Sports Report for Thursday, 5-25-2023

Local Notes

 

Clinton HS

  •  Clinton 5 – Hanahan 4… The Red Devils are the State Champion in baseball… Those words have not been heard around Clinton HS in 61 years but last night they were heard often and loudly as the Red Devils took and exciting 5-4 win over the Hanahan Hawks to win the SCHSL Class AAA Baseball Championship… The Red Devils took and early 4-0 lead after 1 inning of play but the Hawks battled back and the game was tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning… There Justin Copeland led the inning off with a walk… Coach McCarthy then called for a sacrifice bunt by Caleb Taylor which he executed perfectly… He had also instructed Copeland to not only go to second but also third on the bunt because he noted that the Hawks had not covered third base very well in similar situations earlier in the game… As Copeland slid into third, the Hawk first baseman threw wildly in an attempt to get him out throwing the ball away and allow him to come home with what would prove to be the winning run… The Hawks did not “go quietly into the good night” as in the top of the seventh as they had runners on the corners with 1 out but Carson Glenn was able to record a strikeout and then when the next batter hit a grounder to Bryce Young at second who flipped the ball to first for the third out, the dogpile quickly followed.
    • First Inning… In the first inning three walks, a hit batter, 2 singles and a sacrifice fly allowed the Red Devils to put 4 runs on the scoreboard… RBI singles by Wilson Wages and Luke Young pushed 4 of the runs across the plate while Brett Young had the sacrifice fly.
    • Hawks Scoring… The Hawks got three of the runs back in the top of the second inning when after 2 outs, starting pitcher Wil Stewart walked a batter and gave up 3 singles before he recorded the third out… The Hawks tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a single, a walk and a sacrifice bunt.
    • Other Info… The Hawks actually outhit the Red Devils 8-4 but they did commit the one costly error in the sixth inning while the Red Devils played errorless ball… No Red Devil had over 1 hit and Carson Glenn picked up the win in relief of Wil Stewart as he pitched the last 3 innings… To see the game’s box score click here and to see the game’s scorebook to see how the runs were scores by each team click here.
    • More… The Red Devils finish the season with a great 26-3 record winning the last 18 games of the season and going undefeated in region play… After the game Coach McCarthy who is usually somewhat stoic and a man of few words was somewhat emotional as one would expect and had nothing but praise for the hard work and dedication that the team had this season… When asked when h knew the Red Devils “had the game”, he replied that it was not until Bryce Young fielded the ball cleanly and then smiled at him as if to say “don’t worry coach, I got this” and flipped the ball to first for the last out that he finally as able to relax… Congratulations to the Red Devils on a great season and doing what no one else in Class AAA did and that is win the very last game of the 2023 season! GO BIG Red!

 


Laurens Academy

  • Three Crusaders Compete in SCISA North-South All-Star Softball Game Last Saturday Crusader softball players Aby Howard, Olivia Huck and Emily Suttles who are the Crusaders who made the All-Region Team, competed in the SCISA Class A North-South All-Star Softball game that was held at Holly Hill Academy… In addition to the three Crusader players, the team was composed of 3 players from Wardlaw Academy and 3 form WW King Academy… The South Team was made up of players from Holly Hill, Jefferson Davis and Cross Academy… The home-field at Holly Hill did not help the south team as the North team took a convincing 15-5 win… Congratulations to these 3 Crusaders for making the All-Region Team and their performance in the North-South game… By the way, none of them are seniors so they will be back to help lead the Crusader team next year.



College Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores.

North Greenville Hosting NCAA D-II Super Regional… The North Greenville University Crusader baseball team won the regional they hosted last weekend… That means that they have advanced in the DII Baseball Playoffs and will now host the Southeast Super Regional hosting the Belmont Abbey Crusaders… The first game will be Friday (5-26) and start at 7:30 pm and the second game in the best of three series will be Saturday at 2:00 pm… If a third game is needed, it will be played also Saturday starting at 6:00 pm… As you may recall, the North Greenville Crusader are the defending DII National Champions… For more information on the super-regional this weekend click here.


Baseball: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores.

  • DI RankingsThe latest DI Baseball.Com Top 25 rankings (5-21-23) had some shake up in it as Wake Forest remained #1, Florida jumped 2 spots to #2, Stanford remains at #3, Arkansas drops from #2 to #4 and LSU still checks in at #5… Clemson moved from #7 to #6, Coastal Carolina moved up a spot to #7, Vanderbilt cracked the top 10 coming in at #8, Connecticut remains at #9 and Oregon State remains at #10… To see the entire top 25 in the poll, click here.
  • Scores… To see the latest scores in DI baseball click here… Once there you can sort by conference, look at past dated and see the games on tap for future dates.

  • SEC Baseball Tournament… The 2023 SEC baseball Tournament started Tuesday (5-23) out in Hover, Ala… It is scheduled to end Sunday (5-28)… If you would like to see the schedule and results when the games are finished click here to go to the SEC website where that and more information is available.
    • LSU 10 – South Carolina 3The South Carolina Gamecocks fell to the LSU Tigers 10-3 in the SEC Baseball Tournament yesterday morning… The Tigers only led 2-1 going into the bottom of the of the 5th inning where they broke the game open scoring 4 runs and the Gamecocks just could not come back from that… The #5 nationally ranked Tigers outhit the Gamecocks 12-5 and no Gamecock had over 1 hit … The Gamecocks will play Texas A&M today at 10:30 our time… The Aggies are coming off a 6-5 loss to Arkansas yesterday… The winner moves on to play tomorrow while the loser is eliminated.
  • ACC Baseball Tournament… The 2023 ACC Baseball Tournament also started on Tuesday (5-23) up in Durham, NC… The ACC plays that “weird” Pool Play style tournament with 12 teams divided into 4 different pools… To go to the ACC website where more information about the tournament is available including but limited to the schedule and scores click here.
    • Clemson 14 – Virginia Tech 5… The Clemson Tigers opened play in the ACC Tournament yesterday taking a 14-5 win over Virginia Tech… The Hokies actually led 5-3  going into the top of the 6th inning where the Tigers broke the game open scoring 7 runs and never looked back…The Tigers only outhit the Hokies 14-3 but the Hokies did have 3 errors that aided the Tigers… Caden Grice had a grand slam homerun in the Tigers big 6th inning… Clemson will play again tomorrow (Friday) when they take on Boston College at 11:00 am.

Softball: 

  • 2023 College Softball DI Championship… The road to the DI College Softball World Series started last week (Friday 5-19) as the 16 regionals started… The Clemson Tigers hosted one of the regionals and won it but had to go to a “deciding game” as Auburn defeated them 5-2 on Sunday (5-21) but the Tigers came back in the second game that day to defeat Auburn 5-1 and punch their ticket to this weekend’s Super Regional in Norman Oklahoma against the #1 ranked Sooners… The Sooners are 53-1 on the season while the Tigers are 46-9… The Tigers have their work cut out for themselves… First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 pm EDT tomorrow and it can be seen on ESPN2… Good luck  to the Tigers
  • Gamecocks Fall… The South Carolina Gamecocks fell to Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional last weekend… They lost their first game in regional and then came back through the losers’ bracket to defeat Florida State 4-0 and then fell to the Seminoles 1-0 in the “winner take all” game…. The Gamecocks finish their season with a 39-21 finishing runner up in the SEC Tournament and the Tallahassee Regional.
  • College Softball Bracket… If you would like to see the entire interactive bracket click here to go to the NCAA website where that is available… Once there you can click on the game you are interested in to see when it will be played, TV viewing information or final score if completed.



Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores. 

Atlanta Braves

  • Braves 4 – Dodgers 3… Last night in Atlanta, the Braves took a 4-3 win over the Dodgers scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning when Ozzie Albies hit a two-out sacrifice fly driving in Austin Riley for the walk-off win… The Dodgers actually outhit the Braves 12-5 and had 1 homerun but the Braves had 2 homers a solo shot by Matt Olson (14) in the 4th inning and a two-run homer by Marcell Ozuna (9) in the 5th inning… The Dodgers won the series 2 games to 1 and the Braves will host the host the Phillies in a four-game series starting tonight.
  • Braves Schedule… If you would like to see the Braves schedule and results after the games are finished, click here… Where the games can be seen on TV as well as start times and other information is available there also.
  • MLB Standings… If you would like to check on the standings for both the American and National Leagues click here.

Greenville Drive: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores.

  • Drive Play 2 Games… The Greenville Drive played a double header of 7-inning games yesterday down in Rome, Georgia with the Braves making up a game that had been postponed earlier in April due to weather.
    • Braves 5 – Drive 0… In the first game (the originally scheduled game for yesterday) the Baby Braves took a 5-0 win over the Drive breaking the Drive’s 5-game winning streak… The Braves simply outhit the Drive 5-3 including a double and a homerun while all of the Drive hits were singles.
    • Drive 7 – Braves 1… The Drive rebounded in the second game taking a 7-1 win over the Braves outhitting them 5-3… This time the Drive did have some extra-base hits including a double, a triple and a two-run homer while the Braves only extra-base hit was a solo homerun.
  • Drive Schedule… To see the Drive’s schedule click here.
  • Standings… To see the standings for the South Atlantic League both the North and South Divisions, click here.

NASCAR

  • Kyle Larson Wins at North WilkesboroKyle Larson overcame a “speeding penalty” for being too fast exiting pit road and retook the lead on lap 5 and never let up… He finished a whopping 4.537 seconds ahead of second-place Bubba Wallace and often led by much more than that in the race… For more on this race click here to go the NASCAR website where you can also see how the other drivers finished.
  • Driver StandingsAfter the race, Ross Chastain is still the lead in the Cup Series driver standings with 429 points… Christopher Bell is still in second with 402 points and Kevin Harvick moved up to third with 400 points… To see the driver complete list of drivers’ standings, click here…Once you get there you can filter by the NASCAR Series you are interested in.
  • NASCAR This Week… NASCAR heads back to the Charlotte Motor speedway this week with the Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 taking place Sunday at 6:00 pm.  There are other races, rebroadcast of races and qualifying before that and if you want to see the TV schedule for the practices, qualifying and the races as well as all other TV viewing for this week, click here.
  • Schedule… To see the NASCAR season schedule and results for completed races click here… Once there you can filter by the month and the series that you want to check on.



This & That:

  • Finally Friday… The featured band for Finally Friday this week will be The Flashbacks… The music runs from 7-9 pm on the Courthouse Square…  Also, food trucks will open at 6:00 pm… For more information, visit www.cityof laurens.com or www.mainstreetlaurens.org.

 

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