JDA Softball rallies to beat WEHS

It’s amazing how many emotions can sweep across a team in the span of one inning of softball.

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils had the Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders right where they wanted them with a two-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Then, in a blink of an eye, the Lady Blue Devils found themselves down.

Trailing 8-5, JDA showed its resiliency as a group by scoring five runs in the sixth inning, then holding off a late surge by WEHS to preserve a 10-9 win Monday in Blackville.

Blue Devils torch Hawks, 16-0

The Williston-Elko High baseball team torched Blackville-Hilda High 16-0 Wednesday in the Devils’ Den.

For the Blue Devils, it was powerful hitting, strong pitching and solid defense that paved the way to a rout over their in-county rivals.

The Blue Devils pounded out 13 hits and recieved an excellent performance in the circle by Case Wiles. Wiles grounded the Hawks at the plate, tossing a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

With the win, Williston-Elko High moves to 3-0 in region play.

BHS Softball plows through competition

The Barnwell High varsity softball team has been plowing through the competition with ease so far this season.

The Lady Warhorses‘ domination continued March 14 in Barnwell with a doubleheader sweep over Allendale-Fairfax High.

With the wins, Barnwell High raises its record to 10-0.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massegale, who has won 18 straight region games, said the team continues to gain momentum.

“Right now, we’re rolling well as a team and the result is great overall team play,” Massengale said.

JDA Raiders register wins over Northside, Williston-Elko

Jefferson Davis Academy’s baseball team used a 5-run effort in the seventh inning to beat Williston-Elko High, 9-8 on Monday, March 20 in Blackville

Dalton Beasley got the start for JDA. He pitched six innings and only gave up one earned run.

Adam Gee came in to pitch a third of a inning to get the win.

Offensively, the Raiders were led by Blake Renew who went 2-4 with two RBI’s.

Also shining were Kyle Renew, who went 2-4 with two RBI’s, and Colton Pritchard, who was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s one being the winning run.

B-H Lady Hawks soaring off the bats

Going through preseason workouts and scrimmages, Blackville-Hilda High softball coach Michael Beasley was certainly excited about what his Lady Hawks team could achieve this season.

And after two games into the season, it’s easy to see why.

The Blackville-Hilda Lady Hawks are soaring. What’s more impressive about the start is the fact that the team has outscored its first two opponents by a margin of 21-5.

“So far we’ve been playing well in all phases of the game,” Beasley said. “It’s been mistake-free ball with good pitching and timely hitting.”

Williston softball wins opener

Although the softball season is new, it was business as usual for the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils March 7 in their season opener.

The defending Region III champions picked up from where they left off on the diamond by torching the Lady Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 11-0.

The Lady Blue Devils asserted their dominance in their first at-bat with five runs off four hits. From there, the team never let up, scoring three runs in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth.

JDA Shotgun Raiders claim championship

Three members of the Jefferson Davis Academy Shotgun Raiders won two top awards on March 4.

Anna Beth Morgan, Bethany Stokes and Caroline Robinson were the Ladies Sporting Clay Champions at the 2017 S.C. Independent School Association State Sporting Clays Championships with a combined score of 184. The trio also won second place at the 3rd Annual S.C. Department of Natural Resources Youth Sporting Clay Open in the ladies senior varsity division.

“I’m real proud of them,” said assistant coach Julie Robinson, who is also Caroline’s mother. The head coach is Brad All.

Blue Devils torch Trojans for first win

The Williston-Elko High varsity baseball team scored its first win of the season Friday in an 16-3 road victory over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Williston-Elko High coach Alan LeRoy said the team played well after a tough start to the season.

“This was a big win for our team today,” LeRoy said. “I thought we hit the ball really well and we were very aggressive on the bases.”

For the Blue Devils, Brandon Nix did just about everything but drive the bus for the team against the Trojans.

Javonta Ross gets pin and title of ‘champion’

Javonta Ross knows what it takes to be a champion. The Barnwell High School senior says it takes both mental and physical focus.

Ross, 19, of Barnwell, recently became the state wrestling champion in the 285-pound weight class. This is particularly special since this is the first full season Ross has competed in wrestling. In addition, Barnwell High has reinstated its wrestling program only in the last three years.

Salkehatchie gets on hot streak

The USC-Salkehatchie Indians baseball team has been on a nice roll of late.

After a dismal 5-11 start to the season, the Indians have reversed their fortunes with six wins in their most recent games.

With the victories, USC-Salkehatchie moves to 11-13.

USC-coach Charles “Bubba” Dorman said timely hitting and solid pitching has been the key to turning the team around.

Barnwell softball wins title

When the Midland Valley Lady Mustangs played Barnwell High Thursday, March 2 in the Mustangs Palmetto Classic Tournament championship game, they failed to match the Lady Warhorses energy.

For the second time in the tournament, the Lady Warhorses encountered little trouble with the host team as they rolled to an easy 12-2 win.

With the victory, the Lady Warhorses completed the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale said winning the tournament was a good accomplishment.

BHS baseball gets win to close out tournament

The Barnwell High baseball team got off to a slow start at the Pelion High tournament last weekend.

The Warhorses struggled out the gates with losses to Wagener-Salley High and Swansea High.

The Warhorses, however, rebounded on the final day of play with an impressive 11-0 win over Wagner-Salley High in a rematch game.

Barnwell High coach Don Mims said this young group is coming along after a rough start.

Lady Warhorses run through competition

Barnwell High head coach Carol Massengale wasn’t surprised when her team walked away with a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon over Strom Thurmond High in the Midland Valley High softball tournament.

The victory was the third straight in two days at the tournament. The Lady Warhorses also claimed wins over Saluda High and South Aiken High to advance them into the Feb. 28 final round where they will play Midland Valley for the title.

USC Salkehatchie softball loses another close one

Don’t ask USC-Salkehatchie coach Kenneth Bellamy about the theme “close, but no cigar”. Bellamy knows that sports cliche all too well.

This season, the USC-Salkehatchie Lady Indians have lost five games in extra innings, including four in which they led going into the last inning.

“It’s hard when you lose close games, but it’s tougher when you lose like we’ve been lately,” Bellamy said. “We have a young group of players and they’re very hard workers. We’re just a play or three away from having five more wins under our belts.”

Raiders baseball starts season with split success

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders started the 2017 season with split success.

In a non-conference game against Wagener-Salley on Feb. 20, the Raiders fell by a score of 15-6.

JDA scored three runs in the first inning to take the lead.Wagener-Salley chipped away at that lead with runs in each inning.

The Raiders put a run on the scoreboard in the third inning and two in the fifth but weren’t able to catch up.

Their luck changed in a pre-season tournament when they defeated King Academy 2-1 on Feb. 23.

Blue Devils torch Whirlwinds in playoffs

After beating Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High for the region title six days ago, the biggest question going into post season play was how good can this Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team be?

Well, on Friday night in the Devils’ Den, the Timmonsville High Whirlwinds found out that answer the hard way in the second round of the class A playoffs.

Williston-Elko High, in search of their third post season wins in the last seven years, made quick work of Timmonsville High by a score of 58-41.

Lady Warhorses top N. Charleston in playoffs

The Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team got off to a good start in the opening round of the class AA playoffs on Feb. 14 in Barnwell.

Barnwell High turned a close game into a 38-23 runaway over the North Charleston High Lady Cougars.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 13-3 overall in the standings.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team got complacent at the start of the second half.

Salkehatchie Indians scalp Muskies, 18-0

The USC-Salkehatchie Indians scalped the Muskies of New River Community College of Virginia by a score of 18-0 Sunday in Allendale.

With the win, USC-Salkehatchie improves to 5-9 in the standings.

USC Salkehatchie, which swept New River Community College in a doubleheader on Saturday, was again bolstered by strong pitching and solid hitting.

This time, Robert Lewis came through on the mound with a one-hit, one walk and eight strikeout performance.

Denmark-Olar girls’ playoff run ends against Estill

The stakes were much better for the Denmark-Olar High and Estill High varsity girls Monday night in the second round of the class A playoffs.

It was the third matchup of the season between the Region 3A rivals with each winning during the regular season on its home court.

The rubber match game, which was played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Denmark-Olar Middle School gymnasium, was a barnburner of a game.

WEHS boys capture region crown

On Saturday night in the Blackville-Hilda High gymnasium, the Williston-Elko High varsity boys basketball team tipped off against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High for the third time this season in a regular season playoff game to determine champions of Region 3A.

The teams split during the regular season with each winning on its home floor.

For the Blue Devils and the Trojans, the rubber match was one more opportunity for someone to establish dominance in what has been a two-team race this season in Region 3A.


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