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Buford used a 16-hit attack to notch an 18-8 non-region baseball win over North Central at the Knights’ field on Monday night.
Marcus Broadway, who pitched 2.1 innings, was the winner, allowing two runs, five walks and a hit. Broadway struck out three.
Cody Gordon, in three innings, gave up five runs on four hits and three walks. He whiffed one. Brandon Miles worked two-thirds of an inning to wrap up the win.
Brett Estridge led the Jackets’ offense with three hits, three runs batted in, scored two runs and had a stolen base.
Ricky Lewis drilled two hits, scored two runs and had a stolen base. Jacob Jamison had two hits, scored twice and had a stolen base.
Kendall Knight produced two hits, two runs batted in and tallied a run. Skylar King rapped two hits and scored two runs. Colt Ellis had a hit and drove in two runs.
Marcus Boardway delivered a hit, scored a run and drove in two runs. Kendrick Trapps notched a hit, scored a run, drove in two runs and had a stolen base. Collin Plyler and Jay Chambers each had a hit and scored a run. Seth Chapman scored three runs.
The Jackets, 6-2, 3-1, hosted Indian Land in Conference IV-AA play on Tuesday night. Buford visits Andrew Jackson on Friday night.
Warriors rip Stallions
Indian Land blasted Lee Central of Bishopville, taking a 19-2 win in five innings on Friday night.
A 10-run third keyed the Warriors to the 17-run victory.
The Warriors, 1-3, 1-4, were led by Chris Cantrell, who hurled a three-hitter. Cantrell drilled two hits and drove in two runs.
Drew Williams produced two hits and drove in three runs. Connor Butler had a pair of hits, including a double, and scored two runs.
Indian Land visited Buford on Tuesday.
Lady Warriors belt LC
The Indian Land Lady Warriors rolled to a 19-0 Region IV-AA softball win over Lee Central on Friday.
Kayla Price was the winner to up her mark to 5-2, striking out eight of nine LC Lady Stallions’ batters.
Indian Land took advantage of 16 walks and had 13 stolen bases in the lopsided win.
IL, 5-2, 2-2, visited Buford on Tuesday.
IL booters blank York
Indian Land blanked Class AAA foe York 3-0 on Friday as Nick Retter scored two goals and added an assist.
Elijah Roberts scored a goal and added an assist. Carson McGinn also had an assist for the Warriors.
“York played good defense and was able to disrupt our attack in the first half,” said IL coach Adam Cole. “We later found weaknesses in their defense and looked to pressure them the rest of the night. Our midfield had a better performance.”
Cole noted Michael Rodriguez worked hard and gave IL a lot of opportunities by winning the ball in the middle and pressuring York’s attack.
“Nick Retter led the offense. He made some good runs and worked hard up top to beat the defense. He is improving each game and is becoming a stronger team leader.
“Defensively, we made a couple of mistakes, but were able to keep the ball out of our half for the majority of the game,” Cole said. “York only had about 10 shots to goal.”
Cole praised the play of Jonathan Rowe, Diego Mora, Hunter Kitchen and Denis Killoran who had a strong performance to lead the defense. Trevor Hoxworth posted the Warriors’ shutout.
“This was a big win for us, beating a Class AAA team. Stronger competition helps us develop fundamentally and helps us to step-up our game while preparing for region matches,” Cole said.
Clover edges LHS, 2-1
In what was the most complete and disciplined match for the Bruin girls, the LHS girls fell to sixth-rated Clover, 2-1 on Friday at CHS.
Lancaster tallied first on a corner kick assist by Mary Beth White, which Frances Whitesides finished in the 32-minute mark of the first half. Clover tied the match with five minutes left in the half.
The match went back and forth until the 25-minute mark in which Clover scored its second goal.
The Bruin girls worked hard to get the equalizer, but they were unable to do so.
“It was a very physical match in which Clover, one of the most aggressive teams in our region faced their match Friday night. Clover received five yellow cards to one for the Bruins,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said. “Our girls played with great courage throughout the match and even though the final score indicates Clover won, we felt our girls left the field with a great deal of respect for their play.
“It’s hard to identify one player for her outstanding play because this match truly was a team effort in all respects. Our girls have had difficulty developing an identity in the early matches, but thanks to Clover we have found our true identity and that is of a swarming defense with quick transitions into offense.
“From the goalkeeper position to the reserves, all played with talent and great character. We are excited for our match on Tuesday at Gaffney and another chance to keep growing and developing into a region contender,” Sylvia said.
Vols rebound, win
The Andrew Jackson boys’ soccer team had a busy week last week.
After a tough, hard-fought 1-0 loss to Lancaster on Monday, the Vols played another county foe Buford on Tuesday.
Up 2-0 at the half, AJ went on to win the game 3-0.
Kevin Hunter scored an AJ goal, with a Jonathan Ussery assist. Joseph Harris scored on a penalty kick and the third goal was by Oliver Wall after an assist from the keeper Luke Kennington.
The defense played well again, limiting Buford’s outstanding offensive threat Josh Roach.
The defense was led by Brandon Neal, Brett Lucas, Fred Pedersen, Ryan Arioli, Oleg Nesterov and Jonathan Ussery.
On Thursday, AJ traveled to Cheraw to face another region foe.
AJ led 2-0 at the half and added three more goals in the second half in the 5-0 win.
The first-half goals were by Kevin Hunter after the assist from Denton Clements and Trevor Hammond scored on a penalty kick.
In the second half, Oliver Wall got an assist from Tyler Denkins to score. Then Denkins tallied, with Denton Clements second assist of the game.
AJ’s final goal came from Joseph Harris unassisted.
After Daniel Stover had a knee injury in the Lancaster game, Luke Kennington took over at keeper and posted the shutout in the Cheraw game with four saves.
Andrew Jackson is 2-0 in region play, while Cheraw fell to 0-2.
AJ, ranked No. 7 in the latest Class AA poll, faced No. 5 Indian Land on Tuesday night.
Junior Bruins win
The unbeaten Lancaster High junior varsity baseball team, 6-0 and a tie, topped Fort Mill High School, 12-10 in a thriller on Thursday night.
The Junior Bruins trailed 9-1 going to the fifth inning and scored six in the fifth inning to make it, 9-7 and five more runs in the fifth to take the 12-10 win.
“I was proud of our boys and how they kept their heads up and really battled back,” LHS coach Josh Pauling said. “We’re Bruins and we battle. That’s what we do. It was exciting.”