Laurens District High School retired the baseball number, 23, of one of its greatest athletes, the late Charles Peterson, and superintendent Dr. Ameca Thomas, threw out the first pitch for the Raiders’ first home game at Ed Prescott Field.

Of course, the Raiders won, 16-4, over Emerald on Friday night.

Not that the game got off to the best of starts from a Laurens perspective, mind you.

In the first two innings, Emerald scored 3 runs off 1 hit, 2 Raider errors and 4 walks. Early shortcomings were soon forgotten.

Laurens (4-2) scored 4 runs in the first ining and 9 in the second. Caleb McLaughlin’s pitching line was not one to write home about. In an inning and a third, he allowed 10 hits, 12 runs (8 earned) and two walks. In the 9-run second, Thomas Willis, Mason Hamby, Zak Rice and Zach Faulkner ripped consecutive doubles. Then Austin McNuer merely rapped a single.

In the game, Laurens stockpiled 7 doubles – Rice and Faulkner had 2 each – and triples by Hamby and Sulli Pinson. Hamby was 3-for-3, lacked only a homer for the cycle, scored 4 runs and drove in 4. McNuer had 3 hits. Willis, Rice, Faulkner and Parker Wasson all had 2.

We swung it pretty well tonight,” head coach Tori Patterson said.

Duh. Few radio stations ever broadcast such a hit parade as what was delivered locally on WLBG.

Credited with the win was the second Raider hurler, Kalob Hamilton, who gave up a run and 4 hits in 2-1/3 innings in relief of lefty Preston Roberts.

Laurens (6-0) also clobbered Emerald in the junior varsity game, 7-1. Asher Goss hurled 4 innings and fanned 11 Vikings. Hunter Nabors and Bennett Edwards each had a pair of hits.