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BUFORD – Central of Pageland posted its fourth straight win at Buford Park, this one the biggest of the set, as CHS downed third-ranked Andrew Jackson, 7-2 to capture the Comporium Preseason Invitational Baseball Championship.
Central prevailed as the Buford Division champion, while AJ won its division to set up a showdown for the crown at cold Buford Park on Saturday night, March 2.
Two Eagles hurlers teamed to toss a three-hitter in the five-run CHS win.
Joseph Rollings went four frames and fanned four with two walks and a hit.
Bradley Brown, in three frames, struck out three and allowed a walk and two hits.
“This is a big confidence-builder for our team,” Central High School coach Mitch Leaird said. “Pitching was the key for us. We were pleased because we gave up five runs in four games and only one run was earned.”
CHS catcher Robbie Burch, an all-tournament pick with pitcher-third baseman Sam Caldwell, led the Eagles with two hits. Nathan Evans, Joseph Rollings, Kelton Myers and Drake Plyler each had one hit.
AJ had three hits, with Kipp Rollings leading the way with a hit and one RBI. Alex Brasington had a hit and tallied a run. Chandler Neal added a hit for the Vols.
Dustin Eddins scored a run.
Caldwell and Burch were named to the all-tournament team as each had six hits for the tournament.
AJ’s Tripp Rollings and Dustin Eddins were named to the all-tournament team. Rollings, a senior hurler, also won the home run contest with five shots.
He was tied with teammate Chandler Neal with four each before snapping the draw in a slug-off.
Austin Wrape, one of four AJ hurlers used, took the loss in three frames of work.
He allowed two earned runs, a hit, four walks and fanned five.
Eddins highlighted his day, throwing out a CHS runner at the plate.
AJ senior outfielder Daniel Faulkenberry won the outfield throw competition during the skills challenge.
Central, with its title, became the second Chesterfield County school to win the tournament crown.
Chesterfield won the title two years ago, and South Pointe of Rock Hill won last season. AJ has finished as the runner-up on two occasions.
Lancaster captured third place in the Comporium Preseason Invitational, taking a 3-2 win over Parkwood High of Union County, N.C.
Wyatt Duncan led the LHS offense with two hits, including a RBI-double.
Khoury Phillips and Grayson Snipes each had RBI-doubles in the win.
Gabe Glover, who worked three frames, was the winner to push his mark to 1-0. He fanned three. Glover allowed three hits, two walks and a run.
Doopey Cloud hurled two frames and allowed a walk and a run.
He fanned two. Senior right-hander C.D. Pelham yielded no runs, no hits and a walk. He fanned four.
Glover, a senior right-hander, was named to the all-tournament team.
Lancaster went 2-2 in the tourney.
Cloud, during the skills challenge, won the home-to-home competition.
Parkwood, during the skills competition, won the around the horn challenge.
Buford blanked Great Falls, 4-0 to take seventh place in the Comporium Preseason Invitational.
James Gardner was the winner in five innings of work. He allowed two hits and a walk. He struck out three. Austin Caskey, in two frames of work, allowed three hits and a walk. He whiffed two.
Austin Pate paced the Jackets offense with three hits, a RBI and scored a run.
Evan Flynn, who batted .300 and earned all-tourney honors, aided the Jackets with two hits, a stolen base and scored a run.
Matt Bayne had a hit and drove in a run. Tripp Wright rapped a hit. Troy Cunningham scored a run and had a stolen base. Scotti Moser had a hit.
Skylar King and Gardner each had a RBI. Matt Bass tallied a run and Daniel Mackey had a stolen base to aid the Jackets’ cause.
Wright led the BHS defense, throwing out a baserunner.
Buford will host Chester High School in its regular-season opener tonight when the Jackets will observe Military Appreciation Night.
Former Jackets’ player Brent Bowers, a U.S. Army veteran, will throw out the first pitch prior to the Jackets’ clash with Class AAA foe Chester.
Stallions edge IL
South Pointe tallied a run in the eighth inning to take a 10-9 win over Indian Land High School for fifth place at Buford Park on Saturday, March 2.
Justin Hayes, who worked two-thirds of an inning, took the loss.
Jake Dyer, who hurled 2.1 innings, allowed eight runs, seven earned and six hits. James Procelly, in 4.2 innings, yielded a run and three hits.
Hayes led the IL offense with three hits.
Chris Cantrell, the Warriors’ all-tournament pick, and Mike Webb each had two hits for the Warriors.
Chuck Webb, Ryan Lawson, Jimmy Locklear, Doug Troyan and Connor Butler each added a hit.
Indian Land was slated to open its regular-season schedule Tuesday at home.