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Andrew Jackson capped a season’s sweep of Class AAAA county rival Lancaster, taking a 3-2 extra-inning softball win over the Lady Bruins.
Hannah Cobb, AJ’s winning hurler who had two doubles and drove in two runs, doubled home Haley Faulkenberry to lift AJ to the win in eight innings at the Lady Vols’ field on Monday, April 15.
Faulkenberry was moved to second base on Morgan Bailey’s clutch sacrifice bunt ahead of Cobb’s double.
Bailey was in the game for senior third baseman Kori Ballard, who was hit by a line drive and was taken to the hospital where she was checked out and released Monday night.
Lancaster took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Jada Ames’ triple. Ames had a triple and a single for the game.
Cobb’s RBI-double in the sixth tied the game to force extra innings.
Two innings later, Cobb drilled a run-scoring double to plate Faulkenberry.
Ballard, before leaving the game with the injury, had two hits and scored a run. Summer Truesdale and Faulkenberry each had a hit and tallied a run. Angela Sims added a hit.
Cobb, who allowed seven hits and a walk, fanned three in posting the win.
LHS senior Katy Ghent, who allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two in taking the loss.
Ghent had two hits and tallied a run. Ames had two hits and two RBIs.
Kaela Robinson had a hit and scored a run. Claire Brown and Pagan Glenn each added a hit for the LHS Lady Bruins.
Lancaster visited Rock Hill in Region III-AAAA play on Tuesday, April 16.
AJ will host its annual senior night Thursday, April 18 when it faces county foe Indian Land at 7 p.m. Senior citizens, age 55-over, will be admitted free.
Lancaster Dixie Softball players, who wear their uniforms, will also be admitted free Thursday, April 18.
Lady Jackets win
The Buford High School softball team blanked Cheraw, 9-0 in a Region IV-AA win on Friday, April 12.
BHS senior Carley Bailey was the winning pitcher, allowing a hit and no walks. Bailey aided her cause with two hits and three RBIs.
Ashley Lloyd, Carson Mehaffey, Mykayla Hannah, Sydney Sullivan, Jenson Shelby and Courtney Ackerman each had one hit. Hannah had two RBI. Ashley Lloyd, Sydney Sullivan and Cassidy Solomon each added a RBI for BHS.
Vols blank Knights
The Andrew Jackson High baseball team evened its record at 10-10, rolling to a 13-0 win over Class AA foe North Central on Monday, April 15.
The Vols drilled 12 hits on the way to the shutout win.
Daniel Faulkenberry drilled two hits and drove in two runs. Chandler Neal rapped a double, single and drove in a run. Austin Wrape had two hits and a RBI. Tripp Rollings added two hits.
Sydney Watson had a hit and drove in two runs. Jared Hayes had a double and a RBI. Logan Lucas delivered a hit and drove in a run. Corley Faulkenberry added a hit.
Wrape, who hurled three innings, was the winner, fanning four. He allowed no runs, three hits.
AJ hosts Indian Land on Thursday night at 7 when the two teams will battle for a Class AA Upper State playoff bid.
AJ golfers edge GFHS
The Andrew Jackson golf team defeated Great Falls, 164-165 at the Republic Golf Club on Monday, April 15.
Dylan Robinson sank a clutch three-foot putt on the final hole to seal the AJ win.
GFHS’s Josh Payseur was the match medalist with a 37.
AJ, 15-3, 13-0 in region action, was led by Caleb Brown’s 38.
AJ scores: Logan Sowell 40, Tyler Bowers 43, Dylan Robinson 43. Chandler Norville 46 and Emily Cox 50 rounded out the Vols’ scores.
Jacket golfers win
The Buford High golf team was second in a three-way match with Hartsville and Cheraw on Thursday, April 11 at Moree’s Country Club.
Hartsville won with a 154, with Buford finishing second with a 164 and Cheraw thrid at 178.
The Jackets were led by Garrett Crenshaw’s 38. Griggs Griffin followed with a 41 and Cannon Cato had a 42. Matt Crenshaw carded a 43.
Other BHS scores were Hunter McCowan with a 46 and Kris Self 52.
Hartsville’s Drake Cassidy and Isaac Nyrum each shot a 36 for medalist honors. Anthony Gloster posted a 40.
Andrew Jackson defeated Cheraw, 3-1 in Region IV-AA soccer play on Friday, April 12.
AJ goals were by Cody Ussery, assisted by Zach Arioli, McKenzie Denkins with an assist from Matt Tesser, and Trevor Hammond unassisted goal.
The Vols played at Chester on Monday, April 15 and are back home Tuesday, April 16 with Governor’s School. On Thursday, April 16, AJ visits Buford for their final region match this season.AJ is 10-5, 2-3 in region.
IL falls to SPHS
South Pointe defeated Indian Land, 2-0 in a prep soccer match at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill on Saturday, April 13.
“The field was much bigger than what we were used to,” Indian Land High School coach Adam Cole said. “We started sluggish and couldnt really establish an offensive attack. Our defense held its own and did well to slow down South Pointe, who was much faster than us.”
South Pointe scored two late goals to win.
“We gave them too much room to dribble in the middle, and they had two good shots on frame that found the net. We had our chances, but were unlucky on a few shots, hitting the post, or traveling wide of the net.
“We were able to watch some good college teams play after our match and learned a lot from those teams and our own match with a talented South Pointe team. Don’t let their record fool you, they are in the toughest region.