By: Cory Welch – May 15, 2021
The second day of the opening round of the SCHSL playoffs are underway and the midday matinee between the Laurens Raiders and Catawba Ridge Copperheads caught the eye of this evaluator. Throughout the regular season, Laurens was one of the “surprise” stories in the state en route to their first region title since 2009. The Raiders went through a very talented Region 1-AAAA schedule with a 6-2 record and finished strong by winning the last four region contests. On the other side, Catawba Ridge is playing in their very first playoff game in school history. The school opened in August in 2019 and due to last year’s shutdown of the season, playoff baseball was not an option. They finished league play with an impressive 9-3 record setting up an obvious showdown for this Saturday afternoon ballgame.