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Spring Sports Roundup

By The Staff




The Lancaster High School boys soccer team earned some revenge Wednesday night.

Spartanburg, which defeated the Bruins, 9-2 earlier in the season, fell to the defensive-minded Bruins, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium.

The Bruins snapped a scoreless draw with a Chad Kiser goal on an assist from Jaden Driggers.

“We have two fabulous strikers in Justin Knight and Chad Kiser,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said. “The key was not to give ourselves up to their passing angles.”

“We were bound and determined to show them we can play a little futbol,” Sylvia said. “We were on the mark.”

Sylvia tipped his hat to keeper Matthew Johnston, who notched the shutout.

He also lauded defenders Daniel Arroyo, Chase Christensen, Abel Delfin, Arnold Roman and Austin Blackwell for their solid play.

The win improved the Bruins’ record to 9-5 overall, 2-3 in region play.

The Lady Bruins, who dropped a 4-0 road loss to Spartanburg, are 8-4, 1-3 in region play.

In regards to the LHS girls match with Clover on Monday when the match was halted with five minutes to play due to an injury to a Lady Blue Eagles player, the match will be completed April 25.

The match, locked in a 1-all draw, will be resumed with five minutes to play in regulation. If the match remains tied, it will continue to overtime under S.C. High School League rules, which require that all ties are played off until a winner is decided.

Bruins wing Blue Eagles

Lancaster rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to notch a 4-1 Region III-AAAA baseball win over host Clover on Wednesday night.

The Blue Eagles rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh, but LHS winner Richie Robinson, 2-2, quelled the CHS rally getting the final two outs with runners at first and third.

Robinson, in eight frames, allowed six hits and a walk. He fanned two.

In the LHS eighth, Scott Mathis and Brien Clyburn each rapped RBI-hits to boost the three-run rally.

Dalton Johnson led the offense with two hits, a RBI and scored a run. Clyburn had two hits and drove in a run. Zack Rollings and Eric Mojica each had two hits. Trai Sanders doubled and scored a run.

The Bruins visited Nation Ford on Thursday in non-region play. Lancaster hosts Northwestern in region play tonight for Bruins’ senior night at 7 p.m.

Vols down Warriors

Andrew Jackson notched an 8-3 Region IV-AA baseball road win over Indian Land on Wednesday night.

Chandler Gardner went four innings to post the win. He allowed an earned run and four hits. Gardner fanned two. Tripp Rollings hurled two innings and allowed a hit and whiffed four. Chandler Neal hurled a frame and struck out one.

IL’s Chris Cantrell took the loss in four frames.

Rollings led the AJ offense with two singles and three runs batted in. Bobby Delly had two hits, scored twice and had a stolen base.

Adam Eubanks belted a solo home run, scored two runs and had a RBI. Tyler Rodgers ripped a double, scored two runs and drove in a run. Sidney Watson doubled and had a RBI. Chandler Gardner drilled two hits and had a RBI.

IL’s Garrett Mallekoote had two hits and drove in a run. Korry Alvey doubled and drove in a run. Justin Hayes had a hit and scored a run. Doug Troyan had a hit for the Warriors.

Ghent guns LHS girls

The Lancaster Lady Bruins’ softball team rolled to a 13-0 Region III-AAAA win behind the strong pitching of Katey Ghent, who hurled a no-hitter and struck out seven.

Ghent generated three hits, including a three-run homer, to boost the Lady Bruins. She also scored twice.

“Katey did a great job pitching and threw her first varsity no-hitter,” LHS coach Kim Perry said. “This is difficult to do, due to the fact that we are pitching from 43 feet now. She also came through for us with a three-run home run. She is the first player this year to hit one out for us.”

Kelsey Baker made a nifty catch in right center field to protect the Ghent no-hitter.

Angel Cox drilled three hits, two doubles, and scored twice.

Baker had two hits, including a double, and scored a run. Anna Grier drilled two hits and drove in a run. Kaela Robinson rapped a double, drove in two runs, walked and scored three runs. Claire Brown drilled a hit, scored twice and had a pair of walks. Cheyenne Varney had a hit, run and walk. Crystal Cauthen chipped in a hit and two walks. Erin Walker scored a run and had two RBIs.

The Lady Bruins face region games with Clover and Northwestern.

“We continue to see improvement in our players,” Perry said. “We need to play well, and we feel if we do this, there is no doubt in our minds that we will win. We need to find a way to keep winning.”

Lady Vols roll by IL

The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols softball team posted their fifth straight win, taking a 5-0 win over Indian Land on Wednesday night.

Lauren Rowell, 4-2, was the winner in hurling a five-hitter.

Chelsea Holden led AJ with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Claire McManus had two hits and drove in a run. Kori Ballard and Abby Faulkenberry each had a hit and drove in a run. Haley Faulkenberry added a hit.

AJ took a 7-4 win over McBee on Monday night as Kori Ballard, 3-3, hurled the win with four strikeouts. Ballard aided the AJ cause with two hits.

Ashley Williams, Abby Faulkenberry, Chelsea Holden and Haley Faulkenberry each had two hits. Claire McManus, Jamee Blackmon and Summer Truesdale each chipped in a hit.

Last Friday, AJ topped Buford 5-2 in region play.

Lauren Rowell was the winning pitcher.

Ashley Williams paced the AJ attack with three hits and scored two runs. Kori Ballard drilled two hits, including a home run, and drove in a run.

Chelsea Holden and Claire McManus each had two hits and drove in a run. Taylor McCowan had a hit and a RBI.


IL edges AJ booters

For the fourth time this soccer season, the Andrew Jackson and Indian Land soccer teams battled Wednesday night at IL’s Warrior Stadium.

The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was rescheduled due to a wet field.

Both teams are still in the Top 10 in the Class AA state soccer poll, with AJ No. 7 and IL rated sixth.

Both teams played hard with great defensive intensity.

At one point, it appeared AJ had scored the go-ahead goal by Fred Pederson. The AJ players and fans celebrated, but the referee waved off the goal due to an offsides.

The score was tied at the end of regulation 0-0 and remained that way after two over times.

Indian Land then won the shootout 3-0 to avenge an earlier loss to the Vols.

For AJ, Luke Kennington had six saves in goal as the defense had its fourth straight regulation game shutout.

Brett Lucas, Fred Pedersen, Ryan Arioli, Brandon Neal and Jon Ussery played well on the AJ defense.

The Vols travel to Lexington County tonight to play No. 4 Gilbert High, a team AJ defeated earlier in the season at Vols Stadium.

Lady Warriors tie

The IL girls battled Monroe High School (N.C.) to a 2-all draw in a prep soccer match at Monroe on Wednesday night.

The match was dedicated to breast cancer awareness, with a big emphasis on pink.

Shalyn Dougherty and Emma Gladu each tallied a goal for the Lady Warriors, who are now 7-2-1 overall, 5-0-1 for regular-season play.

IL keeper Kaitlin Lusk made seven saves.

IL girls drop two

Marvin Ridge blanked Indian Land 10-0 in a non-region softball game.

Kayla Price took the loss for IL.

Alli Yarborough and Price each had a double. Haley Vachon had a hit.

The IL girls dropped a 3-2 Region IV-AA loss to Cheraw on Friday.

Kayla Price took the loss.

Haley Vachon had two hits, her first-ever home run and a single. Alli Yarborough had a double and a triple. Kelly Pauls also had two hits and Elizabeth Myers had a double.

AJ golfers win

The 4-2 Andrew Jackson golf team defeated the Central junior varsity golf Monday at White Plains Country Club.

AJ shot a 167 to Central’s 209. The AJ golf team was led by Tanner Threatt and Bailey Stroud, with each shooting a 39.

Other scores were Logan Sowell at 45 and Tyler Bowers at 44.

Junior Warriors win

The Indian Land Junior Warriors improved to 7-1 on the season with a hard-fought win over Lewisville.

High winds, at 20 miles per hour, blew the ball off course and made the aerial game a challenge.

The match was a defensive struggle, with the first half ending in a scoreless draw.

IL had several chances, but each time was denied by the Lions’ keeper.

The second half was more of the same.

The Indian Land defense again limited Lewisville’s shots on goal.

The Indian Land attack remained strong, and with under 10 minutes, Shea Rodgers found the back of the net with an assist from Jordan Szustwal.

With three minutes left, Henry Suvillaga scored off an assist from Chris Blakeney to put the game out of reach.