Sports Roundup: 3-18-2021

Latta Edged Out By Raiders
The Latta Lady Vikings dropped a close 4-3 decision to the visiting Hannah-Pamplico Lady Raiders in a varsity softball scrimmage game played on Tuesday, March 2, in Latta.
Latta scored first in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Jena Stutler, the starting pitcher.
The bats for both teams were quiet until the top of the third inning when Hannah-Pamplico sent 4 runs across home plate to go up 4-1.
The Lady Vikings fought back and placed a run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning and a run in the bottom of the fifth inning but that was not to be enough for the win.
Hannah-Pamplico’s Jordan started the game. However, the Raiders’ #9 pitched 2 innings in relief prior to #20 closing out the game in the final inning and allowed only one hit while striking out 1 and walking no one.
The Lady Vikings’ Maddie Berry took the loss. She pitched 4 innings and allowed one hit, struck out 8, and walked no one.
Each team committed 3 errors in the game.
The Latta Lady Vikings’ Abigail Cooper and Elizabeth Brown each had 2 singles in the game while Hannah-Pamplico’s Lady Raiders’ Claire, Jordan, Ryler, and #20 each singled in the game.

Lady Vikings Get Come From Behind Win
The Latta Lady Vikings came from behind to tie the visiting South Florence Lady Bruins 7-7 in varsity softball action played on Monday night, March 8, in Latta.
Both teams faced the bitter cold in which the Lady Bruins began the game on offense and managed to score 2 runs in the top of the first inning off a single by #42 to set the stage for the remainder of the game.
Latta Lady Vikings responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning on a double by Maddie Berry who hit one to deep left center field followed by a double by Abigail Cooper who drove in the first run of the game for Latta.
The Lady Bruins scored a run in the top of the third after #1 was hit by a pitch and #00 arrived at first base on an error. #00 was safe at second with a stolen base. With 2 outs, #00 advanced to third and arrived at home on a single to center by #12. The Bruins’ #17 hit a fly down the right field line for a triple and a rbi. Before the inning was over, South Florence had added 3 runs to the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the third inning, Latta added 2 runs on a Jayla Jackson double to left center followed by a Ragan Bethea slow grounder to second who was out at first but advanced Jackson to third. Averi Lovell hit one to second that was bobbled and a run scored while Lovell was safe at first. Lovell stole second base. Maddie Berry once again hit one up the middle for a single and a rbi.
South Florence added 2 runs in the top of the fifth, and Latta added 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 7.
Latta’s Ragan Bethea pitched 2.2 innings and allowed 4 hits and walked one while Maddie Berry pitched an inning and allowed one hit. Jayla Jackson pitched an inning and allowed one hit and walked 2.
South Florence’s #3 pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 4 hits and walked 2 while #17 pitched 3 innings and allowed 5 hits and walked 1.
South Florence Bruins’ #17 had a triple and a rbi while #42 and #12 each had a single and 2 rbi. #00 had a single and a rbi. #6 and #14 each had a single.
Latta’s Maddie Berry had 2 singles, a double, and a rbi while Abigail Cooper had 2 doubles, a single, and a rbi. Emily Smith had a single and a rbi while Jayla Jackson had a single. Elizabeth Brown had a rbi.
The South Florence Lady Bruins committed 4 errors in the game, and the Latta Lady Vikings committed 2 errors in the game.

Gators Edge Out Wildcats In Pee Dee Pitch-off
The Lake View Lady Wild Gators edged the Dillon Lady Wildcats 2-1 in varsity softball action played in the Pee Dee Pitch-off competition played in Effingham on Saturday, March 13.
With 2 outs in the top of the first inning, Lake View’s #7 hit one up the middle for a single and a rbi to give Lake View a 1-0 lead. Lake View’s Zandasia McNeil bunted safely but was left stranded on the base.
In the bottom of the first inning, Dillon’s Abby Bristow hit one up the middle fora single and was left stranded.
In the top of the second inning, Lake View’s #6 hit a grounder to second that was bobbled on a hop and arrived safely at first. Lake View’s #22 hit a grounder up the middle and arrived safely followed by #4 who hit a grounder to short stop. By the end of the Lady Wild Gators turn at bat, Lake View had picked up another run and now led 2-0.
Dillon threatened to score in the bottom of third inning as Janasia Lester garnered a walk followed by Qy Wilson who also garnered a walk. Ny Wilson hit a grounder to second and the runners advanced to third an second. Abby Bristow hit a hot one to second to end the threat.
Dillon’s Paige Sherman retired the Lake View batters 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth inning.
Dillon once again left a runner, Cierra Grice, stranded as she had hit one to center for a single.
Lake View’s Raven Locklear retired the Dillon batters 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Dillon’s Ny Wilson hit a hot one to second and arrived safely at first. Abby Bristow hit a grounder to the shortstop and the runner was out at second on a fielder’s choice. Paige Sherman hit a fly to right for out 2. Cierra Grice hit a grounder to third and both runners were safe and first and second. Lexi Rogers hit one by second and a run scored. Logan Grice hit a fly to right to end the threat.

Gators Get Win Over Auctioneers
The Lake View Wild Gators returned home on Monday, March 15, from Mullins with a 15-run ruled, 3-inning, 16-1 win over the Mullins Auctioneers in a varsity baseball game played in windy, cold weather. Lake View managed 4 runs in the first inning and 12 runs in the second inning while holding Mullins scoreless until a run crossed home plate in the top of the third inning. Lake View collected 6 hits led by Thomas Skipper and Michael McInnis with 2 hits each, and Tucker Bass, Luke King, Michael McDaniels and Chris McGill each had a hit.
Lonnie Alston had a hit in 2 at-bats for the Auctioneers.
Thomas Skipper picked up the win for the Wild Gators going 2 innings and allowing no hits, no runs, struck out 5, and walked one while Taymore Owens was tagged with the loss. He allowed 3 hits, 10 runs, and struck out 1. Relief pitcher, Myrel Raysor, finished the game for Mullins.

LHS Hosts Track Meet
The Latta High School hosted a track meet on Tuesday, March 9, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Teams from Dillon High, Marion High, East Clarendon High, and Latta High participated. The match was close in the boys Latta’s Phillip Davis and Noah Williams tied with 20 points each in the Latta win.
The Latta team picked up a win in the 4×800 with a time of 10:12. Dillon’s Z. Sellers won the 110 h with a time of 20.47. Dillon’s Donnie McRae came in first in the 100 m with a time of 11:03. Dillon’s Anstide N. won the 1600 with a time of 5:48. The 4×100 was won by Dillon. Latta’s Jamar Jones high a 5″4″ high jump for the victory. Marion’s Stuckey won the discus with a 107″8″. The shot put was won by Latta’s Noah Williams with a 33″0″ throw. Dillon’s D. McCrae won the 400 m with 56:41 time. East Clarendon’s Kryon Wilson had a 16′ 7 /2″ long jump for the win. The 400 h was won by J. B. of East Clarendon with a 1:06.19 time. Dillon’s A N. won the 800 with a time of 2:31.41. Dillon’s D. McRae won the 200 in 24:97 seconds. Latta’s Z. Peacock won the 3200 in 14:15. The Dillon team won the 4×400 with a time of 3:56.
The match in the girls division was an easy win for Latta with the following scores: Latta 164, Dillon 80, East Clarendon 80, and Marion 45.
Latta’s Jasmine Jones contributed 23.5 points to the win for Latta.
The Latta girls won the 4×800 with a time of 13:12.60. The high jump was won by Marion’s Jernisha Roddek with a time of 3.0. Latta’s Jasmine Jones won the 100 h in 21.19. Marion’s Jada Davis won the 100 m in 13.50. East Clarendon’s Kim Owens won the 1600 m with a time of 7:02. Marion picked up the win in .53 in the 4×100. Dillon’s La’Zia won the shot put in 19.8. Dillon’s Frazier won the 400 m in 1:15. East Clarendon’s Liberty Whack won the long jump with a 12″8″ jump. Latta’s Jasmine Jones won the 400 h in 1:27.15. East Clarendon’s Kira Owen won the 800 in 3:20. Dillon’s Jatoria Wilson won the 200 in 30.21. Latta’s K. McCord won the 3200 in 16:35. Dillon won the 4×400 in 5:18.
Chris Williams is the coach for the Latta team.

Vikings Lose To Flashes
The Latta Vikings lost 6-1 to the Johnsonville Flashes in varsity baseball on Wednesday, March 17, in Johnsonville.
Latta placed the lone run on the scoreboard in the first inning.
Johnsonville placed 4 runs on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning and added 2 more runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Latta’s Parker McCormick and Collin Minshew each picked up a hit while McCormick also picked up a rbi and a walk. Dylan Shelley, Preston Tyler, Gatlin Johnson, and Cole Gasque also garnered a walk in the game.
Johnsonville’s Baxely picked up 3 hits in 4 at-bats and scored a run while Avant had a hit, a rbi, and a walk. Truesdale had a hit, a rbi, and scored a run. Smith and Stone also each had a hit. Prosser garnered a walk.
Preston Tyler was tagged with the loss for Latta. He pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs of which 3 were earned, 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Collin Minshew pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 runs of which 1 was earned, walked no one, and struck out 3.
Davis picked up the win for Johnsonville. He pitched 3 innings and walked 1 and struck out 1. Johnsonville’s #6 pitched 1 inning and gave up an earned run, walked 2, and and struck out no one. Gamble also pitched 3 innings and gave up no runs, walked 2, and struck out 6.
Latta committed 2 errors while Johnsonville did not commit an error in the game.

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