Jackets win region crown

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12-run win over IL caps title quest

By The Staff




Buford made quick work of Indian Land to capture the Region IV-AA baseball championship with a 14-2 win in five innings on Friday night at the IL field.

The region title, Buford’s first since the 2006 campaign, came off a splendid pitching effort by Jackets hurler Ricky Lewis.

Lewis, in four frames, struck out seven and allowed two earned runs, two hits and five walks. Colt Ellis worked a scoreless, seven-pitch fifth inning to wrap up the 12-run decision.

As the final out was made, the jubilant Jackets dumped the water bucket on BHS third-year head baseball coach Eric Funderburk, a BHS alumnus and former Jackets player.

The win was Buford’s 11th straight after falling to defending region champion Central of Pageland in BHS league opener.

“When we lost that first region game to Central, I told our players it could be done with a lot of hard work, dedication and determination,” Funderburk said. “Our seniors have stepped up and given us great leadership. They’ve set an outstanding example.”

Lewis did his part at the plate with three hits, including a double and two singles, two RBIs and scored a run.

Jacob Jamison also had three hits, including a double, tallied three runs, drove in a run and had two stolen bases.

Logan Segee supplied two hits, scored three runs, drove in three runs and had a stolen base.

Ellis, continuing his splendid plate production, belted a solo home run, his fifth overall and fourth in four games. He tallied two runs and drove in a run.

Brett Estidge had a hit, three RBIs, scored a run and had a stolen base. Cody Gordon contributed a hit, RBI and scored a run. Kholby Pate rapped a hit and drove in a run.

Jay Chambers walked, scored a run and had a stolen base. Kendrick Trapps had a steal and scored a run.

Buford plays in the Cheraw Diamond Challenge on Monday when the Jackets face Cheraw at 10 a.m. and Lancaster High School at 3 p.m.

The league title gives BHS a host berth in the Class AA Upper State playoffs, hosting Eau Claire, or Columbia High School on April 28.

Vols snag Stallions

Andrew Jackson capped Region IV-AA regular-season play, rolling to a 14-0 win over Lee Central on Volunteers baseball senior night.

Tanner Gardner was the winning pitcher, working three innings and striking out seven. He allowed a hit and three walks. Dustin Eddins worked two scoreless frames to seal the shutout win.

Gardner backed his cause with a double and drove in a run.

Tyler Rodgers, in his final at-bat in regular-season play at AJ, blasted a two-run home run.

Bobby Delly delivered a single, double, scored three runs and drove in four.

Tripp Rollings drilled a hit and drove in three runs. Ryan Phillips produced a double and had two RBIs.

Garrett Coates posted a hit and drove in a run.

On Wednesday, the Vols dropped an 11-4 road loss to Class AAA Camden.

Adam Eubanks paced the Vols’ attack with two doubles and two RBIs. Tripp Rollings had a double, single and drove in a run. Dustin Eddins added a hit and a RBI.

AJ plays in the Cheraw Braves’ Diamond Challenge as the Vols meet Wilson Hall of Sumter on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

The Vols face Central of Pageland in pool play at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Andrew Jackson was slated to host Lancaster in a regular-season game on Saturday, but the game was moved to April 25 with the forecast of heavy rain in the area.

Gaffney downs LHS

Gaffney avenged an earlier Region III-AAAA loss to Lancaster, taking a 12-2 win over the Bruins at GHS on Friday.

Lancaster struck for two runs in the first, but the Indians answered to post the 10-run win in five innings.

Gabe Glover worked 2.1 innings before giving way to C.D. Pelham, who hurled the final 2.2 innings.

Zack Rollings had two doubles and drove in a run. Jonah Crenshaw also had a RBI-double and Scott Mathis added a double.

The Bruins play in the Braves Diamond Challenge when Lancaster faces Buford at 3 p.m. on Monday. LHS plays host Cheraw at 8.

IL girls top Buford

Indian Land’s Haley Vachon drove home Ally Whoy with the winning run to lift the Lady Warriors to a 4-3 Region IV-AA softball win over Buford on Friday night.

Vachon paced the IL attack with three hits, single, double and triple, and two RBIs. Whoy was running for Beth Martin who had reached earlier in the inning.

Kayla Price, 7-7, was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs, two earned. She gave up six hits, no walks and hit two batters. Price whiffed eight.

Buford’s Carley Bailey, in 7.2 innings, allowed six hits, four runs, three earned runs and two walks. Bailey struck out four.

Alli Yarborough drilled two hits and had a stolen base.

Kelly Pauls produced two hits, including a double, and scored a run. Alex Greenawalt had a hit and tallied a run. Martin had two hits.

Carley Bailey paced Buford with two hits, scored a run and drove in a run. Erica Blackmon also had two hits.

Kayla Lloyd and Carson Mehaffey each had a hit. Kendall Boone tallied a run and drove in a run. Hannah Knight scored a run.

Buford, 15-5, finished 6-4 in region play.

Buford and Indian Land will play in the spring break softball tournament at Cheraw.

Indian Land fell to Central of Pageland, 5-1 on Thursday.

Kayla Price took the loss for IL.

Alexandra Greenawalt had a single and a double. Kelly Pauls had two hits. Beth Martin had a hit and drove in a run. Haley Vachon and Kelsi Funk each had a hit for IL.

LHS boys soccer wins

The Lancaster Bruins soccer team improved to 10-7, 3-5 in region play with a 3-1 road win over Gaffney on Friday night.

Chad Kiser, on an assist from Daniel Arroyo, gave LHS one goal. Chase Christensen, on a Jaden Driggers’ assist, gave the Bruins a 2-0 edge.

Driggers added an unassisted goal for the LHS win.

“This was an excellent match with both teams attacking and playing offensive futbol,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said.

Lancaster took the early lead at the two-minute mark of the first half with a goal from a rebound of a shot by Daniel Arroyo. Chase Christensen scored the second goal off a corner by Jaden Driggers at the 33-minute mark of the first half.  Gaffney scored a late goal in the first half.

Driggers scored an unassisted goal from a direct kick.

“I loved the way the boys played tonight offensively,” Sylvia said. “The scheme for this evening was to attack quickly and creatively in order to prevent the Gaffney team from dropping their customery six players into the 18 box.  This was accomplished very quickly at the start of the match and after that we attacked often and with numbers to establish a pattern of constant pressure.

“I was very happy with the consistent play of Kola George, who played a great supporting role throughout the match,” Sylvia said. “Jaden’s goal was a thing of beauty from 35 yards out, he placed in the upper right corner of the goal. We look forward to the rest of the region play and season.”

LHS girls soccer rolls

The LHS girls team defeated Gaffney 14-0 at Memorial Stadium to improve their record to 10-5 overall, 3-4 in region play.

Frances Whitesides and Sedona Smith each scored three goals to pace the Lady Bruins.

Lena Pringle, Reagan Latham and Beth Tomlin each scored two goals.

Mary Sizemore and Hannah Knight each scored a goal, with Knight’s tally her first as a varsity player.

Sarah Katherine DeVenny notched the shutout in goal.

“We played as a team and dominated the whole match,” said LHS assistant girls coach Ed Humphrey.

After spring break the LHS girls will play the make-up match against Clover on April 25 and then continue region play against Rock Hill and Northwestern.

Gaffney tops LHS

Gaffney scored a run in the sixth inning on the way to a 1-0 Region III-AAAA win over Lancaster on Lady Bruins softball senior night.

Erin Walker took the loss for the LHS girls, who fell to 7-3 in region play. She struck out eight and allowed six hits and no walks. Walker aided the cause with a hit and sacrifice bunt.

T’Aria Ingram led the LHS offense with three hits. Cheyenne Varney had a hit and a sacrifice bunt.

Kelsey Baker had a hit and drew a walk. Anna Grier supplied a hit. Pagan Glenn walked and had a sacrifice bunt.

Katy Ghent had a sacrifice bunt and Claire Brown walked.

“Our girls played well defensively, but we have to do a better job at the plate,” LHS coach Kim Perry said.

The Lady Bruins play in a spring break tournament in Cheraw next week.

Lady Warriors win

The Indian Land girls soccer team improved to 9-2-1 with a 2-1 win over South Pointe of Rock Hill on Thursday.

Emma Gladu and Shalyn Dougherty each scored a goal to lift Indian Land to the win.

The Lady Warriors had 12 shots on goal to six for SPHS.

Indian Land had 11 corner kicks to seven for South Pointe. IL keeper Kaitlin Lusk had six saves for the Lady Warriors, and Sara Morrison made 10 for South Pointe, which fell to 3-7.