Sports Report for Friday, 7-29-2016

PC Notes:

  • Basketball… August 1-5 Coach Greg Nibert and his staff will be conducting the 2016 Camp of Champs Morning Camp for youth ages 5-10… The camp will start at 9 am each day and end at noon… Coach Nibert and his staff will definitely help your child improve his / her basketball fundamentals… For more information on the camp and to get a copy of the camp registration form, click here.
  • PC Football season Tickets… The Blue Hose will open their home football season on Sept 24th as they host Florida Tech…. In addition they will have 3 other home games…. Season tickets for the Blue Reserved seats are only $75 each… Bench reserved season tickets are $60 each… It’s not too early to go ahead and but in your application for season tickets… To go to the PC website where the season ticket order form is, click here… You will find out here how to get the optional season parking pass, single home game tickets (if available) and tickets to select away games…. For more information, call 864-833-8240.

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway Results… after a week off due to rain the [previous Saturday, they were able to get back to racing last Saturday night and let’s look back at the top 3 finishers in each main event (sorry no other details)… But before we do, remember that gates open at 6 pm and racing starts at 8 pm at the LCS…. In each below they are listed in order of finish (1 then 2 then 3).

  • Hobby… Chris Lyons, Lucas Motte & Tinker Roberts
  • Stock Thunder…. Poppie summers, Casey Lawson & Bruce Barnett
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson, Mason Mack & Landon Mack
  • Stock 4…. Michael Simmons, Wayne Summers & D.J. Crawford
  • Crates… Dale Timms, Trent Ivey & Travis Pennington
  • Limited… Larry Timms, Billy Rushton & Frankie Coates

 

LDHS Notes

  • Cross Country Practice… LDHS has a new cross country coach and his name is Thomas Moore… He has asked me to remind those youth are members of the team to be meet him at the LDHS track in KC Hanna Stadium next Monday morning at 8 am for your first team practice… If you are interested in joining the team, I am sure you can meet him there that morning to get all the details and answer any questions you may have. 

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 28 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 34 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 57 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 

Football Practice has Started At All 3 Local High Schools… Well our old friend Bi Gene would be smiling because we are so close and today marks the start of football practice at all three (4 counting Ware Shoals)… If you get a chance go by and give the teams a look…. I’ll try to keep you posted on scrimmages as the coaches let me know about them.  

WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

Pro Sports

  • Phillies 7 – Braves 5… Well the Braves finally got back home last night and their two-game winning streak (that is a streak for the Braves this year you know) was broken as the Phillies took a 7-5 win… The Phillies started out as hot as the weather as they put 5 runs on the board in the first inning in part mostly on the strength of two homeruns and the Braves just could not come back though they tried… They even put 1 run on the board in the bottom of the 9th inning but still came up short… For more information on this game, click here…. Game time tonight at The Ted will be 7:30 and it will be on Fox Sports South.
  • Drive 5 – Rome 4… The Greenville Drive started their home stand last night with a 5-4 win over the Rome Braves… The Drive got their 5 runs on just 7 hits while Rome got their 4 runs on 10 hits… For more information on this game, click here. 
  • NFL.. Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice today starting at 3:10 pm and going until 5:10.

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

Sports Report for Thursday, 7-28-2016

Local Notes:

  • Countdown to KickoffWell its only 29 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 35 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 67 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • Fall Sports Parent Meeting at CHS… Parents of student athletes participating in fall sports (football, volleyball, cross country, & girls’ tennis) mark your calendars for July 28!  The CHS Athletic Department will hold its annual Fall Sports Parent Meeting on July 28 at 6:00 in the auditorium at CHS… It is HIGHLY recommended that all parents attend this meeting to get to not only meet the coaches but also find out what is expected of your student-athlete in whatever sport they will be participating.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Laurens will be featured during tonight’s sports segment during the 6 pm news…. Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

LDHS Notes

  • Football Practice Starts Friday @ LDHS… Coach Chris Liner wants to remind varsity and JV football practice begins this Friday, July 29th at 9:00 A.M. and for rising 9th graders on Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00 A.M…. All players must have a current physical (after April 1st) and completed parent permission form before they can participate…. Please contact Coach Chris Liner at celiner@laurens55.org if you have any questions.
  • Cross Country Practice… LDHS has a new cross country coach and his name is Thomas Moore… He has asked me to remind those youth are members of the team to be meet him at the LDHS track in KC Hanna Stadium next Monday morning at 8 am for your first team practice… If you are interested in joining the team, I am sure you can meet him there that morning to get all the details and answer any questions you may have.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 9 – Twins 7… The Braves did something last night that has been somewhat unusual this year and that is they won their second game in as many days by defeating the Twins 9-7… The Braves took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning as their bats were about as hot as our weather as they pounded out 16 hits and Freddie Freeman had 4 of them…. Included in his 4 hits were a double and a 2-run homer…. He finished the night with a career high 5 RBIs…. For more information on this game, click here. … The Braves now return home for 7 games with the Philadelphia Phillies being the first team in town tonight at 7 pm.
  • Drive The Greenville Drive were off last night but return home tonight with the Rome Braves being their opponent.

NFL

  • Panthers Training Camp Opens at Wofford… Well today is the day that the Panthers will have their first practice up at Wofford College… The practice is scheduled to start at 6:30 and run for 2 hours but there will be a kickoff party starting at 4:30… Festivities include on-field performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and Black & Blue Crew, Mayor’s Ball Run delivery, face painting, food, interactive games, sponsor displays and more…. Admission is free…. For information about the training camp including a link to the daily schedule, click here.

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

Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-27-2016

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Falls to Northwood in Championship Game….The Laurens Junior Little League All-Star team faced off against Northwood for the second time in two days at Ed Prescott Field yesterday for the state championship and unfortunately the results were very similar as to the first meeting on Monday as Northwood took the championship with a 14-1 win over Laurens in 5 innings…. Laurens actually jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Heath Bragg drew a walk and Nic Robertson singled to centerfield and the center fielder misplayed the ball allowing Bragg to score… Robertson’s hit would prove to be the first of only three hits Laurens would have as Northwood used 15 hits and 3 Laurens errors to score their 14 runs…. Kobe Williams and Eric Jones had the other two hits for Laurens off Northwood’s Braden Johnson who picked up the complete game win…..To see the box score and associated statistics, click on the following; Laurens LL Junior AS 7-26-16 …. Congratulation to Laurens for a great showing in the tournament as their only two losses were to a very good Northwood team.

CHS Notes….

  • Fall parents Meeting & CHS Booster Club… Please scroll down to find more information about the fall sports parents meeting tomorrow night in the CHS auditorium at 6 pm and about membership in the CHS Athletic Booster Club for this upcoming school year.
  • Romines Named Head Boys’ Basketball Coach… Doing just a little bit of catching up, congratulations go out to Coach Eddie Romines for being named the new head boys’ basketball coach at CHS last Friday… Coach Romines stepped up from the assistant coach’s position after Coach Jim Still resigned to take an administrative position in Greenwood… My personal best wishes and congratulations to Coach Romines and I wish him nothing but luck!

LDHS Notes

  • Football Practice Starts Friday @ LDHS… Coach Chris Liner wants to remind varsity and JV football practice begins this Friday, July 29th at 9:00 A.M. and for rising 9th graders on Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00 A.M…. All players must have a current physical (after April 1st) and completed parent permission form before they can participate…. Please contact Coach Chris Liner at celiner@laurens55.org if you have any questions.
  • Cross Country Practice… LDHS has a new cross country coach and his name is Thomas Moore… He has asked me to remind those youth are members of the team to be meet him at the LDHS track in KC Hanna Stadium next Monday morning at 8 am for your first team practice… If you are interested in joining the team, I am sure you can meet him there that morning to get all the details and answer any questions you may have.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 2 – Twins 0… The Atlanta Braves opened a short 2-game series with the Minnesota Twins last night in an unusual fashion, they won… Adonis Garcia had a solo homer in the second inning and the Braves scored another run in the third to take a 2-0 win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Drive 11 – Tourist 3… The Greenville Drive finished their current road trip and series with the Ashville Tourist last night with a one-sided 11-3 win… The Drive scored 3 runs in the first and never looked back as they used 14 hits to score their 11 runs… For more information on this game, click here… The Drive have the night off tonight as they get ready to start a 6-hame, 7-day home stand tomorrow night with the first team in town being the Tourist for a 3-game series.
  • Panthers Training Camp Info… The Carolina Panthers have started arriving back in Spartanburg again this season for their training camp just like they have since their inaugural season back in 1995… They have high hopes of making back to the Super Bowl this season and this time winning it… For those of you who look forward to going up and watching, they hold their first day of practice tomorrow from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… For more information including a link to the complete training camp schedule and special promotions during the camp, click here.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 30 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 36 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 68 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 

WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Laurens will be featured during the Thursday August 28th sports segment during the 6 pm news…. Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.   [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-26-16

Local Notes:

Laurens Little League Junior All-Stars… The Laurens Little League Junior All-Stars were back in action in the started state tournament last night at Ed Prescott Field …. Let’s check on how they did.

  • Northwood 13 – Laurens 3 (5)… In the first game yesterday, the two unbeaten teams in the tournament met when Laurens took on Northwood… Northwood has a tradition of fielding strong teams out of their Little League program and that was true last night as Northwood took a 13-3 win in 5 innings… Northwood’s Caden Grice picked up the complete game win limiting Laurens to just 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1…. Northwood led 4-3 at the end of 2 innings and then continued to build on their lead until they scored 6 in the sixth inning to end the game on the 10-run rule…. Nic Robertson was the only Laurens player to get more than 1 hit as he went 2-3 with a double while Peyton Nelson went 1-1 with a double and 2 RBIs…. For more information on this game, click on the following: Laurens LL Junior AS 7-25-16 Gm-1
  • Laurens 22 – Easley 6…. The loss to Northwood forced Laurens into a situation where they had to play again last night in an elimination game with Easley… Easley led 5-2 going into the top of the 4th inning when Laurens struck for 9 runs and then went on to take a  22-6 win eliminating Easley… Laurens scored in every inning after the 4th and plated 8 runs in the top of the 7th inning… Laurens picked up those 22 runs on 19 hits and were aided by 4 Easley errors, 6 walks and 4 wild pitches… Aiden Pridgen and Peyton Nelson led the Laurens attack each getting 4 hits… Two of Nelson’s hits were triples and he drove in 7 hits… For more information on this game, click on the following:  Laurens LL Junior AS 7-25-16 Gm-2
  • Today…. Laurens and Northwood will meet in the finals today starting at 5:30…. In order for Laurens to advance to the regionals, they must beat Northwood in the 5:30 game and then play them again about 30 minutes after the completion of the first game and defeat them again… Good luck to the team!

Fall Sports Parent Meeting at CHS… Parents of student athletes participating in fall sports (football, volleyball, cross country, & girls’ tennis) mark your calendars for July 28!  The CHS Athletic Department will hold its annual Fall Sports Parent Meeting on July 28 at 6:00 in the auditorium at CHS… It is HIGHLY recommended that all parents attend this meeting to get to not only meet the coaches but also find out what is expected of your student-athlete in whatever sport they will be participating.

Football Practice Starts Friday @ LDHS… Coach Chris Liner wants to remind varsity and JV football practice begins this Friday, July 29th at 9:00 A.M. and for rising 9th graders on Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00 A.M…. All players must have a current physical (after April 1st) and completed parent permission form before they can participate…. Please contact Coach Chris Liner at celiner@laurens55.org if you have any questions.

Pro Sports

  • Braves… The 33-66 Braves (worst record in MLB) were off last night and will start a 2-game series with the Twins in Minnesota tonight at 8:10 pm.
  • Tourist 4 – Drive 1… The Greenville Drive were up in Ashville again last night and the Tourist defeated the Drive 4-1… The Tourist kept the Drive off the board until the top of the 9th inning and limited the Drive to just 5 hits while they scored their 4 runs on only 8 hits… For more information on this game, click here…. The teams finish their current series tonight at 7:05 in Ashville.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 30 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 36 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 59 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 7-25-2016

Local Notes:Mike-little-league

Laurens Little League Junior All-Stars… The Laurens Little League Junior All-Stars started state tournament action last Friday at Ed Prescott Field on the campus of LDHS…. This is a double elimination tournament with 6 other teams involved… Let’s check on how they did.

  • Friday: Laurens 16 – Northwest 0 (5)… Laurens opened tournament action with a game Friday afternoon against Northwest from Greenville County… Laurens opened the tournament with a bang scoring 6 runs in the top of the first inning and then cruised to a 16-0 win in five innings… Laurens scored 4 more runs in the second inning, 2 in the third and 4 in the fourth on 13 hits and was aided by 4 Northwest errors, 6 walks and assorted passed balls and wild pitches… Four Laurens pitchers combine to pitch a 4 hit shutout striking out 6 and walking only 2 batters… Ryan Campbell led Laurens at the plate going 3-3 with 2 RBIs and scoring 2 runs… One of Campbell’s hits was a triple… To see the box score and associated stats of the game, click on the following: Laurens LL Junior AS 7-22-16 … Other scores on Friday were: Northwood 19 – Irmo 7 and Easley 15 – Chester 2.
  • Saturday: Laurens 13 – Easley 2 (6)… The team was back in action on Saturday and took a 13-2 win over district rival Easley in 6 innings… Laurens started a little slower scoring only 3 runs in the top of the first inning and then added 1 in the third, 5 in the fourth and 4 in the sixth while allowing Easley just 2 runs in the third inning… Laurens 10 hit attack was again led by Ryan Campbell who went 3-4 with a triple and 4 RBIs… Three Laurens pitchers combined to give up 2 runs on 4 hits… To see the box score and associated stats of the game, click on the following: Laurens LL Junior AS 7-23-16    … Other scores on Saturday were: Northwood 16 – Summerville 2 & Northwest 16 – Chester 10 (Chester eliminated.
  • Sunday game Scores… Northwest 9 – Summerville 7 (Summerville eliminated), Easley 13 – Irmo 3 (Irmo eliminated) and Easley 15 – Northwest 5 (Northwest eliminated)
  • Today’s Action… In today’s action, the two undefeated teams Laurens and Northwood will meet at 5:30… Then at 8:30 the loser of that game will take on Easley… The loser of that game will be headed home while the winner will return tomorrow (Tuesday) to take on the winner of the Laurens vs. Northwood game today… The “if needed game” is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30.

Pro Sports

  • Braves… The Braves finished their series with the Colorado Rockies out in Colorado over the weekend…. I’ll go ahead and tell you the news is not good for Braves fans (as usual) as the Rockies swept the series from the Braves…Friday: Rockies 4 – Braves 3… The Rockies had to rally to win this one…. For more information on this game, click hereSaturday: Rockies 8 – Braves 4…. The Rockies broke this one open in the 6th inning scoring 5 runs…. For more information on this game, click here…. Sunday: Rockies 7 – Braves 2… No comeback needed here as the Rockies scored 4 in the first inning and never looked back…. For more information on this game, click here…. Today (Monday)… One thing I can promise you is that the Braves will not lose today as they have the day off as they travel to Minnesota to start a short 2-game series with the Twins tomorrow.
  • Drive… The Drive finished their series in Greensboro on Friday: Grasshoppers 4 – Drive 3… The Hoppers scored early and then held on to take the win… For more information on this game, click here… The win allowed Greensboro to take 2 of 3 games from the Drive in the series… The Drive than moved on to Ashville to start 4-game series on Saturday with the Tourist… Saturday: Tourist 2 – Drive 1… This was a pitcher’s duel with all the runs being scored in the second inning… For more information on this game, click here…. Sunday: Drive 12 – Tourist 5… The drive finally got back on the winning track yesterday jumping out to a 9-1 lead after 4 innings of play and then going on to a 15-5 win… For more information on this game, click here.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 31 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 37 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 60 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech  [Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 7-22-2016

PC Notes:

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

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Junior All-Stars Start State Tournament Action Today @ LDHS…. Well all-star baseball is not quite over in the county and as a matter of fact all-star action this weekend will take place at Ed Prescott Field on the LDHS campus…. That is where the Little League Junior State Tournament will take place and the local Laurens Little Junior team will be there as the District I Champion… The Laurens Junior team is composed of 13-14 year old players from the greater Laurens County area with the majority coming up through the LDHS program… Their head coach LDHS baseball coach Dale Nelson… The other teams in the double elimination tournament are Summerville, Irmo, Northwood, Northwest, Easley and Chester… Laurens will start the tournament today playing in the first game at 2 pm against Northwest…. The players on the Laurens team are: Ryan Campbell, Nic Robertson, Peyton Nelson, Luke Willis, Garrett Addy, Zac Faulkner, Heath Bragg, Kobe Williams, Aidan Pridgen, Eric Jones, John Michael Weatherford, Chase Gambrell and Nic Humphries… If you would like to see the entire tournament schedule, click here….. Good luck to the Laurens team!!!
  • Midlands Captures O-Zone State Championship… Yesterday I reported to you that the Midlands team had eliminated the Clinton O-Zone All-Star team from state tournament play on Wednesday night… The Clinton team should not hang their heads over that loss as they did a great job coming back in the losers’ bracket and finishing third in the state losing to the team that would win the state championship… Yesterday Midlands won the state championship defeating a team from Hartsville by a score of 10-0… Midlands went undefeated in the tournament and hit a state record of 23 homeruns in tournament action…. Clinton as I said had nothing to be ashamed of the lost to a pretty good team.
  • Reminders… Today is the last day to register for the basketball camp for youth ages 12-18 at the Clinton Family YMCA and tomorrow is the last day to register for youth (tackle) football and cheerleading with the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department at their Little River office between the hours of 2-7 pm.

Pro Sports

  • Rockies 7 – Braves 3… The Braves started a 4-game series with the Rockies out in Colorado last night with a 7-3 loss… The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning when the Rockies Carlos Gonzalez got things going with a 459 foot 3-run homer… The Braves trailed 7-1 going into the last inning and could have rolled over and played dead but to their credit the had a mini-rally putting 2 runs on the board and came close to getting more…For more information on this game, click here
  • Drive 2 – Grasshoppers 0… The Greenville drive broke a 5 game losing streak last night as they took a 2-0 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers up in NC…. The game was somewhat of a pitcher’s duel as three Drive pitchers allowed only 2 hits while the Drive scored single runs in the first and sixth inning on 8 hits off 3 Greensboro pitchers… For more information on this game, click here… The two teams will finish their current series in Greensboro tonight and then the Drive will move on to Ashville for a 4-game series with the tourist starting tomorrow night.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 35 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 41 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 64 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech
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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-21-2016

Local Notes:

  • Clinton O-Zone All-Stars Finish Third in State Tournament… The Clinton YMCA O-Zone All-Star team ran into a very hot and undefeated Midlands team last night down in Sumter and fell to Midlands by a score of 16-6 and finishing third in the state tournament… Midlands led 3-0 going into the bottom of the second inning when Clinton put 3 runs on the board to tie the game on a 3-run homer by Davidson Pitts…Midlands responded scoring 1 in the third inning, 5 in the fourth and 4 in the fifth to take a 13-3 lead… In the bottom of the fifth inning Clinton tried to fight back as they scored 3 runs… In the fifth Austin Copeland had an RBI single and Zack Fortman had a bases-loaded walk to bring in 2 of the 3 runs… The third run was scored on a passed ball… Midlands got those 3 runs back in the top of the sixth inning and then kept Clinton off the board in the bottom of the inning to take the 16-6 win eliminating Clinton… The big problem for Clinton last night was the fact that they had only 2 hits (Pitt’s homer and Copeland’s single) while Midlands had the hot bats getting 18 hits off 4 different Clinton pitchers… Afterwards Coach Matt Stewart commented “Midlands was the better team, hats off to them… We had a great all-star season… A 10-2 record and fifth straight district title for most of these guys… (The) future looks really good… Eight players on the team are 11 and will be a strong core group of 12 year olds next year.”…. To see the box score and associate statistics on this game, click on the following;  Clinton O-Zone 7-20-16 …. Congratulations on the team in a great showing this year!

Pro Sports

  • Reds 6 – Braves 3… The Atlanta Braves carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th inning but the wheels came of the bus as the Reds plated 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and went on to take a 6-3 win which allowed them to take 2 of 3 from the Braves in the 3 game series… As of lately the Braves are hitting better but not getting the clutch hit while the pitching is spotty… The Braves Freddie Freeman picked up his 17th homerun of the season a solo shot in the first inning…. The Reds countered with two homers of their own both two-run homers… For more information on this game, click here… The Braves stay on the road as they travel to Colorado to start a 4-game series tonight at 8:30.
  • Grasshoppers 8 – Drive3… The Greenville Drive opened up a 7-game road trip last night with their first stop being in Greensboro, NC to take on the Grasshoppers… For drive fans it was not a good opening game of the road trip as the Grasshoppers took an 8-3 win… Greensboro jumped up 3-0 at the end of 2 innings and the Drive closed the score to 3-1 in the 4th but could never get the game closed as the Grasshoppers outhit the Drive 11-6… For more information on this game, click hereNFL
  • Panthers Training Camp Info… The Carolina Panthers will be back in Spartanburg again this season for their training camp just like they have since their inaugural season back in 1995… They have high hopes of making back to the Super Bowl this season and this time winning it… For those of you who look forward to going up and watching mark your calendars for Thursday, July 28th as that is their first day of practice… For more information including schedule and special promotions during the camp, click here.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 36 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 42 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 65 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech
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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-20-2016

Local Notes:

  • Clinton 11 – Pineview 6… Yesterday the Clinton O-Zone All-Star team was able to avoid elimination in the state championship tournament in Sumter by defeating Pineview 11-6,,, Pineview opened the game scoring 2 runs in the top of the first inning but Clinton responded by putting 3 on the board in the bottom of the inning… In the inning, Luke White doubled driving in 2 runs and R.T. Corley had an RBI single… Pineview then added another run in the second inning and two in the third to go up 5-3… Clinton answered in the bottom of the third scoring 5 runs to go on top 8-5 and would never trail again… In the third, Luke White drove in a run with a single and RT Corley scored on a dropped third strike….Other runs scored on wild pitches and Pineview errors. .. Clinton added two more runs in the fourth inning on a wild pitch and sacrifice by Wilson Wages to make the score 10-5… Each team added a run in the 5th inning to make the final 11-6 Clinton… A passed ball allowed Clinton to pick up their final run… Luke white led the team offensively going 2-3 with 3 RBIs…. For more information on this game including the box score & associated stats, click on the following; Clinton O-Zone 7-19-16  … Clinton is now potentially 2 wins away from the championship and will play the only undefeated team left in the tournament Midlands… Their game will start at 8:00 tonight… Congratulations and Good Luck to Coach Matt Stewart and the team!.
  • Coach Stewarts Comments on Monday’s 18-9 Win Over Lancaster… “Great win today for our guys. We continue to focus and make good decisions at the plate… When you’re able to put 18 runs on the board, you have to be happy! e got a little complacent there in bottom of the 5th inning when we had a chance to finish the game. We must do a better job of that as we move forward… The field has now been cut to 6, Pineview is a great team and we will really need to play well tomorrow to get to the to the final 4 on Wednesday.”

Pro Sports

  • Braves 5 – Reds 4 (11)… Well it took them 11 innings to do it but the Braves managed to defeat the Reds in Cincinnati last night by a score of 5-4… Braves centerfielder Ender Incarte had a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to drive in what would prove to be the winning run for the Braves… The Braves actually led 4-2 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when they Reds to plate 2 runs and send the game into extra innings… The Braves Gordon Beckham had a two-run homer in the 7th inning to give them a 4-2 lead at that time… For more information on this game, click here… The teams finish the 3-game series today with a 12:30 pm game.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive had the night off last night and will travel to Greensboro, NC today to kickoff a 7 game road tri… The Drive are 11-13 in the second half of their season and 48-45 overall for the entire season.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 37 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 43 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 66 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-19-2016

PC Notes:

Please scroll down to see the remaining sports camps available at PC this summer.

Local Notes:

  • Clinton 18 – Lancaster 9… The Clinton O-Zone All-Star team lives to fight another day as they defeated Lancaster 18-9 in an elimination game in the state championship tournament in Sumter yesterday… Neither team was able to score in the first two innings and Clinton scored first putting 7 runs on the board in the top of the third inning… In that inning Zack Fortman, Jaylin Alexander and RT Corley all had RBI singles to drive in runs in addition to runs scored on errors and bases loaded walks… Lancaster finally got on the board in the fourth inning scoring 3 runs… Clinton responded by putting 10 runs on the board in the top of the 5th inning to make the score 17-3… In the 5th inning Collin Stewart & Will Stewart both had RBI singles and Jaylin Alexander had a 2-run homer… Zack Fortman had an RBI sacrifice fly, Davidson Pitts drew a bases loaded walk and the other runs were scored on passed balls, wild pitches or errors… Lancaster did not go quietly as they put 6 runs on the board in the bottom of the 5th inning to make the score 17-9… Clinton’s last run came in the top of the 6th inning when Justin McClendon drove in R.T. Corley… For the box score and associated stats on this game, click on the following; Clinton O-Zone 7-18-16 … With the win Clinton advances to play Pine View in yet another elimination game today at 5:30… Once again, good luck to the Clinton All-Stars.
  • Comments from Coach Coley about Sunday’s Game… Yesterday I reported to you that Clinton had taken a 20-2 win over Seneca on Sunday… Yesterday I did not have comments from Coach Matt Stewart about the game but now I do… His comments about Sunday’s game were as follows; “What a great way the kids responded today after a disappointing loss yesterday. When we’re mentally focused we play at a much higher level…Hopefully we can continue to hit as well as we did today (Monday) also, if that happens we are as good as anyone here… We are going to need the same energy and focus tomorrow against a very good Lancaster team in order to advance.”

Pro Sports

  • Reds 8 – Braves 2…. The Atlanta Braves opened a 3-game series with the Reds in Cincinnati last night in their usual way as the Reds took an 8-2 win over the Braves… The Braves scored first in the 4th inning but the Reds answered with 5 in the bottom of the inning and were never really threatened after that… In the big 4th inning the Reds had 3 homers… The Braves’ third baseman Adonis Garcia had 3 of the Braves 9 hits going 3-4 in the game with one of his hits being a solo homer in the 6th inning… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Suns 9 – Drive 6… The Grenville drive finished a 4-game home series with the Hagerstown Suns last night and the Suns took a 9-6 win giving them a sweep of the series… Bottom line on this game was that the Suns outhit the Drive 12-5 and Greenville did have a couple of errors that did not help the situation… For more information on this game, click here…. The Drive have the night off before they start a 7game road trip tomorrow in Greensboro.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 38 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 44 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 67 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 7-18-2016

Local Notes:

Clinton Dixie Youth O-Zone All-Stars… The Clinton YMCA Dixie Youth O-Zone All-Star team started play in the state tournament down in Sumter on Friday so let’s catch up with them.

  • Saturday: Lake City 5 – Clinton 0… The Clinton 11-12 All-Star team dropped their opening round game of the state tournament to Lake City Saturday 5-0 in Sumter… Lake City jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning off 3 hits and 3 errors… They later added one run in the 3rd to make the final 5-0… That would be more than enough as Clinton would struggle at the plate, mustering just 5 hits and stranding 8 runners on base with 5 of them in scoring position…Jaylin Alexander pitched 3 innings giving up 4 hits striking out 3. Wil Stewart pitched the 4th and 5th innings facing 7 batters allowing 1 hit while striking out 3…Wilson Wages led the way at the plate with 2 hits… Alexander, Justin Copeland, and Davidson Pitts each had 1 hit… The loss puts Clinton in the losers bracket against Seneca on Sunday… Head Coach Matt Stewart commented: “Hats off to Lake City, they’re a quality baseball team and deserved the win today… They were the better team… We must let this go and focus on a good Seneca team tomorrow… If we’re not better prepared mentally we will be going home sooner than we wanted to… As the Head Coach, I take full responsibility for that. It’s my job to make sure we’re ready to play. Today that didn’t happen, we’ll be better tomorrow!”… To see the box score and associated stats on the game, click on the following: Clinton O-Zone 7-16-16
  • Sunday: Clinton 20 – Seneca 2… With their backs against the wall in a must-win situation, Coach Stewart and the team were ready to in Sunday as they came out swinging putting 6 runs on the board in the top of the first inning as they went on to defeat Seneca 20-2 in 4 innings… The team scored single runs in the 2nd & 3rd innings and then blew the game wide open scoring 12 runs in the 4th inning… Clinton pounded out 18 hits to Seneca’s 6 and 3 of Clinton’s hits were homeruns… Davidson Pitts had a 2-run homer in the first inning, while Zack Fortman and Jaylin Alexander both had a 2-run homes in the big fourth inning… Fortman went 3-3, scoring 3 times and had 3 RBIs… To see the box score and associated stats on the game, click on the following: Clinton O-Zone 7-17-16 …. Now if I looked at the brackets correctly, Clinton will take on Lancaster today at 5:30 in another elimination game where it is win or go home… Good Luck to Clinton!

Pro Sports

Braves… The Braves hosted the Colorado Rockies in a 3-game series over the weekend let’s check and see if they were able to win a game;

  • Friday: Rockies 11 – Braves 2… Friday the Braves opened the series with an 11-2 loss to the Rockies… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Rockies 4 – Braves 3… On Saturday the Braves carried a 3-0 lead into the top of the 8th inning when the Rockies put 3 runs on the board to tie the game than added a single run in the 9th to take the win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Braves 1 – Rockies 0… Yesterday the Braves and the Rockies hooked up in a pitchers’ duel that went scoreless into the 9th inning… Colorado did not score in the top of the 9th and the Braves managed to avoid the series sweep as Chase d”Arnaud had a walk-off single to left the Braves to a 1-0 win thus avoiding the sweep… For more information on this game, click here… The Braves now start a week long road trip with the first stop being in Cincinnati tonight to take of the Reds.

Drive… The Drive hosted the Hagerstown Suns over the weekend;

  • Friday: Suns 4 – Drive 1…. Hagerstown opened the series on Friday night with a 4-1 over the Drive… The Suns simply outhit the Drive 12-2… For more information about this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Suns 8 – Drive 2… The Drive managed a few more hits on Saturday than they did on Friday but still lost by a score of 8-2… For more information on this game, click here
  • Sunday: Hagerstown 3 – Drive 2… The Suns led early in this but the Drive managed to tie it in the bottom of the 8th inning only to have the Suns pick up a run in the top of the 9th inning and then went on to take a 3-2 win… For more information about this game, click here…. The two teams finish their current series tonight

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 39 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 45 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 68 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech  [Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 7-15-2016

PC Notes:

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

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Minors Fall to Greenville As Their Season Ends… The Laurens Little League Minors All-Star team saw their season come to an end last night as Greenville took an 11-1 win up in Taylors… Laurens simply ran into an undefeated team that was hot and Laurens bats went cold as the Laurens managed only 2 hits to Greenville’s 8… Greenville scored 3 runs in the first and second inning, 4 in the third and one in the fourth… Laurens only run came in the fourth inning when Elijah Grant tripled and was driven in on an RBI single by Bennett Edwards…. To see the boxes core and associated statistics on the game, click on the following:Laurens Minors 7-14-16 … Congratulations to the team on an excellent showing in the tournaments.

Results From The Laurens County Speedway Main Events Last Saturday Night… Remember gates open at 6 tomorrow night and racing starts at 8… Driver listed first won the race and then next two finished second and third respectively

  • Crates… Dale Timms, Travis Pennington & Trent Ivey…. This was Timms eighth win of the season.
  • Limited… Larry Timms, Michael Smith & Frankie Coates… For Timms it was his second strigt win and he led wire to wire.
  • SS4… Michael Simmons, Wayne Summers & Dallas Miller… Simmons & Summers started on the front row and Simmons grabbed the lead early and made it hold up.
  • Stock Thunder… Casey Lawson, Bruce Barnett & Tinker Roberts… Lawson and Roberts battled early in the race but Lawson open up a lead in the last third of the race.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson, Mason Mack & Andrew Patterson… Jamieson led all the way while the real battle was for second with Mack edging out Patterson at the finish line.
  • Hobby… Chris Lyons the Lucas Motte… Lyons continues to dominate the division winning his 9th straight race and 12th of the season.

Pro Sports

  • Braves… The Atlanta Braves finally end their all-star break as they go back to work tonight as they start a 3-game series with the Colorado Rockies tonight at 7:30 down at The Ted.
  • Drive 3 – Grasshoppers 1… The Greenville Drive pulled the brooms out of the dugout closet as they swept the current 3-game series with the Grasshoppers last night when they took a 3-1 win… Greensboro jumped on top first scoring a single run in the top of the 3rd inning then Greenville took a lead they would never relinquish in the bottom of the 4th inning when their left fielder Trent Kemp hit his 8th homerun of the season a 2-run shot… For more information on this game, click here… The Drive remain at home as they start a 4-game series with the Hagerstown Suns tonight at 7:05

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 42 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 48 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 71 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 7-14-2016

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Minors Roll On… In a win or go home game at the state tournament up in Taylors the Laurens Minors All-Star team rolled to a 19-6 win in 4 innings… Chester jumped on top 3-0 at the end of ½ inning of play but Laurens did not let them enjoy it long as they put 5 runs on the board in the bottom of the first… Chester tied the game with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd but Laurens answered with 3 in the bottom of the inning to go back up by a score of 8-5… Chester did not score in the top of the third and Laurens broke the game open in the bottom of the third sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring 11 runs… Chester was able to plate one more run in the top of the fourth on a bases loaded walk but that was all they mustered as Laurens took the 19-6 win and the game ended on the 10-run rule… Laurens pounded out 14 hits with Jackson Martin going 3-3 with 3 RBIs and scoring 3 times to lead the team… Michael Henderson had only 1 hit but it was a 2-run homer in the big third inning… Now if you would like to see the box score and associated stats, click on the following: Laurens Minors 7-13-16 … The win propels the team into the semi-finals tonight at 8pm against Greenville… The winner will advance to the championship game in this single elimination portion of the tournament on Friday… Good Luck to the Minors! 
  • Allen Staton Adjusting well to AA Ball… A few weeks back I told you that former Laurens Raider Allen Staton had been promoted from high A-ball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization to the AA Springfield Cardinals… I had also mentioned that Allen had been hampered by an early season injury that had affected his game but seemed to have recovered from it… Well in the 9 games he has appeared in for Springfield coming into last night’s game he is hitting .333 and has had at least 1 hit in 7 of those games.… He has had 30 at bats and collected 10 hits 1 of which was a homer and also has 2 doubles… In one recent game Allen went 3-3 with a homer and 3 RBI’s… Last night Allen went 1-4 collecting 1 of only 4 hits Springfield had in their 6-1 loss to NW Arkansas… Here’s hoping Allen will continue to do well as he follows his dream!

College Notes:

  • SEC Media Days… The SEC Football Media Days started on Monday of this week and will conclude today… The SEC Commissioner led things off Monday and each of the conferences head coaches have had a chance to speak except for South Carolina, Ole Miss and LSU… The coaches for those schools will be speaking today and South Carolina Will Muschamp will lead things off today at 10:05 EDST…. Now if you have missed any of the comments and want to check the highlights of all the comments made by the participants, click here to go to the SEC Media days Central website where you can catch up on that info… Also Gamecock fans, I do believe it is televised live on the SEC Network…. Wonder if Coach Muschamp can come up with some zingers like Coach Spurrier seemed to be able do so easily???

Pro Sports

  • Braves… The Braves continue to be off last night and today for the all-star break.
  • Drive 6 – Grasshoppers 4… The Greenville drive held a business man’s lunch game starting at 11:05 yesterday and the heat must not have bothered them too much as they took a 6-4 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers… The game was fairly low in hits as the Grasshoppers had just 8 and the Drive only 9 but 4 Greensboro errors aided the Drive somewhat… The long ball played a factor in this game as Greensboro had 3 homeruns and the Drive 2… The Drive’s center fielder Lois Alexander Basabe led the team going 4-4 with one of his hits being a homerun… For more information on this game, click here…. The team finishes their current series with Greensboro tonight at 7:05.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 43 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 49 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 72 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-13-2016

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Little League 10-11 All-Stars fall in Championship Game… The Laurens Little League 10-11 All-Star team took on a team from Greenville last night down in Irmo for the state championship. The two teams had played twice already with each team taking a win and last night’s game went back and forth but in the end Greenville took a 13-10 win… Laurens jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Greenville tied the game with 3 runs in the top of the third inning… Laurens scored 3 runs in the bottom of the third to go up 6-3…Greenville scored 2 in the fourth and 5 in the fifth to go up 10-6… Laurens came right back and tied the game 10-10 in the bottom of the inning… Greenville struck for 3 runs in the sixth inning and then held on for the win… Laurens actually outhit Greenville 10-9 but 9 walks issued to Greenville batters and 7 errors by Laurens aided Greenville’s cause… Griffin Abell and Jace Bishop each went 2-3 to lead Laurens at the plate and one of Abell’s hits was a solo homer in the third inning… After the game Coach French said he was proud of the team’s effort in the loss and pointed out that this was the farthest any team from Laurens had gone in this age group… Congratulations to the team for a great run in the tournament… For more stats on the game, click on the following for the box score: Laurens LL 11-U 7-12-16
  • Laurens Minors Fall But Are Not Out… The Laurens Minors were also in action last night up in Taylors… they completed a suspended game that started on Monday but was interrupted by weather with the score 0-0 in the second inning… Laurens jumped out in front scoring 3 runs in the fourth inning thanks in part to a 2-run double by Jonah Hogge but Laurens could not hold the lead as they fell to Northwoods Blue by a score of 7-4… Northwoods tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as walks and errors by Laurens aided their offense in that inning… In the fifth inning they Northwoods scored the balance of their runs to take the lead and Laurens was only able to score 1 run in the sixth to make the final 7-4… Afterwards Coach Jason Pridgen commented that his team simply did not execute at times as they had opportunities to score and let them slip away… The team is not out of the tournament yet but another loss will end their season… They will be back in action tonight at Corey Burns Park in Taylors as they face Chester in a 6 pm game… Laurens defeated Chester 13-0 in their first game of the tournament… Good luck to the team!

Pro Sports

  • Braves… Of course the Braves were off last night for the All-Star Game which was won by the AL by a score of 4-2… The big inning for the AL was the third where they plated 3 runs on 2 homeruns… One was a 2-run shot by Eric Hosmer of the Royals and the other was a solo homer by his Royal teammate Salvador Perez…. Hosmer later tacked on an RBI single to pick up the MVP award… For more information on this game, click here… The win gives the AL home-field advantage in this year’s World Series… This is the ninth time that the AL has gained that advantage since the rule was implemented in 2003.
  • Drive 6 – Grasshoppers 5… The Greenville Drive got back into action last night as they started a series at Flour Field with the Greensboro Grasshoppers… Good news for Drive fans as they took a 6-5 win over the Grasshoppers… The Grasshopper jumped out to an early lead but Greenville rebounded for the win thanks in part to a 3-run fifth inning… For more information on this game, click here.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 44 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 50 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 73 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-12-2016

PC Notes:

Please scroll down to see information about soccer and football camps at PC this weekend.

Local Notes:

  • Fund Raising for Clinton 11-12 O-Zone All-Star Team… The Clinton YMCA 11-12 O-Zone All-Star team will be heading to the state tournament in Sumter which starts this Friday… It goes without saying that these trips do cost a significant amount of money to feed and house the team members, coaches and chaperones… Tonight at Zaxby’s in Laurens between the hours of 5-8 pm Zaxby’s will donate 10% of the sales to the team… If you are planning on eating out Tuesday why don’t you make plans to do it at Zaxby’s… Of course the team will be accepting donations at each of these events.
  • Laurens L.L. 10-11 All-Stars Fall to Greenville… The Laurens Little League 10-11 All-Star team had won 2 games in a row by a score of 12-11 on some last inning heroics in the first two games of the state tournament down in Irmo… Last night in the championship game they faced off against a team from Greenville which they had defeated on Saturday… Unlike the first time the two teams played, there were no late inning comebacks in the cards last night as Greenville took a 13-3 win in five innings setting up a winner take all game tonight… Laurens scored first in the top of the first inning on a solo homer by Griffin Abell… Abell then took to the mound and unfortunately Greenville got 2 runs off him in the bottom of the first… Laurens tied the game with a single run in the top of the second… Greenville then answered with 4 in the bottom of the second and never trailed again… Laurens did manage another run in the fourth but Greenville answered with 3 in the bottom of the inning and then added 4 in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run lead rule… Laurens scored their 3 runs on 7 hits with Abell being the only Laurens player to get more than one hit going 2-3 with the homer… Greenville picked up their 13 runs on 9 hits including one homer but was aided by 3 Laurens errors… After the game Coach Wayne French commented that his team hit the ball hard more times than not but it always seemed to end up in a Greenville glove while Greenville hit the ball to the gaps… Click on the following to see the box score of the game: Laurens LL 11-U 7-11-16  ….. The championship game will start at 6 pm tonight at Friars Gate Park in Irmo.
  • Weather Suspends Laurens Minors Game… The Laurens Minors team is undefeated in their state championship tournament and was supposed to play Northwood Blue last night up in Taylors… Well they did get the game started but some of the hit and miss thunderstorms did not miss them as the game was suspended with the score 0-0 in the bottom of the second inning due to weather… They will resume the game at 6 pm tonight… Good luck to the team!
  • Clinton and Laurens at PC Today… If memory serves me correctly, both the Red Devils and the Raiders will be over at PC most all today participating in 7 on 7 passing contest… Might want to go check it out if you get a chance.

Pro Sports

  • Braves … The Braves were off last night as they started their all-star break… The All-Star Game is tonight out in San Diego at 7:30 EDT and can be seen on Fox… As you might expect with the way the Braves are playing this year they only have one representative and that is pitcher Julio Teheran who will be there for the second time his first time was in 2014… In the homerun Derby last night, the Marlins right fielder Ciancarlo Stanton hit 20 homeruns in the finals to defeat defending champ Todd Frazier of the White Sox who managed just 13 in the finals of the completion… For more information on the derby, click here.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive had the night off last night and will start a 7 game home stand tonight with the Greensboro Grasshoppers being the first team in town.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 45 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 51 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 74 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 7-11-2016

Local Notes: Laurens Little League had two different all-star teams in action over the weekend in state tournament action so let’s catch up with them.

  • 9-10 Minors… Coach Jason Pridgen and the 9-10 Minor All-star squad keep rolling right along as they have yet to score less than 13 runs in any of the games they have played and that is exactly how many they scored in their Saturday game with Carolina Forest which they won by a score of 13-5… The teams played just about evenly through the first 4 innings as Laurens held a 6-5 lead… As it the first game on Thursday night, walks continued to be the biggest problem for the Laurens pitching staff as they often led to bases loaded situations and runs… Laurens broke the game open in the 5th inning when put 7 runs on the board and went on to the win… Owen Pridgen and Bennett Edwards were both cited by Coach Pridgen as having good games at the plate with Pridgen going 2-4 with a double and an inside-the-park homer… The team will be back in action tonight at 8pm as they take on Northwood Blue at 8pm on Field 3 at Corey Burns Park up in Taylors.
  • 10-11 All-StarsThur. / Fr.: Laurens 12 – Northwood 11… Now as you may recall I mentioned on Friday’s Sports report that the Laurens Little League 10-11 All-Stars started a game down in Irmo against Northwood but the game had to be suspended due to lightning in the area with Northwood leading 9-4… well good news here as Laurens came back to a 12-11 win Friday morning… Laurens trailed 11-8 going into the bottom of the last inning (sixth) when they scored 4 runs to get the win with Alex Laws having a walk-off double to driving in the 2 winning runs… Griffin Abell went 3-4 with a homer for the team… Click on the following to see more stats on the game:  Laurens LL 11-U 7-8-16
  • Saturday: Laurens 12 – Greenville 11… The team was back in action on Saturday as they faced off against a team from Greenville… Right off the bat I will tell you that they took another 12-11 win as they did on Friday and once again they scored the winning runs in the 6th inning… They trailed 11-7 going into the top of the 6th inning when they put 1 run on the board to make it 11-8… Then with the bases loaded and 2 outs and a 1-2 count Bubba Simmerman parked one over the fence for a grand-slam homerun to drive in what would prove to be the winning runs… In the bottom of the 7th Greenville threatened as they had the bases loaded with 2 outs as the runner at third was forced out after the batter hit a ground ball…. Griffin Abell and Alex laws both went 3-4 to lead the team at the plate… For more stats on the game, click on the following: Laurens LL 11-U 7-9-16… The team will be back in action tonight at 6 pm as they once again play Greenville who defeated Northwood yesterday to earn a spot in tonight’s championship game… If Laurens wins tonight, they are the champs.. If Greenville wins it will force a winner-take-all game tomorrow… Good luck to both Laurens teams tonight!

Pro Sports

Braves … The Braves were up in Chicago for a 3-game series with the White Sox starting last Friday

  • Friday: Braves 11 – Sox 8… The Braves started off the series on a positive note taking an 11-8 win on Friday… The Braves broke a 4-4 tie going into the 5th inning by scoring 4 runs there and adding 3 more in the 6th and then holding on to take the win… Freddie freeman, Tyler Flowers and Nick Markakis all had homers for the Braves… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Sox 5 – Braves 4… On Saturday the White Sox rebounded to take a 5-4 win over the Braves… The Sox scored all their runs in the 2nd and 3rd inning and then held on to take the win… Freddie Freeman and Gordon Beckham both homered for the Braves but it was not enough… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Braves 2 – Sox 0…. Yesterday the Braves won the series by taking a 2-0 win over the White Sox… Both teams had 6 hits but the 2 of the Braves hits were solo homers… One in the 2nd inning by Jeff Francouer and the other in the 3rd inning by Jace Peterson…. For more information on this game, click here… The Braves will now take 4 days off for the all-star break… By the way the Home Run Derby takes place tonight at 8 pm our time and can be seen on ESPN… To find out who the participants are and other details, click here.

 

Drive… The Greenville Drive finished their 4-game series with the Lexington Legend up in KY over the weekend… As you may or may not remember they won the first game Thursday night 11-6.

  • Friday: Legends 7 – Drive 4… Lexington outhit Greenville 13-5 in this game…For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Drive 7 – Legends 6… Greenville came back on Saturday and outhit the Legends 12-9 and did manage to take a 7-6 win over the home team… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Drive 8 – Legends 0… The yesterday the 4 Drive pitchers combined to shut out the Legends and allow them only 4 hits while the Drive went on to take an 8-0 win over the Legends… For more information on this game, click here.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 46 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 52 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 75 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech
[Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 7-7-2016

Local Notes: Two area all-star teams return to action tonight.

  • Laurens 9-10 Minors All-Star Team in Action Tonight… The Laurens 9-10 Little League Minors All-Star team will return to action tonight in the state tournament up in the Taylors area… They will be2016 Laurens 9-10 LL Minors All-Stars one of 12 teams in the tournament and are the District 1 Champions… The team is coached by Jason Pridgen, Donald Lattimore and Justin Smith… Team members are MJ Henderson, Jaedon Goodwin , Jackson Martin, Jonah Hogge, Zay Pulley, Jordan Hudson, EJ Grant, Ben Willis, Bennett Edwards, Brett Young, Harrison Moore and Owen Pridgen… The team will be taking on a team from Chester tonight at 8pm on Field 1 at the Corey Burns Park… For those of you who are going, the address is 201 Boling Ct., Taylors, SC 29687… If you would like to see the entire tournament schedule, click here
  • Laurens 10-11 All-Star Team Also in Action Tonight… Another area team the Laurens 10-11 Little League All-Star team is also in action tonight in a state tournament…. Coach Wayne French will carry his team down to Friarsgate Park in the Irmo area (1712 Chadford Rd, Irmo, SC 29063) to take on a team from Northwood… There will be only 2 other teams in this tournament (Irmo and Greenville)… Coach French will be bringing in a team that has played a lot of baseball together for quite some time… The team members are Griffin Abell, Jace Bishop, Parker Clarke, Cayson Elledge, Alex laws, Mason Hamby, Michael Patterson, Sam Powers, Cahijah Pressley, Trent Roth, Brayden Simmerman, Thomas Willis and Jack Yarbrough… If you would like to see the tournament bracket / schedule, click here. .. Good luck to both these all-star teams!!

Pro Sports

  • Phillies 4 – Braves 3… Close but no cigar… Yesterday the Braves broke a 2-2 tie by scoring a run in the top of the 8th inning but turned around and gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the inning as the Phillies completed a sweep of the Braves taking a 4-3 win… Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia went 3-4 in a losing effort… For more information on this game, click here…. I promise you the Braves will not lose tonight as they have the day off and will start their last series before the all-star break tomorrow in Chicago with the White Sox
  • Braves 4 – Drive 0… The Greenville Drive finished their 3-game series with the Rome Braves down in Georgia last night and though both teams had 8 hits each in the game, the Braves got the timely hits as they defeated the Drive 4-0… The Drive’s shortstop Jeremy Rivera had 3 of the Drive’s 8 hits…. The Drive stay on the road as they travel to Lexington, Ky. to start a 4 game series with the Legends tonight.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 50 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 56 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 81 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-6-2016

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway… Before we take a look back at last Friday night’s results from the LCS I will remind you that racing goes back to Saturday night this week with gates opening at 6 pm and racing starting at 8… Now results from the main events from last Friday night;

  • Crates… The Crates main event saw Dillon Brown pick up his first win of the season… It looked like he would run away from the rest of the crowd but a late caution set up a duel at the near the end of the race where he held off Trent Ivey who finished 2nd with Dale Timms 3rd.
  • Limited… The Limited division also saw another veteran driver win his first race of the season in the person of Larry Timms… Timms started on the outside of row 1 and took the lead quickly and never back… The next two drivers to get the checkered flag were Frankie Coates and Travis Blackwell.
  • FWD… After surviving a spinout in the second lap which dropped him back to 7th place in the FWD main event, Andrew Patterson fought his way back and won the event… Mason Mack was 2nd and Grant Burton 3rd.
  • Stock Thunder… Don Hiott started in the second row of the Stock Thunder main event but was the first driver to get the checkered flag… The next two drivers to see it wave over them were “Pork Chop” Pulley and Bruce Barnett.
  • SS4:… The SS4 main event saw still another driver pick up his first win of the season and that was Dustin Morris… Jasper Brown was second and Dallas Miller third.
  • Hobby… Chris Lyons continues to be the man to beat in the Hobby division winning his seventh straight and 11th overall race at the speedway…. The next two drivers to cross the finish line were Clark Smith and Lucas Motte in that order.

Pro Sports

  • Phillies 5 – Braves 1… Except for one winning streak a couple of weeks ago, Brave fans have had little to cheer about and that was the case again last night as the Phillies beat the Braves 5-1 in Philadelphia… The Braves managed just 6 hits with lone run coming on a solo homer by Braves centerfielder Ender Inciarte in the 7th inning… The Phillies had 8 hits with 4 of them being homeruns…. For more information on this game, click here…. The teams will finish the 3 game series today at 1 pm with the Phillies going for the sweep.
  • Drive 4 – Braves 3 (10)… The Greenville Drive had to go to extra innings to do it last night but they did defeat the Rome Braves 4-3 in 10 innings down in Georgia… The game was pretty much a pitcher’s duel for the first 9 innings as the score stood 2-2 at the end of that inning… A bases loaded walk followed by a sacrifice fly provided the winning runs for the Drive in the 10th inning… The Braves then scored one run of their own in the bottom of the 10th before the Drive could get the third out… For more information on this game, click here.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 51 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 57 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 82 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.  [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-5-2016

PC Notes: For a list of upcoming sports camps at PC, please scroll down to the bottom third of this sports report.

Local Notes:

  • Laurens County Pair Selected to Play in Palmetto Games…. Two Laurens County junior baseball players have been chosen to participate in the in the Diamond Prospects Palmetto Games August 13-14 at Founders Park in Columbia… Aaron Copeland of CHS and Jalen Bragg of LDHS were invited to play as infielders…The Palmetto Games are an invitation-only event that showcases the top baseball talent in the state… If you would like to see the entire list of players invited, click on the following: Palmetto Games Roster…. Congratulations to both these young men!
  • Raiders Hosting 7 on 7… The LDHS raider football team will be hosting a few teams this morning at 10 am for a series of 7 on 7 passing contest… Come on out if you have a chance.

Pro Sports

  • Phillies 8 – Braves 2… After playing in prime time at Fort Brag on Sunday night, the Braves boarded a plane and traveled to the cradle of our democracy Philadelphia for an afternoon game with the Phillies… The Braves continued their less than stellar performance with an 8-2 loss to the Phillies… The Braves scored in the top of the first on a solo homerun by shortstop Erick Aybar his first of the season… The Phillies broke the game open in the second inning scoring 7 runs mainly on the strength of a pair of 2-run homers one by center fielder Odubell Herrera and the other by right fielder Pete Bourjos… For more information on this game, click here.… Game 2 of the 3 game series is tonight at 7 in Philly.
  • Rome 6 – Drive 5… The Greenville Drive also started a road trip yesterday and their first stop was in Rome, GA to take on the Baby Braves… Rome built up a 6-0 lead after 5 innings and appeared to be cruising toward an easy win… To their credit the Drive attempted a comeback scoring 3 runs in the 8th inning and 2 in the ninth but could get no closer as the Braves took a 6-5 win…. For more information on this game, click here.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 52 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 58 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 83 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 7-4-2016

Local Notes:

  • Moves Up To AA Springfield Cardinals… Good news for former LDHS Raider baseball player Allen Staton as he has been promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals AA club in Springfield MO…. Allen started this season being promoted to the Cardinals Advanced A Palm Beach team where he started off slow due to back injury that caused him to go to the injured list for a while… He has recuperated and was batting .219 with 3 homers and 26 RBIs in just 49 games … Springfield is a member of the AA Texas League… Guess Tony & Joye will have to take some long weekend trips now…. Congratulations to Allen!

Pro Sports

Braves As you may recall, the Braves started a 4-game series with the Marlins in Atlanta last Thursday night with an 8-5 win over The Fish… Let’s see how they did in the other 3 games:

  • Friday: Marlins 7 – Braves 5 (12)…The Braves trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when Tyler Fowler had a solo homer to tie the game and send it into extra innings… The Marlins scored 2 in the top of the 12th inning and then kept the Braves off the board in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-5 win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Braves 9 – Marlins 1…. The Braves rebounded on Saturday taking a 9-1 win over the Marlins… The game stood 2-1 Braves going into the bottom of the 6th inning when the Braves erupted for 7 runs and never looked back… Freddie Freeman had a 2-run homer in the 1st inning and Jace Peterson a 3-run shot in the big 7th inning…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Marlins 5 – Braves 2… Then yesterday the Marlins took the last game of the series by a score of 5-2 to earn a split of the 4-game series… The game was scoreless until the 5th inning when the marlins scored 2 runs and then added single runs in each of the last 3 inning while the Braves tried to rally scoring 2 in the 9th but it was too little too late… The game was significant in MLB history for something other that its final score… The game was not played in Atlanta but at Fort Bragg, NC… This was the first time a MLB game was played on an active military post… It took a lot of cooperation between the Braves, the Marlins, MLB, the MLB Players Association and the Army to pull this off but everyone worked together with a “make it happen” attitude… All the 12,500 tickets were made available to the troops and their families at no cost and by the looks of what I saw on ESPN last night everyone including the players for both teams loved it… Hats off to all those who came up with the idea and executed it…. Would love to see more games like this…. For more information on this game, click here… By the way the Braves start a road trio that will keep them on the road for the next 7 days all the way to the all-star game break… Fittingly their first stop on this 4th of July is in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was drafted.

Drive… The Greenville Drive finished up their 4-game home series with the Ashville Tourist yesterday… You may remember the started the series with a 5-4 loss to the Tourist on Thursday:

  • Friday: Tourist 6 – Drive 0… On Friday night the Drive pitching staff gave up 6 runs on 15 hits while the Tourist staff limited the Drive to just 3 hits and no runs as the Tourist won 6-0… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Drive 12 – Tourist 2… On Saturday the Drive bats got about as hat as the weather as they scored 12 runs on 12 hits taking a 12-2 win over the Tourist… The Drive scored 7 runs in the 6th inning to break open a 3-2 game…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Tourist 5 – Drive 2… Yesterday the Tourist took a 5-2 win over the Drive allowing them to win the series 3-1… Greenville outhit the Tourist 10-6 but that is not what counts and the Drive had 2 errors that did not help their cause… The Drive now start a week long road trip with the first stop being in Rome to take on the Braves tonight. … For more information on this game, click here.

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 53 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 59 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 82 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech
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Sports Report for Friday, 7-1-2016

PC Notes:

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

Local Notes:

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

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

College Notes:

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

Pro Sports

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

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