Jackets rally to down Warriors, 9-7

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Spring Sports Roundup

By Robert Howey



Buford scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 9-7 baseball win over Indian Land at the Warriors’ field on Wednesday, April 9.

Jackets’ senior Troy Cunningham highlighted the three-run BHS rally with a RBI-hit to lift the Jackets to the two-run Region IV-AA win.

Cunningham had a hit, RBI and stolen base in the BHS victory.

Buford built an early 6-0 lead, but IL, with a six-run fourth inning, tied the score and then went up with a single run in the fifth inning for a 7-6 spread.

The Jackets, 6-5, 4-3, tallied three runs in the seventh – two on a two-out error.

Autry Blackmon, who worked 1.2 innings, was the winner, allowing a walk. Gage Hinson worked an inning for the save, allowing a walk and whiffing three.

Evan Flynn, who went 4.1 innings, allowed six runs, five earned runs, eight hits and five walks. He fanned three.

Kholby Pate paced the Jackets’ offense with two hits, single and a triple, and two walks. He scored three runs and drove in three.

James Gardner had two hits and a RBI. He walked once and was hit by a pitch. Johnathan Hill drilled a double, scored a run and drove in two runs. Evan Flynn and Druw Rollings each had a hit and scored a run. Daniel Mackey tallied two runs.

“I want to thank our fans because they were there for us to give us a boost and made a big difference in the game,” BHS coach Eric Funderburk said.

Bobby McCree, one of three IL hurlers, worked two frames in relief and took the loss.

Chuck Webb had two hits and scored a run for IL. McCree had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run.

Ryan Lawson had a hit, two RBIs and scored a run. James Porcelly had a hit, RBI and scored a run. Jake Dyer had a hit and scored twice. Chris Cantrell and Derian Gueldner each had a hit and drove in a run.

IL, 4-3, is 9-3 in region play.

Buford faces Cheraw in region play tonight, April 11.

Warriors top Rams

Indian Land rallied to beat Chesterfield, 6-5 in a Region IV-AA road baseball win on Tuesday, April 8.

Chris Cantrell, 3-1, went six frames for the win. Chuck Webb hurled an inning to earn the save. Cantrell provided the go-ahead run with a hit.

Mike Webb had two hits and two RBIs as did Jake Dyer.

IL center fielder Derian Gueldner provided the clutch defense, making a diving catch to end the game with CHS runners at second and third.

Warriors scalp Braves

Indian Land rolled to a 13-6 region baseball win over Cheraw on Friday, April 4.

Mike Webb drilled three hits, including a home run, drew two walks and drove in three runs. Jake Dyer had three hits and three RBIs. Bobby McCree supplied two hits and drove in three runs in IL’s nine-hit attack.

Jake Dyer, who hurled 5.1 innings, was the winner. Chris Cantrell went 1.2 innings and earned the save.

Eagles down Jackets

Central blanked Buford, 10-0 in Region IV-AA baseball on Tuesday, April 8.

Trevor Cauthen, in 3.2 innings, allowed four runs, five hits and three walks. He fanned two. Gage Hinson worked 1.2 frames and gave up six runs, two earned runs, four hits and a walk. He fanned two.

Kholby Pate led Buford’s four-hit attack with two hits. Austin Pate and Troy Cunningham each had a hit for the Jackets.

Vols edge Braves

Andrew Jackson edged Cheraw, 2-1 in Region IV-AA baseball on Tuesday, April 8.

The Volunteers, 8-5, improved to 2-5 in region play.

Eric Miles, the winning hurler, went five frames and allowed six hits. He fanned three. Kipp Rollings, in two frames, notched the save with four strikeouts.

Austin Wrape, who scored a run, drilled a double. Dustin Eddins and Gunnar Lucas each had a double.

Corley Faulkenberry, Trey Rollings and Miles each had a hit. Trey Rollings had a RBI.

“We had a complete game effort with outstanding pitching, defense and timely hitting,” AJ coach Mike Lucas said. “We’re still battling.”

The Volunteers host Chesterfield in Region IV-AA play on Friday, April 11.

Lady Bruins rebound

The Lancaster Lady Bruins rebounded from a 6-4 home softball loss to Northwestern to down York, 10-2 in Region III-AAAA softball play Wednesday, April 9 at York.

“This was a must-win for us if we wanted to stay alive in our playoff hopes,” LHS coach Kim Perry said. “The girls played with intensity and played solid defense. It’s a good feeling when seven of your nine starters has at least one hit.

“We were hoping to gain some confidence at the plate during this game and I think we did. We need to carry this momentum over to Fort Mill on Thursday.

“We beat them 8-7 at home earlier in the season in eight innings. Our two teams are as evenly matched as two teams can be. It will come down to who can make the other make more mistakes.” 

In the 6-4 loss to NWHS on Tuesday, Lancaster rallied only to come up short.

“NWHS is number one in our region and undefeated. We are proud of the way the girls battled all night and never gave up,” Perry said. “We played with confidence and believed in each other. Summer Clinton did a great on the mound for us and our defense was strong behind her.”

Jada Ames had two hits, a RBI and scored a run. Elizabeth Gaston smashed a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.

Gracie Revels had a hit and scored a run. Summer Clinton had a hit and a RBI. Kaela Robinson had a hit, walk and scored a run. Brooke Penegar had a hit and Ashley Abbott drew a walk.

Trojans nip LHS girls

Northwestern edged Lancaster, 1-0 in girls soccer on Tuesday, April 8 at Memorial Stadium.

“We did not play well as a team,” LHS coach Ed Humphrey said. “We had some individuals who played well but not as a team.”

Lancaster will travel to York for a region match on Friday.

Lancaster, idle over spring break, will face Indian Land on Monday, April 21.

LHS girls soccer senior night is April 22 when the Lady Bruins face Rock Hill.

Vols blank Griffins

The Andrew Jackson High boys soccer team posted its third straight win, downing Fairfield Central, 4-0 in Winnsboro on Wednesday, April 9.

The Vols took a 1-0 halftime lead when Luke Sowell headed a John Ware corner kick in the goal.

AJ stepped up its offensive pressure in the second half and Zach Arioli got a goal with an assist from McKenzie Denkins to go up 2-0.

Denkins got the third AJ goal with an assist from John Ware.

Denkins was not satisfied with that one goal and scored again after a great crossing pass from Hayden Lee and an assist from Keenan Ebanks.

Keeper Ryan Burgess was in goal for 65 minutes and had seven saves.

Freshman keeper Jeremy Moseley finished out the final 15 minutes and had two saves.

Defenders Alex Knight, Luke Sowell, Jacob Ware, Trent Bartell, David Truesdale, Jordan Mungo and Aaron Cullen played a key role in the Vols’ shutout.

u The AJ boys soccer team posted a 7-1 Region IV-AA road win over Cheraw on Tuesday, April 8.

The first half was close, but AJ used goals from McKenzie Denkins and Keenan Ebanks to take a 2-1 halftime lead.

John Ware assisted Denkins on the first goal with a nifty pass as he scooped it over the defenders head.  Zach Arioli got the assist on Ebanks goal.

Cheraw scored off a corner kick.

The second half was the Vols’ most productive half of the season.

Ware, on a cross from Trent Bartell, netted the third goal.

Arioli scored the fourth goal, dribbling through multiple defenders and scoring from three yards out.

Ebanks tallied his second goal of the match after getting a pass from Denkins. Ebanks’ kick rebounded off the Cheraw keeper and he was then able to score.

David Truesdale made a long kick that the CHS keeper misjudged and Arioli tapped it in for his second goal. AJ, on a throw-in from David Truesdale, got a score from Ryan Burgress for its final goal.

AJ is now 3-1 in the region.

Buford blanks CHS

Buford rebounded from a region loss to Indian Land to take a 7-0 win over Class AAA Chester on Wednesday, April 9.

BHS led 5-0 at the half, following goals from junior striker Jesse Stacks, off a nice assist from freshman Josh Parris, a pair of goals from freshman Matt Hunter, and a pair of goals from senior captain Andrew “Red” Ellis.

Stacks, Hunter, and Ellis also added assists to their tallies.

In the second half, Ellis tacked on two more goals, giving him four on the night.

Junior Allison Enfinger played very composed in her minutes on the pitch, settling the ball, and showing patience to distribute the ball.

Sophomore center back Samual Purser made several key stops on defense to help the Jackets earn their first shutout this season.

Senior keeper and captain Corey Bracey made some outstanding saves to keep Chester off the scoreboard.

BHS soccer night

The Buford High soccer program will open its stadium Friday night, April 11 to all county recreation and club soccer teams, as the Jackets host region rival Cheraw for a doubleheader.

The jayvee match is at 5:30 p.m., and varsity teams play at 7.

All fans and supporters of soccer are encouraged to attend to enjoy two exciting matches in beautiful weather at BHS. County players and coaches are reminded to wear their current season uniforms in order to receive free admission, and sit together on the home side, and be recognized at halftime of the jayvee match at approximately 6 p.m.

For details, email BHS varsity soccer coach John Bundy at john.bundy@lcsdmail.net. Bundy can also be reached at (803) 286-7068.

Lady Warriors roll

The Indian Land High girls soccer team forged a 5-0 halftime lead on the way to a 7-0 win over Class A foe Lewisville.

Katherine Kilroy, Shalyn Dougherty and Babs Marshall each scored two goals in the match. Bailey Penegar also tallied for the 9-4 Lady Warriors.

Kate Komorous, Dougherty and Penegar each had an assist.

IL had 28 shots to one for the Lady Lions.

IL keeper Isabella Maia had one save.

Rams blank IL

Chesterfield blanked Indian Land, 6-0 in a Region IV-AA softball game at Chesterfield on Tuesday, April 8.

The Lady Warriors fell to 8-6, 4-3 with the loss.

Kayla Price, 8-3, took the loss.

Courtney Case had the lone hit for the Lady Warriors.

IL played at Union County High School on Thursday, April 10 for a junior varsity-varsity doubleheader.