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Jackets to battle Warriors

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Prep baseball playoffs

By Robert Howey

 

Buford High stayed unbeaten in postseason Class AA Upper State District III baseball play, while Indian Land stayed alive in the playoffs.

Buford earned a Class AA Upper State district tournament title game bid with a 9-4 road win over Region III-AA champion Pelion on Saturday, May 3.

BHS, which defeated North Central, 9-5 to open the playoffs on Thursday, May 1, will be at home to face Indian Land for the district crown today at 5 p.m.

Buford will need one win Wednesday, May 7. If the Jackets fall in game one, they will play the Warriors in a second game today at Buford Park.

The 14-7 Jackets used a 12-hit attack to notch the five-run victory Pelion.

Senior Troy Cunningham led BHS with three hits, three runs and a stolen base. Evan Flynn had two hits and drove in four runs.

James Gardner generated two hits and a RBI.

Austin Pate produced a hit, two RBIs and tallied a run. Scotti Moser and Austin Caskey each had a hit, RBI and tallied a run. Druw Rollings ripped a hit and scored a run, while Brady Horton had a hit.

Kholby Pate and Johnathan Hill each tallied a run.

Flynn went the distance and allowed four runs, six hits and two walks. He fanned six for the Jackets.

“We had great support on the road and that was a boost for our players who played with a high intensity level,” BHS coach Eric Funderburk said.

Warriors rip Pelion

Indian Land stayed in contention for the district crown with a 12-6 elimination game road win over Pelion on Monday, May 5 at PHS.

The Warriors ripped 18 hits in taking the six-run win.

Mike Webb led the Warriors with four hits, including three doubles and a triple, and four RBIs.

Jake Dyer had three hits, including a triple, and drove in four runs. Chris Cantrell had three hits and tallied three runs. Derien Gueldner had a hit and tallied three runs.

Chuck Webb pitched into the fifth for the win. Cantrell hurled the final 2.2 frames.

Indian Land eliminated North Central High School, ripping the Knights, 17-2 at Boonetown on Saturday, May 3.

The Warriors, 13-7, drilled 19 hits in the 15-run win.

IL’s Derien Gueldner, Mike Webb and Bobby McCree each had three hits.

Chuck Webb, Ryan Lawson, Jake Dyer, Chris Cantrell and James Porcelly each had two hits.

Dyer earned the win.

Tyler Bowers belted a two-run home run to lead the Knights.