OP 2, Trinity-Byrnes 0
Orangeburg Prep posted a 2-0 home shutout against Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate on Thursday, helping the Indians to a 6-2 overall record, 1-0 in region play.
Trace Furtick improved to 1-2 with a nearly perfect game. Furtick faced 22 batters, one over the 21 minimum, surrendering no hits, walking the only Titan to reach base (in the top of the sixth inning), while striking out 17 Titans.
Only four Titans put the ball into the field of play: a groundout to Furtick, an infield pop fly to Evan Lambrecht, a long fly ball to A.J. Tolbert, and a groundout to Nick Pascoe.
The Titans held the Indians in check in a pitching duel from starter Boogie Knotts, who allowed only two hits and and a walk in the first five innings.
OP then began the bottom of the sixth inning with Grant Axson reaching first base after being hit by a pitch. Pascoe sacrificed Axson to second on a bunt. Will Summers then hit a ball fielded by the shortstop, but Summers outran the throw, allowing Axson to advance to third. Summers stole second on an early steal to put two Indians in scoring position with one out. Josh Searson worked the count to 1-2 before hitting a 2-run single to center field.
Trace Furtick returned to the mound in the top of the seventh inning to strike out the heart of the Titans order — the second, third, and clean-up hitters in the lineup.
Summers and Searson both were 2-for-3 for the Indians, with Summers adding 2 stolen bases.
The Indians travel to Darlington on Friday for a quick turn around to face the same Titans following the 4 p.m. JV game.
CA 10, PAC 0
The Calhoun Academy Cavaliers shut out PAC by a 10-0 score in five innings on Thursday to improve to 1-1 on the season.
Connor Brinson (1-1 record) picked up the win, pitching 4 innings of no-hit ball, while striking out 5 batters.
Matt Layton pitched the last inning in relief, while striking out 3 batters.
Bates Felder was 3-for-3 for the Cavs, while Seth Tyson was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, Blake Edmund was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, Evan Inabinet was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and Wells Flemming was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI.
CA plays at Williamsburg Academy to open region play on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., following the JV game.
North 5, Columbia 3
COLUMBIA – The North Eagles picked up a road win on Thursday, 5-3 over Columbia High School.
North was led in pitching by Doug Cook (7 strikeouts) and Andrew Miller (6 strikeouts).
Offensively for the Eagles, Casey Robinson scored twice, while Doug Cook, Ricky Haigler and Thomas Hammond each scored once. Cook, Miller, and Robinson provided key hits to win the game.
North is now 2-0 (1-0 in region play) and will play at Blackville-Hilda on Friday at 5 p.m. in another region contest.
DA 4, P. Henry 3
Dorchester Academy finished off a come-from-behind win against Patrick Henry on Thursday, when Chase Way led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single, before advancing to second on a passed ball and scoring on a walk-off single by Wyatt Judy.
Way was credited with the win, after coming on in relief for starter Rhett Mizzell.
DA improved to 3-0 overall (3-0 in region) and will play again on Friday at Holly Hill Academy.
Branchville 8, Barnwell 3
BRANCHVILLE – Branchville beat Barnwell 8-3 on Thursday night.
Jacob Watkins earned the win for the Yellow Jackets, pitching 6 innings while allowing only a hit to go against 13 strikeouts.
Branchville was led at the plate by Ronnie Nester, who went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and an RBI, Jacob Watkins, who went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and 3 RBI, Heston Thompson, who went 2-for-2 with a double, 2 walks and RBI, Hunter Bauer, who went 2-for-4, Dillan Kilgus, who went 1-for-1 with an RBI, and Bubba Lytle, who went 1-for-2.
Branchville is 1-0 and hosts Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Friday at 7 p.m.
OP wins in region play
The Orangeburg Prep golf team opened up region play with one-stroke victory over Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate, 163-164, on Thursday.
Laurence Manning came in third, carding a 170.
Riley Robinson fired an even-par 35 to lead the Indians. Matthew Zeigler carded a 42 while McCullough Mims and Harris Holstein each shot 43.
OP is now 16-0 overall and 4-0 in SCISA Region 2-3A.
OP 14, T-Byrnes 0
The Orangeburg Prep JV Indians improved to 1-0 overall and in region play with a 14-0 win over the Trinity-Byrnes Titans in the season-opener at home on Thursday at Indian Field.
Forrest Sutcliffe got the win, striking out 8 batters and walking 2, while allowing no hits. Ben Journey pitched the fifth inning, striking out 2 of the 3 hitters that he faced.
Stokes Kirby and Elliott Fogle each had two hits for the JV Indians. Ben Journey, Brison Ardis, Nic Rivas, Forrest Sutcliffe, and Jonathan Looper each added a hit for OP.
The JV Indians return to action Friday, traveling to Darlington to face the Titans again, with first pitch at 4 p.m.
Cal. County 15, Cross 3
The Calhoun County Lady Saints took a 15-3 win over the Cross Trojans on Thursday.
Winning pitcher for CC was Alex Ancik with 9 strikeouts and only 3 runs allowed.
Leading the Lady Saints at the plate was Kinsley Brown, 3-for-3 with 3 RBI,
KatieRae Croxton, 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, Alex Ancik, 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, Shamya Smith, 2-for4 with 2 RBI, McKayla Zeigler, 2-4 with an RBI, and Zailee Edwards 2-for-4.
Next game for Calhoun County will be Tuesday, a doubleheader at Columbia High at 5 p.m.
DA 9 Branchville 1
The Dorchester Academy Lady Raiders picked up a 9-1 win against Branchville on Thursday.
Hannah Reeves got the start in the circle for DA, going 3 innings, striking out 6 batters, before Peyton Jackson finished the final 4 innings, striking out 3 batters.
The Raiders were led at the plate by Jackson, 3-for-4, and Elizabeth Huff, 2-for-2.
Dorchester moved to 3-0 overall (2-0 in region) and will play Tuesday at St. John's Christian Academy.
O-W 5, B-E 1
Orangeburg-Wilkinson took a 5-1 win against Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Thursday, getting 4 goals from Carlos Hernandez, one goal from Ackeem Doyle, and 2 assists from Don’tariq Nash-Perkins.
T-Byrnes 5, OP 0
DARLINGTON – Sam Smith and Andrew Severance each had two goals apiece as the Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate soccer team shut out Orangeburg Prep on Thursday. Hunter Benton added two assists for the Titans.
Denmark Tech 100, Caldwell 98
Denmark Tech won a double-overtime tournament game against Caldwell, 100-98, on Thursday.
DTC was led by Nigel Lawson with 25 points.
Bobby McFadden was named to the 1st team All-Region team. He finished the game with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Marcus Ford was named to the 2nd team All-Region team. He finished the game with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Andre Baker chipped in 21 points.
DTC coach Jamar Washington finished runner-up for Region 10 Coach of the Year.
DTC plays nationally-ranked Cape Fear on Friday at 1 p.m. at Sandhills Community College.