AJ Volunteers win Comporium tourney

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Spring Sports Roundup

By Robert Howey


The Andrew Jackson Volunteers captured the recent Comporium Classic Preseason high school baseball tournament with a 3-0 record.

The tournament, which was held at Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools, was cut short due to rain and wet playing conditions during the week of March 3-8.

The opening round was held at the AJ High field, with the finals set for Buford on March 8 when play was canceled due to rain on Friday, March 7 and wet field conditions Saturday, March 8.

Tournament officials have announced the all-tournament team, which included AJ – Eric Miles and the Volunteers pitching staff, Parkwood – Jeff Gainey, Indian Land – Darian Gueldner, Central High of Pageland – Seth Caldwell, Buford – Austin Pate, Great Falls – Jeremy Price, South Pointe – Ethan Hinson and Lancaster – Dalton Creighton.

Parkwood of Union County, N.C., finished as the 2014 tournament runner-up.

Comporium Communications served as the event sponsor, with the corporate sponsors, Founders Federal Credit Union and Southern States Spine and Muscle Rehabilitation Center. The tournament’s associate sponsor was Crenco Food Stores.

“We had a good tournament and our only regret was we didn’t get the final round completed due to the weather,” Buford High School baseball coach Eric Funderburk. “We are grateful for the support of the sponsors and we appreciate the fans who braved the late-winter elements of cold and rain to support our youth, tournament and the high school baseball programs in our county as well as the area.

“That support means a great deal in our tournament moving forward year to year,” Funderburk said. “We’re already looking forward to next year with the solid hope of fair weather throughout the tournament.”

Buford baseball military night

The Buford High School baseball program’s annual military appreciation night is set for Friday, March 21 at Buford Park.

Sergeant Griffin Beckham (U.S. Army), home following a tour in Afghanistan, will throw out the opening pitch prior to the Jackets’ 6 p.m. game with Central of Pageland.

All current and retired military will be admitted free with proper identification. For more details, call Buford High baseball coach Eric Funderburk at (803) 286-7068.

Warriors win two

The Indian Land Warriors pushed their baseball record to 4-1 with a pair of wins in diamond action last week.

The Warriors capped the week with a 3-1 Region IV-AA win over host Cheraw on Friday, March 14.

IL senior pitcher Chris Cantrell hurled a two-hitter and struck out 12 in the league win at the CHS field. Cantrell aided the IL attack with two hits and scored a run.

Jake Dyer, Chuck Webb and James Porcelly each had a hit and drove in a run for the Warriors.

Cantrell outdueled Cheraw’s Jordan Melton for the win.

“Chris pitched extremely well and had a dominating effort,” IL assistant coach Bob LeRoy said.

Indian Land edged Camden Military, 8-7 in a non-region win on Thursday, March 12.

Mike Webb led the Warriors’ 13-hit attack with two hits and two runs batted in.

Chris Cantrell, Jake Dyer and James Porcelly had two hits each.

Chuck Webb and Manny McCord each had a hit and drove in two runs. Bobby McCree, Darian Gueldner and Ryan Lawson each had a hit.

Mike Webb started on the mound and Chuck Webb relieved him and posted the win.

“I thought we hit the ball well, but left too many runners on base,” IL assistant coach Bob LeRoy said.

LHS girls fall

The Lancaster High softball team dropped its second straight region loss, falling to Northwestern in Rock Hill, 8-2 on Friday, March 14.

Ariana Ealy led the LHS attack with a two-run homer, scoring Jada Ames ahead of her. Kaela Robinson and Gracie Revels each had a hit for the LHS girls.

LHS starter Summer Clinton had six strikeouts and had three walks. Brooke Penegar worked the sixth and had a strikeout.

“We continue to struggle at the plate. Our defense has been solid, but we made some errors that we can’t afford to make in the region. This is one of the toughest regions in the state and if we are going to be competitive, we are going to have to keep ourselves in every game and give ourselves a chance. The past two games we have not hit well, and we can’t win if we can’t get players on base.

“We have a home stretch this week facing two more region teams, York on Wednesday (after a Tuesday rainout) and Fort Mill on Friday. We also have a non-conference game against AJ. This week’s region games are a must win to put us back in the running to finish in the top four of our region in order to make the playoffs.”

IL softball wins

The Indian Land Warriors banged out 17 hits on the way to an 11-7 softball win over Cheraw on Friday, March 14.

Malya Flynn had three singles, a double and two RBIs. Courtney Case drilled a double and had two singles and three RBIs.

Gabbie Doyle rapped three singles and scored three runs. Alli Yarborough had two singles and a RBI and Kayla Price ripped two singles. Daniella Wilson drove in two runs and Adriana Wilson added a RBI.

Kayla Price hurled the win to up her mark to 2-0.

IL girls soccer       spaghetti dinner

The Indian Land High girls soccer program will host its seventh annual spaghetti dinner Sunday, April 6 at the Indian Land Masonic Lodge at 9189 Charlotte Highway.

Plates will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost of each plate is $8, which includes tea, spaghetti, roll, salad and dessert.

Funds raised will benefit the IL girls soccer program.

Tickets are available at IL High from any varsity, or jayvee soccer player, and at the middle school from any junior varsity soccer player.

Tickets at IL Elementary can be purchased from Ann Kilroy in the front office, (803) 548-2916, or 283-1939.

Games reset

The Lancaster High baseball game with York, set for Tuesday, March 18, has been reset for Saturday, March 22. The LHS junior varsity game is at 11 a.m., with the varsity game at 2 p.m.