Sumter boys soccer finishes 2nd in Region VI-5A

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FLORENCE - Connor McAlister scored two goals and had an assist as Sumter defeated South Florence 4-1 on Tuesday at the Bruins field to finish second in Region VI-5A.

TJ Simmons and Chris Reyes also scored goals for the Gamecocks with Reyes, Travis Disher and Caleb Turner also tallying assists.

SHS is now 9-5 overall and finishes 6-4 in the region. It will play Manning today at home at 6 p.m. with playoffs beginning May 2.

Thomas Sumter 1

Trinity-Byrnes 0

DALZELL - Thomas Sumter Academy converted on four penalty kicks to defeat Trinity-Byrnes 1-0 on Wednesday at General Field and secure the top spot in its region.

David Crotts, Zach Fugate, John Bracewell and Devin Harwell all made PKs, with Harwell's sealing the victory for the Generals.

Ross Campbell blocked the first two penalty kicks against T-B for TSA in goal.

VARSITY BASEBALL

Wilson Hall 11

Florence Christian 0

FLORENCE - Charlton Commander threw a 1-hit shutout to lead Wilson Hall to an 11-0 victory over Florence Christian School on Tuesday at the FCS Field.

Commander struck out seven for the Barons, who improved to 12-5 overall and 4-1 in SCISA Region II-3A. Commander also had two hits.

Trent Elmore had two hits, including a home run, and McLendon Sears had two hits. Josh Knowlton had a double.

WH plays host to Laurence Manning Academy on Friday.

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VARSITY SOCCER

Sumter 3

South Florence 0

Sumter High School clinched a berth in the 5A state playoffs with a 3-0 victory over South Florence on Tuesday at the SHS field.

Mary Kate Shaffer scored all three goals for the Lady Gamecocks, who improved to 8-7 overall and finished 4-6 in Region V.

Brittney Lee, Gillian Hagerty and Sophia Haughton each had an assist. Morgan Pringle had the shutout in goal.

VARSITY SOFTBALL

Wilson Hall 20

Hammond 7

COLUMBIA - Danielle deHoll had two hits and drove in five runs as Wilson Hall routed Hammond 20-7 on Wednesday at Hammond field.

Madison Sliwonik picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Barons and had two hits and drove in three runs. Carly Allred had three hits, scored three runs, and had an RBI. Madison Elmore had two hits, drove in two and scored three.

Drake Ives had two doubles and three RBI while Sydney Jarecki added three hits. Liza Lowder and Kathryn Sistare each had an RBI.

Carolina Academy 2

Thomas Sumter 1

DALZELL - Thomas Sumter Academy fell to 4-3 in SCISA Region II-2A with a 2-1 loss to Carolina Academy on Tuesday at the TSA field.

The Lady Generals, who are 7-5 overall, were led by Riley DeLavan. She had two hits and an RBI. Logan Morris had two hits and Carmen Silvester had a hit and scored a run.

JV SOFTBALL

Wilson Hall 14

Orangeburg Prep 4

Becca Cromer allowed just runs with four strikeouts and went 1-for-2 with a double at the plate to help lead Wilson Hall to a 14-4 victory over Orangeburg Prep on Wednesday in five innings.

Kailee Poston went 2-for-3 with a double with two RBI for the Lady Barons. Dani Hanley had three RBI, Kyndal Waynick, Mary Elis Waynick and Camyrn Bateman each went 1 for 3 while Abby Beatson went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs driven in. Ellie Stone had a hit and an RBI as well.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

USC Sumter 4-5

USC Salkehatchie 3-1

The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team swept a doubleheader from USC Salkehatchie in non-region play on Wednesday at Riley Park, rallying to walk-off with a 4-3 victory in eight innings in the opening game before taking the second contest 5-1.

The Fire Ants improved to 26-23 and will host Florence-Darlington Technical College in the their final regular-season games this weekend starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In the first game, Carter Boswell doubled home Lindsey Robinson, who reached on an error, with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap a late rally for USCS. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Boswell resulted in the tying run coming home.

Alex Tokar picked up the win in relief after tossing three scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Zach Hawkins got the start and allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout in five innings.

Chris Brown led the Fire Ants at the plate with two hits including a double and an RBI.

In the nightcap, Alex Sanchez picked up the win after going 5 2/3 innings and striking out nine.

He allowed just two hits and walked two. Harrison Merck picked up the save.

DJ Neal went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two runs driven in to lead the USCS offense.