Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-26-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens LL Majors Drop Heartbreaker

  • Greenville 15 – Laurens 14The Laurens Little League Majors All-Star team was back in action last night up in Taylors as they faced off against a team from Greenville… Both teams entered the game 2-0 and the winner would be in a prime position in the double-elimination tournament… When the final out was recorded, Greenville had taken a 15-14 win in a back and forth game… Greenville took the lead early and led 3-0 going into the top of the 3rd inning when Laurens put 4 runs on the board to take the lead… Greenville responded with 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to back up 9-4… Bothe teams scored a pair of runs in the 4th and Laurens outscored Greenville 2-1 in the 5th inning making the score 12-8 Greenville going into the 6th and final inning of play… The Laurens team didn’t quit in the 6th as they scored 6 runs to go up 14-12… Greenville then got their turn at bat and with one out got the needed hits (and a Laurens error) to plate 3 runs and take a walk-off win… The loss drops Laurens into the losers; bracket and they will play Tega Cay-Fort Mill tonight at 6:00 pm and the winner will advance to play Greenville tomorrow night 6:00 pm and will have to defeat Greenville then in order to force a “winner take all” game for the state championship on Thursday… Good luck to the team!

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 30
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 30
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 37
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 53 

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  • Braves 8 – D-backs 3… Last night the Braves rebounded from their loss to the D-backs out in Arizona on Monday with an 8-3 win to even the three-game series at 1-1… The Braves only outhit the D-backs 9-8 but the big difference was that 4 of the Braves hits were homers while only 1 of the D-backs was…. The Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki had a pair of homers as he had a 2-run homer in the 7th inning and a solo shot in the 8th… Braves leftfielder Matt Kemp added a solo homer in the 6th while shortstop Johan Camargo also had a solo homer in the 8th… The teams will play the final game of the series this afternoon at 3:40 pm our time.
  • Crawdads 3 – Drive 1… Now the news is not as good for Greenville Drive fans as the Drive got involved in a pitcher’s duel with the Crawdads up in Hickory, NC last night and came up on the short end of a 3-1 score…The Crawdads outhit the Drive 8-4 and the Drives’ DH Bobby Dalbec had 2 of their 4 hits… The win gave Hickory a 3-1 win in the 4 game series… The drive are off today and will return to Flour Field on Thursday to start a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College this year to conduct their very popular preseason training camp… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… They will be doing a lot of “special activities”…To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

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Sports Report for Monday, 7-24-17

Local Notes:

Laurens LL Majors All-Stars Open State Tournament Play… Over the weekend this team opened play in the state tournament up in Taylors at the Northwood LL facility

  • Saturday: Laurens 14 – Darlington 5… On Saturday the team wasted little time scoring as they scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and 5 more in the bottom of the 2nd and then went on to take a 14-5 win over an all-star team from Darlington… Laurens outhit Darlington 9-3 and took advantage of at least 4 Darlington miscues.
  • Sunday: Laurens 12 – Tega Cay-Fort Mill 5… Yesterday the team did not get on the board first the team from TCFM did that scoring 1 run in the top of the first inning… However Laurens did get on the board the most as they put 6 on the board in the second inning and then went on to take a 12-5 win over TCFM… Laurens batts came alive pounding out 16 hits while their 3 pitchers held TCFM to just 4 hits… Laurens is one of only 2 undefeated teams left in the double elimination tournament and they are scheduled to face off against the other undefeated team from Greenville tomorrow at 6 pm… I am sure they would appreciate a lot of fans coming up there tomorrow to cheer them on. 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 32
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 32
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 38
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 54 

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Braves… The Braves completed their 4-game series with the Dodgers out in LA over the weekend… As you may recall they took the opening game on Thursday by a score of 6-3.

  • Friday: Braves 12 – Dodgers 3… On Friday the Braves made it 2 in a row as they defeated the Dodgers 12-3… The Braves pounded out 13 hits to the Dodgers 7 and 3 of them were homeruns… Freddie Freeman had a solo shot in the 5th (18), Tyler Flowers had a 3-run homer in the 6th (8) and the big blow was a grand slam by Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia in the 5th (1)…. Garcia also picked up the win
  • Saturday: Dodgers 6 – Braves 2… On Saturday the Dodgers rebounded to take a 6-2win over the Braves… Very simply they outhit the Braves 12-6 and 3 0f their 12 hits were homers.
  • Sunday: Dodgers 5 – Braves 4… Yesterday the Braves trailed 4-1 going into the top of the 9th inning in the series finale when the Braves Matt Adams belted a 3-run homer that tied the score and the Braves held the Dodgers in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra innings… The Braves went down in order in the top of the 10th but the Dodgers used 3 singles and an intentional walk to get a walk-off win on a single by Larry Forsythe to take a 5-4 win and finish the series with a split…. The Braves travel to Phoenix to start a 3-game series with the D-backs.

Drive… The Drive finished their series with Greensboro on Friday and then moved on to Hickory to start a 4-game series with the Crawdads on Saturday.

  • Friday: Drive 4 – Grasshoppers 1… The Drive ended their series with Greensboro with a 4-1 win on Friday thus taking the series 2 games to 1… They simply outhit the Hoppers 9-4 with third baseman Bobby Dalbec hitting a solo homer in the 8th for the Drive.
  • Saturday: Crawdads 7 – Drive 3… On Saturday the Drive opened their series with the Hickory Crawdads on a sour note as they lost 7-3… Hickory scored first putting 5 runs on the board in the 3rd inning with 4 of them coming on a grand slam homerun and the drive just could not recover from that.
  • Sunday: Crawdads 3 – Drive 0… Sunday the Drive had trouble getting their offense in gear as thy had only 4 hits and lost to Hickory by a score of 3-0. 

Panthers Training Camp Starts Wednesday, 7-26-17… It is almost time for the Panthers to once again start the preseason training camp at Wofford College… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

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Sports Report for Friday, 7-21-2017

PC Note;

  • Boys Evening Day Soccer Camp… August 4-6…Boys 5-15… This camp is designed to help young men improve their skills at any level through teaching fundamentals and game play… For more information on how to register and what to bring, click here.

Local Notes: 

Clinton 11-12 DY All-Stars Win State Championship… We need to catch up on how the Clinton 11-12 DY All-Star team has been doing you and I promise the news is good.

  • Wednesday: Clinton 9 – Hartsville 1… Wednesday night the Clinton team continued play in the elimination bracket taking on Hartsville… Good news here as the team took a 9-1 win to advance to the finals of the Tournament… In order to claim the state championship the Clinton All-Stars would have to beat undefeated Sumter twice yesterday.
  • Thursday, Game 1: Clinton 10 0 Sumter 0… In the first game yesterday Clinton took a 10 -0 win over Sumter to force a winner take all later in the day.
  • Thursday, Game 2: Clinton 8 – Sumter 0… In game 2 yesterday it was a little closer but Clinto git the job done as they defeated Sumter 8-0 to win the SC State Championship… Now I am sorry that I don’t have any other details but I believe you will understand when I say Coach Matt Stewart and hos team were most likely busy celebrating and all I have is the scores… If I get more details later, I will do a follow-up later.
  • On to Oxford… With the win the team punched its ticket to Oxford, Alabama in about 2 weeks and I will have more information about that later…. Congratulations to the team on fighting back out of the loser’s bracket to take the win!

Laurens County Speedway… Weather permitting they will be racing at LCSW tomorrow night at 8 pm… Looking back at last Friday night’s results in the main events (first, second & third):

  • Limited: Bryan Mullis, Billy Rushton & Michael Smith… Bryan Mullins started on the inside of row 1 and went on to win the Limited main event but he barley did as he finished just 0.085 seconds ahead of Billy Rushton… Michael Smith finished third.
  • Thunder Bombers: Dylan Chappelle, Dan Lawson & Casey Lawson ??? In the TB main event, Dylan Chappell crossed the finish line ahead of an Lawson but that does not necessarily mean that he won the race as Dan Lawson filed a protest on Chappell’s car after the rave and the inspection was supposed to be done Monday afternoon… I still have not heard how it came out.
  • Monster Minis: Larry Teal, Phillip Wilson & Randy Staton… The MM main event saw Larry Teal take the checkered flag first followed by Phillip Wilson and Randy Staton… However Heath Eaton who finished fifth but for some reason he thinks Wilson’s fuel was illegal so until it was tested everything after first is up in the air.
  • SECA 604 Crates: Larry Timms, Hank Taylor & Brad Rachels… In the 604 Crates, Larry Timms started on the outside of row 1 while Hank Taylor started to the inside and Taylor grabbed an early lead but about 5 laps into the race Timms took the lead and held it the rest of the way to finish first with Taylor coming in second.
  • FWD: Travis Jamieson, Joel Cabe & Mason Mack…. In the FWD main event Travis Jamieson took advantage of Joel Cabe’s flat tire late in the race to get the lead and the win… Cabe had to pit during a caution to change tires but still came in second with Mason Mack third.
  • 602 Crates: Mart Patterson, Chris Patterson & Josh Hellams…  Mart Patterson passed Chris Patterson near the end of the first lap of the 602 Crates ME and then went on to take the win with Chris right behind… Josh Hellams finished third.

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 35
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 35
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 41
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 57 

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  • Braves 6 – Dodgers 3… Last night the Braves started a 4-game series out in LA against the Dodgers and started it on a positive note as they took a 6-3 win over the Dodgers … The Braves did most of the their damage in the 4th inning when they platted 3 runs to open up a lead in a close game to that point… The win broke 2 streaks… First it broke the Dodgers 11 game winning streak and also broke the Braves 3 game losing streak….The Braves had 11 hits total (7 for the Dodgers) with 4 different Braves getting 2 hits each… Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was one of those 4 and one of hos was a homer.
  • Grasshoppers 5 – Drive 1… Last night up in Greensboro, NC the Grasshoppers rebounded from their Wednesday loss to the Greenville Drive as they took a 5-1 win…. Very Simple the Hoppers had 9 hits to the Drive’s 4 and one of them was a homerun.
  • Panthers Training Camp Starts Wednesday, 7-26-17… It is almost time for the Panthers to once again start the preseason training camp at Wofford College… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… To go to the Panthers website where yo can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-20-2017

Local Notes: 

Clinton 11-12 DY All-Stars Stay Alive in State Tournament

  • Luke White and Wil Stewart combined for a no hitter to avenge an earlier tournament loss to Greer Tuesday in the Dixie Youth Ozone State Tournament in Hartsville taking an 8-0 win… White went 5 and two thirds innings allowing only 1 base runner who reached on a hit by pitch and was quickly doubled off on a line drive to RT Corley…  Stewart came on to finish the last 1 and a third innings and each had 1 strikeout… Clinton scored 1 in the bottom of the 1st off a single from Austin Copeland and a double from White… The bottom of the 3rd saw the All-stars score 3 more..  Caleb Taylor and Justin Copeland would single.  Stewart followed with a 1 out single to score Taylor…  White would again double to score both Copeland and Stewart putting Clinton up 4-0 after 3 complete innings… In the 4th, two fielder’s choice and a single from Kason Copeland would score 2 more runs for the All-stars… In the bottom of the 5th the All-stars would score their last 2 runs off a Justin Copeland single and an error by Greer making the final score 8-0…”What a pitching performance from Luke, allowing only 1 base runner and throwing only 39 total pitches in 5 and two thirds innings, and Wil stepping in there finishing it out the way he did!  Absolutely great job by those guys… That kind of pitching will keep you in any game.  Guys played hard today and we hit it a little better…  It’s down to the final 4 from the original 12 teams… We’re still in it and live to play again tomorrow (Wednesday). .. Obviously we’re very proud of that!!  Head Coach Matt Stewart commented afterward… Clinton will played Hartsville at 5:30pm Wednesday (yesterday) at Byerly Park in Hartsville… As soon as I get the results I’ll pass them on.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 36
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 36
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 42
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 58 

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  • Cubs 8 – Braves 2… As you may recall, the Braves swept a 3-game series with the D-backs in Atlanta last weekend to even their record at 45-45 on the season… Well yesterday afternoon the Braves found themselves on the other side of a series sweep as the Cubs took an 8-2 win to sweep their series with the Braves in Atlanta… The Cubs led 3-0 going into the bottom of the 6th inning when the Braves finally got on the board on a sol0 homer by Ender Inciarte… The Cubs got that run back in the top of the 7th and the Braves responded in the bottom of the inning getting that run back to make it 4-2….. The Cubs broke the game open in the 8th scoring 3 more runs and added an insurance run in the 9th… The run that the Braves scored in the 7th was off the bat of Tyler Flowers as he had a solo homer…. The Braves are on the road the rest of this month with their first stop being out in LA tonight to start a 4-game series with the Dodgers.
  • Drive 8 – Grasshoppers 2… The Greenville Drive started a road trip last night and the first stop was in Greensboro to take on the Grasshoppers… The trip got off to a good start as the Drive took an 8-2 win… The Drive scored one in the top of the 1st inning and the score stayed 1-0 until the top of the 5th inning when thy pushed 7 runs across the plate and then held the Grasshoppers to just 2 runs to take the win… The Drive had 13 hits in the game and only one of them was a homer and that was a 2-run home by the Drive’s DH Isaias Lucena in the 7-run 5th inning.
  • Panthers Training Camp Starts Wednesday, 7-26-17… It is almost time for the Panthers to once again start the preseason training camp at Wofford College… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… To go to the Panthers website where yo can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-19-2017

Local Notes: 

Clinton 11-12 DY All-Stars… We need to catch up on how the team is doing in the state tournament down in Hartsville

  • Monday (1): Greer 6 – Clinton 5… Clinton was supposed to play a team from Greer on Sunday but bad weather caused that game to be postponed until Monday… When thy played the game, Greer took a 6-5 win handing Clinton their first loss of the tournament and dropping them down into the loser’s bracket… Clinton scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st off a Justin Copeland single and a homerun from Austin Copeland. Greer would score 5 runs in the bottom half off 2 walks, 2 errors and 3 hits…Clinton scored 2 more in the 2nd making the score 5-4, which remained the same until the 4th… Clinton tied the game in the top of the 4th…  Kason Copeland singled and scored off a single from Caleb Taylor… Greer managed to push across the winning run in the bottom of the 5th off a leadoff walk, a single and a sac bunt making the final score 6-5 and putting the All-stars in the losers bracket.
  • Monday (2): Clinton 8 – Delmae 0Again because of the rain delay on Sunday and having to make the game up Monday morning, Clinton was forced to play a second game on Monday… Good news here as Clinton bounced back to take an 8-0 win and stay alive in the tournament…Led by a dominating pitching performance from Zach Fortman the All-stars were able to rebound from a tough loss earlier in the day… Fortman pitched a complete game shutout, throwing only 53 total pitches and only facing 1 batter over the minimum.  He allowed 2 singles, 1 of which was quickly erased with a double play and struck out 3…Clinton put up 2 runs in the 3rd.  Bryce Young reached on a hit by pitch and Luke White followed with a homerun to centerfield making the score 2-0 after 3 innings…The bottom of the 5th saw the All-stars put the game away scoring 6 runs off 4 hits and 2 errors by Delmae…  Kason Copeland led off being hit by pitch and stole 2nd… Bryce Young singled moving Copeland to 3rd…  Young then stole 2nd…  Luke White reached on an error scoring Copeland and moving Young to 3rd…  Zach Fortman executed a perfect bunt single to score Young and White advanced to 3rd.  Fortman would steal 2nd and with runners on 2nd and 3rd Caleb Taylor hit a sac fly scoring White. With 2 outs, Justin Copeland reached on an error that also scored Fortman putting the All-stars up 6-0…  Justin Copeland would keep the inning going reaching on another Delmae error and advance all the way to 3rd on a single from his brother Austin.  Austin would steal 2nd.  With 2 outs and runners at 2nd and 3rd, Wil Stewart drove a single to left centerfield scoring both Copelands and making the final score 8-0… “Playing 2 games in one day can really stress your pitching, but we managed to stay alive and that’s all that matters. “Head Coach Matt Stewart commented afterwards… “Other than the 1st inning against Greer today we’re continuing to get good pitching and defense.  Our hitting as a team has been terrible…  If we are going to have any chance at advancing that must improve quickly…  Still proud of the way our kids bounced back after a tough loss today and beat a good Delmae team…  Zach Fortman pitched one of the best games I’ve seen at a time we really needed him the most. We’re still in and at this point that’s all we can ask for!”…With the win against Delmae, Clinton was supposed to play Greer again yesterday at 6:30pm and when I get those results I’ll pass them on.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 36
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 36
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 42
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 58 

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  • Cubs 5 – Braves 1… In a game that did not finish until early this morning due to a rain delay, the Braves got off to an early lead against the Cubs last night in Atlanta as Nick Markakis had a solo homer in the 2nd inning to put the Braves up 1-0… However the Cubs came right back and put 4 runs on the board in the top of the 3rd inning and then went on to take a 5-1 win over the Braves… In the decisive 3rd inning the cubs had a pair of homers to account for 3 of the 4 runs scored that inning… The Braves will try to avoid being swept in game 3 of the 3-game series today… The game will start at 12:10 this afternoon as the Braves need to board a plan tonight and head to LA where they will start a road trip that will keep them on the road the rest of the month as they don’t return home for a game until August 1st.
  • Drive… The Drive were off last night but will start a 7-game road trip tonight with their first stop being in Greensboro to take on the Grasshoppers in the first game of a 3-game series… The Drive are now 12-12 in the second=d half of their season and just 5 games behind Charleston who leads the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League with a 17-7 record.
  • Panthers Training Camp Starts Wednesday, 7-26-17… It is almost time for the Panthers to once again start the preseason training camp at Wofford College… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… To go to the Panthers website where yo can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-18-2017

PC Season Football Tickets on Sale

  • PC has 7 home games this season and the first one is on Saturday, Sept 16 when the Blue Hose host Campbell in the first of 6 home games in a row.
  • Blue chair back reserve seats are only $120.00 for the entire 7-game home season.
  • Bench reserved seating is $90 per seat for the season.
  • Parking is $5 per game but season parking passes are available for $25.
  • Per game seating (subject to availability) is $2o per game for chair type seats bench general admission will be $10 per seat for adults and $5 for students.
  • For more information on PC season tickets and a link to the season ticket order form click here… For the PC football schedule, click here. … Go Blue Hose!! 

Local Notes: 

Clinton DY 9-10 All-Stars Finish 1-2 in State Tournament… Yesterday I mentioned that the Clinton DY 9-10 All-Star team fell to Summerville 9-4 on Saturday… Let’s catch up on ho0w they have been doing since then.

  • Sunday: Clinton 15 – Hartsville 5… On Sunday Clinton and Hartsville faced off in a loser’s bracket game with the winner moving on and the loser going home… Good news as Clinton took a 15-5 win… Clinton got on the board first but Hartsville came back to cut into Clinton’s lead so that the Clinton only led 7-5 going into the top of the 4th inning… In the 4th, Clinton put 5 runs on the board and added 3 in the 6th to live to play another day… Clinton picked up their 15 runs on 13 hits while holding Hartsville to the 5 runs on 4 hits.
  • Monday: McLeod Park 9 – Clinton 7… Yesterday Clinton had to take on McLeod Park a team out of District 10 in the Florence area… McLeod Park jumped out to an early lead scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning… Clinton chipped away at the lead and only trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the third inning… McLeod Park platted 2 more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 6-3… Clinton responded scoring 4 runs in the top of the fourth to take a 7-6 lead… They then held McLeod Park scoreless in the bottom of the fourth but failed to do so in the bottom of the fifth where McLeod Park pushed 3 runs across and then hold Clinton scoreless in the sixth to take the win and eliminate Clinton from the tournament… Congratulations to the team on winning the district and making it into the state tournament. 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 38
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 38
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 44
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 60 

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  • Cubs 4 – Braves 3… After about an hour rain delay, the Braves and the Cubs got the first game of their 3-game series in the books just before midnight yesterday and the Cubs took a hard-fought 4-3 win… The Braves led 1-0 at the end of 3 innings but the Cubs struck for 2 in the 5th and 1 in the 7th to go up 4-1 and carried that lead into the bottom of the 9th inning… The Braves mounted a rally in the 9th scoring 2 runs and had the bases loaded with two outs but just could not complete the comeback… Most people like to talk offense and that is what you usually hear about where Freddie Freeman is concerned but last night he saved about 4 runs with his defensive work on the line at first base.
  • Drive 3 – Crawdads 1… The Greenville Drive finished their 3-game series with the Hickory Crawdads yesterday afternoon at Flour Field with a 3-1 win giving them the series win 2 game to 1… All the runs in this game were scored in the first inning as the Crawdads had a solo homer… The Drive used 5 singles and a Crawdad error to get their 3 runs in the first… The Drive have the day off before they start a road trip tomorrow.
  • Panthers Training Camp Starts Wednesday, 7-26-17… It is almost time for the Panthers to once again start the preseason training camp at Wofford College… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… To go to the Panthers website where yo can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 7-17-2017

Local Notes: 

Clinton DY 11-12 All-Stars Defeat Hilton Head 6-0

  • Clinton’s 11-12 All-stars opened state tournament play in Hartsville on Saturday morning at 9am beating Hilton Head 6-0 behind a dominant pitching performance from Luke White. White pitched a complete game shutout allowing only 4 hits and striking out 8… The All-stars put one run on the board in the top of the 3rd inning off an RBI single from Bryce Young scoring Zane Mclendon… They would add 2 more in the 4th.  Justin Copeland led off the inning with a single and would steal 2nd.  Landon Vo drew a walk and both runners would advance on a wild pitch.  Another wild pitch would score Copeland and move Vo to 3rd. Wil Stewart delivered a 2 out double to right center field scoring Vo putting the All-stars up 3-0 after 4 innings.  The 6th inning would see the All-stars add 3 more runs.  Austin Copeland and Justin Copeland singled.  Austin would eventually score on a passed ball.  With one out, Wilson Wages drove a 1-1 pitch over the right center field fence for a 2 run home run making the final score 6-0…Offensively Clinton was led by Justin Copeland 2-2, 2 runs scored, Wilson Wages 1-3, HR, 2 RBI’s, Wil Stewart 1-2, 2B, RBI, and Bryce Young 1-2, 1B, RBI…”Hilton Head is a great team, they battled and their pitching was excellent…  Kept us off balance the whole game.” Head Coach Matt Stewart commented afterward.  “Good to get that 1st win.  Proud of the guys for doing what the team needed to win.  We came out a little flat early on and that’s my fault for not getting the team properly focused.  Extremely proud of Luke White, his pitching kept us in it when our bats were struggling.  Hopefully we can come out tomorrow and swing it better against a really good Greer team.”….With the win Clinton advances to play Greer on Sunday at 6pm at Byerly Park in Hartsville, SC.

Clinton DY 9-10 Minors All-stars Drop opening game to Summerville 9-4

  • Clinton’s 9-10 All-stars were also in action last Saturday and the news on their opening game is not as good as they fell 9-4 to Summerville… Clinton struck first getting all 4 of their runs in the bottom of the first inning but could not hold the lead… Summerville had 8 hits to Clinton’s 7 but Clinton had 4 errors which hurt their cause.

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 39
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 39
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 45
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 61 

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Braves… The Braves returned to action last Friday night as they started a 3-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sun Trust Park.

  • Friday: Braves 4 – D-backs 3… The Braves got on the board first Friday night but found themselves trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning where they put 2 runs on the board to take the lead and then held the D-backs scoreless in the 9th to take a 4-3 win… Freddie Freeman picked up his 17th home run of the season a solo shot in the 6th inning…
  • Saturday: Braves 8 – D-backs 5… On Saturday the Braves used a 4-run 6th inning to break open a close game and then go to take an 8-5 win over the D-backs… Two of the Braves 14 hits were solo homers, one by second baseman Brandon Phillips and pinch it homer by Jace Peterson.
  • Sunday: Braves 7 – D-backs 1… The Braves got the brooms out as they swept the D-back by winning yesterday’s game by a score of 7-1… The Braves were leading 2-0 when they broke the game open scoring 4 runs in the 3rd inning and never looked back… The Braves had only 7 hits to the D-backs 4 but again 2 of them were homeruns… Both Matt Kemp and Matt Adams had a solo homer in the Braves’ 4-run third inning… The sweep of the D-backs allowed the Braves to even their season record at 45-45…. The will start a 3-game series with the Cubs in Atlanta tonight.

Drive… The Greenville Drive were at home over the weekend as they finished up a series with Kannapolis on Friday and started one with Hickory on Saturday.

  • Friday: Drive 2 – Intimidators 0… On Friday the Drive completed their 3-game home series with the Kannapolis Intimidators by taking a 2-0 win in a pitchers’ duel… The Drive had a total of 6 hits while the Intimidators had just 2…. The win gave the Drive a sweep of the Intimidators in the 3-game series.
  • Saturday: Drive 7 – Crawdads 4… The Drive started a 3-game series with the Hickory Crawdads on Saturday at Flour Field…This game was scoreless for 4.5 innings when the Drive got on the board with 2 runs and added another in the 6th but the Crawdads tied the game in the 7th… The Drive immediately took the lead in the bottom of the inning plating 4 runs thanks to a grand slam by Bobby Dalbec and then went on to a 7-4 win…
  • Sunday: Crawdads 3 – Drive 1… The Drive’s win on Saturday was them a 7 game winning streak but that came to an end yesterday as the Crawdads rebounded from their loss on Saturday to take a 3-1 win over the Drive… They did outhit the Drive 12-9 but more importantly 2 of their hits were homers. 

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Sports Report for Friday, 7-14-2017

PC Notes

Elite Football Camp…July 15th, 10:00– 3:00 pm… The Coach Tommy Spangler Elite Football Camp is designed for high school juniors and seniors to receive individual instruction from the Presbyterian College coaching staff…  Campers will receive instruction in Fundamentals, Skills, and Techniques as well as one-on-one drills…  Our camps are designed to make each participant a better football player while creating a fun and competitive environment…. The cost is $40… For more information on how to register, cost and what to bring, click here.

PC Season Football Tickets on Sale

  • PC has 7 home games this season and the first one is on Saturday, Sept 16 when the Blue Hose host Campbell in the first of 6 home games in a row.
  • Blue chair back reserve seats are only $120.00 for the entire 7-game home season.
  • Bench reserved seating is $90 per seat for the season.
  • Parking is $5 per game but season parking passes are available for $25.
  • Per game seating (subject to availability) is $2o per game for chair type seats bench general admission will be $10 per seat for adults and $5 for students.
  • For more information on PC season tickets and a link to the season ticket order form click here… For the PC football schedule, click here. … Go Blue Hose!!

Local Notes: 

Laurens County Speedway… Below are the results from racing in last Saturday night’s main events (first, second & third).

  • 602 Crates… Lee Gray, Cameron Crowe & Chris Patton… Lee Gray won not only the main event in the 602 Crates but also the qualifier for it… Chris Patterson who finished third was leading late in the race but he tagged the wall allowing Gray to take the win and Cameron Crowe to finish second.
  • Limited…Deano Long, Michael Smith & Billy Rushton… Deano Long and Michael Smith both started on the front row in the main event of the limited division and Long took the lead early and finished first with Smith coming in second… Billy Rushton finished third.
  • FWD… Jonathan Sarratt, Tony Hill & James Coggins… Jonathan Sarratt won the pole and lead wire to wire in the FWD…. The next two drivers across the finish line were Tony Hill & James Coggins.
  • 604 Crates… Larry Timms, Goose Calvert & Colby Cannon… Larry Timms started on the outside of row 1 in the 604 Crates but took the lead early and he and Goose Calvert who finished second pretty much dominated the race.
  • Monster Minis… Travis Sharpe, Phillip Wilson & Dustin Morris… Travis Sharpe took the lead early in the Monster Mini main event and then never gave it up… Philip Wilson was able to fight his way up and finished second but could not catch Sharpe.
  • Thunder Bombers… Dan Lawson, Dylan Chappell & Casey Lawson… It took a couple of restarts to get the Thunder Bombers going but when the race was finally in the books Dan Lawson had found his way back to victory lane… In the battle for second & third, Dylan Chappell held off Casey Lawson to take second.

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 42
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 42
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 48
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 64 

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

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and resume the second half of their season tomorrow night as they start a 3-game series with the D-Backs at Sun Trust Park Drive…. The Braves are 42-45 on the season in 2nd place in the NL east 9.5 behind the Nationals…. The D-backs are in 2nd place in the NL West with a 53-36 record and trail the Dodgers by 7.5 who lead the NL west.
  • Drive 2- Intimidators 1… If you like pitchers’ duels, Flour Field was the place to be last night as the Greenville Drive and the Kannapolis Intimidators combined to score only 3 runs and good news fro Drive fans because the Drive had two of those runs as they took a 3-2 win… The Drive took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning on a solo homer by their catcher Roldani Baldwin… The Intimidators tied the game with a run in the 8th inning when Baldwin had a walk-off double scoring Tyler Hill who had just tripled… The Drive now have a 4-game winning streak and will finish the series with Kannapolis tonight and start a 3-game series with Hickory tomorrow night at Flour Field.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-13-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens 10-11 Little League All-Stars Win State Championship

  • Laurens 15 – Northwood 5 (5)The Laurens LL 10-11 All-Star team took care of business last night as they defeated Northwood 15-5 in 5 innings to capture the SC Championship and punch their ticket to the Tournament of State Champions later this month in North Carolina… Laurens jumped on top quickly scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning… In that inning, Jonah Hogge, EJ Grant, Brent Young and Jaeden Goodwin all had RBI producing hits… Goodwin’s was an inside the park homer… Northwood got two of those runs back in the top of the second to make it 7-2 Laurens… Laurens got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when Zay Pulley led off the inning with the single and was at third with two outs when he was able to steal home…. Laurens added a pair of runs in 3rd on an RBI single by Zay Pulley and on a Northwood error… Laurens added a single run in the 4th on bases loaded walk to CJ Threatt scoring Harrison Moore from third…. Northwood did not go quietly as they picked up their last 3 runs in the top of the 5th inning to make it 11-5 Laurens… Laurens picked up the 4 runs needed to end the game on the 10-run rule in the bottom of the 5th on a Northwood error, a run producing double by Jaeden Goodwin and a RBI single by CJ Threatt to drive in the winning run… Laurens had 13 hits with 5 different player getting 2 hits each… Zay Pulley picked up the win going 4⅓ innings giving up the 5 runs on 7 hits… Congratulations to the team!  See Photo slide show below.


 

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 43
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 43
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 49
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 65 

Colleges

  • SEC Media Days… Well the SEC has been holding their annual Football Media Days out Hoover, Alabama since Monday and it wraps up today… The last three schools to go before the media today are South Carolina, Ole Miss and Auburn… Now if you would like to go to the SEC web site where you can get quotes from the coaches and other information about what has gone on so far, click here.
  • ACC Media Days… Now the ACC will start their Media days today up in Charlotte… Dabo Swinney / Clemson will hold stage late this afternoon…. For more information about the ACC Media days, click here 

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

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and resume the second half of their season tomorrow night as they start a 3-game series with the D-Backs at Sun Trust Park
  • Drive 12 – Intimidators 2… The Greenville Drive returned home last night to start a 3-game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators and they got off to a pretty good start as the Drive took a 12-2 win… The Drive led 8-0 before the Intimidators finally got on the board getting their only two runs in the 5th inning… The Drive pounded out 16 hits with right fielder Granger Studdard going 4 for 5 on the night with 3 RBIs.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-12-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens Little League 10-11 All-Stars Force Winner Take All Game Tonight

  • Laurens 11 – Northwood 0 (4)The Laurens 10-11 LL All-Star team knew exactly what they had to do last night if they wanted to play for the state championship and that was very simply defeat Northwood last night and force a winner take all for the championship tonight… Well they not only defeated the perennial power Northwood but they did it decisively as they took an 11-0 win to avenge an earlier tournament 8-3 loss to Northwood… Laurens got on the board first scoring two runs in the top of the first on a 2RBI double Harrison Moore… Laurens added another run in the second on a two out RBI single by Owen Pridgen… Laurens broke the game open in the third when they struck for 6 runs to go up 9-0… EJ Grant had a leadoff solo homer and Ben Wright, Jonah Hogge and Harrison Moore all had run producing hits while Owen Pridgen also had a sacrifice fly in the inning to drive in a run… Laurens picked up its last 2 runs in the top of the 4th when Jonah Hogge doubled with two outs to add the two insurance runs… Ben Willis picked up the complete game shutout giving up only 2 hits while striking out 6 and walking just 2… Laurens and Northwood will face off tonight at 6:00 pm and if I looked at the bracket correctly they will be the home team… If you would like to go the physical address for Corey Burns Park where the game will be played is 200 Boling Ct, Taylors, SC 29687 for use in your smart phones or GPS devices. Good Luck to the team!

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 44
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 44
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 50
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 66 

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

  • MLB All-Star Game… The Braves were off last night as they held the 88th MLB All-Star Game down in Miami… For the 5th straight year (17 out of last 21) the American League won the game by a score of 2-1 in 10 innings giving the AL home field advantage in this year’s World Series. … Seattle’s Robinson Cano had a leadoff homer in the top of the 10th inning that proved to be the winning run… For that he was selected as the game’s MVP and afterwards given the choice between a new Chevy pickup truck and a Corvette, he chose the Vet… Can’t argue with his choice…
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night but will return to action tonight as they start a 6-game home stand with the first team into Flour Field being the Kannapolis Intimidators as they start a 3-game series tonight at 7:05 pm… The Drive who went 41-28 in the first half of the season and won the Southern Division of the SAL are only 7-11 since the start of the second half of the season and find themselves tied for last place in the Southern Division with Columbia and just 5 games behind the division leading Charleston RiverDogs with plenty of time left in the season to catch up.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-11-2017

Local Notes: 

CHS

  • CHS Has New Baseball Coach… Yesterday the following WLBG and other media received the following press release… “Clinton High School Athletics is proud to announce that Tom Fortman will take over as head baseball coach for the Red Devils starting the 2017-2018 school year.   Coach Fortman has been in Baltimore, Maryland coaching at Digital Harbor High School and teaching math.  He brings to CHS a wealth of baseball knowledge, proven success, and impeccable teaching credentials.  Coach Fortman landed two Baltimore City Championships and most recently accumulated a 32-5 record as Varsity Head Coach at Digital Harbor High School.  We look forward to having Coach Fortman on staff and he and his family in our community and school.  Go Big Red.” Other media outlets are reporting that Coach McCarthy stepped down back in May and will remain at CHS as n assistant principal and assistant football coach. 

Laurens All-Stars …

  • Last night the Laurens LL 10-11 All-Star team defeated a team from Greenville 21-6… The team scored 10 runs in the second inning and another 10 in the 5th inning in route to the win… With the win, the team advances to play the host Northwood team who is undefeated in a 6 pm game tonight… They must beat Northwood tonight to force a winner take-all game for the state championship tomorrow night…. Good Luck to the team!
  • Laurens 9-10 All-Stars FallThe news is not as good for the Laurens LL 9-10 Minors All-Star Team as they fell last night to Wren 19-10 in the state tournament down in Summerville… Now I do not have any other details on this game but the bracket shows they are now eliminated from cometion and finished with a 2-2 record.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 45
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 45
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 51
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 67 

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  • Braves… The Braves were off last night as they start their 4-game break for the 88th MLB All-Star Game tonight that is being held tonight down in Miami… The Braves will have the mandatory 1 player on the National League All-Star Team and he is their centerfielder Ender Inciarte… The left handed Inciarte game to the Braves from the Diamondbacks in a trade during the 2015 Baseball Winter Meetings… He has always been know for his defense in centerfield but this year he come into the all-star break hitting .302 with 7 homers and 36 RBIs… Tonight’s game can be seen on Fox with coverage staring at 7:30…. By the way the NY Yankees Aaron Judge won the Home Run Derby last night with 23 homeruns and one of them carried 501 feet…, The Yankee rookie leads MLB with 30 homeruns on the season to date.
  • Drive 8 – Legends 7… Last night the Greenville Drive finished their 4-games series with the Lexington Legends up in Kentucky with an 8-7 win which gave them the series win 3 games to 1… Lexington led 4-2 going into the top of the 5th inning where the Drive struck for 5 runs and then held on to take win… The legends made it interesting by scoring 1 run in the 9th inning and having runners on first and second with 2 outs when they picked up the third out on ground ball force out at second… The Drive are off tonight.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 7-10-2017

Local Notes:

Laurens 10-11 All-Stars go 1-1 Over the Weekend…. The Laurens Little League 10-11 All-Star Team started their participation in the state tournament up in Taylors… I believe I have the correct scores on their 2 games so far and I will try to get more details on the games by tomorrow

  • Friday: Laurens 11 – Irmo10
  • Sunday: Northwood 8 – Laurens 3
  • Today: Laurens vs. Greenville at 6:00 pm with winner to face Northwood on Tuesday at 6 pm.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 46
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 46
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 52
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 68

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

Braves… The Braves completed their 4-game series with the Washington Nationals up in the nation’s capital over the weekend… As you may recall they won the first game last Thursday night by a score of 5-2.

  • Friday: Nationals 5 – Braves 4 (10)… The Braves bullpen let them down Friday night as the Braves carried a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th where the Nationals scored 3 runs to tie the game and then gave up 3 singles in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Nationals took a 5-4 win… Freddie Freeman had a solo homer in the 7th inning which gave him a team high 15 on the season even after missing over 40 games due to a fractured wrist.
  • Saturday: Braves 13 – Nationals 0… The Braves rebounded Saturday as their bats pounded out 15 hits and 13 runs in a 13-0 win over the division leading Nationals… The Braves pitcher Julio Teheran pitched 7 strong innings giving up just 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking just 2 but he also helped himself by going 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs…. Nick Markakis had a solo homer for the Braves and Matt Adams had a 3-run homer.
  • Sunday: Nationals 10 – Braves 5… Yesterday the Nationals took a 10-5 win which means the Braves and the Nationals split the series 2 games each… The Nationals had a 3-0 lead at the end of the 1st inning and the Braves tied it in the 3rd inning on a 3-run homer by Freddie Freeman (16)… Braves second baseman Johna Camargo picked up his first career homer in “The Big Show” a solo shot in the 6th inning… However these proved not to be enough as the Nationals outhit the Braves 12-7 to take the win… The Braves now enter a 4-day break for the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Drive… The Greenville Drive started a 4-game series with the Lexington Legends up in Lexington last Friday.

  • Friday: Legends 5 – Drive 2… In the first game on Friday, the Legends held the Drive to just 1 hit while they 9 as they took a 5-2 win over the Drive… The Drive’s only hit was a 2 out 2-run homer by first baseman Tucker Tubbs in the 4th inning.
  • Saturday: Drive 6 – Legends 0… On Saturday the Drive’s bats came back to life as they pounded out 12 hits to the Legends 3 as the Drive rebounded to take a 6-0 win… The Drive’s centerfielder Lorenzo Cedrola went 3-5 to lead the Drive at the plate and right fielder Granger Studdard picked up his frst homer of the season a sol shot in the 6th inning.
  • Sunday: Drive 6 – Legends 5… In game 3 of the series yesterday Lexington jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead but the Drive took a 4-3 by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 3rd inning only t have the Legends tie it in the bottom of the same inning… The Drive were able to get 2 more runs in the 6th inning and then held on as the Legends got a single run in the bottom of the 9th and escape with a 6-5 win to insure at least a split of the 4-game series that ends tonight… The Drive’s Roldani Baldwin had a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning when the Drive put 4 runs on the board.

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Sports Report for Friday, 7-7-2017

PC Notes

  • School may be out at PC and you might think there is not a lot going on athletically but that is not quite right… Recently PC announced an addition to the Lay Blue Hose basketball coaching staff, the softball program signed 8 young ladies to the softball program, season football tickets are on sale and some of the different sports are holding camps… To keep up with all that is going on at PC athletically all you need to remember is the address of their athletic website which is GoBlueHose.com. 

Local Notes: 

Laurens 10-11 Little League All-Stars Start State Tournament Play Tonight

  • I want to take a moment to wish the Laurens Little League 10-11 All-Stars good luck tonight as they start their participation in the state tournament up Taylors tonight being hosted by the Northwood Little League… They will be one of 6 teams present vying for the state crown… The tournament started last night but Laurens had earned a first round bye… They will be taking on a team from Irmo at 8:00 pm which defeated a Greenville team 10-5 in opening round action last night… To see the bracket for the tournament, click here…. For those of you who are planning to go the address is 201 Boling Court Taylors, SC… Click here or a link to its location on Google…. Again good luck to Coach Jason Pridgen and his team!

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 49
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 49
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 54
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 70

 

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

  • Braves 5 – Nationals 2… The Braves started a 4-game series with the Washington Nationals up in DC last night but they got off to a late start as the game was delayed for just over 3 hours due to the threat of bad weather moving in at game time (it never did)… The Nationals struck first going up 1-0 in the second inning but the Braves tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third and then went on to take a 5-2 win over the division leading Nationals… The Braves took the lead for good on a solo homer by Kurt Suzuki in the 6th inning and had a total of 12 hits in the game… Freddie Freeman had a pair of RBI doubles in the game and one of them was his 1,000th career hit.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive had their game with the Rome Braves postponed due to rain and the game will be made up later in the season… The Drive start a 4-game series with the Lexington Legends tonight in Lexington.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-6-2017

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 0
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 50
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 55
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 71

 

 

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

  • Astros 10 – Braves 4… The Braves completed their short 2-game series with the Astros in Atlanta last night and the final score was not as bad as Tuesday night when the Astros took a 16-4 win as they only defeated the Braves by a score of 10-4… The Astros led 4-0 going into the bottom the 5th inning when the Braves struck for 4 runs to tie the game… Two of the Braves 4 runs came off the bat of Ender Inciarte as he belted his 7th homer of the season… However the Astros went on to score 3 runs in the 7th and 8th inning to take the win… As a side note, the Astros are now 58-27 on the season and have the best record in MLB… The Braves now travel to the Washington DC to start a 4-game series wit the Nationals tonight .
  • Braves 3 – Drive 0… The Greenville Drive and the Rome Braves played game 2 of their 3-game series down in Rome last night and it was a low scoring affair as the Braves blanked the Drive 3-0… The Drive actually outhit the Braves 7-5 but they also made 2 errors which did not help their cause.

NASCAR… It’s been a while since we had time to catch up with NASCAR so let’s do that now.

  • Coke Zero 400 Results… Last Saturday the Monster Series was at the Daytona International Speedway participating in the Coke Zero 400 where the fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr had the pole but left the race in lap 106 due to an accident… Ricky Stenhouse Jr picked up the win finishing ahead of Clint Boyer, Paul Menard, Michael McDowell & Ryan Newman who rounded out the top 5…. For more information on how others finished in the race, click here… The Monster Energy race this week will be on Saturday at the Kentucky Speedway and is the Quaker State 400…. The green flag is supposed to drop at 7:30 and the race can be seen on NBCSN…. The Xfinity race will be tomorrow night at 8:00 pm and will also be in Kentucky and can also be seen on NBCSN.
  • Monster Energy Standings…. Looking at the driver standings after the race we find that Kyle Larson leads with 667 points and 13 playoff points… Martin Truex Jr, is just 18 point behind Larson in second… The balance of the top 5 drivers are Kyle Busch, Kevin harvick and Brad Keselowski… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin and Clint Boyer…. To see the entire rankings for the drivers, click here.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-5-2017

Local Notes:

 Laurens County Speedway… The LCS suffered its third rainout of the season last Saturday night as they were unable to complete any of the main events before the rains first caused delays and then the eventual cancelation of the main events… They were able to complete only the heat raced in the Thunder Bombers, 602 Crates and the Monster Minis… One of the races was scheduled to be the Ronnie Brookshire Memorial Race… That race has been rescheduled for Friday, August 25th the same night high school football kicks off for the local high schools… Since they are racing on Friday night, the scheduled races for Saturday August 26th will not be held.

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 51
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 51
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 56
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 72

 

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

  • Astros 16 – Braves 4… The Braves returned home last night in time for the Fourth of July to face the Houston Astros and there were some fireworks after and during the game… The two teams combined for 27 hits (three of which were homers and 20 runs… The only problem for Braves fans were that 19 of the hits including all three homers and 16 of the runs were put on the board by the Astros… The Astros scored first and often as they held a 12-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning before the Braves finally got on the board.
  • Freeman Back in Braves… The Brave fans did get one piece of good news last night as Freddie Freeman came off the DL list and started the game last night at third base…The Braves need his bat in the lineup and he did manage to go 1-4 in the game after a very short rehab stint at one of the Braves farm team… As you may recall, the Braves picked up Matt Adams in a trade after Freeman fractured his left wrist several weeks ago and Adams is having one of his better seasons at first base so the Braves are going to try Freeman out at third to keep both of the players in the lineup.
  • Drive 2 – Braves 0…. The news is better for Greenville Drive fans as they took a 2-0 win over the Rome Braves down in Rome last night scoring a single run in the first and a single run in the ninth… The two teams had only 9 hits and two Drive pitchers held the Baby Braves to just 2 hits…. The Drive’s center fielder Tyler Hill and catcher Roldani Baldwin each had 2 hits to lead the Drive… game two of the 3-game series in Rome is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm tonight in Rome.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-4-2017

PC Season Football Tickets On Sale

  • PC has 7 home games this season and the first one is on Saturday, Sept 16 when the Blue Hose host Campbell in the first of 6 home games in a row.
  • Blue chair back reserve seats are only $120.00 for the entire 7-game home season.
  • Bench reserved seating is $90 per seat for the season.
  • Parking is $5 per game but season parking passes are available for $25.
  • Per game seating (subject to availability) is $2o per game for chair type seats bench general admission will be $10 per seat for adults and $5 for students.
  • For more information on PC season tickets and a link to the season ticket order form click here… For the PC football schedule, click here. … Go Blue Hose!! 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 52
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 52
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 58
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 74

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

  • BravesThe Braves were off last night but will return to action tonight at Sun Trust Park as the the Houston Astros come in for a short 2-game series… The Braves have been playing better as of lately and almost have themselves back to playing 500 ball as their record now stands at 40-41 and they are in second place in the NL east 8 games behind the division leading Washington Nationals and 2.5 games ahead of the third place Mets.
  • Legends 6 – Drive 4 (10)… Last night the Greenville Drive and the Lexington Legends finished their 4-game series at Flour Field and it ended on a sour note for Drive fans as the Legends took a 6-4 win in 10 innings giving them the series win 3 games to 1… The Legends scored single runs in the first and second inning before the drive finally struck for a run in the second… The two teams played even the rest of the game and at the end of regulation it was tied 4-4… In the top of the 10th the Legends had a runner on first with two outs when the next Legend batter was hit by a pitch… The Legends’ Emmanuel Rivera then tripled to drive in what would prove to be the two winning runs… The Drive did get a runner on with two outs in the bottom of the inning but just could not get the clutch hits needed to bring him in… The Drive now hit the road as they travel to Rome, Georgia to start a 3-game series with the Braves.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 7-23-2017

Local Notes:

Barry Atkinson No Longer Head Trainer at LDHS… It came as a shock to many Raider fans Friday when they found out that Barry Atkinson will not be on the sidelines and courtside at LDHS athletic events this coming school year… Barry has served the student athletes of LDHS and visiting school with some of the best care around as he has been since 1981… For the last several years Barry has been retired as a teacher and served as head trainer only at a reduced salary… According to other media reports Barry was asked to teach again at his present salary or take a pay cut to serve as head trainer only… At that point the Barry decided it was his time to go…. Recently Barry was inducted into the first class of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame and during his distinguished career has been awarded many other honors… As with many others, I will truly miss him and wish him nothing but the best as he moves into the next phase of his life.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 53
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 53
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 58
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 74

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

Braves… The Braves finished their long road trip over the weekend with a 3 game series with the Athletics out in Oakland

  • Friday: Braves 3 – Athletics 1… On Friday the two teams hooked up in a pitcher’s duel and the Braves held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the 9th inning… The Braves plated 2 runs in the top of the 9th and then held on to take a 3-1 win… The Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (Ful-ta-nev-ich) went 8 innings giving up 1 hit (a homer in the bottom of the 9th before being knotted) while striking out 8 and walking 4.
  • Saturday: Braves 4 – A’s 3… On Saturday there was a little more scoring in the game and again the Braves took a one-run win this time by a score of 7-3… Dansby Swanson had an RBI-double to provide the winning run for the Braves… Swanson had 2 of the Braves 7 hits and had 2 RBIs.
  • Sunday: Braves 4 – A’s 3 (12)… Yesterday the Braves were able to pull the brooms out of the bat bags as they again took a 4-3 win to sweep the Athletics in the series but it was not easy as the game went 12 innings… The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and both teams scored a singe run in the 11th inning to make it 3-3… The Braves scored the winning run in the top of the 12th inning on a line drive homer to center field off the bat of Kurt Suzuki… The homer in the 12th was Suzuki’s second solo homer of the game… The Braves are off tonight as they travel home to start a short 2-gane seies wit the Astros tomorrow night at Sun Trust Park.

Drive… The Drive returned home to Flour Field last Friday night to start a 4-game series with the Lexington Legends..

  • Friday: Legends 17 – Drive 7… If you like a baseball game with a lot of offense than you should have been at Flour Filed last Friday night as the two teams combined for 32 hits and 24 runs but the only problem for Drive fans is that the Legends had 20 of the hits and 17 of the runs as they took a 17-7 win over the Drive… The game was only 1-0 Legends going into the top of the 3rd inning where they broke it open scoring 8 runs.
  • Saturday: Drive 5 – Legends 2On Saturday the Drive bounced back scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning and then going on to a 5-2 win… Both teams had 9 hits and the Legends only error of the game aided the Drive in scoring at least one of their runs in the first inning.
  • Sunday: Legends 8 – Drive 4Yesterday the Legends had a big 5th inning where they scored 6 runs and then went on to take an 8-4 win over the Drive… If the Drive want to break even in the 4-game series they will have to beat the Legends tonight at Flour Field in the series finale.

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Sports Report for Friday, 6-30-2017

PC’s Deal Signs with the Braves

  • Hayden Deal did not here his name called during the recent MLB draft but that does not mean his dream to play professional baseball is over because last Friday he signed a free contract with the Atlanta Braves… Deal graduated from PC this past May and is a 6-foot-four right-handed pitcher… He started 13 games for the Blue Hose this past season and finished with a 4-4 record… For more information about this story, comments from Coach Nelson Pollock and about Deal, click here. 

Local Notes: 

CHS

  • Kiah Young signs With Southern Wesleyan… Yesterday morning at CHS, recent Clinton High School graduate Kiah Young signed a letter of intent to continue his education and basketball career at Southern Wesleyan College… Before he signed AD Nickie Templeton pointed out several things about Kiah to those assembled… She pointed out the hard work Kiah had but into not only the his basketball game during his high school career but also the discipline he displayed to taking care of the academic side of the equation… Without that, he would not have been able to sign yesterday… Below is a short video interview done with Kiah after the signing and a few photos at its end…Congratulations and Good Luck to Kiah!  Go Big Red!

 

Laurens Academy

  • Taylor Campbell Announces She Intends to Play for Newberry College… Recently Taylor Campbell a rising senior at Laurens Academy paid a visit to Newberry College and said afterwards Laurens Academy twitted that she had decided to continue her education and basketball career at Newberry… Campbell is a point guard on the Crusader basketball team and last year the Crusader made it all the way to the SCISA Class A finals before falling in the title game… As I get more information on this I will keep you updated.

 

Laurens County Speedway

  • Ronnie Brookshire Memorial race Tomorrow Night… If you have not been out to the LCS lately tomorrow night would be a very good time to go back as they are having some special racing… The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series South East Region Tour will return to the LCS for first time since 2011… The ULTIMATE SE race will be run in memory of Ronnie Brookshire, who passed away on March 21, 2014.  Brookshire is a legendary driver at Laurens County Speedway and was a multi-time Late Model Champion at the track…. Now for more information on this race, click on the following: ULTIMATE SE MAKES FIRST VISIT TO LAURENS COUNTY SPEEDWAY SINCE 2011

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 57
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 57
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 63
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 78 

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

  • Padres 6 – Braves 0… The Braves finished their 3-game series with the padres in San Diego last night and as you may recall the Braves took the first 3-0 on Tuesday and dropped Wednesday’s game 7-4 so last night’s game was the rubber game of the series… Well the Braves only managed 4 hits last night and lost 6-0 giving the Padres the series win… The Padres only had 9 hits themselves but two of them were multi-run homers…. The Braves now move up the coast to Oakland for a weekend series with the Athletics.
  • Drive 9 – Tourist 6 (12)… The Greenville Drive wrapped up their 4-game series with the Ashville Tourist up in Ashville last night and they did avoid being swept by the Tourist as they took a 9-6 win but it took them 12 innings to do so… the score was tied 5-5 at the end of 9 innings and then both team scored a single run in the 11th inning to make it 6-6… With two out in the top of the 12th inning and two on base, the Tourist committed a throwing error that allowed to Drive runs to score and then the next batter doubled driving in another run which put the Drive up 9-6… The Tourist had a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning and then the next batter struck out… The Tourist then hit into a double play ending the game… The Drive return home tonight to start a short 4-game home stand with the Lexington Legends being their opponent for all 4 games.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 6-29-2017

Local Notes: 

Clinton 11-12 All-Stars Win District Tournament

  • Clinton’s 11-12 All-Stars outlasted Edgefield County 5-4 in 7 innings Tuesday night to claim the Dixie Youth District 3 Tournament title at the Clinton YMCA.  With the win Clinton advances to the Dixie Youth State Tournament in Hartsville, SC July 14-19… Edgefield opened the scoring in the bottom of the first putting up 2 runs off a single and a fielder’s choice.  Clinton responded in the top of the 2nd scoring 1 run off a 2 out single from Wil Stewart. .. Both Teams were held scoreless in the 3rd inning.  The All-Stars added 1 run in the 4th inning on a solo HR by RT Corley.  Wilson Wages led off the 5th with a double, stole 3rd and scored on passed ball to put the All-Stars up 3-2..  Luke White was hit by a pitch to start the top of the 6th, stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch.  Zach Fortman delivered a 2 strike single to score White giving Clinton a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the inning… The All-Stars were 3 outs away from the district title.  Pitching for Clinton, Fortman quickly recorded the first 2 outs of the bottom of the 6th off a fly ball and a fielder’s choice which put Edgefield County’s leadoff hitter Drew Johnson at 1st base.  Number 2 hitter Chandler Mims worked a 2-1 count from Fortman and on the next pitch sent it over the right center field fence for a 2 run homer tying the game at 4-4… Fortman would record a strike out to end the inning… In Clinton’s half of the 7th, Corley led off with a single and would come around to score off another single from Austin Copeland giving Clinton a 5-4 lead entering the bottom of the 7th… Justin Copeland came on in relief of Fortman for the All-Stars pitching a scoreless bottom half, finally securing the District 3 title for Clinton…Clinton was led offensively by RT Corley 2-3 with a HR ,1 RBI and 2 runs scored, Wilson Wages 2-3 with a double.  Zach Fortman pitched 6 complete innings giving up 4 earned runs off 9 hits while striking out 4. Justin Copeland pitched the 7th inning allowing no hits and striking out 1…Coach Matt Stewart commented “Wow, what a game!  Neither team would back down, both teams gave everything they had tonight.  Can’t say enough about Edgefield’s Chandler Mims, he is a special player who can single handedly control and win a baseball game.  His pitching completely kept us off balance the entire game and delivering a 2 out last inning HR to tie the game is unbelievable.  We just managed to scratch across enough runs off him to win, it wasn’t easy” Head Coach Matt Stewart commented afterward.  Very proud of the way my guys hung in there an battled tonight.  They never gave up.  This team’s heart and will to compete is second to none.  For some on this team it’s their 6th straight district title and for the majority it’s their 5th straight.  These kids, every one of them, are extremely special players and more importantly great young men.  Remember their names, you will continue to read about them in the future!!!’… The team opens State Tournament play on July 15 at 9am against a team to be determined.

Clinton Minors Win District Championship

  • Last night the Clinton Minors All-Star Team (9-10) defeated Edgefield 5-1 over in Abbeville to capture District 3 Title for their age group… Sorry but I don’t have any details and they also will be advancing to the state tournament in July.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 58
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 58
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 64
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 79 

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

  • Padres 7 – Braves 4… In game 2 of their 3-game series out in San Diego last night the padres put 2 runs on the board in the first inning and then went on to take a 7-4 win over the Braves… The Padres led 6-0 going into the top of the 6th inning where the Braves finally got on the board scoring all 4 of their runs…. The Padres had 12 hits in the game while the Braves managed only 7 with no Brave getting more than 1 hit.
  • Tourist 6 – Drive 5 (10)… The Greenville Drive continue to struggle after winning the first half of their season as they dropped their fourth game in a row (and sixth out of seven games since the all-star break) to the Tourist up in Ashville last night by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings… With one out in the 10th inning, the Tourist got a bases-loaded single for the walk off win… The Drive actually outhit the Tourist 15-11 but just could not get the clutch hit when needed 

This & That:

  • Raider Softball Clinics… Coach Haley Register Satterfield the new head coach of the of the Laurens Raider varsity softball team will be holding FREE softball clinics at LDHS this summer… The clinics are open to all young ladies between the ages of 8 and 13 who are interested in learning to play softball and depending on participation they may lead to a travel team being formed this summer… The clinics will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between the hours of 7:00 – 8:15 pm… The clinics will end July 31st and there will not be any clinics during the July 4th week.… Each young lady needs to bring a glove, bat, tennis shoes and cleats to practice… If you have any questions about this, contact coach Satterfield at hmregister@laurens55.org.
  • Raider Youth Baseball Camp… Coach Patterson, his staff and both current and former players will be conducting a youth baseball camp July 10-13… The camp is open to all youth in the community between the ages of 7-13…. The basic fundamentals including throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and pitching will be covered… Water and snacks for the campers will be provided with plenty of breaks between periods each day… The camp will be held at Ed Prescott Field between the hours of 5:00 – 7:30 pm and the cost is $40 (cash only) per camper… If you click here you will find more information as to what you should bring and a form that needs to be completed and signed by the parents and brought to the camp when you register that morning… Raider Baseball wants to provide our youth baseball players with the proper instructions on how to become a successful baseball player, and also an idea of what it takes to be RAIDER!
  • MLB All-Star Game Ballot… The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled to be played in Miami on July 11th… If you would like to vote for your favorite player(s) you may do so by clicking here which will take you to the MLB website’s page where the ballot is located…. The last day to vote is Thursday 6-29 a minute before midnight.
  • Laurens Parks & Recreation Youth Football Camp….The Laurens Parks and Recreation Dept. is having a youth football camp on July 22nd for youth ages 7-12… The camp is designed to teach the proper fundamentals of football and to give the attendees experience and knowledge of what it takes to make it to the NFS… Autwan Edwards, Rahim Abdullah and Airese Currie all of whom are NFL draftees will be coaching the camp… Ramon Robinson an elite QB coach in the southeast will also be one of the coaches… The cost of the camp is $65 and those who register will automatically be registered for the Parks and Recreation youth tackle football program this fall….You do noy have to be a resident of Laurens to attend and you do not have to play in the youth football program this fall to attend…If you have questions or want more details contact the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department at       681-7275 or email them at laurensprd@yahoo.com
  • CHS Athletic Booster Golf Tournament… Athletic Director Nickie Templeton and Booster Club President Buddy Bridges have released information about the 2107 CHS Booster Club Golf Tournament… This year, the tournament will be held at Musgrove Mill, on July 27…  Registration begins at 8:30…  For more information: CHS Golf Tourney Brochure 2017… This is a major fundraiser for our Red Devil student-athletes, and it is also a lot of fun… GO BIG RED!
  • Clinton YMCA Better Together 50th Anniversary Celebration… The Clinton YMCA will be celebrating their 50th year in operation this June… To help celebrate this milestone the YMCA is offering a way that current members can get 20% off their membership for a year by  referring a new member who also gets the same 20% off for a year… This special celebration offer can be taken advantage of for the remainder of the calendar year… For complete details call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555 or simply click on the following which has all the details, click here … Don’t let this opportunity to save on Y memberships pass you by and help celebrate the YMCA’s 50th year! !

 

Sport and Specialty Camps at the Clinton & Laurens YMCA as well as Presbyterian College 

The Family YMCAs of Clinton and Laurens want to remind you that they have a full summer of specialty camps and activities available for the youth of our area… If you go to the WLBG home page and look down in the Featured Sports section on the right side toward the bottom of the page, you will find a posting that has information about these camps at both YMCAs or simply click here to go to that posting…

  • Clinton YMCA: The next camp at the Clinton YMCA is a T-ball camp July 10-13 for boys and girls ages 4-6 that you must sign up for by July 7th … Click here for more information.
  • Laurens YMCA: The next camp at the Laurens YMCA is a Pee-Wee camp for youth ages 3-6 that is to be held July 11-13… The campers will be introduced to T-ball, flag football, soccer, gaga ball & disc golf… Click here for more information.

 

2017 PC Sports Camps… PC has different sports camps throughout the summer… Below are the next couple of camps that I know of being held at PC.

  • PC 2017 Elite Residential Boys Soccer Camp…       July 13 – 16… Boys 11-18The Presbyterian College Elite Residential Camp is intended to put college-bound elite high school soccer player in the best possible environment in this intense four-day camp. During the day, camper will be in high-level technical and tactical training session conducted by the Presbyterian College staff or other high level college coaches from the area. In the evening players will be coached and evaluated in 11 vs.11 match play…. It is open to boys ages 11-18 and the cost is $450.00 (more or less) for each camper… For more information on how to register and what to bring, click here.
  • Elite Football Camp…July 15th, 10:00– 3:00 pm… The Coach Tommy Spangler Elite Football Camp is designed for high school juniors and seniors to receive individual instruction from the Presbyterian College coaching staff…  Campers will receive instruction in Fundamentals, Skills, and Techniques as well as one-on-one drills…  Our camps are designed to make each participant a better football player while creating a fun and competitive environment…. The cost is $40… For more information on how to register, cost and what to bring, click here.
  • Boys Evening Day Soccer Camp… August 4-6…Boys 5-15… This camp is designed to help young men improve their skills at any level through teaching fundamentals and game play…       … For more information on how to register and what to bring, click here.

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

Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-28-2017

Local Notes:

 

The Clinton 9-12 Dixie Minors All-Star Team has been in action the last two nights in the District 3 Tournament in Abbeville so let’s catch up on their scores (sorry no other details available).

  • Monday: Clinton 13 – Mid-Carolina 6
  • Tuesday: Clinton 17 – Edgefield 1.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 59
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 59
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 65
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 80 

CWS… For more information on the game, click on the score.

  • Florida 6 – LSU 1The Florida Gators won the Division I College World series last night by taking a 6-1 win over the LSU Tigers out in Omaha giving them their second straight win in the best of three finals… The Gators scored a run in the bottom of the first inning and another in the second to go up 2-0… The Tigers made it 2-1 scoring their only run in the top of the seventh inning… The Tigers threatened to score more in the seventh and eighth inning but good defense and relief pitching by the gators helped them hang on to their one-run lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning… In the eighth, the Gators exploded scoring 4 runs to and then slammed the door in the top of the ninth to bring home their first championship in baseball in their eleventh try in Omaha…. Florida pitcher Alex Faedo was named CWS Most Outstanding Player… The CWS All-Tournament team was also announced afterwards and the Gators had three players on it one of whom was Faedo… If you want to see who else made the team, click here.

 

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

  • Braves 3 – Padres 0 … The Braves started a 3-game series with the Padres last night out in san Diego and they started it on a positive note as they took a 3-0 win… The Braves rookie pitcher Sean Newcomb went six-plus scoreless innings and the Braves put two runs on the board in the top of the 4th innings on a two run double by third baseman Johan Camargo which would prove to be all the runs the Braves would need though they did add another in the top of the 9th.
  • Tourist 5 – Drive 3… The Greenville Drive and the Ashville Tourist hooked up in game 2 of their 4-game series in Ashville last night and the Drive actually outhit the Tourist 12-10 but that is not hat counts in the record book as it is runs they go by and the Tourist scored 5 to the Drive’s 3 to hand the Drive 5th loss in 6 games since the second half of the season started… The Drive led 3-2 going into the bottom of the 7th inning when the Tourist put 3 runs on the board to take the lead… The Drive had the bases loaded with one out in top of the 9th inning but just could not get the clutch hit to bring in the runs. 

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