Improved – Parker Wasson, Defensive Award – Thomas Willis and Offensive Award – Austin McNuer.
  • C-Team AwardsAcademic Award – Jack Yarborough, Most Improved – Jordan Hudson, Defensive Award – Jack Yarborough and Offensive Award – EJ Grant

 

Raider Youth Football Camp… Join the Laurens football coaching staff and players for their youth football camp Friday, June 7, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Laurens District High School… This football camp offers an experience designed to teach players the fundamentals and techniques of football. Techniques and drills will improve speed, agility, strength, catching, and throwing…  The camp is only $20 and will be under the direction of Coach Liner and his staff…To learn more about this camp including what to bring and who to contact if you have more questions, go to the registration form by clicking here… Go Raiders

 

Lady Raiders Basketball Fundraiser… As you most likely know, school budgets are tight and athletic teams often would like to go to camps, buy pierces of equipment or need other things that the budget will not cover… Tonight the Lady Raider Basketball team will be having a fundraiser at Zaxby’s of Laurens… Please consider going there between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm to eat and then handing your receipt to one of the team members who will then give it back to the management of Zaxby’s and the team will get a percentage of the receipts they turn back in.

 

 

College Notes:

  • Softball CWS: UCLA 16 – Oklahoma 3… In the first game of the best of 3 series for the D-I Softball Championship last night, UCLA tied a Women’s College World Series record with 16 runs in a dominating 16-3 win over Oklahoma… Four different Bruins had homers…. Click on the score for more information… Game 2 is tonight at 8:30.

 

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

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and start a 6-game road trip in Pittsburg tonight taking on the Pirates…. The Braves are currently 32-27 on the season just a half game behind the Phillies who lead NL East.
  • Legends 7 – Drive 2…. Last night at Flour Field the Greenville Drive started a 3-game series with the Lexington Legends on a sour note as they lost 7-2… Simply put, the Legends outhit the Drive 7-2 and 2 of the Legend’s hits were homers.
  • MLB Draft… The major League Baseball Draft got underway yesterday and for you real MLB baseball fans out there if you click here it will carry you to the MLB site and there draft tracker where you can keep up with the draft in many different ways by choosing certain filters… Enjoy.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 6-3-2019

Local Notes:  

CHS

  • Spring Game… On Friday I reported about the Spring Game held at CHS on Thursday evening and said I would post up a short video interview with Coach Fountain and some photos shat at the game… Well technical problems delayed that until late Friday so if you still would like to see them click here.
  • Red Devils Now in Need of New Baseball Coach… According to other media sources, Clinton baseball coach Tom Fortman is stepping down to accept an assistant principal’s position at Chester HS… I’ll try to contact Coach Fortman today for a follow-up on this.

 

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

Clemson Baseball Wins 1 and Loses 2 in Regional… The Clemson Tigers participated in the Regional being hosted by Ole Miss over the weekend in Oxford, Mississippi.

  • Friday: Clemson 8 – Illinois 4… On Friday the Tigers fell behind early but rallied to take an 8-4 win over the Fighting Illini… Kyle Wilkie had a career-high 4 hits to lead the Tigers 12 hit attack.
  • Saturday: Ole Miss 6 – Clemson 1… Then on Saturday the Tigers took on the host Rebels of Mississippi…. The Rebels started freshman lefthander Doug Nikhazy who went 8 innings and gave up only 4 hits and 1 run while the Rebels scored 6 runs on 11 hits to take a 6-1 win and drop the Tigers into the losers’ bracket.
  • Sunday: Jacksonville State 9 – Clemson 2… Yesterday the Tigers knew that in order to stay alive in the regional they would have win two games and then paly a winner take all game today to make it out of the regional… Their first task was to get by the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State…. Jacksonville scored first putting 4 runs on the board in the top of the second inning and would never trail…. The Tigers were able to get 2 of the runs back in the bottom of the second but after that Jacksonville pulled away to a 9-2 win ending the Tigers season… The Tigers finish the season with a 35-26 record

 

Regional Results… By the way Mississippi took a 19-4 win over Jacksonville later last night to win their regional… The only other team from the state Coastal Carolina was also eliminated yesterday… Now if you want to see which teams have already clinched their regional and advanced to a super-regional click here to go to the NCAA website where you will find an interactive bracket for the entire playoffs

 

Softball CWS Finals Set… Now for the college softball fans out there, I’ll tell you that UCLA and Oklahoma are the last 2 teams standing and they will start the best 2 out of 3 series today for the championship… To see how they got to this point click here to go to the interactive softball bracket on the NCAA website.

 

 

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

Braves… The Braves played a three game series with the Detroit Tigers in Atlanta over the weekend.

  • Friday: Tigers 8 – Braves 2… The Tigers’ bats were hot last Friday as they pounded out 11 hits (4 of which were homers) to the Braves 7 as they took an 8-2 win over the Braves… The Tigers Niko Goodrum went 5-5 with 2 homeruns to lead the Tigers.
  • Saturday: Braves 10 – Tigers 5…       Now there is better news for Braves fans as the Braves rebounded on Saturday to take a 10-5 win over the Tigers… Both teams had 11 hits but this time it was the Braves who played long-ball as 3 of their hits were homers…. Freddie freeman (14), Dansby Swanson and rookie phenom Austin Riley also picked up his 8th homer of the season.
  • Sunday: Braves 7 – Tigers 3… The Braves took a 3-0 lead going into the top of the 8th inning when the Tigers put 3 on the board to tie the game… The Braves came right back in the bottom of the inning and put 4 runs on the board and then held the Tigers scoreless in the top of the 9th to take a 7-3 win… The Tigers actually outhit the Braves 9-7 and out-homered the Braves 3-1 with Dansby Swanson getting his 12th homerun of the season…
  • Up Next for the Braves… The Braves will have the day off today and start a 6-game road trip tomorrow night up it Pittsburg taking on the Pirates.

 

Drive… The Greenville Drive finished their series 4-game series with the Delmarva Shorebirds at Flour Field over the weekend… As you may recall they lost the first game on Thursday by a score of 10-2.

  • Friday: Drive 3 – Shorebirds 2… On Friday the Shorebirds again outhit the Drive this time 6-3 but that is not what counts as the Drive got their hits in a timelier manner as the Drive took a 3-2 win.
  • Saturday: Shorebirds 5 – Drive 3… On Saturday the Drive led early but could not hold it as the Shorebirds came back to take a 5-3 win over the Drive.
  • Sunday: Drive 4 – Shorebirds 3 (10)Yesterday the drive avoided being swept by the Shorebirds as thy took a 4-3 win in 10 innings despite being outhit by the Shorebird 11-9.
  • Up Next for the Drive… The Drive will remain at home for a 3-game series with the Lexington Legends starting tonight at 7:05 pm.

 

NBA: Warriors 109 – Raptors 104… In case you missed it last night, the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 109-104 win over the Toronto raptors in Toronto to tie the finals at 1-1… The series now moves to Golden State for the next game on Wednesday.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-31-2019

PC Notes:

  • GoBlueHose.com… Well all the sports at PC for this school year have concluded but that does not mean that all is quiet… There are some sports camps that will be taking place at PC over the summer and if you want to check them out click here…. Also remember that if you want to find out anything about PC athletics including the schedules for the fall sports all you have to do is go to GoBlueHose.com.

 

Local Notes:  

CHS

  • Spring Game… Yesterday at the practice field on the campus of CHS (due to work on Wilder Stadium) the Red Devils under new head coach Corey Fountain wrapped up their spring practice with their spring game in front of the Red Devil faithful… It was a very spirited contest with the payers really going at it… Of course there were mistakes made which happens when you are installing a whole new offense but there were positives… Overall Coach Fountain was pleased with the team and its work during spring practice but knows there is a lot yet to do… One notable absence was that of Konnor Richardson who had reinjured the same arm he broke during last season and was sidelined recovering from surgery on it… He expects to be able to rejoin the team a little later in the summer in time for the upcoming season… To see a short video interview done with Coach Fountain after the game and a few photos click here.

 

College Notes:

  • Baseball Playoffs Start Today… The NCAA Division I Baseball Playoffs start today with 16 regionals scattered around the country…. If you are a college baseball junkie and you want to keep up with the schedule, TV availability and scores, click here to go to the NCAA website where you will find an interactive bracket for the entire playoffs… Once there all you have to do is click on the regional to see its schedule and results or click on the team you are interested in to see how it is doing… Now if you click here it will carry you to a posting on the NCAA website where it list such things as teams that got in by winning their conference championship, at-large teams and the teams from each conference that got into the championship field… The SEC had the most teams with 10 and the ACC was second with 8.
  • Teams of Area Interest in the Field… The Clemson Tigers did make the field as a #3 seed in the Oxford Mississippi regionals and they will take on #2 seeded Illinois Friday at 4:00 pm and that game can be seen on ESPNU…. Mississippi and Jacksonville state are the other two teams in that regional… Coastal Carolina is the only other team from the state of South Carolina in the playoffs and they will be headed to Atlanta on Friday as a #3 seed to take on #2 seeded Auburn in the regional hosted by Georgia Tech… They will play at noon and that game can also be seen on ESPNU… Florida A&M is the other team in that regional.
  • College Softball World Series… Now the College Softball season is further along than the baseball season as they started paly among the final 8 teams yesterday out in Oklahoma City… If you want to keep up with the Softball CWS click here to go to the interactive softball bracket… The scores in yesterday’s games were: Arizona 3 – Washi8ngton 1, UCLA 7 – Minnesota 2, Oklahoma State 2 – Texas 1 and Oklahoma 3 – Alabama 2… For more details click here.

 

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

  • Braves… The Braves had the night off last night but return to action tonight as they start a 3-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta… After losing both games to the Nationals earlier this week, the Braves are now 30-28 on the season and find themselves in second place in the NL East 3 games behind the Phillies… Detroit comes into tonight’s game with a 21-32 record and are in fourth place in the AL Central Division 15 game behind the division leading Twins.
  • Delmarva 10 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive returned home to Flour Filed last night to start a 40-game series with the Delmarva Shorebirds… I think the Drive may have left their some of their bats on the bus when they unloaded as the Shorebirds outhit them 13-4 in route to a 10-2 win over the Drive.
  • NBA: Toronto 118 – Golden State 109… Now for you NBA (Not really Basketball Association) fans who did not stay up late for whatever reason, I’ll mention to you that the Toronto Raptors took a 118-109 win over the Golden State Warriors up in Toronto…

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 5-30-2019

Local Notes:   

CHS

  • Spring Football Game Start Time Changed… Due to the excessive heat and some SCHSL polices on temperature and humidity rules, the start time for tonight’s spring game at CHS has been changed from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm… Also be sure you note that do to the construction at Wilder Stadium the game will be played on the practice field on the campus of CHS… Now there are no bleachers there so this is a BOC event (bring your own chair)… There will be NO PARKING allowed along the edges of the road in that area so plan on parking in the auxiliary gym parking lot, the bus ramp parking lot and the gravel parking lot… Be sure to come on out and see what Coach Fountain and the team have been working on… Go Big Red!

 

 

LDHS

  • Raider Girls Golf… The LDHS Lady Raider golf team began spring practice on Monday, May 6 2019. Practice and they have been from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM at Lakeside Country Club on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until May 30. No golf experience is necessary but proper golf attire is required… Any girl who lives in District 55 and is a rising seventh grader (current 6th grader) or above may play for the team… There are will be no try-outs or cuts to form the team… If you have any further question please contact Head Coach, Jim Iacuone at jiacuone@laurens55.org or (864)681-3630.

 

 

 Main Event Results From Laurens County Speedway Last Saturday Night

  • 4-Cylinder…. The 4-Cylinder race was the Richard Johnson Memorial Race and Tim Bristol took the $1200 prize for winning the race… Matt Gilbert finished second and Kevin Cooper third.
  • Limited: Frank Coates took the top spot in the Limited Division main event in a race had several cautions…. Deano Long and Tony Quarles were the next two across the finish line.
  • SECA 604 Crate… Unlike the Limited main event, there were no cautions in the SECA 604 Crate and Dale Timms took the win with Brad Rachels finishing second and Michael Akeson third.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson took advantage of some hard bumping going on going on between the front runners in the race to take the win with Billy Medlin and Seth Smith being the next two drives to get the checkered flag.
  • 602 Crate… Rod Tucker looked like he was going to win this race but had engine problems toward the end of the race thus allowing Colt Smith to take the win… Travis Morgan finished second and Parris Simons third.
  • Thunder Bombers… After two unsuccessful attempts to get this race started, Dan Lawson took the lead and led wire to wire… Randy Cantrell had a shot to overtake Lawson near the end of the rave but could not pull it off to take second and Scott Pulley finished third.
  • Young Guns… In this race another driver finished first leading from the green flag to the checkered flag and that was Austin Brown… Now the next two drivers to see the checkered flag wave for them were Zak Brown and T.J. Neal.

 

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

  • Nationals 14 – Braves 4… Last night down in Atlanta, the Nationals took the Braves to the woodshed and gave them a spanking as they took a 14-4win over the Braves… The Nationals had scored all 14 of their runs by the 5th inning and did not allow the Braves to get on the board until the 7th inning where the Braves scored all 4 of their runs…. The Braves got all 4 of their runs on a grand slam homerun (7) by rookie Austin Riley… The nationals win the 2-game series 2-0 and the Braves will have today off before starting a 3-game series with the Tigers in Atlanta tomorrow.
  • Drive… The Drive had the night off last night and they are finally returning to Flour Field tonight to start a series with the Delmarva Shorebirds…. The Drive will come into tonight’s game with a 23-29 record which puts them 5th in the SAL Southern Division 5 games behind the division leading Charleston RiverDogs.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-29-2019

Local Notes:  

CHS

  • Spring Football Game… The Red Devils will wrap up their first spring practice under new head coach Corey Fountain tomorrow with a spring game starting at 6:00 pm… I do believe it will be held at the CHS practice field due to the work being done at Wilder Stadium… I’ll try to confirm that between now and then.
  • Winter and Spring Sports Awards… Last week Clinton HS held its Winter and Spring Spirts Awards Ceremony… Now time and space does not to list all of them here but if you click here it will carry you to a list of all the award winners by sport…. I want to congratulate them all but also special congratulations go out to Savanna Campbell and Konnor Richardson who were named the Female and Male Athlete of the Year at CHS… Savannah Campbell is a multi-sport senior who will be headed to Erskine this fall to continue her education and play basketball… Konnor is a rising senior who was the starting quarterback for the Red Devil football team until an injury ended his season but he came back to play basketball and baseball for the Red Devils… He was the baseball team’s MVP and made the All-Region Team… Again congratulations to all the award winners especially Savannah and Konnor!

 

 

LDHS Last night the Laurens Raider track teams held their awards banquet at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church… Coach Stevens and the rest of the coaches remarked how proud they were of the core group of student-athletes who came out, practiced and competed hard and continued to improve each week… He also mentioned they would have most all of the members back next season except one notable one I’ll mention in a moment… The team members who won awards last night were:

  • Girls: Raider Spirit Award – Aija Davis, Most Improved Female – Briajah Anderson and Most Outstanding Female – Andrea Choice
  • Boys: Top Sprinter – Chase Gambrel, Top Distance Runner – Evan Prince, Top Field Events – Tyrone Garlington, Newcomer Award – Tye Roberson, Captain Award – Ty Young, Most Improved Male – Travon Grant, Coaches Award – Rodarius Yeargin, Most Outstanding Male – Evan Prince,… Evan Prince also made the All-Region Team and placed second in the 3200 meter run at the state finals… He is just a freshman but is one team member who will not be returning next season as his family is moving to Georgia where his father is starting a new job… Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to Evan!

 

 

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

  • Nationals 5 – Braves 4… The Braves started a short two-game series with the Washington Nationals at Sun Trust Park last night with a 5-4 loss to the Nationals… The Braves led early 2-1 but the Nationals struck for 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning and then added another run in the 7th inning to take the lead and eventually the win… The Braves rookie Austin Riley picked up his 6th homerun of the season a 2-run shot in the 8th inning to put the Braves last 2 runs on the board.

 

  • Drive 7 – GreenJackets 6… The Greenville Drive finished their 5-game series with the August GreenJackets last night on a positive note as they took a 7-6 win thus winning the series 4 game to 1… The Drive had to come back to take the win as they scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning and then held the GreenJackets in the bottom of the inning to take the win…. The Drive are off tonight but will return home tomorrow night to start 7-game home stand.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-28-2019

PC Notes:

  • Five Blue Hose Earn All Conference Selections… Putting a wrap on the PC baseball season I’ll mention that 5 PC players have players received postseason honors… Nick Guimbarda made the second team and was also selected as Scholar Athlete of the Year… Zacchaeus Rasberry and pitcher Jackson Dean also made the second team… Pitcher Eric Miles and Infielder Jimmy Marcelli also received honorable mention for the all-conference team…. For more information on these young men and why they received these honors, click here.

 

Local Notes:  

CHS

  • Spring Football Game… The Red Devils will wrap up their first spring practice under new head coach Corey Fountain Thursday with a spring game starting at 6:00 pm… I do believe it will be held at the CHS practice field due to the work being done at Wilder Stadium… I’ll try to confirm that between now and then.

 

 

College Baseball Notes: Yesterday the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee chaired by South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner announced the field of 64 that would be trying to make it to Omaha to play in the CWS this year

  • Top 16 Seeds in D-I Baseball Championships Announced… The committee announced the top 16 seed in the tournament and they are in order from 1-16: UCLA (47-8), Vanderbilt (49-10), Georgia Tech (41-17), Georgia (44-15), Arkansas (41-17), Mississippi St. (46-13), Louisville (43-15), Texas Tech (39-17), Oklahoma St. (36-18), East Carolina (43-15), Stanford (41-11), Ole Miss (37-25), LSU (37-24), North Carolina (42-17), West Virginia (37-20) and Oregon St. (36-18-1).
  • Teams of Area Interest in the Field… The Clemson Tigers did make the field as a #3 seed in the Oxford Mississippi regionals and they will take on #2 seeded Illinois Friday at 4:00 pm and that game can be seen on ESPNU…. Mississippi and Jacksonville state are the other two teams in that regional… Coastal Carolina is the only other team from the state of South Carolina in the playoffs and they will be headed to Atlanta on Friday as a #3 seed to take on #2 seeded Auburn in the regional hosted by Georgia Tech… They will play at noon and that game can also be seen on ESPNU… Florida A&M is the other team in that regional… Georgia is also hosting a regional with FAU, Florida State and Southern Conference winner Mercer the other team in the regional… Campbell the Big South winner will be headed to Greenville North Carolina to play in a regional hosted by east Carolina.
  • Interactive Bracket… Now if you would like to go to the NCAA website where they have and interactive bracket where all you have to do is click on the regional or team you are interested in to get the latest schedule, scores and TV channel for the games, click here.
  • Want More Information… Now if you click here it will carry you to a posting on the NCAA website where it list such things as teams that got in by winning their conference championship, at-large teams and the teams from each conference that got into the championship field… The SEC had the most teams with 10 and the ACC was second with 8.

 

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

  • Braves … The Braves were off yesterday and they will start a 2-game series with the Washington Nationals tonight in Sun Trust Park…The Braves record at this point in the season is 30-24 and they are in second place in the NL East 1.5 games behind the Phillies.
  • Drive 6 – GreenJackets 4… Yesterday afternoon down in Augusta the Drive took a 6-4 win over the GreenJackets in game 4 of their 5-game series thus assuring themselves of a series win as they won the first two games… The Drive outhit the GreenJackets 7-4 and one of the 7 hits was a homer by Tristan Casas (8) their designated hitter.

 

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-24-2019

PC Notes: For more information on any of the following games, click on their score

Baseball… The Blue Hose baseball team opened up its participation in the Big South Tournament Wednesday taking on the Running Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb u in Fayetteville, NC.

  • PC 2 – G-W 1… Now there is good news for PC fans as the Blue Hose took a 2-1 win… Eric Miles pitched 7⅔ strong innings scattering 10 hits and giving up just 1 earned run while PC used its 5 hits timely hits to score 2 runs…. The win advanced PC in the winner’s bracket to take on the #4 seeded Eagles of Winthrop yesterday morning.
  • Winthrop 12 – PC 5… The Eagles wasted little time yesterday morning getting on the scoreboard as they plated 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning… The Blue Hose responded getting 4 runs in the top of the second to go up 4-3 but in the bottom of the fourth inning the eagles took the lead scoring 2 runs and would never trail again in the game as they defeated PC 12-5…The loss dropped PC into the loser’s bracket and they had to turn around and face the High Point Panthers.
  • HP 15 – PC 4… The game with the Panthers was a close one for 7 innings with High Point holding a 4-3 lead going into the top of the 8th inning…. In the top of the 8th inning the Panthers broke the game open scoring 9 runs putting the Blue Hose in a hole they just could not climb out of as the panthers eliminated the Blue Hose by a score of 15-4… PC finishes the season with a 30-29 win on the season while the panthers moved on in the tournament with a 26-26 record… Now to keep up with the remainder of the tournament this weekend, click here. .

 

Local Notes:  

 Laurens Academy

Sports Award Banquet… Last night Laurens Academy held its end of the year varsity sports banquet where the various awards in all the sports were announced in front of a full house of family and friends… In addition to the usual awards that were handed out, the girls’ cross country team and the girls’ basketball team members all received their rings for winning the state championship… Mrs. Sandy Moore was also recognized for her service mainly as assistant girls’ basketball coach and Mrs. Joani Stribling as athletic secretary and scorekeeper…. Also Ruthie Moore was announced as the latest member of the Laurens Academy Sports Hall of Fame after winning just about any award you care to name during her basketball career and scoring 2,242 points… To see the list of award winners in each sports, click here…. Congratulations to one and all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Notes:

ACC Baseball Tournament

  • Clemson 7 – Louisville 1… The Clemson Tigers closed out play in the ACC Baseball Tournament yesterday with a 7-1 win over Louisville… The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the third inning and went on from there to take the win outhitting the cardinals 12-1 with the Cardinals only hit being a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th inning… For more information on this game, click here… Boston College won Clemson’s Pool and will advance to the semi-finals tomorrow… The Tigers are now 34-24 on the season and the win against Louisville will certainly help their cause when the committee sits down to decide who will make it into the field of teams trying to reach Omaha to play in the College World Series.

 

SEC Tournament… To check on scores in the SEC Baseball Tournament and the schedule for today, click here.

 

Southern Conference Baseball Tournament… To check on scores Southern Conference Tournament click here.

 

Big South… To check on scores in the Big South Baseball Tournament click here.

 

 

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

  • Braves 5 – Giants 4 (13)… In the final game of the 4-game series out on the west coast with the Giants, the Braves took a 4-3 win in 13 innings to win the series 3 games to 1… The Giants led 4-2 going into the top of the 8th inning when rookie Austin Riley hit a 2-run homer (5) to tie the game 4-4… The game remained that way until the top of the 13th inning when Riley singled to drive in Dansby Swanson with what would prove to be the winning run… The Braves remain on the road as they start a 3-game series with the cardinals in St. Louis.
  • Drive 4 – Fireflies 1… In game 3 of their 4-game series with the Fireflies down in Columbia, the Drive took a 4-1 win… The Drive and Fireflies finish their current series tonight then the Drive will take I-20 over to Augusta to start a 4-game series with the GreenJackets tomorrow.

 

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