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Spring Sports Roundup

By Robert Howey




The surging Lancaster Bruins, 7-9, 4-5, earned a bid to the Class AAAA Upper State baseball playoffs after LHS topped Rock Hill 6-4 in Region III-AAAA play Tuesday night.

Richie Robinson hurled eight innings and allowed six hits and two walks in a complete game win to up his mark to 3-2. Robinson struck out four Bearcats.

Zack Rollings’ two-run double in the top of the eighth scored Khory Phillips and Brien Clyburn and lifted LHS to the two-run victory.

Jonah Crenshaw aided the offense with a double, single and drove in two runs.

On Wednesday night at home in a make-up game, Lancaster notched a 4-1 win over Class AAA foe Fort Mill High School.

Eric Mojica, who went 6.1 innings and allowed only a double, was the winner. Trai Sanders got the final two outs to seal the win.

Grayson Snipes drilled two hits and drove in a run for Lancaster. Gabe Glover generated two hits, drew two walks and drove in a run.

The Bruins visit Gaffney tonight and travel to Andrew Jackson for a non-region game on Saturday at 5 p.m. LHS plays in the Cheraw Diamond Challenge at Cheraw on Monday when it faces Buford at 3 p.m. and host Cheraw at 8.

Volunteers scalp Braves

Andrew Jackson sophomore Tripp Rollings, at the plate and on the mound, sparked the Volunteers to a 5-2 Region IV-AA baseball win over host Cheraw on Tuesday night.

Rollings belted a pair of two-run homers and had a RBI-groundout to key AJ to the three-run league road win.

Rollings also earned the win, striking out 14 Braves in a stellar mound effort. He allowed four hits, a walk and one earned run.

Eric Broughton, Chandler Neal and Chandler Gardner each had a hit to boost AJ. Bobby Delly, Adam Eubanks and Tyler Rodgers each scored a run for the Vols.

AJ hosts Lee Central of Bishopville on Friday and Lancaster at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Buford rolls

Buford took another step toward the Region IV-AA baseball crown with a 19-0 home win over Lee Central on Jackets’ senior night on Tuesday.

Marcus Broadway, 2-0, was the winner, hurling three innings and striking out five. He walked one. Cody Gordon went 1.2 innings and whiffed two batters, with a walk. Jacob Jamison notched a strikeout.

Colt Ellis led the Buford attack with three hits, including a two-run homer, three runs batted in and scored two runs. Collin Plyler drilled two hits, including a solo shot, scored two runs and drove in a run.

Ricky Lewis had two hits, drove in a run and tallied a run. Brett Estridge had a hit, three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Brandon Miles supplied a hit, RBI and scored a run. Kendrick Trapps had a hit, run and stolen base. Skylar King added a hit and a run.

Jamison tallied three runs, a stolen base and drove in a run. Logan Segee drew two walks and scored twice. Seth Chapman scored a run and drew two walks. Jay Chambers had a stolen base and scored a run. Zach Wright walked and had a stolen base. Cody Gordon drove in a run and Kendall Knight scored a run.

On Wednesday, the 11-2 Jackets posted their 10th straight win, downing Great Falls, 11-7 at the Red Devils’ field.

Kendall Knight, who worked 3.2 innings in relief, was the winner. He allowed six runs, five hits and two walks. Knight fanned four. Zach Wright hurled 1.1 innings and yielded two runs, two hits and five walks. He whiffed two.

Kholby Pate hurled an inning and fanned one and walked one. Colt Ellis, in an inning, struck out three and yielded a hit.

Ricky Lewis drilled two hits, including a two-run homer, scored twice and drove in three runs. Logan Segee supplied two hits, scored three runs and drove in a run.

Ellis belted a two-run home run, scored three runs and drove in two runs. Tripp Wright had a hit and drove in three runs. Jay Chambers had a hit and scored a run. Knight had a hit and a RBI. Pate produced a hit, run and a RBI.

Jacob Jamison had a hit and scored a run.

The Jackets will seek to wrap up the Region IV-AA baseball title as they travel to Indian Land for a 6 p.m. clash today.

Lady Bruins win

The Lancaster Lady Bruins rebounded from a Monday loss at Buford to down Rock Hill in Region III-AAAA softball play.

Erin Walker, who faced 23 batters, was the winner. She fanned six and allowed a run, five hits, one walk and hit a batter.

T’Aria Ingram led the offense with two hits, including a triple, drove in two runs and scored a run.

Cheyenne Varney also had a pair of hits.

Katy Ghent, Crystal Cauthen and Angela Sims each added a hit. Ghent tallied a run along with Claire Brown and Pagan Glenn. Cauthen, Brown and Glenn each walked.

“It was good to get this region win,” LHS coach Kim Perry said. “We still need to complete region play Friday against Gaffney with another win to seal up second place in the region. The girls played error-free defense. After the loss to Buford, I was pleased to see the girls bounce back and get the win against Rock Hill. We have had five straight games and it was great to have a few days of practice to get our bats and defense where they need to be on Friday.”

Lady Jackets win

The Buford High softball team upped its record to 15-4, 6-3 with a 16-1 win over Lee Central High on Tuesday night.

Kelsi Moser, who worked three innings in relief, was the winner. She struck out eight and allowed an unearned run and a hit.

Catie Rowell hurled two innings and fanned five. Rowell aided the BHS cause with two hits, including a double, three RBIs and scored a run.

Kendall Boone drilled two hits, including a double, drove in two runs and scored three runs.

Hannah Knight had two hits, stole five bases, scored three runs and drove in a run. Kayla Lloyd doubled, scored two runs, drove in a run and had a stolen base.

Carley Bailey had a hit, three stolen bases, scored two runs and drove in a run. Daphne Honeycutt had a double and drove in two runs.

Cassidy Barton had a hit, scored a run and drove in a run. Moser had a hit and  drove in a run. Peyton Hovis had a RBI and scored a run. Erica Blackmon tallied two runs and Summer Mungo scored a run.

Buford visits Indian Land today for a 6:30 p.m. Region IV-AA game.

LHS soccer girls win

The Lancaster High girls posted a 1-0 soccer win over Rock Hill in Region III-AAAA play on Tuesday.

Mary Beth White, on a corner to Frances Whitesides at the 20-minute mark of the second half, gave LHS the goal it needed for the win.

Lancaster had 10 shots on goal to three for Rock Hill. The Lady Bruins had three corners to none for Rock Hill.

Tarah Tipton, in goal, posted the shutout for the LHS girls.

“We are a happy group of players after our victory in this crucial region match up. With four region matches left, we need to play our best each and every time we step on the field because our region is so competitive that there are still five spots available for the playoffs,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said. “We have Gaffney visiting on Friday night and we need to keep our eye totally focused on this opponent in order to continue our fine play.

“Defensively, we are playing about as well as I have seen our team perform all season. We are pleased with the play of Mary Beth White, Lauren White, Emma DeVenny, Morgan Gardner, Sarah DeVenny and Morgan Farrar, plus the play of Tarah Tipton in goal. What we need is to continue to try to be more creative on the offensive side and finish those flashes of creativity that are created. Our system is putting the girls in the right places, but our technique sometimes fails to finish the task thus making for some very tight defensive matches.

“ We hope that some of our attacking players continue to grow in their offensives thoughts and perfect their final touches to the goal,” Sylvia said.

Bruins booters fall

Region-leading Rock Hill downed Lancaster, 4-0 in boys soccer at Rock Hill.

Rock Hill had 11 shots on goal to LHS’s four. Rock Hill had four corners to LHS’s none.

“Rock Hill has shown this season the ability to put all of the components together in region play. They are big and strong at every position and have solid touches to the ball. They’re in first place due to their ability to score in bunches with great urgency.

“Our boys came out a bit flat and Rock Hill took advantage of that as they quickly raced to a 3-0 first-half lead. We played well in the second half and gave a good account of ourselves, in some situations creating opportunities, but three goals were a bit too much to catch up to.

“The boys travel to Gaffney on Friday and hopefully we will get off the bus with an attacking mentally and give it a solid performance,” Sylvia said.

Bruin netters win

The Lancaster High School tennis team rallied from an early hole to down Rock Hill, 4-2 in Region III-AAAA tennis at Rock Hill on Tuesday.

The match will likely decide the fourth-place finisher in the region.

Andrew Plaza, in his biggest win of the season, was able to avenge his earlier loss the previous week to Colby Williams at the No. 1 spot in the ladder.

The overall match was extremely close and saw five of the six matches have a 7, or 10-point tiebreaker. Both teams played well despite the windy and chilly conditions at Rock Hill High School.

Andrew Plaza (L) defeated Colby Williams (RH), 3-6, 6-1, 10-7

Adam Whetstone (L) defeated Brent Williams (RH), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Tony Ly (RH) defeated Peyton Brumfield (L) 

Jeremy Israel (RH) defeated Logan Plyler (L), 6-2, 5-7, 10-7

John Rey Apao (L) defeated Blake Blasingame (RH) 6-1, 6-4

Tyler Watts/Ryan Dutton (L) defeated Elliott Wallace/Storm Caldwell (RH) 3-6, 6-4, 10-3.