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Buford High posted its first region baseball win, taking a 4-3 victory over county rival Indian Land at Buford Park on Tuesday, March 26.
James Gardner, who went six innings, was the winner, allowing three runs, three earned runs, six hits and five walks,
Evan Flynn earned the save with a game-ending strikeout with IL runners at first and second base. Matt Bayne, in two thirds of an inning, walked two and fanned one.
IL’s Chris Cantrell, in four frames of work, took the loss. Ryan Lawson hurled two innings in relief.
Tripp Wright led the Jackets with two hits. Gardner generated a two-run single. Flynn had a hit, drove in a run and scored a run.
Scottie Moser had a hit, scored a run, walked and reached after being hit by a pitch. Austin Pate had a RBI sacrifice fly. Jordan Whitaker scored twice and Troy Cunningham had a stolen base.
Mike Webb led IL with a double, triple and scored a run. Doug Troyan tallied two hits. Lawson had a hit and scored a run. Cantrell chipped in a hit. Dylan Steen scored a run.
Buford, in non-region play, fell to Class AAA foe Chester, 8-2 on Wednesday, March 27.
The Jackets had six hits, with Evan Flynn leading the way with three singles and a RBI. Scottie Moser had a hit and tallied two runs. Tripp Wright and James Gardner each had a hit for the Jackets.
Matt Bayne, who took the loss for BHS, went 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs, six unearned runs, a hit and three walks. He fanned three. Matt Bass worked two-thirds of an inning and gave up no runs and no hits. Gage Hinson went an inning and yielded a run. Moser hurled an inning and struck out two.
Buford was plagued by five errors.
The Jackets, 2-10, 1-4, visit county rival Andrew Jackson for a 6 p.m. clash today.
Buford plays in a spring break tournament at Gilbert where play opens Saturday at 9 a.m. when BHS faces tourney host Gilbert. The Jackets face Spring Valley on Monday, April 1 and meet Airport on Tuesday, April at 2 p.m.
Eagles blank Vols
Andrew Jackson dropped its third Region IV-AA baseball loss, falling to host Central High of Pageland, 8-0 on Tuesday, March 27.
Dustin Eddins, who went two innings, took the loss and allowed six runs. Eric Miles went four frames and yielded two runs.
The Volunteers’ lead-off hitter Corley Faulkenberry had the lone Andrew Jackson hit.
The Vols host county rival Buford on Friday night.
Falcons top Bruins
The Lancaster Bruins saw their four-game win streak halted with a 9-0 setback to Nation Ford at LHS’s Doomsday Corner on Tuesday, March 26.
Lancaster hurler Gabe Glover, who worked two innings and allowed four runs, took the loss. Doopy Cloud, in three innings, gave up three runs. Brady Collins went two innings and gave up a pair of runs.
Wyatt Duncan, T.J. Cauthen and Cloud each had a hit for the Bruins.
Lancaster hosted South Pointe of Rock Hill in Region III-AAAA play on Thursday night. The Bruins host Northwestern on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
NFHS downs LHS
Nation Ford of Fort Mill scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for an 8-7 Region III-AAAA comeback win over Lancaster at the NFHS field on Wednesday, March 27.
Lancaster held a 7-5 edge before Nation Ford ignited for three runs in the fifth inning and held on for the victory.
Katy Ghent, who worked six innings and faced 37 batters, took the loss, yielding 12 hits. She struck out three NFHS batters and walked six.
Lancaster had 11 hits in the narrow loss.
Ariana Ealy, Claire Brown, Jada Ames and Ghent each had two hits for the LHS girls. Morgan Cope, Pagan Glenn and Aliyah Davis each had a hit for the LHS girls. Ealy and Brown each rapped a double.
Brown drove in two runs. Ghent, Cope and Ames each drove in a run. Ealy and Brown each had two stolen bases. Ghent, Ames and Kaela Robinson each had a stolen base.
Lancaster is 6-3, 6-2 in region play.
AJ booters rally, win
The 8-3 Andrew Jackson soccer team rallied to even its Region IV-AA soccer mark at 1-1 with a 6-1 win over host Cheraw on Tuesday, March 26.
The first half things did not go as AJ hoped as Cheraw scored first to take at 1-0 lead.
AJ was able to tie to score later on a headed goal by Luke Sowell off Trevor Hammond’s corner kick.
The second half belonged to the Vols.
Zach Arioli scored the first goal of the half after freshman Trent Bartell had a shot rebound off the crossbar. Luke Kennington put AJ up 3-1, finishing after an Arioli cross.
Brazilian exchange student Matt Tesser had been slowed down by an aggravating hamstring injury, but he managed to score AJ’s fourth and fifth goals against the Braves.
The assists for Tesser’s goals were from McKenzie Denkins and Trevor Hammond.
The final AJ goal was by Matthew Woods, who earned and scored after a penalty kick for the final score of 6-1.
The Vols, rated No. 8 in the latest Class AA boys soccer rankings, hosted county and region foe Buford on Thursday, March 28.
Buford blanks GS
The Buford High soccer team upped its record to 7-0 on the season with a 3-0 win over the Governor’s School in Jackets Stadium on Tuesday, March 26.
Sophomore forward Jesse Stacks, on a nice assist from sophomore Cole Keaton, scored in the sixth minute. Senior co-captain and center back Donovan Lang scored in the 21st minute on an assist from senior mid Brandon Gossman for a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, freshman center mid Wade Lambert scored on an assist from senior co-captain Mikeem McKinney in the 58th minute.
Junior keeper Corey Bracey earned another clean sheet on the season with six saves.
“Governor School’s strategy was to play most everyone back to keep it close and try to prevent us from getting open scoring opportunities, but I was proud of how we kept working and passing the ball, and finding ways to score regardless,” BHS coach John Bundy said. “They don’t give up many goals, so to get those two in the first half was key we felt.
“Senior mid Danielle Beard and sophomore left back Valerie Jones made some great combo plays. Wade Lambert and Randy Sweisberger were solid in the middle to keep the ball up in the attacking third of the field for us. Senior right back Trey Starnes is playing the best soccer in his years with us. Senior James Shehane provided a lot of energy in the second half, and barely missed on some scoring opportunities,” Bundy said.
“Brandon Gossman and sophomore Cole Keaton placed the ball in perfect spots for their teammates as well.
“I was also proud of my captains, Mikeem McKinney and Donovan Lang, for their unselfish play and distributing the ball around to also create chances for their teammates,” Bundy said. “That’s a true sign of a captain, and why they were chosen to proudly wear their arm bands.”
Buford opened the Region IV-AA portion of its schedule Thursday night, March 28 at Andrew Jackson at 7 p.m.
All county teams take a break from matches on their schedules next week for the annual spring break.
Junior Bruins fall
The Lancaster High School junior varsity softball team fell to Nation Ford, 8-7 in Fort Mill on Tuesday, March 26.
Summer Clinton took the loss, yielding four hits and a walk. She struck out two.
Clinton led the Lancaster offense with two singles and a triple. Tomeshiona Jackson had two singles and drilled a double. Gracie Revels had two singles. Jonita Jones supplied a hit.
Sydney Cauthen drew two walks and Kadaja Cunningham walked to aid the LHS offense.