Wood was 3-for-3, producing a double, a triple and a solo homer. On the mound, winning pitcher Kam Atkins fanned 12 LDHS batters.
“We combined great pitching with good defense and timely hitting,” said Clinton head coach Ryan Caughman. “Our team is playing with lots of confidence right now.”
Clinton (5-0) has outscored the opposition 66-5 in five consecutive wins.
Cassie Plaia collected two hits for Laurens (1-1).
South Pointe defeated Clinton 2-0 in boys’ soccer at Presbyterian College’s Martin Stadium, where the Red Devil varsity is playing its home games this year while Wilder Stadium is being refurbished.
The game started slowly and was scoreless at half. In the 72nd minute, the Stallions broke through with a goal on a curling post shot.
Clinton (1-1) pressed hard in the final eight minutes, creating multiple scoring opportunities, but the Red Devils couldn’t put the ball in the net. South Pointe added a second goal in the stoppage time to put the game away.
Clinton visits Dixie on Thursday.
The Raider boys’ track and field team finished second in a quad meet on Wednesday night at Hillcrest HS.
The boys totaled 160.5 points through 15 events scored. The 200- and 3,200-meter races were omitted due to low weather temperatures.
Evan Prince paced the Raiders on the evening by winning the 800- and 1,600-meter races. He also ran the anchor leg on one of the 4x400 relay teams.
T.J. Garlington finished second in the shot put with a personal record throw of 40 feet, 9 inches. T.J. also placed fourth in the discus (101-3). Zy Todd and Waldrick Burnside placed second and third, respectively, in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Chase Gambrell and Tye Roberson placed first and second in the 100-meter dash. Both Gambrell and Roberson are first-year track athletes. In the long jump, Stephen McBeth finished second and Ty Young third. Young also placed fourth in the triple jump. The 4x100 relay placed third (Todd, McBeth, Zacariah Miller, Roberson).
The team will return to action Saturday, March 9 at Eastside in Greenville, taking part in the Chick-Fil-A Invitational.
The Raiders’ first home meet of the season, both boys and girls, will be Tuesday, March 12. The Raiders will take on Clinton, Abbeville, and McCormick. Track action is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
The LDHS girls’ track team faced strong competition and cold conditions to begin the regular season meet schedule. Due to weather temperatures, the Wednesday meet did not feature the 200- or 3,200-meter races.
Hillcrest won the meet with 213.5 points, followed by Woodmont with 88.5, Clinton 84 and Laurens 44.
The team was led on Wednesday by Nadia Anderson as she placed third in the both the discus and shot put. Nadia's performance was followed by Andrea Choice's third-place finish in the 100 hurdles and fifth place in the 100 meters. Jamya Chappell placed fourth in the 100-meter race.
T.L Hanna took a 7-0 victory over Laurens in boys’ tennis on Wednesday.
Singles: Brolin Dorsey (H) defeated Murphy Rush 6-0, 6-0; William King (H) defeated Will Adams 6-0, 6-0; Jack Chamblee (H) defeated Walt Womble 6-0, 4-6; Duncan Hogg (H) defeated Brooks Nelson 6-0, 6-0; Peyton Mouzon (H) defeated William Yates 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: Dorsey-King (H) defeated Rush-Adams 8-0; Ben Blair-Rob Beatenbough (H) defeated David Hampton-Blake Nelson 6-0, 6-0.
The Raiders visit Greenwood on Thursday.
Lauren Academy’s baseball team finally got underway and fell to Richard Winn, 11-1, in Winnsboro.
Clarence Bartoli’s RBI single briefly put the Crusaders ahead in the top of the second inning, but Winn tied the score in the bottom half and pulled away from there.
The Eagles collected 10 hits and took advantage of four walks. LA had two hits, the second coming from Cal Robertson.
Clinton’s home baseball games on Thursday, junior varsity (5 p.m.) and varsity (7:30) against Broome, will be played on the Red Devils’ old home at Clinton Middle School.