The SJCS Varsity girls soccer team knocked off one of the top Class 5A teams in the state Tuesday night, defeating Mauldin 1-0 on penalty kicks.
The Knights and the visiting Mavericks were scoreless through two 40-minute halves and two five-minute overtime periods. Bryn Bissinger, Caroline Tally, Daphne Reyes and Bailey Manfredi converted penalty kicks for St. Joe’s, but Mauldin also made good on four of its shots.
When the match went to sudden death PKs, Claire McKinley, Victoria Kucaba, Taylor Scott, Lauren Mruz and Ellie Peterman all scored for St. Joe’s, and senior goalkeeper Rachel Marlar came up big to make the difference for the Knights.
John Eberstein pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, and the undefeated SJCS Middle School baseball team beat Landrum 6-2 in front of a big crowd at Lasorda Family Field on Tuesday.
Eberstein allowed one run, and then Matt Patterson relieved him, got the last four outs and picked up the save. They were backed by strong infield play by Hampton Renfrow, Charlie Sanders and Lucas Thompson.
The Knights took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, getting key hits from Eberstein, Patterson and Luke Sustakovitch.
St. Joe’s (5-0) added three runs in the sixth inning. Patterson doubled and scored when Thompson tripled down the right-field line. Sustavokitch dropped a perfect bunt down the first-base line for an infield hit that scored Thompson, who came home on a single by Henry Dryden.
“These boys are exciting to watch, and it shows the future is bright for Coach Turmon’s program,” said Knights Coach Greg Simms.
The SJCS Varsity boys tennis team cruised to a 7-0 victory over host Christ Church on Tuesday.
Knights coach Ken Arp said the highlight of the match was Preston Saad’s 6-4, 7-6 (10-1) tiebreak victory.
“Preston gutted out a tight match, and I want to commend him on thinking his way strategically through to the end,” Coach Arp said.
JV Boys Tennis
The SJCS Junior Varsity boys tennis team came from behind to defeat visiting Christ Church 4-3 on Tuesday.
The Knights trailed 3-1 after their top three players lost hard-fought singles matches, but their lower seeds and doubles teams helped them rally.
“We got an outstanding effort by No. 1 Price Turner and No. 2 Bates Turner, who lost very close singles matches but teamed up for the deciding victory at No. 1 doubles,” said Knights coach Kevin Meyer.
Also for St. Joe’s, Jeremiah Adams and Ashton Hunnicutt won at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively, and Meyer Hoover-Dempsey and Braeden Donovan were victorious at No. 2 doubles.
Track and Field
The following athletes earned an invitation to the 2021 Top 16 Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic ELITE Invitational track & field meet on Saturday, April 24, based on their performances at one of seven state-wide region qualifiers this past Saturday at Seneca High School:
- Senior Caroline Linen for both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.
- Senior Brigid Alvis for the 800.
- Alvis, Linen, senior Madison Powers and 8th grader Lauren Kelly for the 4×800 relay.
- Senior Dylan McTigue for the 800.
- Dylan McTigue, seniors Tristan McTigue and Jeffrey Werth and sophomore Ryan Kane for the 4×800 relay.
Henry Hall and captain Joey Clary led the SJCS boys golf team to its best tournament result of the year Tuesday, a 322 — and a tie for seventh in a field of 14 teams — in the Greenville County High School Championship at Green Valley Country Club.
With a birdie on the final hole, Hall finished with an even-par 72, tied for seventh place and collected all-tournament team honors, while Clary carded a 75. Everett Babcock contributed an 86 to the team’s total. Ryan Gallagher and Cade Hagan rounded out the scoring for the Knights.