Enquirer Herald

Spring sports roundup - April 10, 2008

Clover Blue Eagles Will Hall hits the ball Friday against Lancaster in Clover.
Clover Blue Eagles Will Hall hits the ball Friday against Lancaster in Clover.

Blue Eagles enter stretch run

CLOVER -- The Clover High School Blue Eagle baseball team defeated Fort Mill 12-7 last week, pounding 17 hits in the process.

Kris Thompson, Ross Bailes and Hayden Hendry each had three hits for Clover. David Stone, Travis Swanda and Jeremy Long each had two hits.

The Blue Eagles lost Friday to Lancaster 7-1 in a game umpires called in the sixth-inning due to rain.

With Clover entering the stretch run, head coach Darrell Van Dyke said it's time to make a move in the region.

"Our backs are against the wall," Van Dyke said. "We've got to play every game like there's no tomorrow."

Van Dyke said playing York at 6:30 p.m. on Super Saturday is special for the players because of the rivalry.

"All of the games are special for us the remainder of the season," he said.

Lady Blue Eagles remain unbeaten in region

CLOVER -- There's nothing like swinging the bats to keep a hot streak alive.

Such was the case last week as the Clover High Lady Blue Eagle softball team, unbeaten in region play, pounded Indian Land 12-2 and Fort Mill 17-0.

Tanaya Pettus was 4-for-4 in the win over Fort Mill. Brittany Jo Bowman, a hitting machine, belted two triples.

CHS hurler Samantha Peters picked up her second win, with Christina King in relief.

Caroline Schill had three hits and three stolen bases in the win over Indian Land and Bowman made her presence felt with two hits and five RBIs. Sarah Thomas had three hits and two stolen bases.

"We were swinging the bats last week," head coach Shea Hall said.

Hall lauded the Lady Blue Eagles for maintaining their unblemished record (8-0) in the region.

"We're pleased to be where we are," she said. "Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win the region.

"We know we have a target on our back, but I think our kids will respond to the challenge. They are playing with confidence."

Hall said the players are excited about facing rival York on Super Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Said Hall, "Super Saturday is a good fundraiser for York and allows Clover fans to watch so many games with York in one day.

"We know York will play us tough. "They always come out swinging the bats when they play us."

The CHS girls travel to Byrnes Friday for a 6 p.m. nonregion game.

First-place Cougars continue region success

YORK -- The York Comprehensive High School baseball team, currently in first place in Region 3-AAAA, led South Pointe 7-5 in the top of the fifth inning last Friday when thunder storm activity forced the game to be suspended.

The seven-inning game will be completed at 6 tonight on the YCHS diamond.

Head coach Scott Kiggans said the Cougars need to remain focused and approach the games one at a time, including Saturday's showdown at home with rival Clover at 6:30 p.m.

"We need to continue to hit the ball and play good defense," Kiggans said. "Our pitching has been strong and the kids continue to play hard. They know they have to in the competitive region we're in."

Though Kiggans likes the lofty status the Cougars now hold, he knows there are difficult games ahead.

"Every team in the region is capable of making a move," he said.

YCHS pitching ace Zac Fuesser said there are reasons good things have been happening to the resurgent Cougars.

"The key to our success at this stage of the season is fantastic pitching from the whole staff, clutch hitting and playing games with no errors," commented Fuesser. "We need to continue to play well in all areas of the game."

Lady Cougars remain in playoff hunt

YORK -- The York Comprehensive High Lady Cougar softball team was positioned in the top four in region play entering this week's action.

The Lady Cougars lost a 7-6 nail-biter to Lancaster last week at home.

The YCHS girls pushed across three runs to tie the game in the sixth-inning, highlighted by Logan Peterson's two-run triple.

"Lauren Donald pitched a great game," head coach Nickie Templeton said. "I looked at the scorebook and all of Lancaster's runs were unearned.

"We have a young team. I am proud of our kids and curious to see how they will be playing at the end of the season."

Despite a 5-1 loss to a strong Nation Ford team, Templeton was pleased the way the Lady Cougars swung the bats.

"We had great contact against Nation Ford, often hitting the ball directly at someone," noted Templeton. "We hit the ball and had some bad luck."

Said the YCHS coach, "We had no contact the first time we played Nation Ford. They have a great pitcher."

Templeton said the key to making a playoff run is to tighten up the defense and hit the ball.

She has moved ninth-grade standouts Logan Peterson and Brandi Neely to the number two and three spots in the lineup.

"The last time I checked the scorebook, Brandi was hitting .468 and Logan .400," Templeton said.