Lady Vols blank Eagles, win region title

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By Robert Howey

 Staff Reports

The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers blanked Central of Pageland, 9-0 to wrap up the Region IV-AA softball championship on Friday, April 25 in Pageland.

Lady Vols pitcher Hannah Cobb, 13-3, hurled a four-hitter and struck out nine to notch the win. She walked two.

AJ, 17-6, 8-2, scored three runs in the first inning as Kinsley Adams drilled a RBI-double and Lauren Rowell singled home Angela Sims.

AJ upped its lead to 5-0 in the sixth when Cobb reached on an error to tally Adams who had singled. Rowell lifted a sac fly to plate Cobb.

In the AJ seventh, Adams, who had three hits includuing two doubles and drove in two runs, doubled home a run. Cobb reached on an error to score a run and T.G. McCowan doubled in two runs.

McCowan had two hits and two RBIs. Rowell supplied a hit and two RBIs. Sims had a hit and a RBI. Cobb had two RBIs and Haley Faulkenberry drew two walks.

AJ, as the region champion, hosts Eau Claire in its Class AA Upper State playoff opener Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m.

The winner of the AJ-Eau Claire game will face the winner of the Buford vs. North Central game on Saturday, May 3.

The AJ band is hosting a fundraiser fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

Jackets nab second

Buford wrapped up second place in Region IV-AA baseball play with a 5-4 win over Indian Land on Thursday, April 24.

Gage Hinson, who hurled six frames, was the winner, allowing four runs, one earned run, three hits and five walks. He fanned four. Austin Pate worked an inning for the save.

Kholby Pate paced the Jackets’ attack with two hits and two RBIs. Evan Flynn had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run. Druw Rollings had a hit and scored twice. Troy Cunningham had a hit and scored a run.

Austin Pate had a RBI and Brady Horton tallied a run.

Bruins rally, win

Lancaster High senior Brady Collins singled home Neil Taylor to cap a five-run rally and give the Bruins a 6-5 Region III-AAAA comeback win over South Pointe on LHS baseball senior night Thursday, April 24.

Collins’ game-winning hit highlighted a five-run rally after LHS trailed 5-1 going to its final at-bat of the season.

Doopy Cloud, who had two hits, tripled home two runs to make it 5-3.

Cooper Ledbetter reached on an error to make it 5-4. Jason Dobbins’ run-scoring hit tied the game and Collins followed with his game-winning hit.

“I was happy for Brady and our seniors to go out on a winning note,” LHS baseball coach Paul Crenshaw said.

Cloud went the distance on the mound, striking out 11. He allowed seven hits and two walks.

Collins had two hits to boost the LHS attack. Taylor drilled a triple, scored a run, walked and was hit by a pitch.

Wesley Knight had a hit and scored a run. Austin Richardson and Byron Haigler each had a hit.

Brooks Viola drove in a run. Senior second baseman Jordan Caroway had a solid game, including a defensive gem on a hard-hit grounder to get the runner.

LHS finished 2-14, 2-12 in region play.

Eagles edge AJ

Central’s Sam Caldwell slammed a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Eagles to an 8-6 Region IV-AA home baseball win over Andrew Jackson on Friday, April 25.

Trey Rollings led the Vols with three hits, including a three-run home run, and four RBIs.

Eric Miles and Kipp Rollings each had two hits and a RBI. Dustin Eddins supplied two hits.

AJ, 9-11, caps its season with a road game with Lewisville on Monday, April 28.


LHS booters roll

The surging Lancaster High Lady Bruins soccer team blanked South Pointe of Rock Hill, 8-0 in Region III-AAAA play on Friday, April 24.

Senior Frances Whitesides paced the LHS girls, 14-8, 8-3, with three goals. Whitesides scored off an assist from Peyton Patterson, on a throw in from Haley Kee and a free kick from 35 yards out.

Hayden Thorne tallied two goals, one off a Patterson assist and another on a Whitesides’ assist. Whitesides had two assists on the night.

Patterson, who had three assists, tallied a goal. Hannah Knight scored off an Alexa Roman assist and Aliyah Davis scored her first varsity goal on a Patterson assist.

Effie Spears notched the shutout with two saves.


Lady Jackets win

The Buford High Lady Jackets softball team downed Indian Land, 2-1 in Region IV-AA play.

Sydney Sullivan hurled the complete-game win, yielding four hits and four walks.

She struck out 10.

Jensen Shelby and Morgan Deese each had a hit and drove in a run. Mikaylah Hannah was added a hit.

Cassidy Solomon was 1-2 with a sac bunt.

Kayla Price took the loss for IL, which fell to 9-11, 4-5 in region play.

Price had a hit and tallied a run.

Daniella Wilson, Gabbie Doyle, Courtney Case, Alli Yarborough and Adriana Wilson each had a hit.

The Lady Warriors travel to Sun City to scrimmage the Sun City Softball Club on May 16. The Sun City Softball Club will play at IL on May 23.


AJ golfers win

The Andrew Jackson High golf team stayed unbeaten on the season with two wins in a three-way match at Green River Country Club in Chesterfield on Tuesday, April 22.

The Vols survived the raining conditions to stay undefeated.

Logan Sowell was the medalist of the match with an even par round of 36 on the tough back nine at Green River CC. Sowell has been medalist eight times this season.

AJ, 16-0, 9-0, shot a 168 to a 192 for Chesterfield and a 220 for Cheraw.

Sowell was followed by Caleb Brown’s 40 and Tyler Bowers’ 45. Mason Sowell shot a 47. Emily Cox and Chandler Norville each had a 48.

AJ is back in action Monday, April 28 at the Kershaw Golf Club.


LHS netters win

The Lancaster boys tennis team earned a pair of road victories this week, downing Lugoff-Elgin and South Pointe to improve their record to 10-3.

On Monday, April 21 in Lugoff, the Bruins won 4-2.

The key match came at No. 3 singles where LHS’s David Jewell earned an impressive 6-4, 7-6 win over Nathan Tyson.

With all the other matches in the books and Lancaster clinging to a 3-2 edge, Jewell sealed the win after his dramatic second set tiebreaker win.

Things were much smoother for the Bruins on Thursday, April 24 in Rock Hill as LHS blanked South Pointe, 6-0.

Tyler Ferguson and Isaac Thomas both had perfect 6-0, 6-0 wins for LHS.

The match of the evening was the No. 2 singles battle between Lancaster’s Peyton Brumfield and South Pointe’s Martin Jackson.

Brumfield won the first set but was in jeopardy of losing the second set until he regrouped to ultimately take the tiebreaker, 7-4.

With three matches left, the Bruins currently own a 9-3 region record and are in 3rd place behind Clover and Nation Ford.


LHS 4 L-E 2

Hunter Horton (LE) def. Adam Whetstone (L) 6-0, 6-0

Hunter Johnson (LE) def. Peyton Brumfield (L) 6-2, 6-3

David Jewell (L) def. Nathan Tyson (LE) 6-4, 7-6

Tyler Ferguson (L) def. Matthew Mills (LE) 6-0, 6-0

Isaac Thomas (L) def. Evan Freier (LE) 6-0, 6-1

Matthew Graham/Spencer Blackmon (L) def. Chance Sheorn/James Carraway (LE) 7-5, 6-1



Adam Whetstone (L) def. Gannon Cline (SP) 6-2, 6-4

Peyton Brumfield (L) ef. Martin Jackson (SP) 6-3, 7-6

Tyler Ferguson (L) def. Chance Harper (SP) 6-0, 6-0

Isaac Thomas (L) def. Wesley Smith (SP) 6-0, 6-0

Matthew Graham (L) def. Westin Smith (SP) 6-1, 6-1

Spencer Blackmon/Jalik Wright (L) def. Jordan Davis/Trel Sellers (SP) 6-1, 6-0


IL booters win

The Indian Land boys soccer team, 13-3, wrapped up the Region IV-AA crown with a 4-0 win over Cheraw on Tuesday, April 22.

IL finished 6-0 in regiion play.

Roscoe Lovejoy scored two goals, while Brandon Jacob and Jake Barton each tallied a goal. Justin Penn had two assists, while Matthew Medlock added one.

Barton, with five first-half saves and Luke Harris, with three second-half saves, teamed for the IL shutout.

IL took a 2-1 win over Southside Christian of Greenville on Wednesday, April 23.

Justin Penn, off a Garrett Gerdes assist, and Brandon Jacob, on a penalty kick, tallied for the Warriors.

Jake Barton posted two saves for IL

SC fell to 0-10.


AJ sweeps GSSM

AJ swept a soccer twin bill from the Governor’s School for Science and Math on Thursday, April 24.

The AJ girls, in two overtimes, took a 2-1 win. The Vols notched a 2-0 victory.

The first half was a hard-fought defensive battle until with 19 minutes remaining in the half Zach Arioli won a penalty kick after a David Truesdale pass.

McKenzie Dinkins converted the kick to put AJ up, 1-0.

The score stayed the same until late in the match when AJ got a corner kick.

Zach Arioli took the kick and senior Jacob Ware headed it in for a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Burgess, with four saves, earned the shutout.

AJ had strong defensive play from Trent Bartell, Luke Sowell, Jacob Ware and Alex Knight, who also played a key part in the shutout.

The AJ boys saluted their seniors – Keenan Ebanks, Aaron Cullen and Jacob Ware.

AJ’s next match is is Wednesday, April 30 when Class AAAA foe York visits Volunteer Stadium.


Buford booters win

The Buford soccer team hosted its senior night, honoring senior captains Andrew “Red” Ellis and keeper Corey Bracey.

BHS took a 3-0 win over Lewisville.

Ellis, battling a nagging injury, paced the BHS win with a hat trick.

He had two goals in the first half and added the third in the second half.

Bracey was out with a severe injury suffered just before spring break, but has been cleared to return in the next match.

“This was our most complete game of the season, and there’s not a player on our team that I questioned their effort tonight. This hasn’t been the case in most of our other matches, and while we do have to finish our opportunities better, the match never seemed in doubt.

“Josh Parris was called from the JV team to play in goal for Corey, and played well. I also thought sophomore Wade Lambert played his best match of the season, and controlled things from his holding mid position.

“Samual and Danual Purser, Zac Smith, Andrew Nguyen, and junior captain Valerie Jones played sound defense to stop most Lions’ threats. We have some winnable matches left, so to finish the season strong, and on a positive note could help us in playoff seeding, and overall confidence heading into the postseason. We have to take it one match at a time. We’re currently sitting at 4-8, but could end up 8-8, despite our youth and injuries we’ve faced, which would be quite an accomplishment for this team. The message to the players is exactly this, and there’s no reason to think it can’t be done, if we play as determined as we were last night.”

BHS travels to Westminster Catawba on Monday, April 28 and to Fairfield Central on Wednesday, April 30.


BHS jayvees win

The BHS jayvees, with a 7-0 win over the Junior Lions, improved to 7-2.

Eighth grade captain Bryton Davis led the way with a hat trick.

Eighth grader Nate Purser scored two goals in the course of one minute.

Eighth grade captain Blaine Gossman opened all scoring with a goal.

Eighth grader Ben Rhoton closed out the convincing win with a goal.

Seventh-grade keeper Ethan Funderburk teamed with Gossman in goal to record the shutout. The Junior Jackets’ defense, eighth-grade captain Zayn Sutton, William Ingram, Zach Justice, and seventh graders Emma Larson and Chaney Smith combined to stop any threats.

Captain Jim Small anchored in the holding midfield as a vital part of the team win with his hustle, tackle and precise passing.

The Junior Jackets close the season with a flurry of matches on May 6-8, road tilts with Chester and Lewisville, reset home match with Chester.



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