Sports Report for Monday, 4-1-2024

Local Notes

Clinton HS

  • Softball: Union 14 – Clinton 3… Friday night the Red Devil softball team hosted the Union County Yellow Jackets and fell by a score of 14-3 in 6 innings… It just not was the Red Devils night as the Yellow Jackets outhit them 15-4 and 6 Clinton errors that helped union score some of their runs… Union led 12-0 going into the bottom of the 5th inning before the Red Devils finally got on the scoreboard scoring their 3 runs…. Clinton scored their runs on RBI singles by Halleigh Luke, Kamryn Campbell and Me-Me Smith… Click here to see the box score of the game and click here to see the scorebook to see how the runs were scored…The Red Devils are now 7-6 on the season and 1-4 in region play.
  • Friday Baseball: Woodruff 2 – Clinton 0… The Red Devil baseball team was on the road last Friday as they made the short trip up to Woodruff to take on the Wolverines in a region contest… It was a close on but in the end the Wolverines prevailed by a score of 2-0 scoring the only 2 runs of the game in the 5th inning… Both teams had just 3 hits in the game but the Red Devils did have 2 errors in the game one of which helped the Wolverines score one of their 2 runs… Brett Young, Harrison Moore and Jaydon Glenn each had a single for the Red Devils… Tanner Finley took the complete game loss hiving up the 2 unearned runs on 3 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3.
  • Saturday: Clinton 12 – Wren 4… The Red Devils rebounded Saturday as they took a 12-4 win over the Wren Gooden Hurricanes in a tournament being held at Duncan Park in Spartanburg… Wren scored 1 run in the top of the 1st inning but Clinton got 2 in the bottom of the inning and went on to take the win outhitting the Hurricanes 10-2… A double by Luke Young drove in the Red Devils first 2 runs… The Red Devils scored 5 more runs in the 2nd inning with a couple of Wen errors helping them along with a double by Carson Glenn that drove in 2 runs and another double by Young that drove in another run… Clinton scored 2 more runs in the 3rd inning with Zane McLendon drawing a bases load walk (a Wren erro5 helped load them) and a sacrifice fly by Carson Glenn bringing in the other run… The Red Devils scored their final 3 runs in the 4th inning When Freddy Lopez hit an RBI single, Bryce Young had a bunt single that drove in another run and Brett Young had a sacrifice fly to score the third run… Wren picked up their final 3 runs in the top of the 5th inning…The Red Devils used 3 pitchers with starter Jaydon Glenn getting the win… The Red Devils are now 7-6 overall and 1-2 in region play… Their schedule shows them traveling back to Duncan Park today for an 11:15 game with Southside Christian.
  • Golf Wins Tri-Match… The Red Devil golf team was in action on Tuesday this week as they hosted Broome and Union… Good news once again as the Red Devils shot a 173 to defeat Broome (184) and Union (198)… Like McMurray led the Red Devils with a 40… Aiden Bragg shot a 43, Gabi Carles 45 and Josh Rochester 45… Broome’s Alex Weathers was the Match Medalist shooting 29… For a little more information on this match, click here.

Laurens HS

  • Softball: Laurens 18 – Greer 8 (6)… The Raider softball team hosted the Greer Yellow Jackets last Friday night and were victorious by a score of 18-8 getting revenge for a 7-3 loss to the Yellow Jackets earlier in the week… The Raiders scored in every inning with the “bid innings’ being the 1st and 4th inning where they scored 5 runs in each inning… In the 1st inning, Skylar Bates had a 3 run home to bring in 3 of the 5 runs… By the way, she went 3 for 4 in the game driving in 4 runs… Carly Edwards also went 3 for 4 in the game with a 3-run homer and a double driving in 5 runs…Summer Nations also had 3 hits in the game as she went 3 for 3 with a double, 2 walks and a RBI…  Summer Nations took the complete game win… Click here to see the box score of the game and click here to see the scorebook to see how the runs were scored… The team is now 6-4 overall and 1-1 in region play.
  • Baseball: Laurens 4 – Greer 3… The Raider baseball team also hosted Greer last Friday night and took a dramatic come-from-behind win scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to take the win… The Raiders trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th and had the bases loaded with 1 out when the Yellow Jackets were able to get strike oy the next Raider to make it bases loaded with 2 outs… Coleman Coker then singled to right field to bring in 2 runs and tie the game… Avery Madden then singled to right field to bring in Ben Willis for the walk-off win… Asked after the game if the Raiders waited to the very end to keep the fans in the stands, Coach Patterson said “NO…I had much rather get my runs early”… The Raiders outhit the Yellow Jackets 8-4 (all singles for the Raiders) with Coker going 3 for 4 and 2 RBIs while Zay Pulley was the only other Raider with more than 1 hit as he went 2 for 4… Jordon Hudson got the start for the Raiders pitching 3⅓ inning and Connor Rice finished the game and picked up the win… Click here to see the box score of the game and click here to see the scorebook to see how the runs were scored… The team is now 13-3 overall and 5-1 in region play.

Laurens Academy

  • Laurens Academy 13 – Oakbrook Prep 11… If you like a lot of runs in a game, then you should have followed the Laurens Academy Crusaders last Friday as they traveled to Spartanburg to take on the Oakbrook prep Knights and they won by a score of 13-11… Now you might expect to see a lot of hits in that game but the Crusaders only outhit the Knights 8-7 as both teams had trouble with errors, wild pitches and hit batters… Braydon Burke and did have 2 hits in the game including a double and drove in 3 runs… The only other Crusader with more than 1 hit was Elijah Hornberger as he had 2 singles… Click here to see the box score of the game and click here to see the scorebook to see how the runs were scored… The team is now 3-5 on the season…

 


Local Sports Schedules: All schedules subject to change right up to game time.

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity and middle school baseball schedule click here… To see the varsity & middle school softball schedule click here.
  • Thornwell:  To see the Thornwell varsity baseball schedule and results click here.… To see the Saints softball schedule and results click here.
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar, click here.



College Sports: For any game mentioned below, click on the score for more details if available.

 

March Madness has Arrived… On Sunday (3-17-24) the NCAA announced the brackets for both the men and women teams that will be participating in the chase for the National Championship we call March Madness

  • Men’s Basketball… If you want to see the official bracket as released by the NCAA, click here… It will update with scores as the games finish. ,,, If you click on the pairing you are interested in it will give you time, TV availability and other information about the game or teams.
    • Clemson Wins 2 and Headed to Sweet 16
      • Clemson 77 – New Mexico 56… Last Friday (3-22) the Tigers defeated the Lobos of New Mexico 77-56 in first round action in the NCAA Basketball Tournament
      • Clemson 72 – Baylor 64… Then on Sunday (3-24) the Tigers held off a stubborn Baylor Bears team taking a 72-64 win and thus advancing to the sweet 16 where they will be playing the Arizona Wildcats at 7:09 pm this Thursday (3-28) on CBS… Arizona was seeded # 2 in the West Bracket and Clemson a #6 seed… To see a comparison of some key stats of these two teams click here.
      • Clemson 77 – Arizona 72… Thursday night (3-28) the Clemson Tigers punched their ticket to the Elite 8 as they took a 77-72 win over #2 seeded Arizona… This is just the second time in program history that the team has made it to the Elite 8… Be sure to click on the score at the start of this section for more details on the gams… They will now face Alabama this Saturday (3-30) in the finals of the west Regionals… That game is scheduled to tipoff at 8:49 and can be seen on TBS… For a quick comparison of Alabama and Clemson, click here… Go Tigers!
      • Alabama 89 – Clemson 82… Clemson’s run in the NCAA Basketball Tournament came to an end Saturday night as the gutsy Tigers fell to Alabama by a score of89-82… It was a good game that saw the Tigers lead in the first half then lost in the second half… Click here to see a recap of the of game… The Tigers finish the season with a very respectable 24-12 record.

  • Women’s Basketball… If you want to see the official bracket as released by the NCAA, click here… It will update with scores as the games finish… If you click on the pairing you are interested in it will give you time, TV availability and other information about the game or teams.

    • South Carolina
      • South Carolina 91 – PC 39Last Friday (3-22) the Gamecocks ended PC’ from the tournament by taking a 91-39 win over the Blue Hose… PC has nothing to be ashamed of as they did beat Sacred Heart but then had to play the #1 ranked team in the nation.
      • South Carolina 88 – North Carolina 41The on Sunday the Gamecocks demolished the Tar Heels of North Carolina beating them 88-41… Like I said above, when you see this score you realize PC had nothing to be ashamed of… The Gamecocks move on to the Sweet 16 taking on Indiana which defeated Oklahoma 75-68 game played Monday, 3-25… They will travel to Albany, NY for that game this Friday (3-29) with tipoff scheduled for 5:00 pm and it can be seen on ESPN.
      • South Carolina 79 – Indiana 75… The lady Gamecocks remained unbeaten after takin a 79-75 win over a pesky Indiana team in Albany, NY Friday ( 3-29-24)… South Carolina had a 22 point lead at one time but let it slip away… Raven Johnson’s three-pointer at the end sealed the deal for the gamecocks.
      • South Carolina 70 – Oregon State 58… Then on Sunday )3-31-24) the Gamecocks punched their ticket to the Final Four taking a 70-58 win over Oregon State… south Carolina led by 14 at the half but the Beavers cut the lead to just 4 points (62-58) with about 4 minutes left before the Gamecocks pulled away for the 70-58 win.
      • Up Next… The Gamecocks advance to the Final Four with a record of 36-0 to take on NC State this Friday at a time to be announced this Friday (4-5-24) to take on the NC State Wolfpack.



Pro SportsFor more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores. 

Atlanta Braves… The Braves opened their season this weekend up in Philadelphia taking on the Phillies in a 3-game Series.

  • Friday: Braves 9 – Phillies 3… Matt Olson celebrated his 30th birthday with 3 doubles as the Braves took a 9-3 win over the Phillies in the season opener.
  • Saturday: Braves 12 – Phillies 4… On Saturday the Braves assured themselves of their first series win as they took a 12-4 win over the Phillies…. Three different Braves hit their first homers of the season as Ozzie Albies had a two-run homer in the 1st inning, Matt Olson had a solo homer in the 3rd inning and Marcell Ozuna had a 3-run shot in the 6th inning.
  • Sunday: Phillies 5 – Braves 4… Then on Sunday the Braves lost for the first time this season as they lost to the Phillies 5-4… Ozzie Albies hit his second homer in as many days a 2 run shot to left field scoring Ronald Acuna Jr. ahead of him.
  • Up Next… The Braves start a 3-game series today in Chicago taking on the White Sox who are 0-3 on the season.

Season Schedule… If you would like to see the Braves, click hereIt should also show where the game will be televised if it is televised.

Standings… To see the MLB Standings click here… Once you get there you will see the standing by league (American or National) and also by division.


NBA

  • Scores… To see the latest scores in the NBA and games up next, click here
  • Standings To see the current standing and records in each of the NBA Conferences click here.

NASCAR

  • Denny Hamlin Wins Second Race of the SeasonA caution flag with 2 laps to go in the Toyota Owners 400 up at Bristol on Sunday gave Denny Hamlin just the break he needed to take the win Sunday night… His pit crew did a fantastic job and got him out quickly before race leader Martin Truex Jr… He came out and was in the lead and held off Truex and the rest of the field in the two-lap overtime shootout to win…  This was his 53rd. Cup Series win of his career and his second this season… Click here to go to the NASCAR website where there is much more about this including the final race results.
  • Standings… Martin Truex Jr. still leads the Driver Standings in the Cup Series while Kyle Larson moves up to #2 and Denny Hamlin checks in at 3rd…To see the driver standings for the Cup Series click here… Once you get there you can also click on links to see the standings in Xfinity and Truck Series.
  • Series using tabs in the upper right corner of the posting.
  • NASCAR on TV this Week… NASCAR has several things being televised this week including race practices and qualifying, the race itself and assorted other things… To see the TV schedule for each day of the week click here.

NFL

  • New Rule Changes Include Major Kickoff Change… The NFL recently approved a series of rule changes for the upcoming season with the kickoff rule change being very different than what we are used to and very interesting… It involves placement of the majority of the players until the kicked ball is touched or hits the ground in the receiving are… Rather than me trying to explain it, click here where there is a better explanation than I can give plus a chart or two to help explain it… I’m looking forward to see how this works out.




This & That:

Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame… Recently the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame announced the five members of its fifth class which will be inducted on Thur., April 25th at Laurens County Museum on courthouse square at 6:30 pm… The five new members are Robert Wilder, Anthony Downs, Charles Peterson, Walter Todd and Jean Hammond Whitfield… Now to read more about each of the inductees and to learn how they were chosen click here… You will also find out who the members of the first four classes were as well as general information about the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame… Tickets are now on sale for $30 and include a catered meal… To purchase your ticket, click hereNo tickets will be sold at the door.

 

 Ticketing Information and Other Important Information for Red Devil Spring Sports… The Red Devil athletic department has released information about ticketing including how to buy ahead of time and policy for purchasing at the gate… Also information about what passes will be accepted as well as other information you need to know before you go… To see all of this and more, click here

 

 

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