Today's Sports

  • McBee again nips Hannah-Pamplico

    McBEE – McBee’s second rematch with Hannah-Pamplico – the team it beat for the state A title last year – was full of baseball drama.
    It was a pitcher’s battle. McBee starter McIver Wallace went seven innings, striking out six and allowing five hits and two runs.
    Hannah-Pamplico starter Zach Poston pitched eight innings, struck out seven, and allowed two runs.
    The game was tied 2-2 after seven innings.

  • Perfect week for Central

    Five games.
    Five wins.
    Outscoring the opponents nearly 2-to-1.
    Can it get better for Central’s softball team?

  • Chesterfield wins pitchers’ duel

    Chesterfield took the early lead in the 4-AA baseball race, posting a 1-0 victory over Andrew Jackson and a 6-2 win over North Central last week.
    Andrew Jackson is one of the top-ranked programs in the state, The S.C. Baseball Coaches Association ranks AJ number two for AA baseball.
    On March 13, it was a pitchers’ duel between Landon Mills of Chesterfield and Brett Percival of Andrew Jackson, who has committed to Clemson next year.
    Mills was the winning pitcher with 15 strikeouts and a walk. He allowed three hits.

  • Baseball: Seven pitchers toss...

    Staff report
    Seven different Central pitchers combine for a 5-0 shutout of Cheraw last Tuesday.
    Each player threw between 14 and 18 pitches in the season opener for Central.
    Eagles’ coach Mitch Leaird said he gave each of his pitchers an inning because of the lack of pre-season scrimmages or games.
    It is a tactic Leaird said he may use more this season as he lacks one, dominate pitcher. 
    “We had good pitching and good defense; it was a complete game,” Leaird said of the win.

  • Softball: Central holds off...

    Central High School’s softball team rallied from a five-run deficit for an 8-7 win over Cheraw last week.
    It was the only game Central played because of the rain. Conditions were not at their best for last Wednesday’s game either. The temperature at game time was 40 degrees and falling.
    Key hits and several passed balls by Cheraw sparked Central’s rally.
    Centerfielder Chesney Miller started the rally, hitting a double, which she stretched to three bases on a Cheraw error.

  • Feature game: McBee holds Hannah...

    In a rematch of last year’s state A championship, McBee again was the winner, stopping Hannah-Pamplico 8-2 at Francis Marion University last week.
    McBee took the state A baseball title last year, beating Hannah-Pamplico 7-3 and 5-2.
    Clark Kirkley handcuffed Hannah-Pamplico, allowing six hits while striking out seven walking one.
    Hannah-Pamplico’s runs game in the second inning when McBee made two errors on the same play.

  • Central seeks team effort

    Central’s 2019 baseball season may be a first for coach Mitch Leaird.
    It could be a “PBC” effort.
    “PBC” means pitching by committee. As the Eagles begin the season, Leaird said all his pitchers could see action in just one game.
    In a recent pre-season game against Lancaster,  seven pitchers each threw an inning.
    The next pre-season game, he used four pitchers, three throwing two innings each.

  • Hall of Fame coach has high...

    Central’s new softball coach, Eddie Rivers, lets his assistants do most of the work at practice.
    When they are hitting balls and leading drills, Rivers is observing or teaching – and enjoying it.
    Rivers, coach of Central’s girls basketball team, brings 30-years of coaching experience to the diamond.
    At Forest Hills, he amassed a 388-290 record, was conference coach of the year five times and was named to the N.C. Softball Hall of Fame.

  • Season starts with clean slate...

    On Jan. 1, before the first pitch or the first practice of the season, McBee baseball coach Chris Lloyd sent a text to his team.
    The short message said it was a new year, and there were no champs.
    Since then there has been no talk of previous seasons –  five straight appearances in the Class A Upper State championship game and two state championships in the last three seasons.
    “They just go out and play. This group has an incredible work ethic,” Lloyd said. “We are a blue collar town and that’s the way we play.”

  • Football banquet

    Central 8-5
    Broome 46, Central 14
    Lamar 23, Central 0
    Central 45, Forest Hills 40
    Central 33, Cheraw 13,
    Central 54, Lewisville 18
    North Central 41, Central 21
    Buford 14, Central 12
    Central 45, Andrew Jackson 14
    Central 27, Lee Central 8
    Central 28, Landrum 0
    Central 21, Batesburg-Leesville 0
    Abbeville 39, Central 0
    (Abbeville won the state championship, 48-14 over Barnwell)
    North/South All-Star game