When the government hit the emergency brake on Clinton High School – not just sports, but everything onsite except meals – there hadn’t been enough games played to get a statistical sample.

Rain washed out much of what was scheduled. Then the COVID-19 pandemic shut down everything else. The educational program limped along in home study.

The Red Devils’ best spring program, boys’ tennis, never swung a racquet that was officially recorded. Clinton won the Class 3A upper-state championship with a roster that was mostly intact and a year older.

Softball opened its season with four straight victories in the season-opening tournament it hosted, besting Spartanburg, Whitmire, Blacksburg and Abbeville.

Then Union County handed Clinton a 3-2 setback in the only Region 3-3A contest played, and Whitmire returned the favor with a 7-5 victory on March 10, leaving the record at 4-2 at hiatus.

Not only had the girls’ soccer team won its first three matches. The Red Devils hadn’t allowed so much as a goal. Clinton blanked Laurens 1-0 and both Cambridge Academy and Dixie by 3-0 tallies.

When the boys’ soccer squad ran into the viral brick wall, its record was 3-5, with victories over Chapman, Laurens and Travelers Rest coupled with losses to Ridge View, Hammond, Hillcrest, Dixie and Providence Athletic Club.

The baseball team took its lumps in a preseason tournament but split its first two official games, defeating Broome 9-4 after falling to region rival Union County, 17-6.