Bruins rally to earn first win

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Spring Sports Roundup

By Robert Howey


The Lancaster Bruins rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to post their first win of the 2014 prep baseball season with a 9-6 Region IV-AAAA victory over York at Doomsday Corner on Friday, April 11.

LHS, down 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, ignited for four runs. Senior Brady Collins, who had three hits, including a double, with three RBIs and two runs scored, drilled a two-run single to spark the Bruins rally. Jordan Caroway and Neil Taylor each had a RBI-hit in the inning.

Senior right-hander Doopy Cloud hurled the win, striking out six. He allowed five hits and three walks.

Cloud had a hit and scored twice for LHS.

Taylor had a double, two RBIs and tallied two runs. Wesley Knight also had a double

Jason Dobbins drilled a hit, scored two runs and drove in a run. Dalton Creighton had a hit, was hit by a pitch, walked and scored a run. Caroway had a hit and a RBI. Austin Richardson added a hit for LHS.

“It was good to get a win and our seniors gave us good leadership tonight,” LHS coach Paul Crenshaw said.

The Lancaster junior varsity also notched a win, downing York, 6-1.

Luis Gomez was the winner. He had a double in the Junior Bruins’ victory.

Evan Hardin had a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and drew a walk. Matthew Rogers had two hits and scored two runs. Brandon Bowers supplied a hit and a RBI.

C.J. Brown and Austin Catoe, who had a solid game at shortstop, each had a hit. Jamias Shropshire scored a run.

Sergio Vasquez had a strong defensive game and drew two walks.

Lancaster visits Clover for a Region III-AAAA game on Monday, April 14 at noon.

On Wednesday, April 9, Lancaster dropped a 10-0 loss to Fort Mill. Wesley Knight had a hit for LHS.

Brooks Viola went 3.2 innings and fanned four. Jason Dobbins hurled an inning.

The Bruins dropped a 4-3 road loss to seventh-ranked Northwestern on Tuesday, April 8.

Wesley Knight had three hits, while Jordan Caroway had a single, double and scored a run. Brady Collins drilled a double. Doopy Cloud had a hit and scored a run. Dalton Creighton added a hit. Austin Richardson tallied a run.

Byron Haigler took the loss and fanned four.

Rams top Vols

Chesterfield posted a Region IV-AA road win, taking an 11-7 victory over Andrew Jackson in prep baseball on Friday, April 11.

Heath Gandy led AJ with a double, two singles and three RBIs. Corley Faulkenberry had three hits. Kipp Rollings belted a two-run home run and a single to go with three RBIs. Trey Rollings added two hits.

Dustin Eddins, Eric Miles and Gunnar Lucas each had a hit for AJ, which fell to 8-6, 2-6 in region play.

Eagles soar by IL

Central stayed unbeaten in Region IV-AA baseball play, taking a 17-5 win over Indian Land in five innings on Friday, April 11.

Dante Blakeney had three hits, including a home run, with three RBIs for the Eagles. Robbie Burch and Joseph Rollings each had two hits and drove in three runs. Sam Caldwell had two hits, a home run, and two RBIs.

IL was led by Chris Cantrell and Chuck Webb who had two hits each.

Trey Sowell took the win, while Webb took the loss.

Lady Vols roll

The Andrew Jackson High softball team rolled to an 11-3 home win over Chesterfield on Friday, April 11.

Savannah McKittrick led the AJ attack with three hits, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to give the Lady Vols a 6-3 lead. She drove in four runs.

Taylor Grace McCowan had three hits and drove in a run. Morgan Bailey had two hits, a walk and drove in two runs. Kinsley Adams rapped two hits and drove in a run.

Kaitlyn Starnes and Hannah Cobb each collected a hit and drove in a run. Angela Sims had a hit and drew a walk. Haley Faulkenberry had a hit. Rylee Sims had a sacrifice fly and a RBI.

AJ hosts McBee on Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m.

Andrew Jackson prevailed in a battle of top-ranked softball teams, taking a 7-3 road win over Class AAA Hartsville.

Hannah Cobb notched the win, with 12 strikeouts. She allowed three hits and three walks.

Angela Sims provided the big bat, drilling three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs. Savannah McKittrick had a hit, walk, was hit by a pitch and drove in a run.

Kaitlyn Starnes had a hit and drove in a run.  Kinsley Adams rapped a hit and drew two walks.

Haley Faulkenberry had a hit and walked. Rylee Sims and Morgan Bailey each drew a walk.

Lady Bruins cruise

The 14th-ranked Lancaster Lady Bruins’ soccer team improved to 11-4, 5-3 in region play, with a 6-0 road win over York on Friday, April 11.

Junior Jesse Dukes opened the scoring off a Peyton Patterson assist.

Patterson, on a Hannah Knight pass, tallied for a 2-0 lead.

Effie Spears, with an assist from Patterson, scored her first-ever varsity goal for a 3-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, Frances Whitesides scored on an assist from Brooke Humphrey.

Gracie Scott headed the ball into the back of the net off of a Whitesides corner.

Ashlee Lane capped the LHS scoring with her first varsity goal on Whitesides’ assist.

On Wednesday, April 9, Lancaster posted a 3-0 road win over Rock Hill.

Frances Whitesides tallied two goals, one on a penalty kick and on an Alexa Roman assist. Peyton Patterson scored on an assist from Whitesides.

Effie Spears posted six saves in the LHS shutout.

LHS netters win 3

The Lancaster High School boys tennis team improved to 8-3 with a trio of Region III-AAAA wins this week.

On Tuesday night in Lancaster, the Bruins defeated Northwestern, 6-0.

LHS faced little resistance from the Trojans, keeping up the pace from the opening serve until the last point.

The Bruins traveled to Rock Hill High School on Wednesday, April 9 and held off the Bearcats, 5-1.

Peyton Brumfield and David Jewell led the way in singles with strong wins for LHS. Matthew Graham and Jalik Wright, playing for the first time together in doubles, looked comfortable from the beginning and won 6-1, 6-2.

Two of the closer matches of the evening were at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles.

Tyler Ferguson and Isaac Thomas were both forced into third-set tiebreakers and each won by a score of 10-5.

Dilon Patel also won a jayvee win by a score of 8-3 over his opponent Trinity Robinson.

Lancaster made the trip to York on Thursday April 10 and defeated the scrappy Cougars.

Adam Whetstone and Isaac Thomas paced the Bruins with commanding wins from the No. 1 and No. 5 singles, respectively.

Peyton Brumfield rallied to win after dropping the first set in a tightly-contested No. 2 singles battle.

Other LHS winners were David Jewell at No. 3 singles and Matthew Graham/Spencer Blackmon at No. 2 doubles.

With just two weeks left, the Bruins are 8-3, 7-3 in region play. After spring break, Lancaster faces Lugoff-Elgin on Monday April 21, Rock Hill High on Tuesday, April 22 and South Pointe on Thursday, April 24.


Adam Whetstone (L) def. Myles White (N), 6-2, 6-1

Peyton Brumfield (L) def. Gage Thomas (N), 6-1, 6-1

David Jewell (L) def. Trey Helms (N), 6-0, 6-2

Tyler Ferguson (L) def. Elliott Goodwin (N), 6-0, 6-1

Isaac Thomas (L) def. Chris Costley (N), 6-1, 6-2

Matthew Graham/Spencer Blackmon (L) def. Andrew Warren/Neal Addickes (N), 6-1, 6-1


Madison Sharp (RH) def. Adam Whetstone (L), 6-0, 6-4

Peyton Brumfield (L) def. Brent Williams (RH), 6-3, 6-3

David Jewell (L) def. Billy Brown (RH), 6-4, 6-0

Tyler Ferguson (L) def. Conner Cruse (RH), 6-7, 6-4, 10-5

Isaac Thomas (L) def. Nick Walker (RH), 6-1, 4-6, 10-5

Matthew Graham/Jalik Wright (L) def. Jussely Davis/Daniel Goldstein (RH), 6-1, 6-2

Christian Thompson (RH) def. Josh Gregory (L), 8-4

Dilon Patel (L) def. Trinity Robinson (RH), 8-3

Justin Stokes (RH) def. Luke Hendryx (L), 8-7

LHS 5 York 1

Adam Whetstone (L) def. Patrick Newberry (Y), 6-2, 6-0

Peyton Brumfield (L) def. Daniel Patterson (Y), 2-6, 6-4, 10-6

David Jewell (L) def. Terry Doan (Y), 6-3, 6-1

Cameron Good (Y) def. Tyler Ferguson (L), 6-4 7-5

Isaac Thomas (L) def. Noah Arnold (Y), 6-0, 6-0

Matthew Graham/Spencer Blackmon (L) def. Ian Elliott/Sammie McClurkin (Y), 6-2, 6-4

Warriors down Vols

The Andrew Jackson High soccer team, playing its third match in as many games, battled host Indian Land at Warrior Stadium on Thursday, April 10.

AJ kicked off, but Indian Land intercepted the kick and quickly went down the field and Garrett Gerdes scored for a 1-0 IL lead.

The rest of the first half was a defensive battle until with about two minutes left, Gerdes tallied. Before the half, Matthew Metlock got off another shot at goal that hit an AJ player and bounded into the goal for a 3-0 IL edge.

In the second half, AJ applied as much pressure as possible to try and score and managed five shots at goal, but was unable to score.

Jake Retter was able to score the fourth goal for IL for the 4-0 win.

Indian Land had 11 shots on goal and seven corners.

On Saturday, April 5, IL fell to Class AAAA South Pointe, 2-1 to drop IL to third in the Class AA state rankings.

The Warriors came back to beat Buford 9-1 on Tuesday and finished the week 2-0 with the 4-0 home win over AJ.  

AJ defeated Cheraw on Tuesday, April 8 and Fairfield Central on Wednesday, April 9 before the lost to Indian Land on Thursday, April 10.