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CHERAW – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers captured third place in the Founders Federal Credit Union Diamond Challenge with a 4-3 win over Great Falls on Tuesday afternoon in Cheraw.
The Vols, coming off a 9-6 extra-inning loss to Latta, rebounded for the one-run win behind sophomore hurler Dustin Eddins.
Eddins, in a complete game, scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs with two walks and a hit batter.
Eddins struck out two Great Falls batters.
The Vols, who evened their record at 9-9 with the win, scored three runs in the third inning for a 3-0 lead.
Great Falls scored twice in the top of the fourth inning to make it a one-run game.
The Vols scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Eric Broughton, with two outs, stroked a run-scoring single for a 4-2 lead.
Broughton led the AJ offense with two hits and a RBI.
The Red Devils scored a run in the seventh innings, but the Vols held on behind Eddins and some key defense.
AJ senior center fielder Bobby Delly threw out a baserunner at second trying to stretch a single into a double.
The game’s final out came when hustling D.J. McIlwain made a running catch in left field. During the game, AJ also turned two double plays.
“Coming back after a tough extra inning loss and having to play Tuesday afternoon, our players did a good job of focusing and getting a tough win to give us some momentum for the final stretch of the season,” AJ coach Mike Lucas said.
Delly tripled and scored a run for AJ. Chandler Gardner had a double, scored two runs and drove in a run.
Tripp Rollings had a hit and drove in a run. Chandler Neal had a hit and tallied a run. McIlwain added a hit.
AJ opened the tournament with a 4-2 win over Buford before falling to Latta, 9-6 in eight innings.
Brandon Crisco had a double, single and drove in a run for the Red Devils. Jake Payseur had two hits and drove in two runs.
Buford Jackets fall
The Buford Yellow Jackets capped play in the Founders Federal Credit Union Diamond Challenge, dropping a 10-1 loss to Lamar on Tuesday.
Cody Gordon took the loss, allowing three walks and hit a batter.
Scotti Moser went two frames and gave up three runs, two earned runs, four hits and a walk. He fanned one.
Kendall Knight worked three innings and allowed two earned runs, two hits and a walk. He fanned one.
Kholby Pate hurled two frames and allowed two walks, one run and a hit. He fanned one.
Jay Chambers led the offense with a hit, run and stolen base. Austin Pate had a hit and drove in a run.
Kendall Knight, Kholby Pate and Tripp Wright each had a hit. Kendrick Trapps had a stolen base.
J.T. Windham and Miles Poole each drove in three runs as the Silver Foxes won the fifth-place game at the Cheraw Diamond Challenge. Alex Dorriety went the distance for the win.
Cheraw downed Lamar 18-6 to captured the championship.
Buford, 6-10 overall, was 0-3 in the tournament, falling to AJ, 4-2, Latta, 6-2 and Lamar.
Bruins playing in Wheels
Lancaster is scheduled to be in action today in the annual Wheels Baseball Invitational which will be played today and Saturday at four York County schools – Rock Hill, Northwestern, South Pointe and York.
LHS opened play Thursday at South Pointe High School where the Bruins faced Rocky River High School of Mint Hill, N.C. The game was completed after The News’ deadline for the Friday paper.
Lancaster plays two games today at South Pointe where the Bruins face Arlington Country Day of Jacksonville, Fla., at 1 p.m. LHS battles South Pointe in the 7 p.m. game.
The Saturday pairings will be based on the teams’ play in the first three games of pool play.
The tournament is played in memory of the late Larry “Wheels” Hinson, who was a baseball coach, umpire, fan and friend to youth baseball players during his life before his death in 2004.
The 16-team field includes S.C. teams Northwestern, Rock Hill, South Pointe, York, Fort Mill, Nation Ford, Clover, Chapman and Midland Valley high schools.
Out-of-state schools are Waynesville (Ohio), Faith Baptist (Fla.), South Fayette High (Pa.), Rocky River (Mint Hill, N.C.), Arlington Country Day (Fla.) and Covenant Day School of Matthews, N.C.
The Bruins are coming off an impressive 12-4 home win over Spartanburg last Friday when LHS drilled 15 hits in the win.
Brien Clyburn, Jonah Crenshaw and Grayson Snipes each had three hits. Clyburn hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. Snipes drove in two runs. Khory Phillips produced two hits and drove in two runs. Michael Cooper had a hit and two RBIs.
C.D. Pelham, in five innings, struck out nine and allowed three hits, three walks and hit a batter. Pelham also drilled a double.