Raiders to host Dreher at 5 p.m. Saturday
Three A.C. Flora pitchers combined for a two-hit 5-0 shutout Friday night, handing Laurens its first playoff loss in the Upper State Championship round at A.C. Flora.
The game was postponed from Thursday night due to rain and got started nearly 90 minutes later than originally scheduled Friday night. The Falcons will host Region 2-4A champion Eastside Saturday (May 14) at 7 p.m. Laurens is set to host Dreher (14-6) in an elimination game at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Falcons starter Jack Moseley and Laurens starter Parker Clarke were engaged in a pitchers duel over the first five innings with neither starter giving up a hit until the fifth inning.
Clarke, who was the hard-luck loser, went 4 1/3 innings allowing a hit. Mosely gave up one hit over five innings, striking out five and walking one to get the win.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, Laurens third baseman Jack Yarbrough hit a single to right field that Hunter Nabors followed up on by reaching on a walk, but Moseley struck out Bennett Edwards and Zay Pulley looking to end the inning. Jaedon Goodwin collected the Raiders’ only other hit, a single to center field, in the seventh.
Top-ranked A.C. Flora pushed across a run to take a 1-0 lead with two outs in the third. Clarke hit McLean Arnette with a pitch. Arnette then went from first base to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Thomas Willis error on a hard-hit ball to shortstop.
The Falcons added two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. In the fifth inning Clarke gave up back-to-back singles and a two-out, two-run double to Phillips Daniels. The Falcons got to Clarke for a two-out single followed by a walk. After a wild pitch that advanced both runners, they both scored on Willis’ second error of the game.
Clarke went the distance for the Raiders (15-13), allowing four hits, striking out six and walking two. Three of the Falcons’ runs were unearned.