LHS nets comeback win

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Sanders, Rollings spark Bruins' victory

By Robert Howey




Lancaster rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to post its first win of the 2011 baseball season – a 10-4 victory over county rival Andrew Jackson on Friday night at Doomsday Corner.

The Vols, 4-3, snapped a scoreless draw with two runs in the top of the second, but LHS answered with a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead for good.

The Bruins, 1-2, added three runs in each of the next two innings to build a 10-2 lead.

“The key in that second inning was that Scott Mathis and Trai Sanders had a couple of good senior at-bats against a quality pitcher in Tripp Rollings to get our rally started and then we responded with some key hits,” Lancaster High coach Brett Blackmon said.

Khory Phillips and Gabe Glover drilled RBI-hits and Zack Rollings smashed a two-run triple to put the Bruins ahead to stay, 4-2.

“After AJ went up, I thought we responded with a key rally,” Blackmon said. “After a couple of tough losses earlier in the week, I thought we came back well.”

LHS catcher Zack Rollings produced a big night at the plate for LHS with a triple, home run and drove in four runs.

LHS added three runs in the third and three more in the fourth to build an eight-run edge.

AJ’s Tyler Rodgers belted a two-run home run in the Vols’ fifth to make it, 10-4, but LHS southpaw hurler Trai Sanders, 1-0, blanked AJ the rest of the way. Sanders, on the cold night, allowed eight hits and three walks. He fanned five.

“Lancaster played inspired baseball tonight,” AJ coach Mike Lucas said. “We weren’t aggressive and in the middle part of the game, I thought we had a real lack of effort.”

Sanders aided his cause with a triple, two walks, scored twice and drove in a run.

AJ’s Tripp Rollings, who hurled three frames, allowed seven runs – three earned. He struck out seven in the loss.

AJ also committed six errors. Chandler Neal went a frame and allowed three runs – two earned. Chandler Gardner worked two innings and fanned one.

Rollings led the LHS offense with a homer, triple and drove in four runs. Phillips rapped a single and triple, scored twice and drove in two runs.

Glover had a hit and drove in two runs. Mathis drilled a double and scored twice. Jonah Crenshaw had a double and Brien Clyburn added a RBI.

Eric Broughton led the Vols with three hits, including a double, and drove in a run. Rodgers ripped his two-run homer. Adam Eubanks had a hit and drove in a run. Bobby Delly, Chandler Neal and Sidney Watson each had a hit.

Lancaster visits Spartanburg on Monday in region play.

The Bruins host Nation Ford on Wednesday and will be at home to face Clover in region play on Friday.

AJ hosts Indian Land in region play on Tuesday and travels to Buford on Friday.

Lady Jackets rally, win

Buford, erasing a 3-1 deficit, ignited four three runs and notched a 4-3 comeback softball win over rival Lancaster on Friday night at the LHS field.

LHS took a 3-1 lead into the top of the seventh, but the Lady Bruins made four key errors and opportunistic Buford took advantage for the 4-3 victory.

Carley Bailey held off a LHS rally in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win.

Bailey fanned three and scattered nine hits. She walked one and hit a batter.

The Lady Bruins’ Erin Walker allowed only two hits, singles to Hannah Knight and Ashley Lloyd. Knight also scored a run for Buford in the Lady Jackets’ comeback win.

Erica Blackmon. Cassidy Barton and Tierra Stewart each scored a run for the Lady Jackets.

Buford opens region play Tuesday when the Jackets visit Central High School of Pageland.