The Laurens boys easily won its Tuesday track meet over Abbeville, Clinton and McCormick at K.C. Hanna Stadium.
The Raiders accumulated 103 points to Abbeville’s 52, Clinton’s 39 and McCormick 26.
“Several athletes had personal-best performances as the weather cooperated and provided welcomed sunshine and clear skies,” said coach Jawon Stephens.
Clinton won the girls’ meet, earning 79 points to 41 for Laurens, 31 for McCormick and 18 for Abbeville.
“The weather helped the ladies produce some improved times on a night where the temperatures allowed for the athletes to warm up and remain ready to race instead of being wrapped in a blanket,” Stephens said.
In Greenwood, the Eagles managed to slip past Laurens in baseball, 4-2.
Costly errors hurt the Raiders in a tight Region 1-5A match-up. Heath Bragg pitched all seven innings for the Raiders, giving up two earned runs and striking out seven.
Tanner Smith led the Raiders with three hits, while Jalen Bragg and Kobe Williams added one each.
Union County defeated Clinton, 10-0, on the Yellow Jackets’ home field.
In soccer, Union County needed penalty kicks to win the Clinton boys’ first Region 3-3A match.
After regulation, the Yellow Jackets and Red Devils were tied, 1-1, but Union connected on three penalty kicks to Clinton’s two to claim the match.
According to Clinton coach John Michael Hammond, the Red Devils dominated possession of the ball from the start, but struggled to put the ball in the net.
Gavin Kiley broke through in the 25th minute with a right-footed strike to the top corner to put the Devils on top 1-0. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long. Just before the half, a Union player got behind the Clinton defense and poked the ball past the Clinton keeper to tie the game at 1-1 going into the break.
The second half was much like the first, with Clinton constantly pounding the Union back line but unable to score. The scoreless tie held through regulation and again through overtime. Clinton but returns to action Friday, hosting Mid-Carolina at Presbyterian College.
Led by three goals from Skylar Rehwinkel, the Clinton girls’ soccer team slipped past Union County 5-4 in its region opener.
The Red Devils took a 2-0 lead in the first half but had to come from behind after the Yellow Jackets scored four straight goals, two on penalty kicks that were just out of CHS goalkeeper Ella Cooper’s reach.
Abby Collins and Madison Bagwell each scored once.
The Clinton JV girls defeated Union County 3-1 on penalty kicks. Rachel Vondergeest scored the only Red Devil goal in regulation.
Cassie Plaia belted a game-ending grand slam as Laurens blanked Westside 13-0 in softball.
The Raiders scored 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring the game to an end due to a 10-run rule. Octavia Johnson and Michaela Smith each collected three of LDHS’s 16 hits. Rachel Delio went the distance on the mound, striking out 11.
Union County knocked Clinton from the unbeaten ranks in softball, easily winning 13-1.
“We came into this game expecting to win, so that hurts, but I am proud of our young ladies for never backing down and showing the kind of people they are,” coach Ryan Caughman said. “We had several costly errors during the game, but at the end of the day, let’s give Union credit. They made the plays and we did not.
The Laurens boys’ tennis match at Westside was postponed due to rain and mud on the Rams’ courts.
Laurens Academy’s baseball game against Shannon Forest, postponed on Monday and Tuesday, is now scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.