Blue Eagles defeat first-place Cougars
The Clover High School baseball team was up to the challenge over the weekend for Super Saturday, defeating first-place York 9-7.
Logan Boyters was the winning pitcher, with David Stone in relief.
"This was the York-Clover rivalry, a fun game," Clover head coach Darrell Van Dyke said. "I've been on the losing end of these games. We finally got over the hump in the fifth inning."
He concluded, "We've got to play every game as hard as we can the remainder of the season."
Stone and Ross Bailes each had three hits for Clover.
Zac Fuesser and Josh Vallejos were the leading hitters for York.
Cougar coach Scott Kiggans praised the team despite the loss to their rivals.
"We played hard and never quit," he said. "I am proud of our kids for the effort. We've got to keep battling."
Kiggans said the players and coaches appreciate the fan support this season.
"We've had big crowds at our home games," the YCHS coach said. "It means a lot to the players."
Clover girls nudge York in 10 innings
The Clover High School girls' softball team remained atop the Region 3-AAAA standings after surviving a 4-3, 10-inning classic with rival York
"It was another emotional game in this rivalry," CHS head coach Shea Hall said after the game. "It was a great game. York hit the ball well."
Added Hall, "We know we have a target on our back. We had players step up offensively and defensively. We didn't have to rely on the same players to get it done."
Though admitting the extra-inning loss to York's rival was tough, York head coach Nickie Templeton lauded the Lady Cougars for performing at a level of play that extended the region's first-place team to 10 innings in a classic showdown.
"I had been waiting for the glue to dry," Templeton said of the growing pains expected of a young team. "The glue has dried.
"Our players have jelled as a team. I couldn't be prouder of them."
Clover edges York in boys soccer
The Clover High School boys' soccer team nudged rival York 1-0 Saturday.
Jonathan Edwards scored the winning goal on an assist from teammate David Robinson.
"It was a great game, a lot of fun playing York in our rivalry game," assistant coach Jonathan Dover said. "York had a good game plan. They are well coached. They came ready to play and so did our kids."
Said York coach Sean Coady, "We've played well against Clover and they against us the last two years. It was a good game. They deserved to win."
CHS girls soccer team beats York
The Clover High School girls' soccer team continued their success in the region, defeating York 9-0, Saturday.
"It's good to close the week with all the games at York on Super Saturday," head coach Leeanne Mellon said after the game.
Clover fell to Fort Mill 3-2 on Monday. They played Northwestern Tuesday but results were unavailable before Enquirer-Herald's sports deadline.
York team captain Megan Logue said the Lady Cougars are competing better in the region, despite the loss to Clover.
"Better communication on the field has helped us," she said. "We want to pull through in our remaining games and make the playoffs."
York-Clover action shifts to Super Friday
The York-Clover action shifts to Clover High School for Super Friday this week.
Starting times include:
Jayvee baseball, 4:30 p.m.; jayvee softball, 5 p.m.; boys' tennis, 5 p.m.; jayvee boys' soccer, 5:30 p.m.; varsity softball, baseball and boys' soccer, 7 p.m.
Admission is $5.00 for all of the games and the centrally-located concession stand will have plenty to eat for Clover and York fans.
"We look forward to hosting Super Friday," CHS athletic director Carroll Hester said. "Super Saturday was well hosted by York. It was a neat atmosphere and we feel we can provide the same Friday."