Sports Report for Friday, 7-13-2018

PC Notes

  • Football Camp Tomorrow… Don’t forget that Coach Tommy Spangler will be having a football camp tomorrow for high school juniors and seniors over at PC… You can register tomorrow morning at the camp and the cost is $40… For

 

Local Notes:

Laurens Little League Minors (b3) Fall to Northwood in Title Game

  • Northwood 5 – B3 Minors 2… The Laurens Little League (B3) Minors entered last night’s game with undefeated Northwood know exactly what they had to do to capture the state championship, win last night to force a winner take all game today and win again… In the top of the 1st inning it looked like Laurens was well on the way to doing that as Braden Patterson led off with a single and Dee Suber followed with a single to move him up…  During the play Northwood had a throwing error that allowed Patterson to score but Suber was tagged out trying to get to third during the play… After that, Northwood settled down and it would be a while before Laurens got on the board again… Northwood tied the game in the bottom of the 1st and then took the lead for good plating another run in the bottom of the 2nd inning… Northwood scored their final 3 runs in the 3rd inning off starter Samuel Adams before Dee Suber came in to the game to relieve him shutting them down the rest of the way… Laurens battled each and every inning but just could not get the clutch hit at the right time until the 5th inning when Wyatt Pinson, Patterson and Suber were all able to single brining in Pinson with Laurens final run… After the game Coach Suber was quick to praise his team for never giving up the entire tournament and giving all they had… To see the box score and stats for the game click here and to see the game’s score card click here… Congratulations to the team for a fine showing in the tournament!

 

 Clinton AAA All-Stars Start State Tournament Play Tomorrow

  • The Clinton YMCA AAA All-Star team composed of players who are 9-10 years old will begin play in the State Championship Tournament tomorrow morning at 10 am down in Moncks Corner…The team recently finished as the runner-up in District 3 and will be taking on a the District 4 Champion Midlands… The team is coached by Jeremy Campbell, Talon Campbell, Jayson Glenn and Billy Glen… Team members are Chris Boyd, Justin Blocker, J.J. Dickson, Rhett Gilliam, Owen Glenn, Zach Lawson, Davidson McMurray, Luke McMurray, Aiden Price, Ryder Rowland, and Garrett Satterfield… To see the entire braced for the tournament click here which will carry you to a posting on the South Carolina Dixie Youth website where there is a link 2018 State Tournament AAA Bracket.pdf… Good Luck to the team!

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and return to action tonight at home where they start a 3-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks their last series before they break for the All-Star Game next week in Washington.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive started their game with the Rome Braves last night up at Flour Field but one of the thunderstorms that rumbled through the area caused the game to be suspended and they hopefully will get to finish that game this afternoon at 4:00 pm and then play the regularly scheduled game after that… Tomorrow night the Drive will start a 4-game series where they host the Lexington Legends at Flour Field.

  

LDHS

  • Free Football Camp This Saturday…There will be a free football camp for youth ages 8-18 this Saturday at KC Hanna Stadium… The Camp is being sponsored by Bigger Than Sports South Carolina an organization whose board members include Coach Chris Liner, Marcus Latimore, Jay Spearman and other notable former football players for across the state… The title of the camp is F.A.M.S. which stands for Faith, Agility, Movement and Speed…. The camp starts at 9:00 am and will finish at 11:30 am… Again it is free and other than cleats no special equipment or apparel is needed.

 

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-12-2018

Local Notes:

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars…The Clinton O-Zone All-Stars entered the last day of State Tournament play at Union yesterday know exactly what they needed to do… It was very simple, beat undefeated Hartsville twice.

  • Game 1; Clinton 7 – Hartsville 3… In the first game yesterday morning Clinton took care of business as they defeated Hartsville 7-3… Clinton plated a single run in the 1st inning and another in the 3rd before Hartsville got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 2-1… Clinton responded with 2 runs in the top of the 4th and 3 in the 6th to take a 7-1 lead… Hartsville was able to plate 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th but could get no closer… Clinton outhit Hartsville 8-5 and both Caleb Taylor and Zane McClendon homered for Clinton… Three different Clinton players had two hits each and if you want to see who they were, click here to see the box score of the game.
  • Game 2: Hartsville 6 –Clinton 5 (7)… In the second game Clinton carried a 5-3 lead into the top of the 5th inning when Hartsville plated a single run and then tied the game with another run in the top of the 6th… Clinton was not able to score in the bottom of the inning so the game moved on to the 7th inning where Hartsville was able to get a runner on third and scored when the Clinton pitcher balked with 2 out… Kason Copeland led off the bottom of the 7th fir Clinton with a single… During the next two Clinton at-bats which both resulted in outs he was able to steal second and third… Tanner Kydo then drew a walk and promptly store second while Jy Leake battled off pitches 5 foul balls and a controversial call where he was hit by a pitch but not awarded base because the umpire ruled he leaned into the pitch and got hit…. In the end he struck out stranding the tying run at third and ending Clinton’s bid for the state championship a run short… Clinton had 10 hits in the game and Caleb Taylor had 3 of them going 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI…. To see the box score for the game click here… Congratulations to Clinton for the great effort in coming up through the loser’s bracket and coming so close to the state championship.

  

Laurens Little League Minors All-Stars

  • Laurens 4 – Greenville 2… The Laurens Little League (B3) Minors punched their ticket to the finals of the Minors state Tournament being held at the Laurens City Parks last night with a 4-2 win over Greenville… Laurens opened the game plating 3 runs in the top of the first and then taking advantage of Greenville miscues to win the game… Laurens starting pitcher Braden Yarbourogh went 4⅔ strong innings picking up the win with Dee Suber getting the save in relief giving up a single run in the bottom of the 6th inning… Both teams had 5 hits but Laurens took full advantage of 3 Greenville errors and a couple of wild pitches… To see the games box score and some stats click here and to see the game’s scorecard click here… Laurens will now face undefeated Northwood today at 7:00 pm and must win that game to force a winner take all game tomorrow night at 7:00… Why don’t you make plans to come on out and cheer them on as they battle a tough Northwood team.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves 9 – Blue Jays 5… After losing the first game Tuesday night of their 2-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2, the Braves rebounded last night and took a 9-5 win over the Jays to split the series… The Braves pounded out 12 hits to the Jays  outhitting them 11-9 8 hits and two of the Braves hits were homers by Ozzie Albies as he hit his 19th and 20th homers of the season, one from each side of the plate… The Blue Jays also had two homers in the game and one of them was by former Gamecock Justin Smoak (14)… The Braves have the night off and will host the Arizona Diamondbacks starting tomorrow night in their last series before the All-Star break.
  • Drive 6 – Braves 4… The Greenville Drive got back into action last night as they started a 3-game series with the Rome Braves at Flour Field… Good news for Drive fans as they took a 6-4 win over the Baby Braves.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-11-2018

Local Notes

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars

  • Clinton 12 – North Myrtle Beach 2… The Clinton O-Zone All-Stars went into last night’s game with N.M.B. looking for revenge as they were taking on N.M.B the team that handed them an 11-0 loss in their first game in the State O-Zone Tournament in Union… Well they got it as they took a 12-2 win to eliminate N.M.B. from the tournament…. N.M.B. actually got on the board first scoring a single run in the bottom of the first inning but Clinton responded by plating 2 in the top of the 2nd inning… Clinton plated 5 runs in the top of the 4th to break the game open and go on to the win… Clinton pounded out 15 hits while Caleb Taylor and Zane McClendon each gave up a single hit holding N.M.B. to just 2 hits one of which was a homer… Caleb Taylor and Bryce Young each homered for Clinton … Young, McClendon and Zy Leake each had 3 hits for Clinton… To see the game’s box score click here… Clinton now moves on the finals of the Dixon Bracket of the tournament and will face Hartsville this morning at 10:00 am… Hartsville is undefeated so Clinton must beat them twice today to move on the best 2 out of 3 series with the winner of the Deaton Bracket starting July 20th in Moncks Corner… Good Luck to Clinton in what I hope will be two games today.

  

Laurens Little League (B3) Minors All-Stars

  • Northwood 10 – Laurens 1… Last night at the Laurens City Parks the only two undefeated team in the State Minors Tournament faced off against each other as Northwood took on the Laurens team… Unfortunately for the fans of the home team, Northwood took a 10-1 win over Laurens…. Northwood scored in every inning except the first and their starting pitcher Zack Zadel went 5⅓ innings scattering 4 of the 5 hits Laurens had while striking out 6 and walking none… Uncharacteristically Laurens had 4 errors and 8 wild pitches in the game which more often than not aided the Northwood cause… Auston Williams had 2 of Laurens 5 hits… If you want to see the box score and some stats on the game click here and if you want to see the game’s scorecard click here… The loss drops Laurens into the elimination bracket where they will Greenville tonight at 7:00 pm and the winner of that game will take on Northwood tomorrow.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Toronto 6 – Braves 2… The Braves returned home to Sun Trust park last night to start a short 2-game series with the Blue Jays…The game was tied 1-1 going into the top of the 8th inning when the Blue Jays plated 5 runs and then went on to take a 6-2 win over the Braves… Both teams had 8 hits on the night but one of Toronto’s hits was a solo home by former South Carolina Justin Smoak… Ozzie Albies led the Braves at the plate going 3-4 and scoring 2 runs and Kurt Suzuki drove him in both times. 
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night and will return home to Flour Field to start a series with the Rome Braves tonight.

 

LDHS

  • Free Football Camp This Saturday…There will be a free football camp for youth ages 8-18 this Saturday at KC Hanna Stadium… The Camp is being sponsored by Bigger Than Sports South Carolina an organization whose board members include Coach Chris Liner, Marcus Latimore, Jay Spearman and other notable former football players for across the state… The title of the camp is F.A.M.S. which stands for Faith, Agility, Movement and Speed…. The camp starts at 9:00 am and will finish at 11:30 am… Again it is free and other than cleats no special equipment or apparel is needed.

 

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-10-18

PC Notes

  • Please look below in the This and That section for information about the Tommy Spangler Elite Football Camp taking place this Saturday.

Local Notes:

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars Win Again

  • Clinton 22 – Lancaster 4… After dropping their opening game in the State O-Zone Tournament in Union last week, the Clinton o-Zone All-Stars have now won two games in a row as they defeated Lancaster 22-4 last night in an elimination game… Clinton put 6 runs on the board in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back… Lancaster got their first run in the bottom of the same inning and did not score again until the bottom of the 4th inning when they plated 3 runs… Between that Clinton scored 7 runs in the 2nd inning, 2 in the 3rd and 7 in the 4th to take the game on the 10-run rule… Clinton pounded out 16 hits and was aided by 8 Lancaster errors and 4 wild pitches…. Bryce Young went 4-4 to lead the Clinton All-Stars at the plate and several other players had a multi-hit game… To see the box score for the game click here… Clinton is back in action tonight at 6:00 pm in another elimination game against North Myrtle Beach the team that handed Clinton its only loss (11-0) in their opening game of the tournament… I’m sure they would like to see a large number of fans follow them over as they seek revenge… Good Luck to Clinton!

 Laurens Little League Minors back in Action Tonight

  • The Laurens Little League (B3) Minors All-Star team will be back in action in their State Tournament being held at the Laurens City Parks tonight at 6:00 pm… This is a big game for the team as they and Northwood are the only two undefeated teams in the tournament and the winner of this game will be in the “driver’s seat” for the balance of the tournament… Come on down and watch some future Raiders if you can…. Good Luck to the team!

Free Football Camp This Saturday

  • There will be a free football camp for youth ages 8-18 this Saturday at KC Hanna Stadium… The Camp is being sponsored by Bigger Than Sports South Carolina an organization whose board members include Coach Chris Liner, Marcus Latimore, Jay Spearman and other notable former football players for across the state… The title of the camp is F.A.M.S. which stands for Faith, Agility, Movement and Speed…. The camp starts at 9:00 am and will finish at 11:30 am… Again it is free and other than cleats no special equipment or apparel is needed.

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and will be back in action tonight as they start a short 2-game series with Toronto in Atlanta tonight…. The Braves are now tied with Philadelphia for the lead in the NL East with a 50-39 season record.
  • Drive 6 – Tourist 1… The Greenville Drive finished their 3-game series with the Ashville Tourist up in Ashville last night with a 6-1 win to give them the series win 2-1… The Drive simply outhit the Tourist 14-9 with one of their hits being a two-run homer by their right fielder Marino Campana his 14th homer of the season…. The Drive are off tonight and start a homestand tomorrow night with the Rome Braves being the first team into Flour Field.

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Sports Report for Monday, 7-9-2018

All-Star Results for Saturday & Sunday, 7-7&8-2018

 Laurens (B3) Minors

  • Saturday: B3 Min 12 – Darlington 0… The Laurens Little League 10 –Under Minors All-Star team opened up their participation in the State Tournament on Saturday morning at the Laurens City Parks with a 12-0 win over Darlington in 3.5 innings … Laurens scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and never looked back as they iced the game scoring 7 runs in the 3rd inning… Laurens had only 6 hits in the game but were the beneficiary of 10 walks and 13 wild pitches that were issued by three Darlington pitchers… Luke Young had 2 of the 6 Laurens hits… To see the box score and stats for the game click here…. To see the game’s scorecard click here.
  • Sunday: B3 Min 15 – Irmo 7… In their second game on Sunday the Minors took a 15-7 win over Irmo… Laurens actually trailed 4-3 going into the top of the 4th inning where they struck for 5 runs to go up 8-4… Irmo came right back in the bottom of the inning and plated 3 runs to the Laurens lead to 8-7… Those would be the last runs scored by Irmo as Laurens added 3 in the 5th inning and 4 in the 6th to take the 15-7 win… Laurens only outhit Irmo 8-7 but Irmo aided the Laurens cause by making 13 errors, walking 8 and the Irmo pitchers had 13 wild pitches… Three Laurens pitchers had better control as they struck out 7, walked 7 and had only 3 wild pitches… Tristan Buzbee was the only Laurens player to get more than 1 hit as he had 2…… To see the box score and stats for the game click here…. To see the game’s scorecard click here… Laurens will play again at 6:00 pm on Tuesday as they face off against the only other undefeated team left in the double elimination tournament Northwood.

 

Laurens 11-Under All-Stars (B3 11-U)

  • Saturday: Northwood 10 – B3 11-U 6… The Laurens Little League 10-Under All-Star team was in action down in Summerville yesterday in that age group’s State Tournament… They played an always tough Northwood team and fell by a score of 10-6 in 10 innings… Jared Willard pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 runs and struck out 6… Kamron Pittman and Buster Harris both had 2 RBIs. With Buster going 2 for 4 and Kam 1 for 3… Northwood hit a 3 run homer in the top of the 10th inning off Zach Crowe and plated another via a throwing error. The team could not answer in the bottom half of the inning.
  • Sunday: Greenville 9 – Laurens 3… The B3 11 & under All-Stars were back in action early Sunday afternoon against Greenville and again the news is not what I like to report as Greenville took and 9-3 win over Laurens thus eliminating the team from the tournament…. According to Coach Willard the team was fatigued and didn’t hit the ball well… The only bright side was Jyheem Coleman pitched the final 2 innings only allowing 1 hit and while striking out 4… Offensively Buster Harris was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Josh Goodwin was 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and was hit by pitch, Jyheem Coleman was 1 for 3, and Jared Willard was 1 for 3 with a double… Overall defensively Saturday was good but Sunday was kind of rocky because we seemed to be fatigued from the day before, but ended strong… Pitching was very good in both games, we threw a lot of strikes, and that’s all you can ask from a pitcher… Hitting the ball hurt us both games, for whatever reason our bats seemed to never come alive except to start Saturday’s game and to end the game on Sunday.

 

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars

  • Saturday: N. Myrtle Beach 11 – Clinton 0… The Clinton O-Zone All-Stars opened up their participation in the State Tournament in Union on Saturday with an 11-0 loss to North Myrtle Beach… The story in this game is a simple one in that Clinton did not hit the ball well getting only 2 hits in the 4 inning game… To see the box score of the game, click here..
  • Sunday: Clinton 11 – Greenwood 0… The news is better in the game on Sunday as the Clinton bats were hot as they pounded out 11 hits and scored 11 runs to take a 11-0 win over Greenwood (from the Florence area) and remain alive in the tournament… Clinton scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning and 7 in the 4th while Caleb Taylor and Zane McClendon held Greenwood to just 1 hit while striking out 10 and walking 2… Three Clinton players had two hits each and to see who they were click here to see the box score… Clinton takes on Seneca today at 4:00 pm in another elimination game.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

Braves… The Braves closed out their series with the Brewers in Milwaukie over the weekend…. As you may recall the series started last Thursday night with the Brewers taking a 7-2 win.

  • Saturday: Braves 5 – Brewers 1… The Braves snapped a 4-game losing streak on Saturday by taking a 5-1 win over the Brew Crew…The Braves were able to outhit the Brewers 8-4 in this game.
  • Sunday: Brewers 10 – Braves 3…  Yesterday the two teams finished their 4-game series and the Brewers took a 10-3 win to give them the series win 3-1… Thy got on the board first scoring 5 runs in the 3rd inning and the Braves just could not climb out of the hole… The Braves have the night off and will return to action tomorrow night as they start a home stand with Montreal being the first team in at Sun Trust Park.
  • Friday: Brewers 5 – Braves 4…The Brewers scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning to take a 5-1 lead and the Braves scored 3 runs in the 7th but could get no closer…

Drive

  • Friday: Drive 7 – Fireflies 3… The Drive took a 7-3 win which gave them a sweep of the 3–game series despite being outhit by the Fireflies 12-10
  • Saturday: Tourist 10 – Drive 5… The Drive boarded the bus after their win in Columbia on Friday and traveled up I-26 to Ashville to take on the Tourist in the first game of a 3-game series on Saturday… The Tourist bats were hot as they pounded out 16 hits to the Drive’s 6 and won the first game by a score of 10-5.
  • Sunday: Drive 9 – Tourist 3… The Drive were able to bounce back yesterday and take a 9-3 win over the Tourist as their bats came alive pounding out 15 hits to the Tourist’s 5… Two of the Drive’s hits were homers.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 7-6-2018

Presbyterian College Notes:

  • The Blue Hose football team will kick off it season on Saturday, September 8th when they travel to Clarksville TN to take on Austin Peay … The following week they will host Stetson in the first of 5 home games they will have this season… If you would like to see the entire PC football schedule for the upcoming season, click hereSeason ticket prices for the Blue Seats has been set at $90 each this season and if you are interested in going ahead and purchasing them, click here to go to the PC website where they have season and individual game ticket information, contact the ticket office at 864-833-8240 or email the ticket office by using the following email address: skmedlin@presby.edu 

 

Local Notes:

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars in Action Tomorrow

  • The Clinton Family YMCA ‘O’ Zone All-Stars, who captured the District 3 Championship in Edgefield County last week, will open play tomorrow against District 11 champion North Myrtle Beach…  Their opening game is at 2 pm at the Timken Sports Complex in Union, SC… The format is a 16 team double-elimination tournament for Dixie Youth, Inc. ‘O’ Zone league…  Teams are divided into a new format of two – eight team pool with the winners of each pool advancing to play the best 2 of 3 in Moncks Corner, SC on July 20th…Clinton is in the Dixon Bracket pool… If Clinton wins the opening game on Saturday they will play on Sunday at 7 pm…  If they lose their opening game they would play at 4 pm on Sunday… The team is managed by Head Coach Graig Glenn and assisted by Josh McLendon and Shane Kyko… Team members are Bryce Young, Lee Malone, Tushawan Richardson, Jayden Glenn, Zane McLendon, Rylan Bagwell, Kason Copeland, Carson Glenn, Dylen Waters, Jy Leake, Tanner Kydo and Caleb Taylor… ‘O’ Zone means open base league where the bases are farther back and players can play off base similar to regulation baseball.  ‘O’ Zone is for youngsters ages 11 and 12… If you would like to see the entire tournament bracket, click on the following: 2018 State Tournament O Zone Bracket 

 

Laurens Hosting Little League Minors State Tournament

  • The Laurens LL Minors (8-10) All-Stars will be hosting the State Championship Tournament tonight at the Laurens City Parks…There will be 10 teams in the tournament and it will be a double elimination format… As you may recall the Laurens All-Stars won the District 1 Championship defeating Greenwood 12-2 and also defeated Easley twice by scores of 8-3 and 12-0… The team members are Rylan Paxton, Braden Yarbrough, Brayden Patterson, Samuel Adams, Logan Martin, Luke Young, Detwan Suber, Bradon Burke, Auston Williams, Tristan Buzbee, Cal Benson, Camden Finley and Wyatt Pinson…. The team is coached by Darnell Suber and he is assisted by Tori Patterson in a reversal of roles they hold with the Laurens Raider varsity baseball team… The Laurens All-Star team (B3) and Summerville have both drawn byes and will not start tournament action until tomorrow… Laurens will take the field in the morning at 9:00 am against the winner of a game being played tonight… If you would like to see the entire tournament bracket, click here.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Brewers 7 – Braves 2… The Braves started their 4-game series with the red-hot Brewers in Milwaukie last night in a less than stellar note as the Brewers took a 7-2 win… The Braves were held to just 3 hits and Ozzie Albies had 2 of them going 2-4 with an RBI and scoring a run… The Braves remain in Milwaukie to complete the 4-game series this weekend.
  • Drive 4 – Fireflies 2… The Greenville Drive made it 3 wins in a row last night as they took a 4-2 win over the Columbia Fireflies down in the capital city last night… The Fireflies actually outhit the Drive 9-8 but one of the Drive’s hits was a homer and the Fireflies had an error that figured into the scoring of one of the Drive’s runs…. The two teams finish their series tonight then the Drive board the bus and head up I-26 to start a 3-game series with the Ashville Tourist tomorrow.

 

LDHS Softball

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Photos… To see some photos from the first clinic, click here.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field… No practice the week of July 4th!

 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days until the following teams open their season

  • Laurens at Clinton… (8-24-18)… 49
  • Laurens Academy at Faith / Christian…(8-24-18)… 49
  • PC at Austin Peay… (9-8-15)… 64
  • PC host Stetson… (9-15-18)… 71 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-5-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Basketball Team Busy Over the Summer… Coach Eddie Romines and the CHS Red Devil basketball team have been busy this summer as they have participated in camps at Chapman HS, PC and USC… In the recent camp at USC they won 2 out of 3 games… These camps give the players an opportunity to improve their skills during the off-season and according to Coach Romines they are all working hard and showing improvement.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Yankees 6 – Braves 2… In the rubber game of their 3-game series in New York last night, the Yankees took a 6-2 win to give them a 2-1 series win… The Yankees led 5-0 before the Braves finally got on the board in the 5th inning and then they scored again in the 6th inning when Johan Camargo homered…The Braves actually outhit the Yankees 9-7 but 3 of the Yankees hits were homers while Camargo’s was the only homer for the Braves… The Braves fall to 49-36 on the season but still lead the NL East by a 1.5 games over the Phillies… They move on to Milwaukee to start a 4-game series with the Brewers tonight.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive 4 – Fireflies 2… The Greenville Drive celebrated the Fourth of July with a 4-2 win over the Colombia Fireflies down in the capital city yesterday afternoon… The Drive pounded out 12 hits to produce their 4 runs while two Drive pitchers held the Fireflies to just 5 hits one of which was a homer… The Drive are now 6-8 in the second half of their season.

NASCAR

  • Driver Standings… Checking in with the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver standings you find that Kyle Busch lead all drivers with 736 point and 5 wins… Kevin Harvick is in second with 674 pints and has 5 wins also… The balance of the top 5 is made up of Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr and Brad Keselowski… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney… To see the entire Monster Series Driver Standings click here.
  • Schedule This Weekend… This being the week of July Fourth all the action takes place down in Daytona… The Xfinity Series Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 will take place tomorrow at 7:30 pm and can be seen on NBCSN… The Monster Energy Coke Zero Sugar 400 will have the green flag drop at 7 pm on Saturday and it can be seen on NBC.

 

LDHS Softball

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Photos… To see some photos from the first clinic, click here.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field… No practice the week of July 4th!Countdown to

 

Kickoff… The numbers of days until the following teams open their season

  • Laurens at Clinton… (8-24-18)… 49
  • Laurens Academy at Faith / Christian…(8-24-18)… 49
  • PC at Austin Peay… (9-8-15)… 64
  • PC host Stetson… (9-15-18)… 71 

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-4-2018

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway Results… Checking on the results from last Saturday night’s racing in the main events of each division’s racing you find:

  • 4-Wheel Drive… Rod Tucker picked up his 11th win of the season as he took the win by over 3 seconds ahead of second place finisher Larry Teal… jasper Brown finished third.
  • Limited… Michael Smith took his second win in as many weeks in the Limited main event… Tony Quarles was second and Jim Rogers was third.
  • 604 Crate… Brad Rachels was able to out-drive Thomas Robinson to pick up the win in the 604 Crate main event… Robinson did finish second and Mike Akeson was the next one across the finish line taking third.
  • Thunder Bombers… In the Thunder Bombers main event, Dan Lawson and Brandon Satterfield battled throughout the race for the lead and when the checkered flag dropped it was Lawson taking it with Satterfield close behind… Dusty Eaves took third.
  • 602 Crate… Now Cody Overton started the 602 Crate main event on the outside of row 2 but that is not where he finished as he took the lead early in the race from Colt Smith and then went on to take the win going away… Smith did finish second with Jim Rogers taking third.
  • FWD… Joel Cabe started on the outside of row 1 in the FWD main vent and jumped into the lead early and held on to take the win… Jeremy Case finished 2nd and Travis Jamison eventually took 3rd… The reason I say eventually is because Shawn Nichols had finished 3rd but failed a post-race inspection and was disqualified.
  • Enduro… And finally in the Enduro main event Shane Roberts was able to hold off Eric Caughman to take the win… Robert Gollatt came in third.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Yankees 8 – Braves 5… In game 2 of their 3-game series last night, the Yankees took an 8-5 win over the Braves in a game that saw a total of 6 homeruns hit, 3 by each team… The Braves trailed 6-0 going into the top of the 5th inning when Ender Inciarte had a 2-run homer and Ozzie Albies had a solo shot to make it 6-3… In the top of the 7th inning Nick Markakis blasted a 2-run homer to cut the Yankee’s lead to on at 6-5… However in the bottom of the 8th inning the Yankee’s Giancarlo Stanton hit his 20th homerun of the season to make the score 8-5 and the Braves had no answer in the 9th inning… The two teams will play the rubber game of the series today starting about 1:05 pm.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive 5 – RiverDogs 3… The Greenville Drive and the Charleston RiverDogs completed their 4-game series at Flour Field last night and the Drive were able to avoid being swept in the series as they took a 5-3 win over the RiverDogs… For a change the Drive’s bats were hotter than the other teams as they pounded out 9 hits while 3 Drive pitchers held the RiverDogs to just 4 hits… The Drive start a road trip today with the first stop being in Columbia to take on the Fireflies.

 

LDHS Softball

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Photos… To see some photos from the first clinic, click here.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field… No practice the week of July 4th!

 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days until the following teams open their season

  • Laurens at Clinton… (8-24-18)… 50
  • Laurens Academy at Faith / Christian…(8-24-18)… 50
  • PC at Austin Peay… (9-8-15)… 65
  • PC host Stetson… (9-15-18)… 72

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-3-2018

Presbyterian College Notes: lease look below in the This and That section for the latest on PC Sports Camps.

 

Local Notes: Things are kind of quiet right now in local sports as everything locally is taking a break for the Fourth of July Holiday

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days until the following teams open their season

  • Laurens at Clinton… (8-24-18)… 51
  • Laurens Academy at Faith / Christian… (8-24-18)… 51
  • PC at Austin Peay… (9-8-15)… 66
  • PC host Stetson… (9-15-18)… 73

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves 5 – Yankees 3 (11)… The Braves started a 3-game series with the Yankees in New York last night with a bang… The bang came for the bat of Ronald Acuna Jr. who had a fly ball barley get over the fence in right-centerfield in the 11th inning for a 2-run homer that lifted the Braves to a 5-3 win over the Yankees… Johan Camargo also homered for the Braves in the 3rd inning a solo shot…
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!   Also to see the latest in who are the top vote getters in each of the positions in both leagues, click here….  Freddie Freeman looks like a lock at first base to start and a couple of other Braves are close.
  • Charleston 6 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive and the Charleston RiverDogs played game 3 of their 4-game series at Flor Field last night and just like the previous two games the Drive came up on the short end of the score as the RiverDogs took a 6-2 win. They outhit the Drive 8-5 and led 5-0 before the Drive finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th inning…. The teams will finish their series tonight and I believe I can promise firework if not in the game then after the game as the Drive hit the road tomorrow starting a series down in Columbia with the Fireflies. .

 

Freedom Festival Tonight… Speaking of fireworks, there will be some tonight at the Laurens Riverfront Freedom Festival… The event kicks off at 6:30 at the Laurens Amphitheater where the finalist in Laurens Sings will take the stage for one last time and after they sing the will announce the winner of Laurens Sings… When that is done Outshyne will take the stage for a show… Then about 9:15 fireworks will light the sky… make plans to bring your chair and come on out.

 

LDHS Softball

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Photos… To see some photos from the first clinic, click here.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field… No practice the week of July 4th! 

 

This and That:

  • Clinton YMCA Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons… The Clinton Family YMCA will be having a full slate of summer sports camps this summer and will also be offering swimming lessons throughout the summer… To see complete details on all these click here… The next camps is a cheer camp starting July 9th for girls ages 5-12 and you must register by Friday, 7-6 at 5 pm… The other camp is a soccer camp starting July 16th for boys and girls ages 6-12… The deadline to register for it is July 13th at 5 pm… Again for more details on these and swimming lessons click here.
  • City of Laurens Parks and recreation Sumer Camps… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting 3 camps this summer… They will have a Straight Street Camp (June 11-29), basketball camp (July 9-12) and a baseball camp (July 16-19)… Also registration will open for cheerleading, football and fall baseball at different times this summer… For more information about all of these, click here.
  • PC Summer Sports Camps… This summer various sports at PC will be holding camps for various age groups of youth in the area… To see a complete listing of all the camps click here… The next camp is: 2018 Tommy Spangler Elite Football Camp… Sat, July 14, 2018 This camp is designed for High School Juniors and Seniors to receive individual instruction from the Presbyterian College coaching staff…  Campers will receive instruction in Fundamentals, Skills, and Techniques as well as One-on-One drills…  Our camps are designed to make each participant a better football player while creating a fun and competitive environment…The cost is only $40 and for more information about this camp including what to bring, what NOT to bring and online registration, click here.

 

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

Sports Report for Monday, 7-2-2018

Local Notes:

Clinton Dixie Youth All-Star Teams

  • Minors Finish Second In District… The Clinton 9-10 Minor All-Star team was able to complete their participation in the often rain delayed District 3 Tournament on Friday… As you may recall that Clinton, Abbeville & Star-Iva both had 1 loss after games on Thursday night…. That had a draw to see who would get the bye in the final two games and Star-Iva drew the bye… On Friday Clinton and Abbeville faced off and good news for Clinton fans as Clinton took a 12-10 win in that game… After a short rest Clinton then took the field in a winner-take-all game for the championship… The outcome of that game saw Star-Iva take a 10-0 win as they simply had more pitchers available than Clinton having to play the extra game and unlike other levels of baseball there is a minimum amount of rest required by pitcher that varies by the amount of pitches they have thrown… Even though they finished second, Clinton will still be heading to the State Tournament later this month.

 

Laurens Little League L3 Majors Win District 1 Title

  • The Laurens Little League Majors All-Star Team captured the Distric1 Championship by defeating an All-Star Team made up of players from Greenwood and Abbeville at Laurens City Park on Friday by a score of 17-7 and Saturday by a score of 11-4… For much more information about these two games click here to go to a posting that I put on wlbg.com yesterday… It will have links to the box score, stats and scorecard for each of the games… It will also have information about their participation in the State Tournament in about 2 weeks… Congratulation to the team!

LDHS

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Photos… To see some photos from the first clinic last week, click here.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field…. Note… There will be no practice this week.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

Braves… The Braves started a road trip last Friday and their first stop was in St. Lois where they started a 3-game series with the Cardinals.

  • Friday: Braves 5 – Cardinals 1… On Friday the Braves took a 5-1 win which was a pitchers’ duel for 6 innings as the Braves Julio Teheran and the Cards Miles Mikolas matched each other pitch for pitch… In the 7th Teheran was lifted for pitch hitter Danny Santana who helped push the Braves first run across the plate… The Braves scored 3 more runs in the 8th and a single run in the 9th while the Braves bullpen held the Cards to a single run in the 9th… Johan Camargo went 2-4 with a 2-run double in the Braves 10 hit attack.
  • Saturday: Braves 11 – Cardinals 4… On Saturday the Braves scored 6 runs in the 5th inning and then went on to take an 11-4 win over the Cards… The Braves pounded out 15 hits with 2 of them being homers… Ronald Acuna Jr. had a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning and Nick Markakis hit a grand slam homer as part of the big 5th inning.
  • Sunday: Braves 6 – Cardinals 5… Yesterday the Braves completed their series with the Cardinals as they pulled the brooms out of the equipment bag as the swept Cards taking a nail-biting 6-5 win… The Braves led 6-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning when the Cards put 5 runs on the board to draw within a run… However both team played scoreless ball the rest of the way as the Braves held on to take the win… Freddie Freeman hit his 16th homerun of the season a 2-run shot as part of a 5 run 5th inning for the Braves… The Braves start a 3-game series with the Yankees in New York tonight.

2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did! 

Drive… The Greenville Drive finished their series with the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday and returned home to Flour Field on Saturday to start a series with the RiverDogs on Saturday.

  • Friday: Drive 7 – Augusta 0… The Drive finished their series with the GreenJackets in Augusta on Friday on a positive note as they took a 7-0 win giving them the series win 2 games to 1… The Drive simply outhit the GreenJackets 11-3.
  • Saturday: Charleston 3 – Drive 2… On Saturday the Drive returned home to start a 4-game series with the RiverDogs… The news is not as good here as the Drive led 2-0 going into the 6th inning where the RiverDogs put 6 runs on the board and then held the Drive scoreless the rest of the way to take a 3-2 win.
  • Sunday: Charleston 1 – Drive 0… Yesterday the Drive battled not only Charleston but also the weather as the game suspended for a while due to rain but in the end they did get the game in and the RiverDogs took a 1-0 win over the Drive.

 

This and That:

  • Clinton YMCA Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons… The Clinton Family YMCA will be having a full slate of summer sports camps this summer and will also be offering swimming lessons throughout the summer… To see complete details on all these click here… The next camps is a cheer camp starting July 9th for girls ages 5-12 and you must register by Friday, 7-6 at 5 pm… The other camp is a soccer camp starting July 16th for boys and girls ages 6-12… The deadline to register for it is July 13th at 5 pm… Again for more details on these and swimming lessons click here.
  • City of Laurens Parks and recreation Sumer Camps… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting 3 camps this summer… They will have a Straight Street Camp (June 11-29), basketball camp (July 9-12) and a baseball camp (July 16-19)… Also registration will open for cheerleading, football and fall baseball at different times this summer… For more information about all of these, click here.
  • PC Summer Sports Camps… This summer various sports at PC will be holding camps for various age groups of youth in the area… To see a complete listing of all the camps click here… The next camp is: 2018 Tommy Spangler Elite Football Camp… Sat, July 14, 2018 This camp is designed for High School Juniors and Seniors to receive individual instruction from the Presbyterian College coaching staff…  Campers will receive instruction in Fundamentals, Skills, and Techniques as well as One-on-One drills…  Our camps are designed to make each participant a better football player while creating a fun and competitive environment…The cost is only $40 and for more information about this camp including what to bring, what NOT to bring and online registration, click here.

 

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

Sports Report for Friday, 6-29-2018

Presbyterian College Notes:

  • The Blue Hose football team will kick off it season on Saturday, September 8th when they travel to Clarksville TN to take on Austin Peay … The following week they will host Stetson in the first of 5 home games they will have this season… If you would like to see the entire PC football schedule for the upcoming season, click here…  Season ticket prices for the Blue Seats has been set at $90 each  this season and if you are interested in going ahead and purchasing them, click here to go to the PC website where they have season and individual game ticket information, contact the ticket office at 864-833-8240 or email the ticket office by using the following email address: skmedlin@presby.edu

 

Local Notes:

Clinton All-Star Team Updates…

  • O-Zone All-Stars…. Yesterday I told you that the Clinton O-Zone team played 5.5 inning of a game against Edgefield on Wednesday night and were trailing 4-3 with a man on second when lightning and rain caused the game to be suspended….. Well they traveled back last night to complete the game and it only took 2 pitches to complete… Clinton’s Caleb Taylor took the first pitch for a strike and then belted the second pitch over the left field fence to give Clinton a walk-off win and punch their ticket to the State Tournament as the Region 3 Champions.
  • Minors 9-10 All-Stars… Also you may recall from yesterday that the 9-10 Minors All-Stars had their game with Star-Iva suspended Wednesday night leading 5-2 about halfway through the game… Good news here as they also were able to finish their game and take a 9-7 win…. Garrett Satterfield led the team at the plate going 3-3 with a double and scoring a run… He was also one of the three pitchers that combined to take the win… Talan Campbell and Zak Lawson were the other two pitchers… That leaves three teams with one loss each in the tournament and they held a draw for the bye in the final two games… Unfortunately Clinton did not win that bye and will have to face Abbeville today at 6 pm (at Abbeville I believe) and the winner of that game will play Star-Iva at 8pm for the District Championship… Good luck to Clinton!

 

Laurens Little Majors Host Region Tournament

  • The Laurens Little League Majors All-Star team will host the district tournament starting tonight and the only team in the tournament besides them is the Greenwood team…. They will play a best of three series with the first game tonight at the Laurens City Parks starting at 7:00 pm… The second game is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 am… Good Luck to the future Raiders!

 

College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Oregon State 5 – Arkansas 0… last night out in Omaha the Oregon State Beavers did something that is rarely done, they lost the first game in the best of three series for the CWS Championship and then came back to win two games to take the championship… The big key to this game was that the Beavers’ freshman pitcher got the complete game win allowing only 2 hits while striking out 10 and walking only 2.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and start a 9-day road trip with the first stop being in St. Louis tonight to start a 3-game series with the Cardinals.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive… The Drive were in Augusta last night finishing up a game that started on Wednesday and was suspended due to rain and lightning and then they played the regularly scheduled game… In the suspended game, the GreenJackets took a 6-5 win by outhitting the Drive 12-5…. Now the news is better for Drive fans where the regularly scheduled game is concerned as the Drive took a 5-3 win despite being outhit by the GreenJackets 6-5…. The teams will finish their series in Augusta tonight then trey Drive come home tomorrow night to start a series with the Charleston RiverDogs.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-28-2018

Local Notes:

Clinton All-Star Teams… Well the weather once again caused problems in the District 3 Tournaments so let me tell you what I know.

  • Minors 9-10 All-Stars… As you may recall their game with the Starr-Iva team was suspended a couple of nights ago with Clinton leading 5-2… Well they moved the game site to Abbeville last night and were only able to get in a half an inning before rain and lightning stopped the game again… Clinton did score another run and now leads 6-2 and they hope to finish the game in tonight again in Abbeville starting at 6 pm.
  • O-Zone All-Stars… The Clinton O-Zone All-Stars were able to finish their game with Mid-Carolina last night that had been suspended due to weather from the night before… Good news here as they defeated Mid-Carolina 6-1 to remain the only undefeated team in the tournament… Shortly after they defeated Mid-Carolina they started a game with Edgefield that if they won would make Clinton the District Champion… They were able to play 5.5 innings of the game and Edgefield led 4-3 going into the bottom of the 6th inning where Clinton had one last chance to pull the game out…. The leadoff batter for Clinton singled and then stole second and that is as far as they got as rain and lightning forced the game to be suspended… After about an hour and a half rain delay it was decided to come back and finish the game tonight starting at 6 pm… Should Clinton come back and win, they claim the district title… should they loose and winner take all game between the two teams will take place shortly after the conclusion (weather permitting) suspended game…. Good luck to both Clinton teams! 

 

LDHS 

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field. 

 

College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Oregon State 5 – Arkansas 3… The Beavers of Oregon State took an exciting and improbable 5-3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks to force a winner take all game 3 in the CWS finals last night out in Omaha.. The Razorbacks led 3-2 going into the top of the 9th inning and had the Beavers down to their last out with a man on third when the Oregon State batter hit a pop-up in foul territory on the right side of the infield that the right fielder, second baseman and first baseman all had a shot at to end the game and give the razorbacks the championship but in what looked like a little bit of confusion it fell harmlessly to the ground for a foul ball… On the next pitch the Beaver batter singled driving in the tying run… The next batter homered putting the Beavers up by the final score of 5-3 as they held the Razorbacks scoreless in the bottom of the 9th…. Game 3 will start tonight at 5:50 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN2

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Reds 6 – Braves 5… In the final game of their 3-game series at Sun Trust Park yesterday afternoon, the Reds took a come from behind 6-5 win over the Braves to give them the series win 2-1… The Braves led 5-3 going into the top of the 7th inning when the Reds struck for 3 runs to take the lead and then held the Braves scoreless for the win… The Braves have the night off tonight as they start a road trip tomorrow with the first stop being in St Louis for a 3-game series with the Cardinals.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive… The weather that rolled through the area last night caused the Greenville Drive’s game down in Augusta to be suspended…. They will finish that game today starting at 5:30 and then play the regularly scheduled game with the GreenJackets.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-27-2018

Local Notes:

Clinton Dixie Youth All-Star Teams

  • AA 8-9 All-Star: Saluda 14 – Clinton 10… Clinton 7-8 AA machine pitch All-Stars played Saluda Monday in an elimination game… This was the 2nd time the two teams had faced off and Saluda won the 1st meeting 22-21… Clinton was down 3-1 after first inning and both teams went scoreless in the 2nd mainly due to both teams having some great defensive plays in the inning…  In the bottom of the 3rd Saluda was able to plate 4 making the score 7-1…  Clinton was able to score 5 in the 4th with the help of a home run by Will Corley…   In the bottom of the 4th Clinton was able to get the 1st two batters out but Saluda was able to score 6 runs before Clinton got the 3rd out… Going into the top of the 6th Clinton was down 14-6 and rallied to score 4 runs but just could not get any closer as Saluda took the 14-10 win eliminating Clinton from the tournament… According to Coach Dale McWaters Clinton hit the ball hard but Saluda just made plays when it counted…. To their credit, Clinton never quit and the kids battled every game….  They got down in both games and battled back in each of them but just could not come all the way back…   Coach McWaters said he and the other coaches are very proud of the kids… Batting leaders for the game were Grayson Gansz, Ryan Campbell, Cade Lyda, Taryn (Bubba) Underwood, William Addison, Corbin Kimberlin and Will Corley all having two hits each… Alex Cornelio and Wilkes McWaters each had one hit…. Congratulations to the team on a fine showing in the tournament!
  • O-Zone All-Stars… The Clinton O-Zone All-Stars got within 3 outs of getting their game in last night with Mid-Carolina before the weather caused them to suspend the game… The game will be resumed this afternoon (weather permitting) with Clinton leading 6-1… If they get the 3 outs they need to end the game with a win they will take a short break and then play Edgefield… Edgefield would have to beat Clinton twice tonight to advance to the state… Should Mid-Carolina come back and win the suspended game there will be a draw for a bye in the finals and it gets too complicated to explain here… Good Luck to Clinton tonight!
  • AAA All-Stars… I did not get any word from Coach Campbell about their game last night… I’ll try to find out if they played and if so how it came out today.

 

LDHS

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field.

 

College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Arkansas 4 – Oregon State 1… Well they were finally able to get in the first game of the CWS Finals in last night and the Arkansas Razorbacks took game one by a score of 4-1… The Beavers got on the board first plating their run in the bottom of the 2nd inning… The Razorbacks picked up their 4 runs in the top of the 5th and then held on for the win… Oregon St. actually outhit Arkansas 9-5 but just could not get the hits at the right time…. The two teams will face off again tonight at 7 pm and Arkansas can claim the title with a win… One stat they mentioned during the broadcast last night is that the team who wins the first game in this best of three format goes on to win the title 73% of the time.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Reds 5 – Braves 3… In the second game of their 3-game series in Atlanta last night the Reds took a 5-3 win over the Braves… The Reds led 4-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when the Braves loaded the bases with no outs but could only manage to get 2 runs and the Reds got one of those back in the top of the 9th… The teams will finish their series with an early afternoon game today.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Rome 4 – Drive 3… The Drive finished their 3-game series with the Rome Braves down in Ga. yesterday on a sour note as they lost 4-3… The Drive scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning but could not hold the lead as the Braves came back to score the winning run in the 7th inning… Rome took the series 2-1 and the Drive continue their road trip as ty travel to Augusta tonight to start a 3-game series with the GreenJackets.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-26-2018

Presbyterian College Notes: Please see the note in the This and That section below about a soccer camp starting at PC this Friday.

Local Notes:

Clinton Dixie Youth All-Star Teams… The Clinton YMCA Dixie Youth program has some all-star teams in action in District 3 Tournaments so let’s do some catching up with them.

  • Class AA, 7-8 Machine Pitch… This age group is in a 6-team double elimination tournament at Batesburg-Leesville… They opened play last Friday with a 7-2 win over Edgefield County… On Saturday they lost a close one to Saluda by a single run 22-21 to drop them into the losers’ bracket… They were scheduled to play Saluda again last night but as of the time I recorded this I have been unable to get those results…. Hopefully I can get those for you by tomorrow.
  • Class AAA. 9-10…. This age group is also playing in an 8 team double elimination tournament at Batesburg-Leesville… In their first game on Friday they took an 8-3 win over Abbeville…. Their next game saw them take on the Star-Iva team on Saturday and they lost the game 13-10 dropping them into the losers’ bracket… On Sunday they managed to stay alive by taking a 17-7 win over Saluda… They also were scheduled to play last Star-Iva night and again I don’t have those results but hopefully I will by tomorrow.
  • O-Zone All-Stars, 11-12… The Clinton O-Zone team is one of 7 teams playing in the district tournament in Edgefield… They opened up their tournament action last Friday afternoon taking on the Star-Iva team… Good news her also as they took a 12-2 win in 5 innings… Clinton had 11 hits while two Clinton pitchers gave up just 1 hit…. Caleb Taylor led the team going 2-2 with a homer and scoring 3 times as well as driving in 3 runs… They were back in action Saturday evening and once again they won as they defeated Saluda 7-2… Jy Leake and Kayson Copeland each had 2 of the team’s 6 hits… The team returned to action Sunday evening and ran their tournament record to 3-0 as they defeated Edgefield 10-1… They held Edgefield scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning when Edgefield plated their only run to avoid the shutout…. Bryce Young led the team at the plate as he had 3 of Clinton’s 11 hits driving in 4 runs… The team was scheduled to play Mid-Carolina last night but once again I do not have those results and again I hope to have them tomorrow. 

 

LDHS 

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through July 23rd.
  • Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith is also inviting any young lady in grades 7-12 who would like to come out for softball or just see if you might be interested to come to the workouts they are now having on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field.

 

College World Series Notes  Mother Nature decided last night that both Arkansas and Oregon State needed another day of rest before they started their best of 3 series for the National Championship as bad weather forced the game to be canceled last night… They will attempt to get the first game in tonight at 7 pm.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves 5 – Reds 4 (11)… Well in case you did not stay up to see the end of the Braves vs. Reds game in Atlanta you missed a heck of a finish as the Braves defeated the Reds 5-4 in 11 innings… Just before the Braves’ Ozzie Albies stepped up to the plate to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, he told his teammate Danny Santana “It’s time to go long now.”… Well that is exactly what he did as he hit the first pitch over the centerfield fence to give the Braves the walk-off win…. Be sure to click on the highlighted score at the start for more details.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive 8 – Rome 3… The Greenville Drive broke their 3 game losing skid last night as they took an 8-3 win over the Rome Braves down in Georgia last night… Be sure to click on the highlighted score at the start for more details.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 6-25-2018

Local Notes:

 LDHS

  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 555 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm.

  

Laurens Minors Win District Title… The Laurens Little League Minors team won the District Championship in the tournament which was played at the Laurens City Parks over the weekend… They defeated Wren 8-3 Thursday night then took a 12-2 win over Greenwood on Friday… They clinched the title by defeating Easley 16-0… When I asked Coach Patterson about his team yesterday he said that all his pitchers had solid outings and that on offense the bats were hot as each member of the team contributed when needed… Only allowing the opposition to score 5 runs in 3 days also means the defense was solid… Laurens will be hosting the State Minors Championship Tournament starting on July 7th but Laurens will draw a bye in the opening round and start their participation on July 8th… Easley finished second in the District Tournament and has also qualified for the State Tournament… Good luck to the future Raiders!

 

College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

Finals Start Today… The final two teams who will face each other for the National Championship have now been determined… Oregon State and Arkansas will start a best of 3 series for the title tonight at 7 pm on ESPN…. Let’s see how they got to this point in action over the weekend.

  • Arkansas 5 – Florida 2… Arkansas came into their game with Florida last Friday needing to win only 1 game of a possible two games as they were the undefeated team in their bracket… Well one game is all they needed as they took a 5-2 win over the Gators to punch their ticket to the finals… The Razorbacks outhit the Gators 11-3.
  • Oregon State… With Oregon State the story is quite different as they needed to take 2 wins over undefeated Mississippi State… In the Friday game, the Beavers showed they were not going to go quietly as they took a 12 -2 win over the Bulldogs outhitting them 15-5… The in the winner take all game on Saturday the Beavers scored 5 runs in the 3rd and then made them stand up as they took a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs to advance to the finals out of the losers’ bracket.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

Braves… The Braves hosted the Baltimore Orioles in a 3-game series at Sun Trust Park this weekend.

  • Friday: Orioles 10 – Braves 7 (13)… In the first game of the series on Friday night, the Orioles had a 7-3 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when the Braves scored 4 runs to tie the game 7-7…. The game remained tied until the top of the 15th inning where the Orioles plated 3 runs to take a 10-7 lead then held the Braves scoreless in the bottom of the inning to take the win.
  • Saturday: Orioles 7 – Braves 5… On Saturday the Orioles scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 5th to take a 7-5 win over the Braves… The Braves actually outhit the Orioles 12-7 but the Orioles got the clutch hits and the Braves did not.
  • Sunday: Braves 7 – Orioles 3… The Braves were able to avoid the sweep by taking a 7-3 win over the Orioles yesterday… Ozzie Albies keyed the Braves attack getting 3 hits and scoring 2 runs… Dansby Swanson had a pinch-hit homerun…The Braves now host the Cincinnati Reds in a 3-game series starting tonight at Sun Trust Park.

2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did! 

Drive… The Drive finished their 3-game series with the Ashville Tourist and started a 3 game series with the Rome Braves over the weekend…. As you may recall, the Drive took a 6-3 win over the Tourist on Thursday in the first game of their series.

  • Friday and Saturday… Well after winning the first game of the series the Drive dropped the next two games as the Tourist took a 6-2 win on Friday and 4-3 win on Saturday in 10 innings.
  • Sunday: Rome 7 – Drive 5… Yesterday the Drive traveled to Rome, Ga. to start a 3-game series with the Braves… The news is not good here either for Drive fans as the Braves took a 7-5 win over the Drive even though the Drive outhit them 10-9.

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Sports Report for Friday, 6-22-2018

Presbyterian College Notes:

  • The Blue Hose football team will kick off it season on Saturday, September 8th when they travel to Clarksville TN to take on Austin Peay … The following week they will host Stetson in the first of 5 home games they will have this season… If you would like to see the entire PC football schedule for the upcoming season, click here…  Season ticket prices for the Blue Seats has been set at $90 each  this season and if you are interested in going ahead and purchasing them, contact the ticket office at 864-833-8240 or email the ticket office by using the following email address: skmedlin@presby.edu.

Local Notes:

LDHS

  • Michaela Smith Meet and Greet Tonight… Tonight in the gym at LDHS starting at 6:00 pm there will be a meet and greet for the community with the new softball coach at LDHS Michaela Smith… The community is invited and the parents of any 7th -12 grader who is interested in playing softball for the Raiders are highly encouraged to come to this meeting… Further the Raider softball teams will be holding summer workouts and practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and any young lady who will be in grades 7-12 this next school year and is interested in playing softball for the Raiders is encouraged to come join them.
  • Free Softball Clinics… Coach Smith has also announced that she will be conducting free softball clinics for young ladies who will be in grades 2-6 this next school year… Those clinics will be on Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the LDHS softball field… If you have a daughter or granddaughter who is interested in softball this will be a great way for her to get some excellent instruction that is sure to improve her skill level and be sure they learn the fundamentals correctly.

 

Little League District Minors All-Stars Tournament… The Little League Minors All-Star Tournament started at the Laurens City Parks last night.

  • Results… Laurens 8 – Wren 3 and Easley 18 – Greenwood / Abbeville 6
  • Schedule Tonight…. Laurens vs. Greenwood / Abbeville at 6 pm and Easley vs. Wren at 8 pm.

 

College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Florida 9 – Texas Tech 6… There was one elimination game at the CWS last night and in that game the Florida Gators took a 9-6 won over the Red Raiders of Texas Tech… The finals of each of the brackets in the CWS have now been set and they will start today… Bracket 1 finals are Mississippi St. vs. Oregon State while Bracket 2 finals pit Arkansas against Florida… Mississippi State and Arkansas are the two undefeated teams and only need to win a single game to make it to the CWS Finals starting Monday…. To go to the NCAA posting of the interactive bracket, click here.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves… The Brave were off last night and return to action tonight as they host the Baltimore Orioles at sun Trust Park… It is Hank Aaron Weekend… The Braves are 43-30 on the season and lead the NL East by 3 games over the Washington Nationals.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive 6 – Tourist 3 The Greenville Drive got back into action last night after the All-Star break and they started the second half of their season on a positive note as they took a 6-3 win over the Ashville Tourist at Flour Field… The big inning for the Drive was the 4th when they put 5 runs on the board to go up 6-1… Two of the Drive’s 14 hits were homers…. The two teams will finish their series tomorrow night and then the Drive travel to Rome, Ga. to take on the Braves starting Sunday.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-21-2018

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway Results…  Checking the results in each of the division’s main events last Saturday night at the LCS you find…

  • SECA 604 Crate… For the second time in as many weeks, Dale Timms took he win in the 604 Crate main event… He finished almost two seconds ahead of Mike Akeson who finished second with Colby Cannon taking third.
  • Limited… In the Limited main event, Larry Timms barley edged out Frank Coates for the pole and then rolled through the race to finish a little over 4.7 seconds ahead of Tony Quarles who finished second.
  • FWD… The main event in the FWD division had a lot of starts and stops early but when they finally got going and the race finished, Joel Cabe was the first to get the checkered flag… Shawn Nichols and Jason Bishop were the next two to take the checkered flag in that order but a post-race inspection disqualified Nichols moving Bishop up to second and Robert Spencer got third.
  • Thunder Bombers… In the Thunder Bomber main event, Dylan Chappell did not lead until just before the end of the race and that’s when you need to be leading as he took the lead and the win late in the race… Brandon Satterfield was second and Dan Lawson was third.
  • 602 Crate… In the 602 Crate main event, Jeff Robinson also overcame early race problems to come back and take the win… Lucas Motte and Matt Dean finished in second and third respectively.
  • 4-Cylinders… In the 4-Cylinder main event, division leading Rod Tucker took the win leading wire to wire and finished over 4.5 seconds in front of Larry Teal… Brandon Frazier took third.
  • Enduro… The Enduro main event saw another driver take the lead at the start and never trail in the person of Eric Caughman… The next two drivers to get the checkered flag were Robbie Hartman and Brandon Patterson in that order.

 

College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Arkansas 7 – Texas Tech 4… Well weather did delay the games somewhat at the CWS in Omaha yesterday but they did manage to get the two games scheduled in the book… In a winners’ bracket game, Arkansas defeated Texas Tech 7-4… The Hogs jumped out early and led 5-0 before the Red Raider finally plated 2 runs in the 5th inning but the Hogs got those back in the 8th to go up 7-2… The Red Raiders tried to come back in the bottom of the 9th plating two runs to make the final 7-4 but could get no closer…. Arkansas has the day off today but Texas Tech is scheduled to take on Florida in an elimination game tonight at 8 pm.
  • Oregon St. 11 – North Carolina 6… In an elimination game last night, the Oregon St. Beavers scored 4 runs in the 8th inning and 4 more in the 9th to come from behind and defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 11-6 thus ending the Tar Heels season… The Beavers will be back in action Friday when they face Mississippi St. who is undefeated in the CWS…. To see the entire bracket, click here.

 

Pros …Click on the first score(s) of the following for more information about the contest(s).

  • Blue Jays 5 – Braves 4… In the final game of a two-game series in Toronto yesterday, the Blue Jays took a 5-4 win over the Braves to earn a split of the series… The jays had a 5-2 lead going into the 9th and the Braves did get two runs there and had the tying run on second but just could not get it in… Both teams had 8 hits and Kurt Suzuki had a solo homer for the Braves in the 2nd inning…. The Braves are off tonight and will come home to Sun Trust Park tomorrow night to start a weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles on Hank Aaron Weekend.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive… The Drive were off last night completing the all-star break… They start a 3-game series with the Ashville tourist tonight at Flour Field.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-20-2018

Local Notes:

LDHS

Volleyball and Softball at LDHS Getting New Head Coaches… In a press release yesterday, Ed Murray the Dist. 55 Athletic Director announced that the Raiders will have new volleyball and softball head coaches… To read the entire press release about this, click here.

  • Volleyball… Erin Fleming will be joining the Raider coaching staff as the new Head Volleyball Coach replacing Caroline Culbertson who has stepped down from that position… She is coming from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida where she has been in charge of their volleyball program since 2011… Her teams have won 3 state championships and she won Coach of the Year Honors in 2012…
  • Softball… The Raider softball team is also getting a new head coach and it will be a familiar face as Raider Micaela Smith is giving up her last year of eligibility to play college softball at Anderson University to take over the Raiders as Coach Satterfield departs… As you may recall she graduated from LDHS in 2015 and earned a scholarship to play at Anderson where she has been very successful… Coach Butch Clark ranks her in the top 5 of the players he has coached and had other very positive remarks about her… When I contacted her last night she said she was excited to come back to the Raiders but it was not an easy decision giving up her last year of softball at Anderson but it was an opportunity almost too good to pass up to come back and coach at the school she loves… She will continue working on her degree in biology with an eye on teaching in District 55 in the 2019-2020 school year… I can promise you both her and her parents are excited about this opportunity… My best wished to both coaches and “Welcome back Michaela!

LDHS to Have Four Assistant Athletic Directors… As you may recall, it was recently announced that Tommy Spires will take over as Athletic Director at LDHS for the retired Mark Freeze… Since then it was announced that he will have four assistant athletic directors…

  • Jim Iacuone… Raider golf coach Jim Iacuone will be one of the four as Asst. AD for Communications… Jim will be doing much of the same as he has been doing behind the scenes working with the Century Club, booster club and have additional duties also many dealing with media athletic record keeping…. Jim’s “full time” job is working in the district’s IT Department.
  • Rob Sheffield… I didn’t think Rob Sheffield had any more room on his plate as it is pretty full teaching, being the wrestling coach and one of the faculty members working with the Robotz Garage but he must have a little more rom as he will be an assistant AD also… A lot of his duties will most likely revolve around the fall sports and game day operations… I just hope he will still be able to help us out on our football broadcast if we need him!
  • Lee Taylor… Coach Lee Taylor is slated to be an Asst. AD this year… As you may recall, he joined the Raider football staff this past season coming from Mauldin HS… Coach Taylor will be an asset to Coach Spires as he served as AD at Southside HS for 5 years and an Assistant AD at Mauldin for 7.
  • TBA… Now Coach Adam Taylor was penciled in to be the fourth assistant but his recent promotion to assistant principal at LDHS plus his other coaching duties forced a change in plans there… Coach Spires said they hope to name the fourth assistant soon. 

 

College World Series Notes  Well they had some weather problems at the CWS yesterday but they did manage to get 2 games in…. For more details on each game, click on their scores at the start.

  • Mississippi St. 12 – North Carolina 2… In a winners’ bracket game that was delayed from Monday due to weather, Mississippi St. took a 12–2 win over North Carolina… They used two big innings to do it… They scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning and 8 in the 8th in route to the win.
  • Florida 6 – Texas 1… In another elimination game, Florida defeated Texas 6-1 thus ending Texas’ season… Four runs in the 6th inning by the Gators broke the game open.
  • Arkansas vs Texas Tech Delayed… Early evening weather problems yesterday caused the other winners’ bracket game between Arkansas and Texas Tech that was scheduled for yesterday to be postponed until noon today… If you wish to see the other game(s) scheduled for today and the TV network they can be seen on, click here to go to the interactive brackets.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves 11 – Toronto 4… In the first game of their two game series in Toronto, the Braves pounded out 14 hits as they took an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays… Johan Camargo had his first grand slam homer in a four-hit night for him… Charlie Culbertson also had a solo homer in the game to give him 4 homers on the season.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive… The Drive were off last night as SAL held its All-Star Game in Greensboro… The Southern Division defeated the North 9-5… If you would like to see the box score on the game, click here

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 6-19-2018

Presbyterian College Notes:

2018 Elite Women’s Basketball Camps… Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, August 4, 2018

These camps are open to all girls who will be in grades 7-12 this next school year… The goal of the camps is to provide excellent instruction, promote the love of the game, and create an environment which fosters a lifetime of memories while improving the campers’ skills through drills and game play… The cost is $50 and you can find more information about the camp including online registration by clicking here.

 

Local Notes:

LDHS

  • Laurens District 55 Alumni Association Formed… Recently it as announced that the alumni of LDHS and the other high schools in Laurens District 55 that came before it now have an association called the Alumni Association of Laurens 55 (AAL55)… This is a newly formed 501(c) (3) corporation that will help alumni of Laurens District 55 and friends to stay connected and help support the schools of the district… for more information about this new organization including how to join, click here 

 

College World Series Notes… Click on the score(s) of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Oregon State 14 – Washington 5… Well the weather played havoc on the CWS yesterday and they were only able to get one of two games scheduled in… The elimination game between Oregon State and Washington started and then when lightning and rain moved through they suspended the game for about 4.5 hours… When they finally finished the game Oregon State lived to play another day as they took a 14-5 win over Washington thus eliminating Washington…. The North Carolina vs. Mississippi St. game that was scheduled for last night will now be played at 11:00 am this morning… The other games slated for today are an elimination game between Texas and Florida at 2:00 pm and a winner’s bracket game between Arkansas and Texas Tech at 7:00 pm…. To go to the interactive bracket for the finals, click here.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night but return to action tonight as they travel to Toronto to take on the Blue jays fin a short 2-game series… The Braves are currently 42-29 on the season and lead the NL east by 3.5 games over the Washington Nationals who are 37-31 on the season… By the way the Braves Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis have drawn more votes for the upcoming All-Star game than any other National League player… A couple of other Braves are in position to make the All-Star Roster as well… For more information about this, click here.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive… The Grenville Drive were off last night as they are taking a break for the SAL All-Star Game tonight in Greensboro… The Drive will be sending 3 players to the game and their trainer to the game… In addition their manager Iggy Suarez will be the manager for the Southern Division All-Star Team as the Drive won the division last season… For more about this, click here.

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Sports Report for Monday, 6-18-2018

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy:

  • Tindall Picks Up Post Season Honors… Recently the High School Sports Report released its list of baseball and softball players who made its all-state teams and the various spring sports at each classification including baseball… Laurens Academy’s Wil Tindal was on their list of players who made the team for the SCISA Class A All-State Team… Tindal was one of only two seniors on the very young Crusader team this year… When he was not playing shortstop you would find him on the mound pitching for the Crusaders… He led the Crusaders with a .460 batting average… He will be honored on the June 24th at HHSR’s banquet in Columbia along with a long list of other honorees… If you would like to see the HSSR’s complete list of those chosen for the various all-state teams click here… Congratulations to Wil!

College World Series Notes… Now for you die-hard college baseball fans out there, here are the results from the first two days of the CWS in Omaha …. For more information on all of the following games and the brackets click here….

  • Saturday… In the first game of the CWS on Saturday North Carolina took an 8-6 win over Oregon State and Mississippi State took a 1-0 win over Washington… Washington and Oregon State will face each other today at 2:00 pm in an elimination game while North Carolina and Mississippi State will take the field at 7:00 pm tonight in a winners’ bracket game.
  • Sunday… In action yesterday, Arkansas defeated Texas 11-5 and Texas Tech defeated Florida 6-3… Tomorrow Texas and Florida will meet in an elimination game at 2:00 pm and Arkansas and Texas Tech will meet in a winners’ bracket game at 7:00 pm.

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

Braves…. The Atlanta Braves completed their 4-game series with the San Diego Padres in Atlanta yesterday… As you may recall the series started Thursday night with the Braves taking a 4-2 win over the Padres.

  • Friday: Padres 9 – Braves 3… The Braves’ Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer in the 5th inning to give the Braves a 3-2 lead over the padres which they carried into the top of the 7th inning where the Padres struck for 5 runs and then added 2 insurance runs in the 9th to take a 9-3 win over the Braves… The Padres Freddy Gavis had a 3-run homer in the decisive 7th inning and went 5-5 at the plate.
  • Saturday: Braves 1 – Padres 0… If you are a fan of a pitchers’ duel, Sun Trust Park was the place for you Saturday as the two teams combines for only 9 hits and 1 run and good news for Braves fans as they had the lone run taking a 1-0 win over the Padres… The Braves got 6 scoreless innings out of starter Sean Newcomb who struck out 7 and walked only 1 and then turned it over to 3 Brave relievers… The Braves only came on a solo homer by Charlie Culbertson (3) leading off the 5th inning.
  • Sunday: Braves 4 – Padres 1… The Braves completed their series with the padres with a 4-2 win Sunday… They scored 2 runs in the 4th inning and then Tyler Flowers added a 2-run homer in the 8th inning as the Braves took the series 3 games to 1… Julio Teheran pitched 6 strong no-hit innings striking out 11 and walking 1 in his first start since coming off the disabled list…. The Braves have tonight off as they get their suitcases packed along with their passports as they start a 2-game series in Toronto tomorrow.

Drive… The Greenville Drive were down on the coast of SC taking on the Charleston RiverDogs over the weekend.

  • Friday: Drive 8 – RiverDogs 5… In the first game on Friday the Drive scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning and then went on to take an 8-5 win… They outhit the RiverDogs 14-7 and scored their runs playing small ball.
  • Saturday: RiverDogs 10 – Drive 4… The RiverDogs came back on Saturday and turned the tables on the Drive taking a 10-4 win… They outhit the Drive 16-10 and three Dive errors figured into the win.
  • Sunday: Drive 4 – RiverDogs 1… In the rubber game of the series, the Drive took a 4-1 to get the series win 2-1…. The Drive scored 2 runs in the first and 2 in the ninth inning while giving up the single run in the sixth… The Drive will now take three off for the SAL All-Star Game break… The game will be Wednesday in Greensboro.

 

This and That:

  • Clinton YMCA Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons… The Clinton Family YMCA will be having a full slate of summer sports camps this summer and will also be offering swimming lessons throughout the summer… To see complete details on all these click here… The camps that start next week are baseball and T-Ball… The deadline to register is this Friday at 5:00 pm… Again for more details on these and swimming lessons click here.
  • City of Laurens Parks and recreation Sumer Camps… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting 3 camps this summer… They will have a Straight Street Camp (June 11-29), basketball camp (July 9-12) and a baseball camp (July 16-19)… Also registration will open for cheerleading, football and fall baseball at different times this summer… For more information about all of these, click here.
  • Finally Friday… The City of Laurens and Main Street Laurens will hold another Finally Friday on the Square Friday, June 29th from 7- 9 pm… There will be a family game area, music, concessions, beer & wine and businesses on the square will be open late… The music for this Friday will be provided by the Shag Doctorz and it is free to the public… The other Finally Friday events will be held on the last Friday of each month… The theme for the summer concert series will be beach music… On July 27th there will be an ice cream event…. At the end of August Split Shot will present the music and in September The Carolina Player are scheduled to provide the music.

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