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The Andrew Jackson Volunteers weren’t real happy with their loss to Chesterfield in the Comporium Invitational title game on Saturday night at Buford, so the Volunteers were on top of their game Monday night in their home baseball opener.
AJ rolled to a 12-2 win over Class A North Central in six innings at the Vols’ field.
The Vols drilled 12 hits and Tanner Gardner hurled three innings for the win. Gardner allowed two runs, three hits and a walk in posting the win. He fanned one.
Freshman hurler Dustin Eddins worked the final three innings and yielded no runs, two hits and no walks. He fanned four.
Hot hitting senior first baseman Tyler Rodgers led the AJ offense with three hits, drove in a run and scored a run. Ryan Phillips drilled two hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Chandler Neal added two hits and a RBI.
Bobby Delly delivered a triple and scored three runs. Seth Graves had a double and drove home three runs. Adam Eubanks belted a solo home run. Eric Broughton and Chandler Gardner each had a hit.
Prior to the game, the Vols, in a moving ceremony, honored late teammate Justin Brewer with a framed jersey signed by members of the AJ team. A banner was also unfurled in right field in memory of Brewer sporting his initials and No. 8.
“We wanted to do something special for Justin because he will always be a part of the Andrew Jackson baseball program,” AJ coach Mike Lucas said.
The AJ players will also wear a black band with Brewer’s initials JB and his No. 8.
The Vols hosted Camden on Tuesday night and will visit county foe Lancaster on Friday night.
Bruins fall to Vikes
Lancaster fell to Spartanburg in the Bruins 2011 opener as the visiting Vikings rolled to an 11-4 win over LHS on Monday night at Doomsday Corner.
The Vikes built an 11-0 lead and held on as the Bruins rallied for their runs late in the game.
Khory Phillips belted a two-run homer for the Bruins.
Dalton Johnson and Jonah Crenshaw each had a hit and drove in a run for LHS. Dylan Sinclair and Eric Mojica added one hit each.
Trai Sanders, who hurled four innings, took the loss, allowing four walks, three hits and a run. Richie Robinson went an inning, allowing six runs, three hits and two walks. C.D. Pelham pitched a frame and gave up a run, two hits and a pair of walks. He whiffed two.
Ron Trapps, in an inning, yielded a walk, three runs and three hits. He fanned two.
LHS visited York on Tuesday and hosts AJ on Friday at 7 p.m.
Jackets lose to Lions
Buford fell to Lewisville, 5-3 in the Jackets’ regular-season opener at Richburg on Monday.
Colt Ellis, in five frames, dropped the loss, allowing five earned runs, five hits and a walk. He fanned three.
Brandon Miles hurled an inning, yielding a hit and whiffing one.
Ellis triggered the BHS offense with a home run and a triple with two RBIs and scored a run. Kendall Knight and Jacob Jamison each chipped in a hit and tallied a run.
Logan Segee and Tripp Wright each had a hit for BHS.
Buford faced North Central on Tuesday, with a game with Great Falls on Thursday.
CHS Rams win title
The No. 4 Chesterfield Rams charged to an early lead and stayed in control to notch the Comporium Invitational preseason baseball championship with a 9-1 win over Andrew Jackson at Buford Park on Saturday night.
Chesterfield and AJ topped pool play, with each going 3-0 in the eight-team field, which began play the week prior at the Volunteers’ field.
The Rams rolled behind the mound work of Seth Truesdale, who worked five innings for the win. Truesdale, a right-hander, fanned three and allowed two AJ hits. Kelly Butler worked the final two frames to seal the win.
The Rams were led by catcher Colby Croxton who drilled three hits and drove in two runs. CHS shortstop Chase Freeman rapped two hits and also
had a pair of runs batted in.
AJ’s Tripp Rollings, 1-1, worked two frames and took the loss. Chandler
Gardner hurled 3.2 innings and Chandler Neal pitched 1.1 innings.
AJ was led by senior first baseman Tyler Rodgers, the USCL signee who had
an opposite field home run. Sid Watson also had a hit for the Vols.
Rodgers and AJ junior center fielder Bobby Delly were named to the
Buford, which went 1-3 in the tournament, fell in the fifth-place game, as
Class A foe McBee took an 8-5 win.
Tripp Wright paced the Jackets’ attack with two hits and drove in two RBIs. Logan Segee supplied two hits, a RBI and scored a run.
Colt Ellis had a hit, RBI and scored a run. Jacob Jamison drilled a hit and tallied a run. Kendall Knight had a hit and Seth Chapman scored a run.
Marcus Broadway, who hurled 2.2 frames, took the loss as he gave up two runs, four hits and six walks. He fanned one. Ricky Lewis pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed four runs, two hits, two walks and struck out one. Cody Gordon worked 2.2 frames, allowing an earned run, three hits and two walks. He fanned two. Segee had a strikeout in an inning of work.
Segee was named to the all-tournament team, going 6-11 with three RBIs and scored a run.