Sports Report for Monday, 5-21-2018

Local Notes:

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  • Spring Game… The Red Devils were able to get in a little over an hour last Friday night before lightning in the area forced them to cut it short… By all accounts the Red Devil offense which was led by rising junior quarterback Konnor Richardson seemed to fair a little better than the defense.

LDHS

  • Spring Game… The Laurens Raiders decided to postpone their Spring Game until tonight at 7:00 pm… Before it starts there will be a Powder Puff Game starting at 5:30.

 

State baseball & Softball Championship Wrap-up: Taking a quick look at the state champions in baseball and softball for this spring

  • AAAAA… Baseball: Dorman defeated River Bluff 2 games to 1… Softball:  White Knoll took two straight games from Byrnes
  • AAAA… Baseball… Chapin defeated Airport in two straight games to claim the title… Softball: Union County and Hartsville are still deciding this championship with Union taking the first game of the best of three series.
  • AAA… Bishop England and Seneca met in this championship series and Bishop England took the title in 2 games….Softball: Palmetto and Hanahan were the opponents for the AAA championship and it only took two games for Hanahan to claim the title.
  • AA… Baseball: Chesnee and Latta battled for the AA baseball championship and Latta won it in 3 games…. Softball: Andrews defeated Landrum in two straight games to get the big trophy.
  • A… Baseball: Not 100% sure on this one but I know McBee took a win in game one over  Hannah-Pamplico and I believe they won game two to claim the title… Softball: Lewisville claimed the Class A Softball Championship by defeating East Clarendon in two games.

 

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

Braves… The Braves hosted the Miami Marlins in a 3-game series over the weekend in Atlanta…

  • Friday: Marlins 2 – Braves 0…  On Friday Marlins pitcher Dan Straily went a season-high seven innings shutting down the Braves as the Marlins scored two runs in the sixth inning taking a 2-0 win over the Braves… The Marlins outhit the Braves 6-4 and Nick Markakis had 3 of the Braves 4 hits.
  • Saturday: Braves 8 – Marlins 1… On Saturday the Braves the Braves rebounded taking an 8-1 win over the Marlins… The Marlins took an early 1-0 lead but the Braves scored 4 runs in the fifth inning in route to the win… The Braves only outhit the Marlins 9-5 but two of their hits were homers…. Kurt Suzuki had his sixth homer of the season a solo shot in the 7th inning and Freddie Freeman had his ninth of the season in the 8th inning a two run blast.
  • Sunday: Braves 10 – Marlins 9…  Dansby Swanson lined a two out, bases loaded 2-2 pitch about 2 feet fair into the leftfield corner driving in two runs to cap a 6-run 9th inning giving the Braves a 10-9 walk-off comeback win over the Marlins in Atlanta yesterday afternoon… The Marlins scored 6 runs in the 4th inning to go up 6-0 and the Braves did not get on the board until the bottom of the 6th inning when they plated 2 runs… The Marlins got those back in the top of the &th but the Braves responded scoring 2 more in the bottom of the inning… The Marlins added what they thought would be an insurance run in the top of the 9th but the Braves did not throw in the towel as they scored 6 to take the win and the series 2 games to 1… The Braves start a road trip tonight with the first stop being in Philadelphia to take on the Phillies.

Drive… The Greenville Drive started a 4-game series with the Augusta GreenJackets last Thursday and as you may recall I mentioned Friday morning that the GreenJackets took a 2-1 win Thursday afternoon.

  • Friday: Augusta 2 – Drive 1… On Friday the GreenJackets took another 2-1 win over the Drive… Both teams had 5 hits but one of the GreenJackets’ was a homer and the Drive had a couple of errors.
  • Saturday: Augusta 5 – Drive 2… On Saturday the Drive scored two runs (as many as they did in the first two games combined) but unfortunately for Drive fans Augusta scored 5 taking the win… Again the number of hits were close (6-5 Marlins) but again a homerun by Augusta helped to make the difference.
  • Sunday… Yesterday the two teams started the final game of the series but had the game suspended due to rain and will be completed later in the month… The Drive now start a road trip with the first stop being in Ashville tonight as the Southern Conference takes over Flour Field for their baseball tournament staring tomorrow.

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-18-2018

PC Notes: Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • High Point 6 – PC 0… The PC baseball team started its final series of the regular season yesterday afternoon up in High Point taking on the Panthers… The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and that would prove to be all they needed as they went on to take 6-0 win over the Blue Hose… The Panthers simply outhit the Blue Hose 10-4 in an error free game…. For stats on the game, click here.

Local Notes:

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  • Three CHS Boys Tennis Players SCHSL AAA-AA Singles Tournament… Clinton High School tennis players Isaac MacMillan, Ike Waldron and Anders Orr competed in the SCHSL AAA-AA Singles Tournament this past Monday and Tuesday at the Cayce Tennis Center in West Columbia… MacMillan finishing in 5th place and Waldron finishing in 6th place and thus both garnered All-State Tennis honors….Additionally, Coach Clovis Simmons was named the Region III, AAA ‘Coach of the Year’ for the 2018 season… For more detailed information on their results during the tournament, click on the following: Three CHS Boys Tennis Players SCHSL AAA-AA Singles Tournament ….  Senior Isaac MacMillan has been chosen to participate in the South Carolina Tennis Coaches Association North – South Boys Tennis All – Star event scheduled for this Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at Myrtle Beach, SC…MacMillan was one of eight participants for the North squad chosen to represent the North squad in the North – South All – Star event… Congratulations to Isaac, Ike, Anders tennis and Coach Simmons for a job well done!       Photo courtesy of Coach Simmons
  • Spring Practice Football Game… The Red Devil football team has been working out hard during spring practice the last several games and they will culminate the spring practice with a spring game starting at Wilder Stadium starting a 6:00 pm tonight… Be sur e to come out tonight for a sneak peek of next season’s team.

LDHS

  • Football Spring Practice & Spring Game… Likewise the Laurens Raiders have been conducting spring practice and they also will be having a spring game tomorrow… The Raiders will take the field at KC Hanna Stadium starting at 7:00 pm and again Raider fans can get a look at the coming season’s team which most likely will have some new wrinkles on offense…. Before the spring game there will be a Powder Puff Game that is slated to start about 5:30.

College Softball Notes

  • Softball Rankings…. The college baseball softball season is further along than the baseball season as the teams have now finished conference tournaments and the brackets for softball college world series have been announced… Before we get to that a quick look at the top 10 of the USA Today/ NFCA Coaches pool shows that Oregon moved up a spot to #1 this week while UCLA dropped for #1 to #2… Oklahoma, Florida and Washington occupy spots 2-5 in that order same as last week… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Arizona State, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia and Arkansas in that order… South Carolina checked in at #11… To see the entire poll, click here.
  • South Carolina Softball… The Gamecocks finished second in the SEC Tournament this past Saturday losing to the Florida gators 3-1 in the Championship game of the single elimination tournament… The also placed 3 players on the 2018 SEC All-Tournament Team… For information about who made the team and a recap of the tournament, click here.
  • Women’s College World Series Bracket… Now the Softball World Series starts today with action at different regionals across the country… South Carolina is a #9 seed in bracket and will host a regional starting today… If you click here it will take you to the interactive brackets on the NCAA website where you can see the entire region bracket including matchups, dates times and other information… Good luck to the Gamecocks!

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

  • Augusta 2 – Drive 1The Greenville Drive finally returned home yesterday afternoon to Flour Field to start a 4-game series with the SAL Southern Division leading Augusta GreenJackets… The Drive got on the board first scoring a single run in the bottom of the first inning but the GreenJackets responded by putting two runs on the board in the top of the second inning and making them stand up as they took a 2-0 win over the Drive.
  • BMW Charity Pro-Am… This event is kicking off in earnest today and if you want more information about it such as the schedule, celebrities scheduled to appear, pairings & tee times, live scoring and spectator information, click here.
  • Braves… The Atlanta Braves and the Cubs were rained out last night down in Atlanta and that game will be made up in August… The 21-16 Braves hold a half game lead over the Phillies in the NL East and will start a weekend series at Sun Trust Park tonight with the Miami Marlins.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 5-17-2018

Local Notes:

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  • Spring Practice Football Game… The Red Devil football team has been working out hard during spring practice the last several games and they will culminate the spring practice with a spring game starting at Wilder Stadium starting a 6:00 pm tomorrow… Mark your calendars and plan on being there for a sneak peek of next season’s team.

LDHS

  • Football Spring Practice & Spring Game… Likewise the Laurens Raiders have been conducting spring practice and they also will be having a spring game tomorrow… The Raiders will take the field at KC Hanna Stadium starting at 7:00 pm and again Raider fans can get a look at the coming season’s team which most likely will have some new wrinkles on offense…. Before the spring game there will be a Powder Puff Game that is slated to start about 5:30.

 

College Notes

  • Baseball…. The college baseball season is winding down fast and most of the major conferences will be having the tournaments next week… The DIBaseball.com Top 25 Poll came out earlier this week and lets take a quick look at it… There was some shakeup in the top 10 but Florida remained in the #1 spot with last week’s #2 & #3 teams swapping places… Oregon State is now #2 and Stanford #3… NC State moved from #5 to #4, Ole Miss moved up a spot to #5 as did Arkansas moving up a spot to #6… Last week’s 4 team North Carolina dropped to #7 and Clemson remains at #8… East Carolina and Duke round out the top 10 in that order….Coastal Carolina moved up from #25 to #21 and South Carolina got back into the top 25 coming in at the #25 position… If you would like to see the entire poll, click here… we’ll try to catch up on softball tomorrow.
  • Clemson… The #8 Clemson Tigers close out their regular season with a 3-game ACC Series in Pittsburg taking on Pitt starting today at 6:00 pm, tomorrow at 3;00 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm… All games will be televised on the ACC Network.
  • South Carolina… The Gamecocks also close out their regular season schedule on the road as they travel to College Station Texas to take on Texas A&M in a 3-game SEC series… They will also start their series tonight with first pitch scheduled 7:30 ET, tomorrow at the same time and then close out the series on Saturday with a 3:00 pm ET start… All these games are scheduled to be shown on the SEC network.

 

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

  • Braves 4 – Cubs 1… The Braves put 3 runs in the 8th inning to break a 1-1 tie as they defeated the Cubs in Atlanta last night…. In the pivotal 8th inning Ozzie Albies tripled with one out and then was driven in on a single by Ronald Acuna Jr… Freddie Freeman then singled moving Acuna to third and he took second on the throw… Carl Edwards drew an intentional walk to load the bases… A pair of walks brought in two more runs to make the final 4-1.
  • Greenville Drive… The Drive had the night off last night and will return home to Flour Field this afternoon at 3:30 to start a 4-game series with the Augusta GreenJackets… The Drive are 10-28  on the season and are in last place in SAL Southern Division 13.5 games behind the Augusta GreenJackets who lead the division… By the way the reason the game is starting at 3:30 is that there will be a BMW Charity Pro-Am Celebrity Softball Game starting about 7:30 after the Drive game.
  • BMW Charity Pro-Am… This event is kicking off in earnest today and if you want more information about it such as the schedule, celebrities scheduled to appear, pairings & tee times, live scoring and spectator information, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-16-2018

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  • Spring Practice Football Game… The Red Devil football team has been working out hard during spring practice the last several games and they will culminate the spring practice with a spring game starting at Wilder Stadium starting a 6:00 pm this coming Friday… Mark your calendars and plan on being there for a sneak peek of next season’s team.

 

LDHS

  • Softball Awards… Last night the Raider softball team held their annual awards banquet with a large crowd on hand… Coach Messer handed out the JV awards and the Sportsmanship Award went to Sera Grace Dunaway, Most Improved was Trinity Morrie and the MVP Award went to Callie Wzorek… She also had some “special awards” for certain charteristics of her players… Coach Satterfield and Coach Evans handed out the varsity awards… The Sportsmanship Award went to Tamara Haney, MVP for defense to Michaela Smith, the MVP on offense to Octavia Johnson and the Team MVP to Cassie Plaia…. All-Region Awards were also given out and the Raiders who made the All-Region team were Octavia Johnson, Cassie Plaia and Tamra Haney… Congratulations not only to all these players but also to the team on another great 15 win season!

 

  • Football Spring Practice & Spring Game… Likewise the Laurens Raiders have been conducting spring practice and they also will be having a spring game this Friday… The Raiders will take the field at KC Hanna Stadium starting at 7:00 pm and again Raider fans can get a look at the coming season’s team which most likely will have some new wrinkles on offense.

 

Laurens County Speedway… Looking at each division winners in last Saturday night’s main events at the LCS you find:

  • Limited… Two familiar faces battled for the win in the Limited main event with Larry Timms passing Billy Rushton about halfway through the race and going on to take the win with Rushton finishing second… Tony Quarles finished third.
  • Thunder Bombers… In a caution free Thunder Bomber main event, Mart Patterson led wire to wire and took the checkered flag… However his car failed a post-race inspection and he was disqualified giving Dusty Eaves the win… Dylan Chappell was second and Casey Lawson third.
  • 602 Crate… Unlike the thunder bombers the 602 Crate race had 3 cautions in the first 4 laps… However that did not seem to Billy Rushton as he led wire to wire… The next two across the finish line were Colt Smith and Jeff Robinson.
  • 4 Cylinder… Scott Nelson held a brief lead in the first lap of the 4 Cylinder main event but Larry Teal did not let him keep it long as he forged to lead and never let up… Scott Nelson was able to capture second place and Nelson finished third.
  • FWD… In the FWS Jason Bishop picked up his first win of the season but was not the first driver to get the checkered flag at the end of the race… Mason Mack received the checkered flag but failed a post-race inspection and was disqualified giving Bishop the win…  . Andrew Patterson ultimately took second place, while Shawn Nichols was third.
  • SECA 604 Crate… Trent Ivey took the win in this main event but had to come from behind to do it… About halfway through the race he passed Dale Timms and then held on picking his way through lap traffic… Timms finished second and Taylor Puckett third.
  • Enduro… Bruce Barnett won his fourth race of the season in the main event of the Enduro Division leading from the green flag to the checkered flag… Branon Patterson and Eric Goghorn were the next two across the finish line.

 

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

  • Cubs 3 – Braves 2… Last night the Braves and the Cubs got together in Atlanta… The Braves carried a 2-1 lead into the top of the 9th when the Cubs struck for 2 runs and held the Braves scoreless in the bottom of the 9th to take a 3-1 win… Having umpired for over 30 years myself I hate to say anything about the umpiring but I think they blew 2 calls in the 5th inning one of which cost the Braves a score… The Braves two runs came on a pair of solo homers one by Ender Inciarte in the 4th and one by Robert Acuna Jr. in the 8th inning.
  • Lexington 4 – Drive 3… The Greenville Drive and the Lexington Legends played the final game of their current 4-game series in Kentucky last night and the Drive actually led 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th inning… However the legends scored single runs in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings to take a walk-off 4-3 win over the Drive… The Drive have the night off before returning home to Flour Field on Thursday to start a 4-game series with the Augusta GreenJackets.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-15-2018

PC Notes

Baseball… The Blue Hose baseball team had its final home games of the season as they hosted the Longwood Lancers this past weekend.

  • Friday: PC 5 – Longwood 3… In the first game on Friday, the Blue Hose took a 5-3 win over Longwood with Andrew Blat hitting a 2-run double in the 6th inning to drive in what would prove to be the winning run as PC held the Lancers scoreless over the last 3 innings.
  • Saturday: PC 4 – Longwood 3 (11)… On Saturday it took them 11 innings to do it but the Blue Hose once again defeated the Lancers but this time it was by a score of 4-3… In the bottom of the 11th inning, senior Colton Chapman hit the first pitch he saw over the fence to give PC the walk-off win.
  • Sunday: Longwood 9 – PC 3… On Sunday the Blue Hose were going for the sweep of the Lancers but the Lancers would have none of that as they took a 9-3 win thus spoiling Senior Day for the Blue Hose 12 seniors… The Lancers scored 6 runs in the 6th inning to put PC into a hole that they just could not climb out of.
  • NOTE… The team was originally scheduled to travel to Athens, Ga. today to take on the Georgia Bulldogs but the game has been cancelled due to the threat of bad weather this afternoon and will not be made-up… PC concludes its regular season this weekend as they travel to High Point this weekend with the first game on Friday at 6:00 pm… All 3 games this weekend can be seen on the Big South Network.

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Football Spring Practice & Spring Game… The Red Devil football team has been working out hard during spring practice the last several games and they will culminate the spring practice with a spring game starting at Wilder Stadium starting a 6:00 pm this coming Friday… Mark your calendars and plan on being there for a sneak peek of next season’s team.

 

LDHS

  • Football Spring Practice & Spring Game… Likewise the Laurens Raiders have been conducting spring practice and they also will be having a spring game this Friday… The Raiders will take the field at KC Hanna Stadium starting at 7:00 pm and again raider fans can get a look at the coming season’s team which most likely will have some new wrinkles on offense.
  • Hickory Tavern MS Losing Girls Basketball Coach… A few days ago Jon Jansen announced that he will be leaving his position as Athletic Director and girls’ basketball coach at Hickory Tavern Middle School… Coach Jansen took over a struggling Panther basketball team and over the last 3 seasons his teams have on the Little River regular season and tournament championships each year losing just 3 games over those 3 years while winning 43… Coach Jansen will be heading to Woodruff HS o take over the job of girls varsity basketball coach… Coach Jansen worked at LDHS before going to Hickory Tavern and does have head coaching experience at Tamassee-Salem and Union… Good Luck to Coach Jansen!

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

  • Braves 6 – Cubs 5… The Atlanta Braves went to Chicago yesterday afternoon  to makeup a weather delayed game from back in April… In the early innings the game went back and forth with both teams leading at various point in the early innings… In the 5th inning the Braves plated 3 runs to go up 6-4 and then held up to take a 6-5 win over the Cubs… Three of the Braves 9 hits were homers as Ozzie Albies hit his 13th homer of the year in the 1st inning while Tyler Flowers had his 1st of the season in the 3rd inning… Jose Bautista had a 3-run homer in the 5th that proved to be the game winner… The 25-15 Braves return home tonight to start a 6-game home stand with the Cubs being the first team in at Sun Trust Park
  • Drive 13 – Legends 12… The Greenville Drive did something last night that they have only done now for 10 time in the 37 games they have played this season and that is win… The Drive defeated the Lexington Legends up in Ky. last night by a score of 13-12 in a slugfest where both teams pounded out a combines 32 hits with the Drive getting 19 of them…. The teams will close out their 4-game series tonight.

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Sports Report for Monday, 5-14-2018

Local Notes:

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  • Tennis… For the second year in a row the Red Devil boys’ tennis team made it to the state championship match in Columbia… Last year they fell to Hanahan and this year they faced the Battling Bishops of Bishop England HS… Unfortunately for the second year in a row the team found itself the “bridesmaid and not the bride” as Bishop England took a 6-0 win over the Red Devils.
  • Girls Track… Members of the Clinton girls track team participated in the state track meet this weekend and the Red Devils did well… The 4×100 meter relay team finished first with a time of 49.13 seconds… Quiana Suber finished 3rd in the 400 meter dash, while Mia Smith finished 4th in the 100 meter hurdles… Keira Dendy finished 4th in the shot put, Maya Smith 5th in the 100 meter dash and Deasia Boyd 7th in the 800 meter hurdles…. For more information as to times or distances on these athletes, click here… As a team Clinton had 32 points which placed them 6th among the Class-AAA schools… For more information on how other Class-AAAA schools finished, click here…. Congratulations to the CHS athletes who participated in state finals this weekend.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

Braves… The Atlanta Braves were down in Miami over the weekend taking on the Marlins… As you may recall they started the 4-game series on Thursday by taking a 9-2 win over The Fish.

  • Friday: Marlins 6 – Braves 3… On Friday the Marlins turned the tables and outhit the Braves 14-5 as they took a 6-3 win over the Braves ending the Marlins 4-game losing streak… Ozzie Albies did it his 12th homerun in the 3rd inning a solo shot.
  • Saturday: Braves 10 – Marlins 5… After the loss Friday to the Marlins the Braves rebounded and took a 10-5 win Saturday… The Braves pounded out 12 hits to the Marlins 10 hits but a big difference was that 4 of the Braves hits were homers… Freddie Freeman had a solo shot in the first inning and a 2-run homer in the fifth inning… Jose Bautista had a solo homer in the sixth inning and Ender Inciarte had a 2-run homer in the ninth inning.
  • Sunday: Braves 4 – Marlins 3… In the final game of the series yesterday afternoon the Braves led 4-0 going into the bottom of the 9th inning but had to hang on as the Marlins scored 3 runs to make the final 4-3 Braves… The Braves outhit the Marlins 8-4 and Ender Inciarte hit his third homerun of the season in the 6th inning a 2-run blast… The Braves make a quick trip to Chicago today to make up a game with the Cubs that was postponed on April 15th and the first pitch scheduled for 2:20 pm… After that game both teams fly to Atlanta for a 3-game series.

 Greenville Drive… The Greenville Drive finished their 3-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators Friday night and then headed to Lexington, Ky. to start a 4-game series with the legends on Saturday.

  • Friday: Drive 6 – Kannapolis 4… After losing the first two games of their 3-game series with the Intimidators the Drive were able to avoid the sweep by taking a 6-4 win over the Intimidators Friday night… The Drive finally were able to outhit an opponent as they had 8 hits to the Intimidators’ 4.
  • Saturday: Legends 6 – Drive 0… After taking the win in Kannapolis of Friday the Drive had to board the bus and motor to Lexington, Ky. to take on the legends… When they got there they found they forgot to pack most of their bats onto the bus before leaving as they managed only 4 hits to the Legends 12 and lost 6-0 Saturday night.
  • Sunday: Legends 7 – Drive 3… This game was a pitcher’s duel for 6.5 innings as the score was tied 1-1… However the legends but 2 on the board in the bottom of the 7th and 4 more in the 8th to go up 7-1… The Drive did try to get back in the game in the top of the 9th inning as they scored 2 runs to make it 7-3 but could get no closer.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-11-2018

PC Notes… Click on the game’s score for more details on the game(s).

  • Baseball: Davison 8 – PC 4… The PC baseball team got back into action this past Wednesday as they traveled up to Davisson to take on the Wildcats… PC actually led in this game early as they scored their 4 runs in the top of the 4th inning to take a 4-1 lead over the Wildcats… However the Wildcats scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning and added another in the 7th to take the 8-4 win…  The Blue Hose will host Longwood this weekend starting today at 3 pm in their final home series of the season.
  • Softball Awards… Two PC softball players picked up some postseason honors this week as Macy Hyatt was named to the Big South All-Conference Second Team as well as the All-Freshman Team… Her teammate Jonnie Petree was named to the Big South All-Academic Team… For more information as to why they were chosen for these awards and other members of all three of these teams, click here.

Local Notes:

CHS… We need to take a moment and wish some student athletes good luck as they participate in the state finals this weekend.

  • Tennis…The Red Devil boys tennis team will be traveling to the Cayce Tennis Center tomorrow for a noon match with the Battling Bishops of Bishop England HS for the Class-AAA State Championship… Bishop England defeated the defending state champions Hanahan to make it to the finals… For those of you who are planning to go the physical address of the Cayce Tennis Center is: 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, SC 29033… Go Big Red!
  • Track… Some members of the Red Devil girls’ track team will be headed to Columbia this weekend to participate in the state finals… Good luck to Maya Smith (100-meter dash), Mia Smith (100-meter hurdles), Quiana Suber (400 meters), DeAsia Boyd (800 meters), Keria Dendy (shot put) and the 4×100 relay team… Again, Go Big Red!

LDHS

  • Former Raider Baseball Coach Dale Nelson has accepted a position as head baseball coach at Hillcrest HS starting next year according to other media sources… As you may recall Nelson stepped down as the Raider baseball coach in December of 2016 after serving as head coach for 11 years and assistant coach for 11 years before that… since he left LDHS Nelson has been an assistant coach at JL Mann. 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

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

  • Braves 9 – Marlins 2… The Atlanta Braves started a 4-game series in Miami with the Marlins last night and the game was tied 1-1 going into the 6th inning where the Braves scored 7 runs after 2 were out and then went on to take a 9-2 win over the Marlins… In the big 6th inning for the Braves Ozzie Albies hit his first career grand slam for the Braves and Freddie Freeman also had a 2-run homer… Freeman also had a total of 5 hits in the game and that is the first time in his career he has done that…. As you might suspect the Braves bats were hot and they were as they pounded out 16 hits the Marlins 5.
  • Kannapolis 2 – Drive 0… Last night at Flour Field the Greenville Dive did what they have done 24 other times this season, lose as they fell to the Kannapolis Intimidators by a score of 2-0… The Drive managed just 3 hits in the game to the Intimidators 7… The teams close out the current series tonight at Flour Field and the Drive then travel to Lexington, Ky. to start a 4-game series with the Legends tomorrow night.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 5-10-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Clinton 6 – Camden 0… Congratulations to the Red Devil boys’ tennis team as they punched their ticked to the state championship match this Saturday by defeating the Camden Bulldogs 6-0 last night in Clinton… The Red Devils took wins in all the singles matches and in the #2 doubles match… They did not play the #1 doubles match… The Red Devils will face the winner of the Bishop England vs. Hanahan match this Saturday at the Cayce Tennis Center with the first volley scheduled to start at noon… Good luck to the Red Devils.

 

College Notes:

  • DI Baseball Poll… Earlier this week the latest DI Baseball Poll came out and the top 3 teams remained the same, Florida, Stanford & Oregon State hold down those spots in that order… North Carolina jumped from 6th to 4th and NC State went from 8th to 5th…. Spots 6-10 are held by Ole Miss, Arkansas, Clemson, Southern Miss and east Carolina in that order… Coastal Carolina dropped from #18 to #25…. To see the entirety of the poll click here.
  • USA Today/NFCA Coaches Softball Poll… Giving equal time to the ladies, the latest D-I Softball Poll is unchanged in the top 4 spots… UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida hold down those spots in that order… Washington went from 6th to 5th and Arizona went from 8th to 6th… Spots 7-10 are held by Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona and Florida State… South Carolina holds down the same spot they held in the previous poll and that is #12… To see the entire top 25 softball poll, click here.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

  • Braves 5 – Rays 2… The Atlanta Braves scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning in route to a 5-2 win over the Tampa bay Rays down in Florida last night… Nick Markakis picked up his 7th homerun of the season a three-run blast during the 3rd inning when the Braves put 4 runs on the board… Julio Teheran picked up the win pitching 6 scoreless innings striking out 7 and walking none.
  • Kannapolis 10 – Drive 2… The Kannapolis Intimidators scored 5 runs in the 2nd inning and then went on to take a 10-2 win over the Greenville Drive last night at Flour Field.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-9-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Tennis… The Red Devils boys’ tennis team will be back in action late this afternoon as they host the Camden HS Bulldogs for the Upper state championship… The winner of this match will advance to the state finals this coming Saturday at the Cayce Tennis Center… Now the match starts at 5:00 pm and I am sure Coach Simona and the team would love to have a large crowd of Red devil fans out there to support them… Go Big Red.

 

Laurens County Speedway… Looking at the results from the main events at the LCS last Saturday night we find:

  • Ultimate Super Late Model Series… In this main event which was the Ronnie Brookshire Memorial Race, Zack Mitchel returned to the speedway and took the win leading from wire to wire… Kyle hardy finished 2nd and Jeff Smith 3rd
  • 602 Crate… This main event had a wild finish that involved spinout on the last lap, apparent winners and red flags… By the time track officials sorted everything out, Dustin Morris wound up winning with Billy Rushton and Jeff Robinson being the next two across the finish line.
  • 604 Crate… Brett Hamm won this race but had to hold off a strong challenge by Taylor Puckett… Dustin Morris finished 3rd.
  • Thunder Bombers… Dan Lawson got out to an early lead in this race and won it by over 2 seconds in front of 2nd place finisher Dylan Chappell… Johnny Westmoreland captured the 3rd place finish.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson did not lead early in the race but that is OK because that is not what counts, it’s the end of the race where he was the leader at the checkered flag… The race had to be stopped at one point when Andrew Patterson flipped his car but emerged unhurt… Troy McDonald and Shawn Nichols were the next two across the finish line in that order.
  • 4 Cylinders… Rod Tucker had no problem taking the win in the caution-free main event as he posted an almost 4 second win over Larry Teal… Wayne Summers finished 3rd.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy! 

 

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

  • Braves 1 – Tampa Bay 0… After being swept by the Giants over the weekend, the Braves got back in action last nigh as they traveled down to the gulf coast of Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays… Last night’s game was somewhat of a pitchers’ duel as the Rays had 5 hits and the Braves had only 4… However one of the Braves 4 hits was a solo homer by Ronald Acuna Jr. in the 3rd inning and that was all the Breves needed as they took a 1-0 win over the Rays… Sean Newcomb pitched 6 strong innings for the Braves giving up 2 hits, striking out 6 and walking just 2.
  • Drive… The Drive were off last night and will return home tonight to start a 3-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-8-2018

PC Notes

  • Baseball… The Blue Hose baseball team (13-34) has been off since last Wednesday for exams… They return to action tomorrow as they travel to Davidson for a 4:00 pm game with the Wildcats.
  • Men’s Golf… Late last month the Big South Men’s Golf Tournament was held down at the patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, SC with Radford acting as the official host… The tournament was won by Liberty shooting a team score of 848 over 3 rounds and PV finished in a tie for 8th shooting a 912… The match medalist was Brendan MacDougall of High Point with a 3 round total of 203 while the low score for PC was turned in by Weston Sanders who finished 24th with a 226… For complete tournament details, click here.

 

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Red Devil Track Results… This past Saturday some athletes from the Red Devil track team participated in the AAA Qualifier at Broome HS… I do believe some of them (especially some of the girls) qualified for the state meet next week… For example Maya Smith finished 2nd in the 100 meter dash and 4th in the 100 meter hurdles… Quiana Suber finished 3rd in the 400 meter run while Deasia Boyd finished 2nd in the 800 meter… There were other members of the girls’ team who did very well that time does not permit me to bring to you here… I encourage you to click here to see how all the Red Devil athletes who participated did girls or boys.

 

LDHS

  • Raider Track Result… This past Saturday some members of the Raider track teams traveled down to Spring Valley for the AAAAA Qualifier… None of the Raiders finished high enough to qualify for the upcoming state meet despite their best efforts… The top Raider finishers were Evan Prince (8th grade) 12th in the 3200 meters and Tracy McClintock (Sr.) 13th in the 100 meters… If you would like to see the Raiders who participated, their events and how they did, click here.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

  • Braves…. The Braves were off last night and will start a short 2-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight down in Florida… The Braves (19-14) are currently leading the NL East by 1 game over the Phillies and 1.5 games over the Mets.
  • Drive 3 – Greensboro 2… Yesterday the Greenville Drive took a 3-2 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers outhitting them 8-4 up in Greensboro… The win enabled the Drive to take the 4-game series 3-1… The Drive are off tonight and will return to Flour Field tomorrow for a 3-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators… Now before moving on I will tell you that Laurens native Thomas Jones went 1-4 in the game (a double) while striking out once… We will be keeping an eye on Thomas the rest of the season and reporting back from time to time.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 5-7-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Tennis: Clinton 6 – Southside 0… Last Friday morning I told you that the Red Devil tennis team took a 6-0 win Thursday afternoon over the Southside Tigers in Class-AAA playoff action but that I did not have any details… I can now tell you that Isaac Mac Millan, Ike Waldron, Tyler Trevino and Conner Donley all took wins in singles action on the court against their opponents… Anders Orr also won by default… The #2 doubles team of Alexander Windsor and Kyler Simmons also won by default… Now for more information on this match, click here… With the win the Red Devils advanced to round 3 of the playoff and that match will be held today at the Red Devil tennis courts at CMS… Their opponent will be West Oak and the match is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm… It goes without saying that Coach Simmons and the team would love to have a large number of Red Devils fans there to cheer them on as they try to punch their ticket to the upper state finals this Wednesday that they would host if they win…. Go Big Red

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets”.. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

Braves…. The Braves hosted the San Francisco Giants at Sun Tryst Park over the weekend…. They came into the game with a five-game winning streak leading the NL East and not having been swept in any series so far this season.

  • Friday: Giants 9 – Braves 4… The Braves scored first putting 2 runs on the board in the first inning but the Giants responded by plating 6 runs in the top of the second and then went on to take a 9-4 win over the Braves… The Giants outhit the Braves 13-8 and both Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered for the Braves.
  • Saturday: Giants 11 – Braves 2… On Saturday it was pretty much the same as the Giants outhit the Braves 18-7 and took an 11-2 win over the Bravos… Nick Markakis led the Braves going 3-4 at the plate.
  • Sunday: Giants 4 – Braves 3… Yesterday the Braves bats were more alive as the Giants only outhit them 10-9 but the Braves found themselves trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning… The Braves did rally and plate 2 runs and had the tying run on third with two out but just could not get it in as they fell 4-3 to the Giants thus being swept in a series for the first time this season… The Braves have the night off and will be back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Tampa to take on the Rays.

Greenville Drive… The Greenville drive were in Greensboro starting a 4-game series with the Grasshoppers last Friday night and this series of games may have a little more than normal interest to sports fans in our area as former LDHS Raider Thomas Jones is playing for the Grasshoppers since last Wednesday…

  • Friday: Greensboro 9 – Greenville 8… On Friday the two teams played just about even with both getting 11 hits but the Grasshoppers scored a single run in the bottom of the 9th inning to take a 9-8 win over the Drive… Thomas Jones started the game in centerfield for the Grasshoppers and went 2-4 with one of his hits being a solo homer in the 6th inning… That was his 4th homer since being called up last week.
  • Saturday: Drive 2 – Greensboro 1… On Saturday it was more of a pitchers’ duel that the Drive won by a score of 2-1… In that game Thomas went 0-4 from the leadoff spot.
  • Sunday: Drive 10 – Greensboro 2…  Yesterday the Drive did something they have not done since the first two games of the season, they won back to back games as they defeated the Grasshoppers 10-2… The Drive only led 4-2 going into the top of the 9th inning when they exploded for 10 runs… Thomas Jones did a little better than Saturday as he went 1-4 getting one of the Grasshoppers 6 hits… The two teams will complete their 4-game series this morning with a game that is scheduled to start at 10:45 am.

 

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PC Notes… Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest

  • Baseball: Wofford 9 – PC 8… Back on Wednesday night the PC baseball team traveled up I-26 to take on the Wofford Terriers… The Blue Hose lost a tough one as Wofford rallied with 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to take a 9-8 win over the Blue Hose… The Blue Hose are in the middle of exams and will not be back in action until next Wednesday when they travel to Davidson.
  • Softball…As you may recall, the Blue Hose softball team finished their season last Saturday with a win but the overall season record was a disappointing 4-42… Well this past Monday PC Athletic Director Danny Sterling announced that PC head softball coach Britne Stubbs had resigned effective immediately… She was an assistant coach during the 2014 season and became the head coach 2015… For more on this story and more information about Coach Stubbs, click here.

 

Local Notes:

CHS

Tennis: Clinton 6 – Southside 0… Yesterday the CHS boys’ tennis team hosted Southside in the second round of the Class-AAA playoffs at home… Good news as the Red Devils took a 6-0 win over the Tigers… Now I do not have match details at this time put I will pass them on when I get them… The Red Devils will be back in Monday at home against a team to be determined by other matches yesterday.

Track Teams Headed to Upper State This Weekend… Members of the CHS girls & boys track teams will be headed to Broome HS tomorrow to take part in the Upper State Track Meet trying to punch their ticket the State meet in Columbia… last week the girls team won the region meet and have several of their members headed to Broome tomorrow…The boys team finished sixth in the region meet and they also have several members making the trip tomorrow… If you would like to see more information as to which members of both teams will be participating tomorrow click on the following: Clinton High School Track 2018Region Meet Results … Good luck to them and Go Big red!

 

LDHS

  • Cruz Signs with USC-Union… Yesterday afternoon at LDHS senior soccer player Jairo Cruz signed a letter of intent to continue his education and soccer career at USC-Union playing for the Bantams… Jairo has played multiple positions for the Raiders including the all-important position of goal keeper… At this time he is undecided about his major and is concentrating on finishing out his senior year and condition to get ready for next fall… Congratulations to Jairo !Photo courtesy of Justin Heisey.
  • Track Teams Headed to Upper State This Weekend… The Raider track team also participated in their region track meet last week at Byrnes HS… Several of the Raiders dis well enough in the meet to qualify for the 5-A Qualifier tomorrow down at Spring Valley in Columbia… Time does not permit me to mention all of them to you but if you click on the following you will find out which male and female athletes will make the trip to Columbia tomorrow and hopefully do well enough to go back next Saturday for the State Meet: Raiders Track Who Shinned at Region II Meet… Good Luck to the Raiders…

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

  • Braves 11 – Mets 0… The Braves concluded their series with the Mets in New York yesterday with an 11-0 win thus sweeping the 3-game series from the Mets… The Braves scored 3 runs in the first and that would be all they needed as Julio Teheran carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up 2 hits there… Kurt Suzuki, Ronald Acuna Jr., Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies all had homers for the Braves… The Braves return home for a 3-game series with the Giants this weekend.
  • Delmarva 9 – Drive 8… The Greenville Drive came close to winning a game last night as they fell to the Delmarva Shor Birds 98- in 111 innings… The Drive battled back to tie the game 6-6 by scoring a run in the top of the 9th inning… Both teams then scored a single run  in the 10th inning and Greenville scored a single run in the top of the 11th to go up 8-7… However Delmarva platted 2 in the bottom of the inning to take the win and sweep the the Drive… The Drive will be playing in Greensboro the next 4 days.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 5-3-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Soccer: West Oak 1 – Clinton 0… Back on Tuesday night the Red Devil boys’ soccer team hosted the West Oak Warriors in opening round action of the Class-AAA soccer playoffs… The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half of action and the match remained scoreless until there was about 4 minutes left in the second half… That is when the lone goal of the match was scored and unfortunately for red Devil fans it was scored by West Oak as they took a 1-0 win ending Clinton’s season in the single elimination tournament… The Red Devil completed one of their best seasons ever in soccer finishing second in the region with a 7-3-1 record and 10-9-3 overall… Congratulations to the Red Devils on for the great season this year!
  • Tennis Starts Playoffs Today…  The Red Devil boys’ tennis team finished their regular season last week with a 13-3 overall record and captured first place in the region with a perfect 10-0 record… That record earned them a bye in the first round of the Class-AAA playoffs which started earlier this week… well the team starts their journey in the second round of the playoffs today as they host the Southside Tigers… The match will is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm at the CMS tennis courts and I am sure Coach Simmons and the team would love to have a large number of Red Devil fan there to cheer them on as they start the playoffs…. Go Big Red.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

College Notes

  • D-I Baseball Rankings… Looking at the most recent D-I baseball top 25 poll you find Florida holding down the top spot with Stanford, Oregon State, Ole Miss, and Arkansas rounding out the top 5 in that order… spots 6-10 are occupied by North Carolina, UCLA, NC State, Texas Tech and Clemson… Coastal Carolina checks in at #18… To see the entire poll, click here
  • D-I Softball Poll…  Now giving equal time to the ladies, the USA Today Coaches Softball Poll shows that UCLA checks in at #1 with a 44-3 record followed by Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida and Georgia rounding out the top 5… Washington, Tennessee, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Arizona hold down spots 6-10… South Carolina checks in at #12 in this week’s poll up from #14 last week…. Again to see the entire poll, click here.

 

 

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

  • Braves 7 – Mets 0… Last night the Atlanta Braves scored 7 runs in the last 3 innings of their game with the Mets at Citi Field and took a 7-0 win over the Mets… The Braves had 3 homeruns in the game and starter Sean Newcomb pitched 7 innings giving up only 2 hits while striking out 8 and walking one… The win puts Atlanta ½ game into the lead of the NL East… The Braves will close out their series with the Mets today at 1:10 looking for the sweep.
  • Delmarva 4 – Drive 3… The Greenville drive continued in their pattern of going from first (winning the SAL last season) to worst this season as they lost last night 4-3 to the Delmarva Shore Birds up in Maryland.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-2-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Golf Team Qualifies for Upper-State Tournament… The Red Devil golf team finished 4th in the region tournament at Three Pines in Woodruff Monday and with that finish qualified for the Upper-state Tournament to be held at the Chester Golf Club next Tuesday… Phoebe Carles had the low score for the Red Devils shooting a 77… For a little more information and a photo of the team, click here.

LDHS

  • Golf Host Region Tournament… Now the Raider golf team was also in action on Monday as they hosted the region tournament out at Lakeside CC… The Raiders finished 6th in the tournament with Bailey Goode shooting a 93 to be the low scorer for the Raiders… For more information on the tournament, click here.

 

Laurens County Speedway… Taking a look at the winners in each of the divisions main events last Saturday:

  • 602 Thunder… This division payed a visit to the LCS last Saturday and defending champion Lee Gray took the win with Billy Rushton finishing second and Dale Timms third…
  • SECA 604 Crate… Taylor Puckett started in the #4 spot but that is now where he finished as he picked up the win with Dustin Morris finishing second and Goose Calvert third.
  • Limited… Larry Timms established a new track record in qualifying for the Limited Division by completing a lap in 14.734 seconds but the inversion draw flipped him to the outside of row 1 on the start but broke out into the lead anyway and won the race leading wire to wire… Billy Ruston crossed the finish line next and Tony Quarles claimed third.
  • Thunder Bombers… The main event here finished in a green-white-checkered scenario and Casey Lawson held off Dusty Eaves to take the win… Dylan Chappell finished third
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson picked up the win leading from the start… Andrew Patterson won a battle with Shawn Nichols (who was disqualified for intentionally trying to spin out Patterson) for second and Mason Mack took third.
  • 4 Cylinders… Larry Teal took the win here after another green-white-checkered finish due to a late spinout caution… Rod Tucker finished second.
  • Enduro… Bruce Barnett won the event pulling away from the rest of the field with Brandon Patterson and Jake Barnett being the next two across the finish line in that order.

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

Braves 3 – Mets 2… The Braves started a 3-game series with the Mets in N.Y. last and they scored 3 runs in the first inning and made them hold up as they took a 3-2 win over the Mets.

Delmarva 7 – Drive 1… The Greenville Drive were up in Maryland last night starting a series with the Delmarva Shorebirds… The Drive managed only 3 hits as they fell to the Shorebirds 7-1.

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PC Notes…. For more details on the game(s) below, click on their scores.

  • Softball… The PC softball team concluded its regular season on the road this weekend as they traveled up to Radford, Va. to take on the Radford Highlanders… The news is mixed here for PC fans as Radford won the game on Friday by a score of 2-1 and then took the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday by a score of 2-1 again… The good news is that PC won the second game of the doubleheader by a score of 4-2 to end their regular season on a positive note… The Blue Hose finish the season 4-42.
  • Baseball… The Blue Hose baseball team was also up at Radford this weekend and I hate to report they dropped all 3 games to the Highlanders… On Friday they had a tough 9-8 loss and on Saturday Radford won by a score of 8-4… The teams closed out their series on Sunday with Radford taking a 6-3 win… PC travels to Wofford tomorrow for a 6:00 pm contest with the Terriers. 

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Softball: Emerald 3 – Clinton 0… Yesterday the Red Devil softball team traveled to Greenwood to take on the Emerald Vikings in an elimination round softball playoff game… For the second time in the playoff the Red Devils found themselves going up against an ace pitcher and this time it was Emerald’s two time all-state pitcher Lauralee Scott who struck out 8 Red Devils while walking none and gave up only 1… Emerald plated one run in the bottom of the 1st inning and two more in the 5th inning to take the win… The Red Devils only hit was by Grayson Taylor… The loss eliminated the Red Devils from the playoff with a final season record of 12-13… Congratulations to the Red Devils for making the playoffs in a season that when it started a lot of folks would not have predicted that!
  • Soccer: Clinton 2 – Chapman 1… The Red Devil soccer team traveled to Woodruff last Friday to take on the Chapman Panthers in a tie-breaking match for second place in the region… Good news here for Red Devil fans as the team took a 2-1 win over the Panthers to claim second place in the region and with that a home match in the first round of the playoffs… The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation Patrick Nelson getting the lone Clinton goal in regulation… Two overtime periods found the score unchanged so the teams went into a penalty kick shoot off which saw the Red Devils make 4 penalty shots to Chapman’s 2 to lift the Red Devils to the win… For more details on this match click here… Now as previously mentioned the team will host a first round playoff match and that will take place today as they host West Oak Warriors at Wilder Stadium tonight at 7:00 pm… Why don’t you make plans to come on out and cheer on the team tonight.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy! 

Pros …The Braves and the Greenville Drive were both off last night.

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Sports Report for Monday, 4-30-2018

Local Notes:

CHS… The Red Devil softball team was busy over the weekend as the participated in the Class-AAA softball playoffs.

  • Crescent 10 – Clinton 0 (5)… On Friday the Red Devils traveled to Iva to take on last year’s state runner-up the Crescent Tigers… The Tiger pitching was spot-on as 11 Red Devils struck out, none walked and collected only 2 hits in the last inning as the Tigers took a 10-0 win in 5 innings… Dianna Martin and Caroline Birchmore had the 2 hits for the Red Devils… For the game’s box score and some stats, click on the following: CHS-SB-4-27-18-Cres… For the games scorecard, click on the following: CHS-SB-4-27-18-Cres-SC… The loss forced Clinton into the loser’s bracket where they traveled to Camden on Saturday for an elimination game.
  • Clinton 4 – Camden 2… I imagine the ride back from Camden Saturday seemed shorter than the trip down as the Red Devils took a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs… The Red Devil bats which were all but silent woke up on Saturday as they pounded out 10 hits with Hunter Benson and Madilyn Wood getting 2 hits each… The Red Devils plated their first run in the top of the first when Hunter Benson led off with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Madilyn Wood… The Red Devils scored their other 3 runs in the 4th inning when they sent 9 batters to the plate… Dianna Martin, Kamryn Akins, Grayson Taylor, Hunter Benson and Madison Burton all had hits in that inning…  The Bulldogs got their 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning but the Red Devils held them scoreless the rest of the way to take the win… For the game’s box score and some stats, click on the following: CHS-SB-4-28-18-Camd… For the games scorecard, click on the following: CHS-SB-4-28-18-Camd-SC… Now the win kept the Redd Devils alive to play another day and that day is today as they travel to Greenwood to take on the Emerald Vikings in another elimination game… First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm so make plans to go down and support the team… Go Bid Red!

 

LDHS… The Laurens Raider softball team was also busy this weekend as they opened play in the Class –AAAA playoffs.

  • Nation Ford 4 – Laurens 1…  Last Thursday night the Raiders traveled to Nation Ford to take on the Falcons in their opening playoff game… The Raiders scored a single run in the top of the 2nd inning when Jillian Sword scored on an RBI single by Cassie Plaia… The game was halted in the bottom of the second inning as rain caused the infield to become unplayable… The game resumed on Friday night and the Falcons tied the game in the 4th inning and then scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and held the Raiders scoreless to take the 4-1 win… Six Raider errors in the game aided the Falcons… For the game’s box score and some stats, click on the following: LDHS-SB-4-27-18-N-F… For the games scorecard, click on the following: LDHS-SB-4-27-18-N-F-SC… The loss dropped the Raiders into the loser’s bracket where they faced the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets at home in an elimination game Saturday morning.
  • Hanna 6 – Laurens 4… Saturday morning Hanna struck first as the Yellow Jackets plated 4 runs in the top of the 2nd inning… They sent 10 batters to the plate and got the 4 runs on just 3 hits, 2 walks and a hit batter… The Raiders responded by plating 2 runs themselves in the bottom of the inning… With 2 outs, Jillian Sward singled and moved to third when Michaela Smith followed with a doubled… Vanessa Harshaw then doubled driving in Sward and Smith… Hanna added their final two runs in the 5th inning and 3 raider errors directly contributed to those scores… The Raiders added 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th and one of those runs was on a solo homer by Octavia Johnson… The Raiders threatened in the 7th but just could not get the key hit to score the runs… In fact, the Raiders left 13 runners stranded on base during the game….  For the game’s box score and some stats, click on the following: LDHS-SB-4-28-18-TLH… For the games scorecard, click on the following: LDHS-SB-4-28-18-TLH-SC… The Raiders finish the season 16-11 and finished third in the region with a 7-3 region record… Congratulations to the team on anther winning season!.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

  • Braves… The Braves spent the weekend in Philadelphia where they won two out of three games with the Phillies… On Friday the Braves lost 7-3 but then rebounded to win Saturday’s game 4-1… The series finale yesterday saw the Braves take a dominating 10-1 win… The team has the night off and will start a 3-game series with the Mets tomorrow night in New York.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive hosted the Charleston RiverDogs in a 3-game series this weekend… On Friday the Drive did something rare so far this season – they won 5-4 breaking a 13 game losing streak…. They then dropped Saturday’s game to the RiverDogs by a score of 7-2… However they did rebound yesterday to take a 2-0 win over the RiverDogs making their season record to 5-19… The Drive now have a day off as they motor up to Salisbury, Md. To start a series with the Delmarva Shorebirds tomorrow.

 

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PC Notes…. Click on the scores below for more details on the game.

  • Softball… The Blue Hose softball team had its final home series of the season rained out this week and the games with SC State will not be made up… The team closes out its regular season on the road this weekend as they travel to Radford to take on the Highlanders in a 3-game series… They will play a single game today at 5 pm and a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1 pm… The games can be seen on the Big South Network.
  • Baseball … The PC baseball team was on the road this past Wednesday as they traveled up to Clemson to take on the #8 ranked Tigers… They found the game tougher than the one they had in Columbia the week before against the Gamecocks as the Tigers took a 14-4 win over the Blue Hose… The team is also on the road traveling up to Radford this weekend for a 3-game series with the Highlanders… The first game is scheduled to start at 6 pm tonight… The second game is scheduled for 4 pm tomorrow and the final game Sunday at 2 pm can be seen on the Big South Network.

 

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Tennis: Clinton 6 – Broome 0… The Red Devil boys’ tennis team hosted the Broome Centurions on Wednesday and I just got the score yesterday morning so let me pas on the good news to you…. Clinton won 6-0… If you would like to see match details, click here… The Red Devil’s record stands at 12-3 overall and 9-0 in region play..
  • Softball Postponed Until Today … The Red Devil first round playoff game at Crescent was postponed due to the weather yesterday… The team is now scheduled to take on the Tigers at 6 pm today.

 

LDHS

  • Softball Game Suspended… The Raider softball team traveled to Fort Mill yesterday to open the playoffs against the nation Ford Falcons… The filed was in good shape despite the rains that had been in the area yesterday afternoon… However as the game started so did the rain… By the time the two teams had finished the second inning the infield was on the verge of becoming mud bog so the umpires and coaches stopped the game and they will pick it up today with the Raiders coming to bat in the top of the 3rd inning leading 1-0… The game is scheduled to resume at 6:30… Unfortunately we will NOT be able to bring you the conclusion of the game as I have a long standing commitment tonight… The Raiders and Red Devils are both scheduled to play tomorrow against opponents and at a site to be determined by today’s results… Check our homepage at WLBG.com for the latest on that… I’ll put up a posting their as soon as I know…. Any broadcast tomorrow will be on a “to be determined” basis and if we do I’ll post that up also.

 

Laurens Academy

  • WW King 8 – LA 1… The Crusaders did get their game in yesterday as thy traveled down to Batesburg to take on the Knights of WW King Academy… The Crusaders got on the board first putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning when Wil Tindal singled and moved to second on a single by Cal Robertson… A wild pitch then moved both runners up a base and Tindal scored on a sacrifice bunt by Noah Moore… However that would be the only run scored by the Crusaders as they fell 8-0 to the Knights…  Tindal led the Crusader offense collecting 2 of their 4 hits… For the game’s box score and some stats, click on the following: LA-4-26-WWK … For the games scorecard, click on the following: LA-4-26-WWK-SC

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy! 

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

  • Braves 7 – Reds 4…. After dropping the first two games of the 4-game series with the Reds in Cincinnati, the Braves managed a split of the season with their win on Wednesday and a 7-4 win yesterday afternoon… The Braves outhit the Reds 13-6 and rookie Ronald Acuna, Jr. went 3-4 as did Freddie Freeman to lead the Braves and one of Acuna’s was his first career homerun…. The Braves will start a weekend series with the Phillies in Philadelphia
  • Augusta 8 – Drive 7… The Greenville Dive saw their losing streak go to 13 games last night as the Augusta GreenJackets took an 8-7 win at Flour Field… The Drive trailed 7-0 at one point in the game and rallied but they came up just a little short… The Drive remain at home hosting the Charleston RiverDogs this weekend.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 4-26-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Softball Opens Playoffs at Crescent… This afternoon at 6:00 pm the Red Devil softball team will travel to Iva to take on the Crescent Tigers in opening round action of the Class-AAA softball playoffs… The Tigers are a traditionally strong team that has won at least 2 state titles in the last 10 years… They finished second last year to the state champ Hanahan losing 2 games in the 3–game finals by a total of 2 runs…They are normally very aggressive on the base paths and at the plate… They finished first in their region while Clinton finished fourth… Go Big Red !
  • Soccer Plays for Second… The Clinton boys’ soccer team will travel to Woodruff this afternoon to take on the Chapman Panthers in a tie braking match for second place in the region… The winner will get to host a first round playoff match on May 1st… The match starts at 5:30 so if you can’t make it to Iva to watch the softball team, then why don’t you go up and cheer on the soccer team…. Go Big Red !
  • Birchmore Signs with Saints… Yesterday morning at CHS senior softball player Caroline Birchmore signed a letter of intent to continue her education and softball career at Limestone College in Gaffney for the Saints… The signing took place in the auditorium at CHS and she was surrounded by her parents, coaches, teammates and friends… The Red Devil catcher is batting .262 on the season and has an on-base percentage of .352 as the Red Devils head into the playoffs… Congratulations to Caroline!

 

LDHS

  • Tennis: Greenwood 7 – Laurens 0… The Raider boys’ tennis team closed out its season on Tuesday with a 7-0 loss to the Greenwood Eagles down in Greenwood… The Raiders had a young team that struggled all season but never gave up… For complete match details click here.
  • Softball Opens Playoffs at Nation Ford… The Raider softball team will be traveling to nation Ford today as they open playoff action taking on the 12-6 Falcons…  The Falcons will be looking for a measure of revenge as the two teams meet in the third game of the playoffs last year at Laurens where the Raiders took a 5-2 win eliminating the Falcons from the playoffs… Now I hope you can make over to the Rock Hill area to follow the Raiders but if you can’t we plan on bringing you all the action starting about 7:00 pm here on Real Radio 860 WLBG and streaming on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

 

Link to Playoff Brackets on WLBG Homepage… Now for the true high school baseball or softball fans out there, if you go to our homepage at wlbg.com and look down the right hand side in the “Featured Sports” area you will find a listing titled “SCHSL Baseball and Softball Brackets” .. If you click on that it will open up to a posting where you can simply click on the sport (baseball or softball) and the classification whose bracket you would like to see and t will carry you to the SCHSL  page where that bracket is located…. Enjoy!

 

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

  • Braves 5 – Reds 2… Last night after dropping the first two games of the four-game series to the Reds in Cincinnati, the Braves finally put one in the win column as they took a 5-4 win over the Reds… It was a comeback win for the Braves as they tied the game with a single run in the top of the 8th inning and then scored the winning run in the top of the 9th when Johan Carmago hit his second double of the game to drive in Ozzie Albies with what would prove to be the winning run… The two teams complete their 4-game series with a 12:35 game this afternoon.
  • Augusta 9 – Drive 2 and Augusta 3 – Drive 0…. As you may recall the Greenville Drive won the SAL title last year as part of their best ever season… well it looks like the Drive this year might be described as “from first to worst” as they last both games of a doubleheader at Flour Field yesterday the first by a score of 9-2 and the second by a score of 3-0… That makes 12 consecutive loses for the Drive and their season record to date is only 3-17.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 4-25-2018

Local Notes:

LDHS… Catching up with a couple of scores from LDHS last week…

  • Golf: Mauldin 161 – Laurens 207… Last Thursday the Raider golf team traveled to Holly Tree CC to take on the Mauldin Mavericks in region play… Wish I had better news for Raider fans but I have to report that Mauldin took a 161 – 207 win over the Raiders… Scores for Laurens: Bailey Goode 47, Collin Harlan 51, Ryan Elledge 54, and Preston Mahon 55.
  • Tennis: Hillcrest 5 – Laurens 2… Last Thursday the Raider tennis team traveled to Hillcrest to take on the Rams and lost to the Rams by a score of 5-2… Andrew Dominick and Will Adams had the two wins for the Raiders…. For more information on this match, click here
  • Soccer… Last Friday the boys’ soccer team traveled to Greenwood and lost to the Eagles by a scorer of 2-0… Sorry no other details available and also no information on how the girls did…. Their coach is not posting the scores.

 

Laurens County Speedway… Checking the results from the main events at the LCS last Saturday night…

  • Thunder Bombers… Dan Lawson picked up his second straight victory as he took the lead late from James Hudson… Troy Bagwell followed in second and Scott Pulley took third.
  • 602 Crate… Jeff Robertson picked up his second win of the season leading from wire to wire… Chris Patterson and Colt Smith were the next two across the finish line.
  • 4 Cylinder… Rod Tucker picked the win here by just over 6 seconds ahead of second place finisher Larry Teal… Tucker never trailed in this race… Bradley Lambert finished third.
  • FWD… Last Saturday must have been the night past winners to win again as last season’s FWD champ Mason Mack took the win by over 3 seconds… That lead was over Joel Cabe who finished second with Andrew Patterson taking third.
  • SECA 604 Crate… Taylor Puckett started on the pole and stayed out front the entire race never really being challenged by Nick Dietz who finished second… Thomas Robinson finished third.
  • Enduro… Once they finally got the main event started, Bruce Barnett picket up the win with Brandon Patterson being the next two across the finish line in that order.
  • Limited… Michael Smith got off to a quick start and shot by Tony Quarles and t went on to take the win holding off Quarles who finished second… Frank Coates took third.

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

  • Reds 9 – Braves 7 (12)… In case you didn’t stay up late enough to see the end of the game last night, the Braves lost a heartbreaker… The Braves trailed the Reds 7-3 going into the top of the 9th inning… The Braves rallied in the top o the ninth for 4 runs to tie the game 7-7 and send it into extra innings after holding the Reds scoreless in the bottom of the inning… The two teams were scoreless unit; the bottom of the 12th inning when with 1 out and one on the Reds Scooter Gennett hit his second homer of the game to give the Reds the walk off win.
  • Fireflies 5 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive saw their losing streak go to 10 games as they lost to the Columbia Fireflies 5-2 yesterday afternoon at Flour Field… The two teams will play a doubleheader to makeup Monday’s rained out game starting a 4 pm this afternoon.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 4-24-2018

PC Notes… Click on the scores of the following for more information.

  • Softball… The PC softball team traveled to Buies Creek, NC this past weekend to take on the Campbell Camels… On Friday the Blue Hose trailed by 4 but fought back only to have their rally fall short as Campbell took a 5-3 win… The two teams played a doubleheader on Saturday and the news is not good here as Campbell won both games by scores of 7-2 and 8-1… The softball season for PC is winding down fast and their last home games of the season will be tomorrow (weather permitting) when they host the Bulldogs of SC State in a doubleheader starting at 2:00 pm.
  • Baseball… After taking the 7-4 win against South Carolina a week ago tonight, the PC baseball team traveled to Gardner-Webb for a 3-game series with the Runnin Bulldogs over the weekend and each of the 3 games were decided by a single run… On Friday PC lost to the G-W by a score of 3-2 after butting 2 runs on the board in the first inning but could not hold the lead…  The Saturday game was very similar to the Friday game in that PC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and again could not hold it as they lost by a score of 5-4… The final game of the series on Sunday saw G-W jump out to an early lead to go up 6-1 and then PC rally for 4 runs in the in the 7th and 8th inning but came up just short as the Bulldogs took a 6-5 win to earn a sweep of the series… The team travels to Clemson tomorrow for a 6:30 pm game (weather permitting) with the Tigers.

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Weather Related Notes… The Red Devil baseball team was supposed to host the West Oak Warriors yesterday and of course that did not happen… The game was cancelled and will not be made-up.
  • Tennis… Catching up on tennis action at CHS, last Wednesday the team stepped out of region play to take on the Class-5A Riverside warriors….  The Warriors have a traditionally strong team and took a 4-3 win over the Red Devils… For details on the match, click here… Then last Thursday the Red Devils traveled down to Newberry and came home with a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs… If you want complete match details click here… The team is now 11-3 overall and 8-0 in region play… The tennis match that was scheduled for yesterday against Broome was postponed until tomorrow at 5:00 pm at the CMS tennis courts… It will be Senior Night so come on out and support the Red Devils in their last regular season home match.
  • SoccerLast Thursday the Red Devil Soccer team traveled to Irmo to play the Providence Athletic Club Panthers… The game was sloppy offensively, but both teams played stout defense and avoided mistakes. Neither team was able to score at all, so the game and to overtime and eventually penalty kicks… The Panthers drove home 4 of their kicks, while the Devils only made 2, ending the game in a win for the Panthers…. The team was supposed to play Laurens yesterday but that match has been canceled and will not be rescheduled…This Thursday the team will be taking on Chapman at Woodruff HS to break a tie for 2nd place in the region… It is scheduled to start at 5:30 and the team would like to see a large number of Red Devil fans travel the short distance to Woodruff to cheer them on.

 

LDHS… I’ll try to do some catching up with other sports at LDHS tomorrow.

 

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

  • Drive… As you might suspect, the Greenville Drive had their game with the Augusta GreenJackets postponed due to rain and will attempt to get it in Wednesday as part of a doubleheader… In the mean time they will try to get a game in today with the GreenJackets at 2:05 pm as Furman is set to host South Carolina tonight at Flour Field at 7:00 pm… Anyone want to bet on whether either of those games get played?
  • Reds 10 – Braves 4… The Braves started their road trip last night in Cincinnati and the two teams were tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the 6th inning when the Reds struck for 6 runs and then went on to take a 10-4 over the Bravos.

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