FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic – Laurens YMCA


On Thursday April 3rd the Laurens YMCA will be hosting the Cal Ripken Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic at Collyar Park from 6:00 – 9:00 pm… It is open to youth ages 6-14.  Now it is a free clinic but you MUST register prior to the day of the clinic.  For complete information about the clinic and how to register, click on the following: Cal Ripken Clinic 2014

Sports Report for Friday, 3-14-2014

Local Sports Results:


  • Golf: The Red Devil golf team opened up the 2014 season by splitting with Woodruff and Southside Christian at Three Pines Country Club in Woodruff. Clinton lost to Southside Christian by a score of 161-169… Clinton defeated Woodruff 169-188… Hunter Nichols was the medalist for Clinton shooting a 4 over par 40… Harrison Fisher and Zach Davis both shot a 42 and Michael Mann shot a 45… Joe Milner had the only birdie of the day for the Red Devils when he hit his first shot of the day 4 feet on a par 3… Clinton will travel to Newberry to take on Newberry and Mid Carolina on Tuesday.
  • Lacrosse: St Joseph’s 15 – CHS 9
  • SB: LDHS 16 – CHS 6… The Clinton and Laurens softball teams got together over at Laurens for round 1 of their annual 2-game series… Clinton led the game 3-2 at the end of the 2nd inning but Laurens came back to take a 9-2 lead at the end of 4 innings… In the top of the 5th inning the Lady Red Devils put 4 runs on the board to cut the raiders lead down to 9-6… However the Lady Raiders responded with 7 runs in their half of the 5th inning to take a 16-6 win…  The Red Devils managed 4 hits on the night with Allison Oxner, Brittany Templeton, Brittany Wright & Mason Paige-Gambrell each having a hit…  Jessica Wood took the loss for Clinton… For the Lady Raiders, Tara Bond went 4-4 and scored each time she reached base… With 2 hits each were Maria Williamson, Annsley Nelson, Jordan Henderson & Elizabeth Carman… One of Williamson’s was a 3-run homer… Logan Hill got the win for Laurens pitching 4⅓ innings giving up 4 hits while striking out 5 and walking 3… Allison Foreback picked up a save… The Lady Red Devils are now 4-4 on the season while the Lady Raiders improve to 2-0.. Click on the following for more statistics: 14-3-13_SB_LDHS-Clint_stats

JV SB: LDHS 10 – CHS 5



  • Tennis: I need to do a little catching up with boys’ tennis at LDHS… The team opened its season this past Monday as they traveled to Woodmont… In that opening match, Woodmont took a 5-2 win… Thomas Hughes had a win at the #1 singles spot and Hughes teamed up with Collin John as the #1 doubles team… The Raiders then faced Greenwood at the Laurens City Parks the next day in their home opener… The Eagles were a strong team and took a 6-1 win… The lone win for the Raiders came from the #1 doubles team of Hughes & John…. Coach David Corley said he was proud of the effort but with little match play under their belt, his team simply couldn’t compete.


College Notes:

  • Basketball: SC 71 – Arkansas 69… The Univ. of SC Gamecocks pulled off an upset last night as they defeated Arkansas 71-69 to advance to the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in the Georgia Dome… They now advance to play Tennessee at about 3:30 today…. Clemson 69 – Georgia Tech 65 in OT… Also last, the Clemson Tigers Clemson overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half and survived a second straight overtime game, prevailing 69-65 over Georgia Tech in the second round of the ACC Tournament… They will face Duke tonight at about 9:00 pm
  • Baseball: The Clemson Tigers will be on the road this weekend as they start a 3-game series with Wake Forest up in Winston-Salem at 6:00 pm today… The SC Gamecocks will also have a 3-game series this weekend… They start SEC play as they host Ole Miss tonight @ 7:00, 4:00 tomorrow and 1:30 on Sunday afternoon… These games can be heard on Sport Radio 1410 WPCC.


 Local Sports Schedule: [Read more...]

Sports Report for Thursday, 3-13-2014

Local Sports Results:


  • Soc: NHS 7 – CHS 6… The Red Devil soccer team hosted the Wildcats of Ninety Six last night at Wilder Stadium…. The Red Devils proved to be too good a host as the Wildcats took a 7-6 win… Madison Simpson had 4 of Clinton’s goals and Rodolfo Orozco had the other 2 Red Devil goals… The Red Devils are now 0-2 on the young season and will play again next Tuesday when they host Providence
  • SB: CHS 15 WHS 4… For the 2nd time in 3 days the Lady Red Devil softball team took on the Lady Wolverines of Whitmire (this time at Whitmire) and for the 2nd time Clinton posted a win over Whitmire this time by a score of 15-4… The Red Devils pounded out 19 hits with Allison Oxner going 5-5, Molly Scarborough 4-4, and Kayleigh Pitts collecting 5 RBIs… Jessica Wood picked the win going 5⅓ innings striking out 6 and allowing 3 of Whimire’s runs… Kayleigh Pitts finished the game for the Red Devils striking out 1 but walking 4… The Red Devils are now 3-2 on the season
  • JV SB: CHS 17 – WHS 9… In the game prior to the varsity softball game, the JV softball team took a 17-9 win over Whitmire… Hunter Benson went 2-3 for the team and Gracie Templeton was 1-2… Kassidy Jennings reach base all 3 of her time at bat and score 3 times… Katie Roland was the winning pitcher striking out 4 and walking 4,,, The JV team is now 2-0 on the season… Both CHS softball teams will travel to Laurens tomorrow to take on the Raiders with the JV game starting at 5 and the varsity game about 7… That game can be heard on sports Radio 1410 WPCC and online at


LDHS: I need to do a little catching up on some results at LDHS over the past few days that I have just not been able to get to you so let’s do that now

  • Track: Back on Tuesday night the Raiders hosted Clinton and Union County in their first meet of the season… In boys’ action the Raiders came in 1st with 70.5 points, Clinton 2nd – 63 & Union County 3rd-37.5… The results were not quite as good for the girls as Clinton finished 1st with 59 points just edging out Union County who finished 2nd with 58 points…. The Lady Raiders were 3rd with 49 points…. The track teams will be back in action today as they travel to Woodruff.
  •   Boys Soccer:  Monday night the Raider soccer teams opened their season at Union County… While I don’t have the girls’ results, I can tell you that the boys took a 14-0 win over UC… The Raiders obviously were dominating the entire game and Coach Dennis Balanta was very pleased with their play… Irvin Angeles and Isaac Ayala led the Riders in scoring with 4 goals each… Then on Tuesday night the Raiders had their first home match against a traditionally strong JL Mann Patriots team… Man proved to be just that as they defeated the Raiders 6-0… Coach Balanta stated afterward the team did not play especially well and made too many mistakes on defense…. They will travel to Westside tomorrow.
  • Golf: This past Monday the LDHS Boys’ Golf team participated in the Outback Invitational hosted by South Aiken High School. The tournament was played on the Cobb Curse at Woodside Plantation in Aiken… They finished in 7th place overall…  The Raider scores were Ryan Wright 79, Jonathan Finley 86, Will Franks 94, and Patton Croker 95… Coach Jim Iacuone said afterward “ I was pleased with how we played. It was the first varsity tournament for two of our players and I think we were a little nervous. It was also a course we haven’t played at before. It’s been several years since LDHS participated in this event. It’s a good start to the season.”


College Notes:

  • South Carolina 74 – Auburn 56… The Gamecocks defeated Auburn 76-54 in the 1st round of SEC Tournament play… They will now face Arkansas in the 2nd game this afternoon in the Georgia Dome… Most likely in the 3:30 or so time frame.
  • Clemson will face Georgia Tech tonight about 9:00 as the Yellow Jackets defeated Boston College 73-70 in overtime last night to advance and play the Tigers tonight.
  • Clemson 2 – App. State 1… The Tigers defeated the Mountaineers 2-1 in mid-week action at Doug Kingsmore Stadium yesterday. 

 Local Sports Schedule: [Read more...]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 3-11-2014

Local Sports Results:


  • Soccer: Saluda 7 – CHS 1… The CHS soccer team opened their season at home last night as they hosted Saluda… Unfortunately Saluda took a 7-1 over the Red Devils… Madison Simpson had the lone goal for the Clinton… Clinton managed only 7 shots on goal to Saluda’s 20… The Red Devils will host Ninety Six tomorrow at 5:30
  • Tennis: Riverside 7 – CHS 0… Sorry no details available at this time.
  • JV Softball: CHS 7 – Whitmire 6… This was the 1st game of the season for the team
  • Var. Softball… CHS 14 – Whitmire 6… The Lady Red Devils softball team jumped out to a 10-0 lead at the end of the first inning and then went on to take a 14-6 win over Whitmire… Sorry no other details at this time… The Lady Red Devils even their record at 3-3… Both softball teams will travel to Whitmire tomorrow.


College Notes:


  • Div. I Rankings:  The Div. I baseball rankings came out yesterday and the Gamecocks occupy the #1 spot in all the polls… The Yard Birds are the only undefeated team in D-I with a 15-0 record… In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll the balance of the top 5 are Florida State, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, & Virginia… Spots 6-10 are occupied by LSU, NC State, Cal State Fullerton, Oregon & Louisiana-Lafayette… Clemson checks in @ #18 in that poll but as high as 14 in another… I notice that the ACC & SEC have 6 of the top 10 teams
  • Clemson: The Tigers came off a great weekend of baseball as they swept Virginia Tech in a 3 game series… The Tigers will host Appalachian State tomorrow at 6:30
  • South Carolina: The Gamecocks also had a good weekend as they swept Brown in a 3-game series… The Gamecock pitching staff did not give up a run in that series and staff now has a 1.20 ERA striking out 140 while walking just
  • Div. II Rankings:  By the way in the D-II rankings, Lander University checks in at #4 with a 16-2 record.


  • Wofford 56  –  Western Carolina 53… Congratulations to the Wofford Terriers as the punched their ticket to the NCAA Basketball Tournament with a 56-53 won over West. Carolina to win the Southern Conference Title in Ashville last night… They join Coastal Carolina coached by former Clemson Coach Cliff Ellis as the only 2 teams from the state to make it to the “Bid Dance” so far…. Coastal won the Big South Tournament Championship over the weekend as they defeated Winthrop 76-61.


Local Sports Schedule: [Read more...]

Sports Report for Monday, 3-10-2014

Local Sports Results:


  • BB: RBHS 7 – CHS 6… The Red Devil baseball team traveled to River Bluff High School Saturday evening to finish their participation in the Carolina Ale House Classic… The Red Devils jumped out to an early lead but could not hold it as R.B scored a single run in the bottom of the 6th inning and then held on to take a 7-6 win… Coach Lee Atkinson said after the game “WE had plenty of base runners, just could not get a key hit in the late innings. We have a lot to work on next week before we head to Gilbert to open up our regular season (Sat. 3-15-14)” … Matthew Craven and Landon Allison each had 2 hits out of the total 8 hits produced by the Red Devils… One of Allison’s hits was a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning… Matthew Craven was selected to the “All-tournament Team” Hitting .636, 7 hits, 1 double, 5 RBIs and 4 stolen bases…. Click on the following link for more game statistics: 14-3-8_BB_CHS-River_Bluff   Click on the following for the game scorecard: 14-3-8_BB_CHS-River_Bluff_Scorebook   The Red Devils are now 2-2 on the young season.


  • Youth Wrestling… This past Saturday the Laurens Locomotives hosted the SC Youth Wrestling Association (SCYWA) Upper State Championships at LDHS… There were 243 wrestlers present divided into 5 age groupings and 61 weight classifications… Nine of the local Locomotive Team members placed in their respective weight classes… They were: 5&6 50: Gabi Carles 3rd,5&6 55: Leyden Gentry 2nd, 7&8 60: Joseph (JoJo) Carles 3rd, 7&8 75: Mason Parsons 2nd, 7&8 90: TJ Sullivan 1st, 9&10 65: Javi Carles 1st, 9&10 80: Myles Reppart 1st, 9&10 112: Damarcus Wright 1st and 11&12 170: Ben Parsons 2nd…. I notice that 3 of these young wrestlers are from the Carles family… Bet they have some interesting times at their house…  Congratulations to these young grapplers.

 College Notes:

  • Clemson basketball… The Clemson men’s basketball team suffered a tough loss in their final regular season game as they fell to Pittsburg 83-78 in overtime after leading by 5 with about 5 seconds to go in regulation… Clemson finished the regular season 19-11 overall and 10-8 in ACC play…. Yesterday the Tigers learned they will be seeded 6th in the ACC Tournament on Wednesday in Greensboro, NC… They will play at 9:00 pm on Thursday against the winner of the #11 Georgia Tech vs. #14 Boston College game on Wednesday… The game is to be shown on ESPN2.
  • Gamecock basketball: Men… The Gamecocks men’s’ basketball finished their regular season with a 74-62 win over Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday… They finish their season with a 15-19 record and 5-13 in SEC play… SC will start SEC Tournament play on Wednesday March 12th as they will be seeded #13 and take on #12 seeded Auburn at 7:00 pm in the Georgia Dome
  • Gamecock basketball: Women…. The Lady Gamecock basketball team was defeated by Kentucky 68-58 in the SEC Women’s Tournament semi-finals on Saturday… The team finished their season with a 27-4 record… Tennessee went on the by Kentucky 71-70 to win the SEC Tournament Championship… The Gamecocks now await the NCAA Tournament selection which will take place next Monday. 

Local Sports Schedule: [Read more...]

Sports Report for Friday, 3-7-2014

Local Sports Results: Needless to say the weather yesterday caused the cancellation of everything related to any contest held outside and where spring sports are concerned, that is everything… But I do have a few other things related to the local high schools and colleges I can bring to you.



  • Winter Sports Award… Back on Wednesday night CHS had their Winter Sports Award Ceremony… I have a list of some of the awards presented and they were: JV Girls Basketball – Hustler Award – Shanna Goforth,  JV Boys Basketball –Hustler Award – Ta’Shymen Boyd, Varsity Girls: Sportsmanship – Bredaisha Walls & MVP – Queena Cunningham, Varsity Boys: Sportsmanship – Dee Goggins & MVP – Tay Cook and finally All-Region Team: Maleaka Neal, Tay Cook & Shakily Smiley… Congratulation to all these young people.
  • JV Boys Baseball: The JV boys baseball team was suppose to be in action yesterday taking on Abbeville for the championship of the Lakelands JV Baseball Tournament and that game has been rescheduled for tomorrow at a time to be announced today.
  • New CHS Athletics Twitter account… Now one way you might be able to find out exactly when and where that JV game will be played tomorrow is at the new CHS Athletic Department’s Twitter Account… That account name is:  CHS Athletics @Clinton_Sports    Of course there is another Twitter Account that has been around for a while that I believe is operated by the CHS Athletic Booster Club and that account name is: Red Devils@ClintonSCSports   If you are a “tweeter” those 2 should pretty much keep you on top of CHS athletics.



Sunday at LDHS: Please see the information below in the FYI / Community Interest section about a free baseball coaches’ clinic and travel ball tryouts.


College Notes:


  • Baseball: The PC baseball team is on the road down in Port Charlotte, Fla. taking on South Dakota State today and Northeastern & Maine tomorrow in a doubleheader.


  • Baseball: The Tigers host Virginia Tech as they start ACC play today, tomorrow & Sunday… game times are 6:30 today and 1:00 on Sat. & Sunday

South Carolina:

  • Basketball: USC AD Ray Tanner has suspended men’s basketball Coach Frank Martin for Saturday’s game at Mississippi State for “inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes” during a time out during the recent Florida game in Columbia… My dad would have whipped me for that kind of talk.
  • Baseball: The undefeated Gamecock baseball team will host Brown in a 3 game series starting tonight at 7:30… Saturday & Sunday’s games are scheduled to start at 4:00 and 12:30 respectively.


FYI / Community Interest:

  • Free baseball Coaches’ Clinic… On Sunday Coach Dale Nelson will be hosting at free coaches’ clinic at the LDHS baseball field from 2-4 pm… The clinic is open to all Dixie Youth, Little League and travel ball coaches… It will be a great opportunity for coaches to pick up some tips and especially beneficial to newer coaches.
  • Travel Basketball Try-Outs…  Coach Yoneko Washington of LDHS will be holding try-outs for for 2 more travel basketball teams this Sunday from 5:30-7:30 at the LDHS main gym… One team is for boys in the 4th and 5th grades while the other team will be composed of girls in the 3rd-6th grade… For more information please contact Coach Yoneko Washington at or Melvin Allen at (864) 876-2526.
  • Laurens YMCA Registration for Spring Sports… The Laurens YMCA is registering youth for Tee Ball and Dixie Youth Baseball… Tee Ball & Dixie Youth is open to those ages 3-15 and registration closes March 17th… For more information about these call he Laurens YMCA at 984-2626 or go to the Y’s website


     If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: or text me at 864-981-3470.


2014 LDHS Baseball Schedules, Results & Other Information


A-Diamond L-med-png

2014 Laurens Baseball Schedule

HC   Dale Nelson      
Assts:   Grant Ramsey, Adam Howell, Tori Patterson & Harley Lail
Date Opponent Site Time Results
Battle of the Piedmont
28-Feb Southside Christ. Home 5:00 W: 9-2
1-Mar Powdersville Home 4:00 W: 13-2
4-Mar Emerald Home 5:00 W: 9-2
6-Mar TBD TBD TBD cancelled
Regular Season
11-Mar Greenwood Away 7:30 W: 4-3
14-Mar Hillcrest Home 7:30 W: 8-4
18-Mar Easley Home 6:00 L: 2-6
21-Mar Hanna Away 6:00 L: 1-2
25-Mar Mann Home 6:00 W: 10-0
27-Mar Clinton Home 6:00 W: 5-3
28-Mar Westside Away 6:00 ppd to 4-21-14
31-Mar Mann Away 6:00 L: 4-6
1-Apr Woodmont Home 7:30 W: 15-4
4-Apr Greenwood Home 7:30 L: 2-7
9-Apr Hillcrest Away 7:30 W: 3-2 in 9
10-Apr Clinton Away 6:00 L: 2-7
11-Apr Easley Away 6:00 W: 3-2
Carolina Classic
14-Apr Blue Ridge Eastside 7:30 rain
15-Apr Wade Hampton Eastside 7:30 rain
16-Apr Eastside Eastside 6:00 L: 2-3 in 8
17-Apr Blue Ridge Eastside 6:00 W: 2-1 in 9
Regular Season
22-Apr Westside Home 6:00
25-Apr Woodmont Away 7:30
28-Apr Hanna Home 6:00



2014 Laurens JV Baseball Schedule [Read more...]

2014 LDHS Softball Schedules, Results & Other Information


2014 LDHS Softball Roster

JV information below VarsityA-Diamond L-med-png

2014 Laurens Softball Schedule

H.C.   Butch Clark, Asst. Brian Lotheridge
Date Opponent Site Time Results
11-Mar Greenwood Home  7:30 W: 10-7
13-Mar Clinton Home  7:00 W: 16-6
  Lexington   Invitational  
14-Mar White Knoll Away 5:00 W: 11-9
14-Mar Ashley River Away 9:00 L: 5-6
15-Mar Lugoff Elgin Away 10:30 L: 3-9
15-Mar Brooklyn Cayce Away 2:30 W: 11-6
15-Mar Gilbert Away 5:30 L: 6-16
18-Mar Easley Away  7:30 ppd to 4-21-14
19-Mar Woodmont Away  7:30 W: 8-2
20-Mar Clinton Away  7:00 W: 9-5
21-Mar Hanna Away  7:30 W: 18-2
24-Mar JL Mann Home  6:30 W: 14-9
26-Mar JlL Mann Away  6:00 W: W: 8-2
28-Mar Westside Home  7:30 W: 8-2
  Triple Crown Tour. Aiken  
4-Apr Midland Valley Away 7:00 W: 11-10
4-Apr White Knoll Away 9:00 L: 8-10
5-Apr Indian Land Away 1:00 W: 6-5
5-Apr Blythewood Away TBD W: 2-0
5-Apr Easley Away TBD W: 7-1
7-Apr Hanna Home  7:30 rain
8-Apr Hillcrest Home  7:30 W: 11-1
10-Apr Greenwood Away  7:30 W: 6-1
11-Apr Easley Home  7:30 W: 5-4
22-Apr Westside Away  7:30
23-Apr Hillcrest Away  7:30
25-Apr Woodmont Home  7:30


2014 LDHS JV Softball Roster

2014  Laurens JV   Softball Schedule [Read more...]

Other 2014 Laurens Spring Sports


A-Diamond L-med-pngA-Diamond L-med-png

Click on the links below for schedule and other information about each LDHS spring sport other than baseball and softball:


Raider Boys Golf

Raider Boys Tennis

Raider Soccer

Raider Track


Sports Report for Thursday, 3-6-2014

Local Sports Results:


  • BB: CHS 4 – DHS 1… The Clinton baseball team had their game with Dreher moved up to yesterday to avoid the rain that is forecasted for today and good news as the Red Devils took a 4-1 win over the Blue Devils… The game was tied 1-1 going into the top of the 7th inning when Clinton put 3 runs on the board and held Dreher scoreless in their half of the 7th to take the win… In the decisive 7th inning, Peyton Spangler had a sacrifice bunt to score a run while Matt Craven & O’Kevius Conway both had singles to drive in runs… Craven & Conway each had 2 hits to account for 4 of Clinton’s 6 hits… Bradley Templeton picked up the complete game win giving up 5 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 6 and walking 3…. Coach Lee Atkinson said afterwards” We didn’t look great at the plate tonight, but the bottom line is: we got the job done!”… Click on the following for more game stats: 14-3-5_BB_CHS-Dreher The Red Devils are supposed to finish their participation in the Carolina Ale House Classic on Saturday with opponent, time and location to be announced by Friday.


College Notes:


  • Radford 78 – PC 73… The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team outscored the Radford Highlanders 19-5, in the final five and a half minutes to cut a 15-point game to just one, but the rally fell just short as Radford used clutch free throw shooting to take the five-point, 78-73 yesterday afternoon in the opening game of the Big South Tournament in Conway… Jordan Downing scored 32 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring and this was the 4th time this season he scored 30 or more… The Blue Hose end their season with a 6-26 record while Radford goes to 21-11 and will Play #2 seed UNC Ashville at 2:00 pm tomorrow…. By the way the Lady Blue Hose basketball team will be back in action today as they take on the #2 seeded Lady Flames of Liberty at 6:00 pm tonight.


  • Carolina 4 – Stetson 1… Weber Pike’s two-out two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a four-run frame as top ranked South Carolina rallied for a 4-2 victory over Stetson on yesterday afternoon at Carolina Stadium…  The #1 ranked Gamecocks improve to 12-0 on the on the season…. The Gamecocks will host Brown in a 3 game series this weekend starting at 7 pm on Friday.
  • Baseball Rankings: In case you missed it earlier in the week, the 12-0 Gamecocks have climbed all the way to the #1 spot in 2 of the 4 major college baseball polls… In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, Florida State, Virginia, Vanderbilt & Cal State Fullerton round out the top 5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Oregon State, LSU, NC State, Oregon & Mississippi State… Clemson comes in as high 16 in one poll but 20 or below in others

Odds & Ends:

  • Laurens YMCA Middle School Baseball…  The Laurens YMCA Middle School Baseball League opened up their season on Tuesday night and in those 2 games the Wildcats & Raiders both took wins… Now if you would like to see more information about the league, teams, rosters and schedules check the Between the Lines on our homepage at or click on the following link: Laurens YMCA Middle School Baseball Info.


Local Sports Schedule: [Read more...]