Jackets top Vols, net third

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Braves Diamond Challenge

By The Staff

The Buford Yellow Jackets captured third place in the Cheraw Braves Diamond Challenge with a third win over county rival Andrew Jackson on Tuesday afternoon in Cheraw.


The Jackets, 14-3, rallied from a 1-0 deficit to take the 2-1 win behind the pitching of BHS senior Ricky Lewis.

Lewis, 2-0, hurled a four-hitter and struck out four in posting the complete-game victory. He allowed a run and three walks.

The Vols broke on top in the first when Bobby Delly, who reached on one of his two hits on the day, later scored on Tyler Rodgers’ fielder’s choice.

Buford answered in the bottom of the frame when Jackets’ senior Logan Segee doubled home Kholby Pate, who also had a stolen base in the BHS win.

The game was tied at 1-all until the Jackets’ sixth when Lewis aided his cause with a run-scoring single to score BHS senior Colt Ellis with what proved to be the winning run.

“Each time we’ve played AJ this season, it’s been a real battle because the Vols’ players play real hard,” Buford coach Eric Funderburk said. “With the playoffs coming up, this game had a playoff-like atmosphere with two teams giving an all-out effort.”

Lewis and Segee each had a hit and drove in a run for BHS. Ellis had a hit and tallied a run.

Delly paced the Vols with two hits, scored a run and had a stolen base. Rodgers had a hit and drove in a run. Seth Graves added a hit. Adam Eubanks pitched well in a hard-luck defeat. 

Buford went 2-1 in the tournament, while AJ was 1-2, with its win a 2-0 victory over tournament runner-up Wilson Hall of Sumter.

Buford and AJ each have a regular-season game to play before opening the Class AA Upper State playoffs. The Jackets host Great Falls on Monday at 6 p.m. AJ will be at home to face rival Lancaster on Monday.

Buford, the Conference IV-AA champion, will open the playoffs as the Jackets host Columbia on Thursday. AJ, as the fourth-place seed, will be on the road.

u Lancaster, 10-10, squared its record with a 5-1 win over Wilson Hall of Sumter on Tuesday afternoon when it capped a 3-0 run to capture the tournament championship.

The Bruins, 9-3 since a 1-7 start, won its pool, defeating Buford, 6-3 and Cheraw, 6-5.

A week ago, LHS capped its regular-season home schedule with a 4-1 win over Fort Mill High School, the No. 1 team in the latest Class AAA poll.

In the Bruins’ four-run win over the WHS Barons for the crown, C.D. Pelham, in six solid innings of relief, was the winner.

Grayson Snipes led the Lancaster offense with a double, single, walk and RBI. Dalton Johnson, who rapped two hits and drove in two runs, also had a stellar defensive game in the LHS outfield.

Wyatt Duncan had two hits and drove in a run. Brien Clyburn delivered two hits and scored a run for the Bruins.

Trai Sanders supplied a single, walk and tallied a run. Khory Phillips had a hit and scored a run. Jonah Crenshaw had a hit and Zack Rollings added a sacrifice.

In the win over Buford, Sanders, a senior southpaw, posted the complete game win.

Clyburn delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly to lift LHS to a 6-5 win over Cheraw.

“Our guys have worked hard to get our record to .500 at 10-10,” LHS coach Brett Blackmon said. “Our seniors gave us great leadership and our players responded in the tournament.”

 Lancaster visits AJ on Monday and launches postseason play on Thursday in the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs.