Rain plagues early play

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Weather hinders annual spring break tourneys

By The Staff

Mother Nature was the dominating force in the Sandlapper Invitational at Gilbert High School on Monday, April 1.

Rain late Sunday night and early Monday in the Midlands washed out all of action when Buford was slated to face Spring Valley and AJ was to battle Airport High.

None of the games rained out Monday will be made up. Teams resumed play Tuesday after the opening day of play Saturday when Buford fell to tournament host Gilbert and AJ dropped a narrow loss to  Spring Valley.

Buford faced Airport on Tuesday and AJ was slated to battle North Augusta.

Depending on how the teams fare on Tuesday, they will play a team of a similar record in the final rund on Wednesday, April 3.

Teams tied with the same record will have their final round foe determined by a tournament tie-breaker.

Vikes edge Vols

Andrew Jackson dropped a tough 3-2 loss to Class AAAA opponent Spring Valley in the opening round of the Sandlapper Invitational on Saturday, March 30 at Gilbert High School.

Tripp Rollings sent six innings in a strong effort and posted four strikeouts, four walks, three hits, two runs and one earned run.

The Vikings snapped a 2-all draw in the seventh with a run to take the win.

AJ scored its two runs in the top of the third when Corley Faulkenberry, who had two hits, singled and dashed home on Chandler Neal’s triple. Tripp Rollings’ sacrifice fly gave AJ its second run.

Faulkenberry rapped a triple, single and scored a run. Neal had a triple, single, one RBI and scored a run.

Seth Graves, Austin Wrape and Sydney Watson each had a hit for the Vols in the setback.

Buford opened play at Gilbert, dropping a 10-0 loss to the Indians in five innings.

James Gardner, who went 1.2 innings, took the loss. He gave up six runs, four earned runs, two hits and two walks. Gage Hinson, in 2.2 innings, yielded four runs, one earned run, two hits and a walk. Hinson fanned two.

Matt Bayne hurled two-thirds of an inning and gave up a hit and a walk. He fanned one.

Scottie Moser led BHS with two hits and a stolen base. Josh Mullens and Skylar King each had a hit for the Jackets.

Rain in Cheraw

Rain Monday also washed out action in the girls high school softball tournament at Cheraw’s Arrowhead Park where Lancaster and Buford played in the annual Spring Swing tournament.

Buford is ranked fourth in the latest Class AA state softball poll.

Play began Tuesday in Cheraw following the Monday rainout.

Warriors win

The Indian Land Warriors improved to 2-4 in Region IV-AA baseball play with an 11-6 road win over Cheraw on Friday, March 29.

Mike Webb led the Warriors with three hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in five runs. Webb drew two intentional walks. Chris Cantrell supplied two hits and drove in two runs.

Drew Williams and Ryan Lawson each had a hit and drove in a run. Chuck Webb and Justin Hayes each had a hit.

Jake Dyer scored two runs. Chuck Webb, who worked 4.2 innings, was the winner and allowed three runs.

 Dyer went a third of an inning and yielded two runs. Cantrell pitched two frames and gave up a run.