There's a country song that begins, "Your love is like the weather. It changes ... every day.

It's cold right now.

Lots of runs crossed the plate in baseball and softball games held on Tuesday. Let’s lead off with the close one.

Laurens Academy won a baseball joust in Johnston as the Crusaders warded off Wardlaw, 12-11, in spite of the homestanding Patriots scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning.


Five runs in the 4th inning gave LA (3-2) a lead it never relinquished. The Crusaders outhit the Pats, 13-10, but out-erred them, 8-0.

In the 4th, Nathan Bell drove in a run the hard way – he was hit by a pitch – and Ethan Collins and Jared Willard each drove in 2, the former with a single and the latter with a double.

Braydon Burke was 3-5 at the plate with a triple. Hack Hardy, Caleb Hardy, Evan Asalone and Clarence Bertoli each had 2 hits. One of Bertoli’s hits was a double.

Brady Johnson went 4-4, with 4 RBI, for Wardlaw (1-5). George Agner was only 1-5 but belted a 3-run homer.

None of the 6 runs charged winning pitcher Burke was earned. In fact, only 1 of the Patriots’ 11 runs was earned. Caleb Hardy got a tense save for the Crusaders, and Wardlaw’s Brody Rosier took the loss. All 12 of LA’s runs were earned.

Wardlaw won the softball game between the schools, 14-3. It was Laurens Academy’s opener, and errors were reportedly a hindrance.

Olivia Huck and Emily Suttles each went 2-3, and Addison Mitchum drove in 2 runs. Madison Loe had a double.

Softball was not particularly tense in the county on Tuesday. LA-Wardlaw was the closest game.

Turnabout was harsh in Laurens, where the Raiders pummeled Eastside in a softball fray that ended due to the traditional “30-run rule.” After Laurens (4-1) put a mere 18 runs on the board in the bottom of the the 4th, the Eagles went quietly in the 5th and the Raiders moved on with a 34-1 decision.

It was also rumored to be cold.

Addison Treveno had 5 hits in 6 at-bats. Peyton Herring and May Revis had 4 apiece. Kauree Munyan and Summer Nations each had 3. Nine players combine for 28 hits. Herring and Nations teamed up to limit Eastside to 6.

Revis, Munyan and Alyssa Rowe all homered in the 4th inning.

Union County defeated the Clinton softball team, 21-0.

Jireh Brown drove in 3 runs as the Laurens baseball junior varsity overran St. Joseph, 11-1.

Laurens won its boys soccer game with Brashier Middle College Charter -- that's a mouthful -- 4-1.

Clinton 's soccer teams, boys and girls, defeated Newberry, 1-0, and, 2-1, respectively.