Sports Report for Thursday, 8-3-2017

Local Notes: 

Re-Alignment Shuffles Clinton & Laurens Next School Year… Yesterday the SCHSL announced the proposed re-alignment for high school athletics starting with the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Clinton… The Clinton Red Devils will remain in Class AAA Region 3 but will have some changes as the other members of the region… Chapman and Broome will be moving out and Emerald will be moving into the region… Mid-Carolina, Newberry and Woodruff will remain in the region thus Clinton will be in a 5-team region… Clinton with 824 students will be in about the middle of the pack attendance wise as the largest 3-A school is Camden (988 students) and the smallest is Landrum (641 students).
  • Laurens… The Laurens Raiders will also be seeing their region change even more than Clinton… Laurens will be moving from 5A-Region 2 to 5A-Region 1 and the opponents will be very familiar to the Raiders… Laurens will be in an 8-teqm region made up of Ealey, Greenwood, JL Mann, TL Hannah, Wade Hampton, Westside and Woodmont… Gone are Hillcrest, Mauldin, and Riverside who remain in 5A-Region II… Of the 48 school in the 5A classification, Wando with 4,365 students in the largest while Laurens with 1,607 students is the 46th smallest with York being the smallest with 1,573 students.
  • Entire Re-AlignmentTo go to the SCHSL website to see the entire re-alignment for 2018-2020 click here.

 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 22
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 22
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 28
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 44 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in. 

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  • Braves 5 – Dodgers 3… The Braves snapped their losing streak at 8 games last night by taking a 5-3 win over the Dodgers in Atlanta… The game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when Tyler Flowers came off the bench to pinch hit for the Braves pitcher and smacked a 2-run, two out homer to bring in what would prove to be the winning runs for the Braves… In the second inning the Braves leftfielder Danny Santana also had a 2-run homer … The final game of the 3-game series with the Dodgers will take place tonight at Sun Trust Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
  • Drive 1 – Tourist 0… There is also good news for Greenville Drive fans as they took a 1-0 win over the Ashville Tourist last night at Flour Field… As you might imagine it was pretty much a pitcher’ duel as the Tourist managed only 5 hits in the game to the Drive’s 6 but that one hit difference was a big one as in the 5th inning the Drive’s third baseman Bobby Dalbec had a solo homer (7) to provide the one run they needed… The win allowed the Drive to avoid a sweep by the Tourist of the 3-game series and the Drive will now start a 7-game road trip with the first stop being down on the coast to start a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs tonight.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… 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…. The Panthers will be on the practice field this morning from 9:25 – 11:0 am.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-2-2017

Local Notes: 

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 23
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 23
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 29
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 45 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews

  • As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in.  

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  • Dodgers 3 – Braves 2…. The Braves finally got to come back home last night to Sun Trust Park after their long 11 game road trip as they started a 3-game series with the LA Dodgers… The Dodgers came into the game last night with a 74-31 record which is the best in MLB… Well when the game was over they had 75 wins as they took a 3-2 win over the Braves… The Dodgers got their 3 runs on 8 hits while holding the Braves to just 4 hits and the only one that did any damage was the 2-run homer by Braves shortstop Johan Camargo in the 8th inning… The Braves now have a 6-gmae losing streak.
  • Tourist 9 – Drive 0… The news is no better for Drive fans as they lost to the Ashville Tourist at Flour Field last night by a score of 9-0… The Tourist simply outhit the Drive 12-6 with a homer thrown onto the mix and got the key hits when needed while the Drive did not.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… 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…. The Panthers will be on the practice field from 9:25 this morning until 11:30 am and that is their schedule through Thursday of this week.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-1-2017

PC Notes

  • Boys Evening Day Soccer Camp… August 4-6, Time 6-8 pm and it is for 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: 

Big Inning Dooms Laurens 11-U LL All-Star Team

  • Georgia 13 – Laurens 3 (5)… For the second day in a row a big inning allowed the opponents to take a one-sided win against our Laurens 11-U All-Star team in the Tournament of State Champions up in Greenville, NC yesterday afternoon… This time it was the Georgia team that put 7 runs on the board in the bottom of the 4th inning and then went on to take a 13-3 win over Laurens in 5 innings… Laurens got on the board first scoring one run in the 1st inning when Zay Pulley was able to steal home… Laurens picked up 2 more runs in the 2nd inning the first coming on a solo homer by Harrison Moore… Laurens second run of the inning came when EJ Grant doubled and then made it home on a couple of wild pitches… That made the score 3-0 Laurens and unfortunately that would be all the runs Laurens would score… Georgia put 4 runs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd to go up 4-3 and would not trail the remainder of the game… In the second, they used 3 singles and a 3-run homer to get their 4 runs… Georgia added a single run in the 3rd inning and then broke the game open in the 4th inning putting 7 runs on the board to go up 12-3… They then were able to plate another run in the 5th inning to give them a walk-off win on the 10-run lead rule… Laurens bats were somewhat quiet as they managed only 5 hits while Georgia collected 13 hits… The only batter to get more than one hit yesterday for Laurens was Harrison Moore who in addition to the homer had a single… The loss dropped Laurens’ record to 1-2 in pool play and they will not be advancing to the single elimination round of the tournament… Congratulations to the team for winning the South Carolina State Championship and for their effort in the tournament against the best in the south in their age group!

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 24
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 24
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 30
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 46

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in. 

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  • Phillies 7 – Braves 6… The Atlanta Braves finished their 4-game series with the Phillies in Philadelphia yesterday pretty much the way the other games have gone in that they lost 7-6 to the Phillies thus giving the Phillies a sweep of the series… The Phillies put 4 on the board in the 3rd inning and another in the 4th before the Braves got a run in the 5th… The Braves scored 3 runs in the 7th to cut the Phillies lead to 7-4 and scored single runs in the 8th and 9th to make the score 7-6 Phillies but could get no closer… Kurt Suzuki had a 2-run homer (12)for the Braves in the 7th and Freddie Freeman picked up his 19th homerun of the season a solo shot in the 8th inning…. The game marked the end of an 11-game road trip for the Braves in which they won only 3 games… The start an 8-game home stand tonight at Sun Trust park with the Dodgers being the first team in for a 3-game series.
  • Tourist 5 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive started a 3-game series last night at Flour Field and it did not start well for the Drive as they lost to the Tourist 5-2… The big inning for the Tourist was the 4th when they put 4 runs on the board to go up 4-1 and were never really threatned after that.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… 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…. The Panthers will be on the practice field from 9:25 – 11:30 this morning.

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Sports Report for Monday, 7-31-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens LL 11-U All-Stars… The Laurens Little League 11 and under All-Star team started its participation in the Tournament of State Champions in Greenville, NC over the weekend so let’s check on how they did Saturday and Sunday….

  • Saturday: Laurens 9 – Tennessee 1… In their first game on Saturday, Laurens was the visiting team as they faced off against an all-star team from Tennessee… Tenn. Scored 1 run in the bottom of the first inning but that would prove to be all they scored as Laurens got on the board with 3 runs in the top of the second, 4 in the top of the third and added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 9-1 win over Tenn…. In the second inning KD Mosley had a 2-run homer to right field to score the first two Laurens runs… The third run came when Ben Willis stole home… In the third inning Laurens used a couple of walks, a couple of hits, a wild pitch and a couple of Tenn. Errors to score their 4 runs…. In the top of the fifth inning, Zay Pulley had an RBI double to drive in Ben Willis… IN the sixth inning Ben Willis drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Jaedon Goodwin… Laurens outhit Tenn. 6-2 and took advantage of 6 Tenn. errors… Jonah Hogge started the game for Laurens and went 4 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 and walking 2… Ben Willis pitched the last 2 innings giving up 0 hits while striking out none and walking none.
  • Sunday: Florida 15 – Laurens 4 (4)… Early last night Laurens was back in action as they faced off against the Florida State Champion from Plant City, Florida… Florida got n the board first as they scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning and then breaking the game open in the 4th inning scoring 10 runs and then going on to a 15-4 win over Laurens… Six walks and a single led to those 4 runs… Laurens got on the board in the second inning using 4 singles and a wild pitch to score 3 runs and cut the Florida lead to 4-3… Florida got one of the runs back in the top of the third inning and Laurens used 3 singles and a wild pitch to get that run back in the bottom of the inning to make the score 5-4 Florida… Florida broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning plating 10 runs and then send Laurens down in order in the bottom of the inning to take the 15-4 win in 4 innings on the 10-run rule… Florida used 11 hits and took advantage of numerous Laurens miscues to produce their 15 runs while Laurens got their 4 runs on 8 hits and Florida did not help them with no chargeable errors… Owen Pridgen, Harrison Moore and Jaedon Goodwin each had 2 hits for Laurens… Laurens has one more game in pool play as they play the team from Georgia today at 12:45 pm… As I understand it, in order to advance to the single elimination portion of the tournament which starts tomorrow, they must defeat Georgia today… 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): 25
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 25
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 31
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 47 

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Braves… The Braves were in Philadelphia over the weekend to start a 4-game series with the Phillies.

  • Friday: Phillies 10 Braves 3… The Phillies scored 1run in the bottom of the 1st inning and the score stayed that way until the bottom of the 5th when they put 7 runs on the board and then went on to a 10-3 win over the Braves… The Phillies only outhit the Braves 12-11 but the Braves had 3 errors that did not help their cause and 4 of the Phillies hits were homers… The Braves did manage to get two homers themselves both of which were solo shots… On was by Kurt Suzuki (11) and the other a pinch hit homer by Sean Rodriguez both of which came in the 7th inning.
  • Saturday: Phillies 4 – Braves 3 (11)… On Saturday the Braves carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom o the 9th inning but Phillies tied the game on a solo homer by Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the 9th and the the teams had to go extra innings… Neither team scored in the 10th inning but the Phillies did score in the bottom of the 11th inning to take a 4-3 win.
  • Sunday: Phillies 2 – Braves 1… Yesterday it was pretty much the same story except it did not go to extra innings as the Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning to take a 2-1 win over the Braves… The Phillies Freddy Galvis had a single in the 9th inning to drive in the winning run and give the Phillies their second walk-off win in as many days.

Drive… The Drive completed their 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs at Flour Field over the weekend and as you may recall they started that series on Thursday with Charleston taking a 5-3 win.

  • Friday: RiverDogs 6 – Drive 1… The Drive did not fare any better on Friday night as they lost to the RiverDogs 6-5… The RiverDogs scored 4 runs in the top of the 4th inning and then held the Drive to a single run in the 5th (a homer by third baseman Bobby Dalbec) in route to the win.
  • Saturday: Drive 3 – RiverDogs 2… The Drive finally broke through and took a win on Saturday night as they defeated the RiverDogs 3-2… Greenville had a 2-1 lead going to the top of the 8th where Charleston picked up the tying run… In the bottom of the 9th, the Drives’ right fielder Ryan Scott had a solo homer to give the Drive the walk-off 3-2 win. … The Braves have now lost 4 games in a row and need to win the noon game today with the Phillies to avoid being swept.
  • Sunday: Drive 2 – RiverDogs 0… Yesterday the two teams again faced off in a low scoring affair in which there were only 7 hits and 2 runs between the two teams but good news for Drive fans as the Drive had only 3 of the 7 hits but they had both the runs as they took a 2-0 win over the RiverDogs… The Drive got both their runs in the 6th inning on a two-run homer by their center fielder Lorenzo Cedrola…. With the wwin they finish the series with the RiverDogs going 1-3 and will host the Ashville Tourist in 3-game series starting tonight.

Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… 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…. The Panthers will have no practice today.

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Sports Report for Friday, 8-28-2017

PC Notes:

Football Practice Starts Today

  • The Blue Hose football team opens their season just 34 days from today which will mark the 105th season of football at PC… PC will open its season on the road on Thursday night August 31st when they travel to Winston–Salem to take on the wake forest Demon Deacons… No in order to get ready for that game PC will start football practice today…. The will be in shorts & helmets today and tomorrow, add shoulder pads on Sunday and Monday and then go to full pads and really start to make things “pop” on Tuesday… As true Blue Hose fans know, Coach Tommy Spangler is back for his second tour of duty as head coach of the Blue Hose… He previously served as head coach from 2001-2006 and had a record of 42-24… Now to go to the PC press release about the start of football practice which also has a link to the PC Media Guide, click here.

Local Notes: 

High School Football Practice Starts Today

  • Would you believe that it is only 28 days until the local high schools kick off their seasons on Friday, 8-25-17… Clinton will kick their season off at Laurens and Laurens Academy will hit the road to Holly Hill… Now the ware Shoals Hornets do kick things off one week earlier as they travel to Due West to take on the Green Hornets of Dixie HS… Well the high schools also kick off their preseason practice today as both Clinton and Laurens will hit the practice field today and tomorrow at 9 am and go to about noon… It will be shorts and helmets only for them the first couple of days… Now Laurens Academy was able to start practice yesterday but does not expect to have all the players out until Monday… I’m sure all these teams would not mind a little encouragement from the fans as they head toward opening night. 

LCSD 55 Secures Athletic Training Services for the District

  • Yesterday District 55 Athletic Director Ed Murray announced yesterday that the school district had entered into an agreement with Greenville Health System for athletic training services in the entire district… Of course this came about after LDHS lost the services of all three athletic trainers at the school since last school year…. Now Emil Finley has more about that in the Local News at WLBG.com and if you would like to see the press release about this, click here.

Laurens Little League 9-11 All-Stars in Tournament of State Champions This Weekend

  • I want to take a moment to wish the Laurens LL 9-11 All-Star team good luck as they travel to Greenville, NC this weekend to play in the Tournament of State Champions… As you may recall they won the SC Championship a couple of weeks ago up in Taylors… They will be one of teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Norths Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia… The opening ceremonies are tonight and random pool play begins tomorrow and goes through Monday with the top teams advancing to single elimination play starting next Tuesday… Laurens will play Tennessee tomorrow at 10 am, Florida at 6:15 pm on Sunday and Georgia on Monday at 12:45 pm… To go to the tournament home page click here … From there you can go to several other pages including schedule, live scores, standings, and other information (if you click on the first three it will carry you to those pages.)… Again good luck to the team!

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  • Braves… The Braves were off yesterday but return to action tonight as they start a series in Philadelphia with the Phillies…. The Braves enter the series with a 48-52 season record and find themselves in second place in the NL East 13 games behind the division leading Washington Nationals and just half a game ahead of the third place Mets.
  • RiverDogs 5 – Drive 3…. The Greenville Drive started a 4-game series at Flor Field last night wit the Charleston RiverDogs and it started on a sour note as the RiverDogs took a 5-4 win.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… 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…. The Panthers will be on the practice field today, tomorrow and Sunday from 9:25-am – 11:30 am. each day.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-27-2017

 

Laurens LL Majors Eliminated From State Tournament

  • Tega Cay – Fort Mill 4 – Laurens 3… The Laurens LL Majors All-Star team was eliminated from the state tournament up in Taylors last night as they lost to TCFM by a score of 4-3… As you may recall Laurens defeated TCFM 12-5 back on Sunday and most coaches will tell you that In tournament play that is hard to do a second time though Laurens never quit right down to the final out… Laurens got on the board first with in the top of the 2nd inning on a solo homer by Alex L. (sorry roster did not have complete last names)… The score stayed that way until the bottom of the 4th inning where TCFM took the led by plating 2 runs…. TCFM struck again for 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning putting them up 4-1 going into the 6th and final inning… TCFM was able to get the first two Laurens batters out in the top of the 6th inning then Laurens used a walk, a triple and a single to score 2 runs making it 4-3… However Laurens could get no closer and thus picked up their second loss and were eliminated from the tournament… Congratulations to the team for winning the district and for their effort in the tournament!

Laurens County Speedway results from the main events last Saturday night (first, second & third)

  • Limited… Frank Coates, Michael Smith & Jim Blackwell… Frank Coates started on the inside of row 1 in the Limited main event and used that position to take a lead he would not relinquish though second place finisher Michael Smith tried hard to take it away but could not.
  • SECA 604 Crates… Dylan Brown, Brad Rachels & hank Taylor… After a couple of “false starts” Dylan Brown took the win by just 1.24 second over Brad Rachels.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson, Mason Mack & Grant BurtonTravis Jamieson too his second straight win in the FWD with points leader Mason Mack finishing second.
  • Monster Minis… Larry Teal, Phillip Wilson & Randy Staton… Larry Teal edged out Phillip Wilson by less than a second in the Monster Minis which was a caution free race.
  • 602 Crates… Josh Hellams, Chris Patterson and Mart Patterson… Josh Hellams took his first ever win at the LCS in the 602 Crates… He started on the pole and held off the field with division leader Chris Patterson finishing second.
  • Thunder Bombers… Dan Lawson, Scott Pulley & Casey Lawson… Dan Lawson took the lead early in this race and was never really challenged finishing over 2.5 seconds ahead of second place Scott Pulley..

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 29
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 29
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 35
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 51 

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  • D-backs 10 – Braves 3… The Braves ended their 3-game series with the D-backs in Arizona yesterday afternoon on a sour note as the D-backs took a 10-3 win to take the series 2 games to 1… The game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning when Arizona struck for 4 runs and never surrendered the lead after that… The D-backs only outhit the Braves 12-11 but 3 of their hits were homers which accounted for 6 of their 10 runs… The Braves will be off today and will start a 4-game series in Philadelphia with the Phillies tomorrow night.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night but will start a home stand tonight with the Charleston RiverDogs being the first team into Flour Field… The Drive who won the first half of the SAL Southern Division are 15-16 in the second half of the season which puts them in third place 6 games behind the RiverDogs who are 21-10 in the second half of the season.
  • 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… Today the Panthers will practice from 3:10 pm – 5:10 pm… 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 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 

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  • 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 

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  • 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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