Here are Tuesday’s baseball and softball stories from various sources:
A.C. Flora 6, Camden 4. The two-time defending state champion Eagles, fresh from their second straight title at Georgetown’s IP Classic tournament, opened Region 4-3A action with a win behind the pitching of Alexander Jenkins and Will Taks and the hitting of Donald Gillespie and Madison Stokes. ACF hosts Chapin in another interesting early region contest.
Chapin 14, Westwood 0. The Eagles (1-3) roll to their first win in the regular-season/Region 4-3A opener. Chapin travels to Lugoff-Elgin for a non-region game tonight and faces A.C. Flora in a key early region game on Friday. The winless Redhawks play at Brookland-Cayce tonight and return to region action at home Friday against Dreher.
Dreher 13, Lower Richland 0. William Pauling was the winning pitcher and Harris Corson had two hits and four RBI to lead the attack for the Blue Devils in the Region 4-3A opener. Dreher hosts Westwood in region action on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Airport 9, Midland Valley 1. Behind the pitching of staff ace Austin Hawley and the hitting of Zach Feaster, Airport opened defense of its Region 5-3A pennant with a road win over the Mustangs. The Eagles host Richland Northeast in a non-region game tonight.
Dutch Fork 6, South Aiken 3. The Silver Foxes (3-1) won their Region 5-4A opener on the road and will look to go 2-0 in conference play on Friday at home against Aiken. Derek Olenchuck and Blake Smith had two hits apiece for DF. Olenchuck had two RBI. Erik Holton was the winning pitcher with relief help from Zach Ziesling.
Aiken 7, White Knoll 3. The Timberwolves (1-4) fell in their Region 5-4A opener and will host North Augusta on Friday hoping to avoid a 0-2 conference start.
Brookland-Cayce 3. Hammond 2. The Bearcats nipped the SCISA Skyhawks. Austin Linnebrink was the winning pitcher and Grant Petrey headlined the offense with two doubles. The Bearcats host Westwood tonight. Hammond travels to Ben Lippen for its SCISA Region 1-3A opener.
Blythewood 9, Chester 3. The RBI tournament champion Bengals (4-1) opened the regular season with a big win behind Drew Ellis and Ryan Malone. Ellis and Malone both drove in three runs and Ellis was the winning pitcher, as well. Blythewood hosts No. 1 Sumter tonight.
Sumter 9, Spring Valley 4. The top-ranked Gamecocks tallied seventh first-inning runs after the Vikings scored two runs in the top of the opening frame on a two-ruin hit by Tyler Baker. The Vikings (2-2) host Dutch Fork on Saturday. Gilbert hosts Clinton in a non-region doubleheader on Saturday. Pelion opens its Region 3-2A pennant defense on Friday at home against Eau Claire.
Gilbert 17, Pelion 5. The Indians (4-0) had a big Ryan Knowles in the non-region win. Knowles had four hits, two RBI and scored two runs. Jayin Jenning was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Austin Wise turned a strong relief outing into a pitching win. He throw three scoreless inning with six strikeouts. Dominick Holderness had three hits for the Panthers (1-4).
White Knoll 11, Aiken 0. The Timberwolves romped in their Region 5-4A opener. Kelsey Campbell was the winner in the circle and had three hits in four at bats. Megan Anderson and Hannah Goodwin belted home runs. White Knoll hosts North Augusta in a key region game on Thursday before taking part in the Wildcat Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Gilbert 6, River Bluff 5: Gabby Keisler was the winning pitcher for the Indians. Keisler, Jenna Williams and Nikki Hopkins had two hits apiece for the winning Tribe. Gilbert (1-0) faces old rival Batesburg-Leesville in another non-region game tonight. River Bluff (2-1), which won two games at the Pee Dee Pitch Off tournament last weekend, hosts Camden on Thursday in the Region 4-3A opener for both teams.
Lugoff-Elgin 8, Sumter 1. Erin Blizzard was the winning pitcher and Sophie Holland, Hannah Cole and Dallas Guerrero had two hits, one extra-base hit and at least one RBI. Guerrero drove in two runs.
Chapin 19, Westwood 0. The Eagles (5-1) breezed in their Region 4-3A opener. It was Chapin’s 21st consecutive region win. Second-year Westwood has yet to win a region game. The Eagles play at Mid-Carolina tonight and return to conference matters on Friday at A.C. Flora.
North Augusta 13, Lexington 3. The Wildcats lost in their regular-season/Region 5-4A opener. Lexington travels to face South Aiken on Thursday and hosts the annual Wildcat Invitational tournament this weekend at Pine Grove Sports Complex.
Dutch Fork 13, South Aiken 1. The Silver Foxes (4-1) blew by the Thoroughbreds in the Region 5-4A opener for both teams. DF hosts Blythewood tonight and returns to region play on Friday at Aiken. Cassidy Piccirillo delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the first for the only runs pitcher Haley Elkins would need.
Dreher 23, Lower Richland 3. The Blue Devils bounced back from a wild 18-13 season-opening loss to Irmo on Monday to overpower the Diamond Hornets in the Region 4-3A opener for both teams. Dreher travels to Westwood for another region game on Thursday and closes out a busy week with a rare appearance in the Wildcat Invitational tournament this weekend.
Airport 6, Cardinal Newman 4. The Eagles received just enough pitching from Destiny Weaver and just enough hitting from Kayla Sutton, Chaston Hunley and Jessica Brown, who combined for seven safeties. Sutton led the way with three hits. Airport enters this weekend’s Wildcat Invitational tournament with a 2-0 record.
Pelion 13, Swansea 6. The Panthers roughed up the Tigers in the regular season opener for both teams. Pelion begins Region 3-2A play on Fridat at home against Eau Claire. Swansea has a non-region homer game against Ridge View tonight and travels to Midlands Valley on Friday for its Region 5-3A opener.
Newberry 15, Ridge View 11. The Blazers were productive offensively, but still fell short against the Class 2A Bulldogs. Tori Taylor had three hits, including a double and a home run and Rebecca Ebbrecht had two hits and three RBIs. RV hosts Lower Richland on Friday.