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Buford kept pace in the Region IV-AA baseball race with an 11-4 home win over Cheraw on Friday night.
Buford senior hurler Colt Ellis, 3-1 with a save, hurled a complete game, scattering 11 hits. He struck out nine and allowed two walks and four runs, three earned.
Ellis backed his cause with a hit and drove in a run.
Jackets’ freshman Kholby Pate drilled a solo home run and a double, drove in three runs and scored three runs in BHS’s 11-hit attack. Senior Jacob Jamison smashed a home run and had a single, RBI, scored a run and provided two sacrifice bunts.
Skylar King laced two singles, scored a run and drove in a run. Cody Gordon generated a hit and drove in two runs. Logan Segee and Brett Estridge each had a hit, RBI and scored a run. Jay Chambers had a hit and tallied twice. Kendrick Trapps scored a run for the Jackets.
Buford, 8-2, 6-1, used a six-run fifth inning to take control of the game.
“Our kids played hard against a quality team,” BHS Eric Funderburk said. “I was pleased with our effort and the way we battled.”
BHS faces a busy week, hosting Central of Pageland on Monday at 6 p.m. The Jackets entertain Lee Central on Tuesday in region play.
BHS visits Great Falls on Wednesday and travels to Indian Land on Friday.
Trojans thump Bruins
Northwestern spoiled LHS senior baseball night, breaking open a close Region III-AAAA game with a 15-5 win over Lancaster at Doomsday Corner on Friday night.
The Trojans held a 4-2 edge in the fourth, but ignited to take the 10-run win in five innings due to the mercy rule.
Trai Sanders, who hurled four innings, took the loss. C.D. Pelham worked an inning.
Jeremy Hyatt was the winning pitcher for NWHS.
Brien Clyburn drilled two hits and added a two-run home run. Sanders supplied two hits and scored two runs.
Dalton Johnson blasted a solo homer. Dylan Sinclair and Wyatt Duncan each had a hit and drove in a run. Scott Mathis, Khory Phillips and Grayson Snipes each added a hit for LHS.
On Thursday, the Bruins dropped an 8-5 road loss to Nation Ford High of Fort Mill.
Gabe Glover, who worked four innings, took the loss. C.D. Pelham worked two frames in relief.
Eric Mojica led LHS with a single, double and scored a run. Khory Phillips belted a solo home run, his fifth this spring, and scored a run.
Grayson Snipes, Wyatt Duncan and Scott Mathis each had a hit.
Lancaster, 5-9, 3-5, visits Rock Hill on Tuesday, hosts Fort Mill on Wednesday and travels to Gaffney on Friday. The Bruins cap the week with a road game at AJ on Saturday.
Eagles edge Vols
Central rallied from a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the top of the seventh to post a 4-2 Region IV-AA road win over Andrew Jackson on Friday night.
Chandler Neal, who worked 6.1 innings, was solid. Chandler Gardner worked the final two-thirds of an inning and took the loss.
Eric Broughton led the AJ offense with two singles. Tyler Rodgers belted a solo home run in the sixth.
Bobby Delly smashed a triple and scored a run. Adam Eubanks had a hit and drove in a run. Tripp Rollings supplied a double.
AJ visited North Central on Saturday. The Vols travel to Cheraw on Tuesday. AJ treks to Camden on Thursday and hosts Lee Central on Friday and Lancaster on Saturday.
Lady Bruins win two
The Lancaster Lady Bruins continued with their recent winning surge, taking a 9-8 softball win over Northwestern in Rock Hill on Friday night.
Erin Walker, who pitched nine frames, was the winner with 10 strikeouts. She walked three and allowed six hits.
Walker backed her cause with a hit, two runs, RBI, walk and a sacrifice. Pagan Glenn generated two hits, a RBI and scored a run. Claire Brown supplied a hit, run and two RBIs. Kaela Robinson had a hit and drew two walks. Katy Ghent had a hit, run and RBI. Crystal Cauthen chipped in a hit, scored a run and walked. Angel Cox had a hit, walked and was hit by a pitch.
T’Aria Ingram walked and scored three runs, while Anna Grier walked.
On Thursday at the LHS softball field, the Lady Bruins rallied for a 6-5 win to hand Clover its first region loss this season.
T’Aria Ingram drove home Erin Walker with the winning run in the victory over Clover.
Walker struck out 11 and allowed 12 hits and a walk. Walker drew a walk and scored twice.
Anna Grier banged two doubles and drove in two runs. Crystal Cauthen produced two hits, two RBIs and scored a run. Ingram had two hits, two runs, a RBI and a walk. Katy Ghent suppled two hits, including a double, scored a run and walked.
“Erin pitched well and we played well on defense,” LHS coach Kim Perry said. “It was big plays tonight.”
“Pagan Glenn had a stellar catch in the gap in right field to save two runs,” Perry said. “Each game, we can see the confidence building in this team. They’re coming together.”
Buford tops Cheraw
The Buford High softball upped its record to 13-4, 5-3 in region play with a 6-3 win over Cheraw on Friday night.
Carley Bailey, who fanned five, was the winner. She allowed three runs, five hits and three walks.
Catie Rowell led the BHS offense with two hits, including a double, drove in two runs and scored a run.
Ashley Lloyd delivered two hits and drove in three runs. Mykayla Hannah had two hits and tallied a pair of runs. Bailey had a hit and drove in a run. Hannah Knight and Carson Mehaffey each had a hit and tallied a run. Daphne Honeycutt scored a run.
IL decks Stallions
Indian Land improved to 2-8, 2-6 in region baseball play, with a 16-6 road win over Lee Central on Friday night.
Brad Wentz, the winning hurler, combined with Garrett Mallakoote to toss a five-hitter.
Devin Curtsinger led the IL offense with three hits. Kory Alvey and Chris Cantrell each had two hits for the Warriors.
Trojans top Bruins
Northwestern forged a 1-0 lead on a first-half penalty kick and added two second-half goals to take a 3-0 Region III-AA soccer win.
The Bruins were coming off a 1-0 Region III-AAAA home victory over Spartanburg.
The LHS boys, 9-6, 2-4, visit Rock Hill on Tuesday and travel to Gaffney on Friday.
Lady Warriors win
Indian Land improved to 8-2-1, 6-0-1 in regular season, with a 2-1 Region IV-AA win over Andrew Jackson at the Warriors’ Reservation on Thursday night.
Regulation ended in a 1-1 draw and the IL girls prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-2.
Amber Kelly and Ashleigh Aiello tallied on the AJ penalty kicks, while Kayla Christian, Ashleigh Outen, Shalyn Dougherty and Emma Gladu scored on the IL penalty kicks.
Emma Gladu scored in regulation for the IL girls. IL keeper Kaitlin Lusk made eight saves to six for AJ’s Amber Kelly.
Buford booters rebound
The Buford High School soccer team rebounded from a 2-0 loss to the Governor’s School to take a 4-2 win over Lewisville.
Lewisville held a 2-0 lead, but the Jackets rallied as Josh Roach tallied twice to deadlock the match.
The Jackets, protecting their unbeaten mark at home, added to their lead.
Brandon Gossman added a high arcing chip in minute 28 that dropped behind the Lewisville
keeper and into the goal. Tyler Jenkins added a goal a minute later off a direct kick.
Justin Sims and Jenkins assisted on Roach’s two tallies.
Buford keeper Matt Ellis made 15 saves.
Junior Jackets win
The Buford Junior Jackets soccer team completed a season’s sweep of Lewisville with a 5-1 win earlier this week.
BHS built a 2-1 lead at the half as Andrew “Red” Ellis tallied twice on assists from co-captain Valerine “Hollywood” Jones and Randy Sweisberger.
In the second half, BHS co-captain Cole Keaton tallied two goals on assists from Jones. Ellis scored his third goal of the match to complete the “hat trick” on Keaton’s third assist.
Buford keeper Matt Griffin had eight saves.
BHS jayvee coach John Bundy lauded the play of defenders Jennifer Knight, Wade Lambert, and Allison Enfinger for not allowing easy shots on goal.
“Midfielders Sonya Ramsey, Kayla Bailey, Kendall Roach and Sweisberger were solid in helping the defense and strikers. Andrew Nguyen provided
fresh energy to the team in the second half. BJ Black had some nice shots on goal to keep pressure on the Lewisville keeper,” Bundy said.
The Junior Jackets, 3-4-1, visit Camden Military on Tuesday with a varsity-jayvee twin bill.
The Buford jayvees host Springfield of Fort Mill on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The BHS varsity faces Cheraw at 7.