Prep Roundup, April 14: Beaufort High falls in final of Hanahan baseball tourney

info@islandpacket.comApril 14, 2012 

HANAHAN -- Friday the 13th turned out to be a good Friday for the Ashley Ridge baseball team. The Swamp Foxes rallied from a three-run deficit to top Beaufort High School, 6-5, on Friday night to win the Hanahan Invitational Tournament.

Irv Batten had another big hit to win the game. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, he hit a blooper just past the mound that pitcher Mark Jones couldn't handle. Pinch-runner Jacob Thompson scored from third, and the Swamp Foxes celebrated perhaps the biggest accomplishment in their brief, four-year history.

The night before, Batten had a two-run double that produced the winning runs in a 4-2 decision over Louisville Male (Ky.).

"He's another great kid," Ashley Ridge coach B.J. Bellush said of Batten, who plays shortstop. "He's worked, worked and worked to get better. Our motto is we'll outwork the other team, and he is a proof of that. He's done a great job of filling the shoes of Alex Christmas."

The Swamp Foxes avenged their only loss of the season and improved to 18-1. Beaufort High beat the Swamp Foxes earlier in the season to end Ashley Ridge's nine-game winning streak.

Bellush was proud of the way his team kept its composure when it trailed by three runs.

"That's what we preached from Day 1 -- mental toughness," he said. "The kids are mentally tough. They never quit. To get a win against a team like this is a great accomplishment."

The Swamp Foxes got a gutsy effort from starting pitcher Grant Jenot, who wore No. 13 on Friday the 13th. He scattered seven hits in six innings. Lorenzo White came on in relief and was credited with the victory.

"We finished second in the region our first two years (of existence)," Bellush said. "Our goal this year is to win some hardware. We wanted to win this. Now, we want to win the region."

Weber Pike went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs to spark Beaufort High. Mitchell Stewart also had two hits for the Eagles.

Eagles starter Carson Gregory worked 5 1-3 innings beofre giving way to reliever Mark Jones.

Beaufort High (14-7) returns to action Monday against visiting Fort Dorchester.


Whale Branch 12, Ridgeland 2 (5 innings): Danny Makowski held Ridgeland to two hits in five innings for the victory, and helped his own cause by collecting two hits and an RBI at the plate.

Ty Fields had two hits and two RBIs for the Warrirors (8-8 overall, 8-3 Region 5-A), who host Bethune-Bowman at 5 p.m. Monday.


Battery Creek 3, Woodland 2: Cali Caulder scored three goals -- including the game-winner with 30 seconds left -- to help the Dolphins earn a hard-fought victory on Senior Night.

The Dolphins led 2-0 in the first half, but Woodland rallied to tie it in the second half.

Samantha Colleran made 18 saves in goal for Battery Creek (5-4), which had 36 shots on goal of its own.

The Dolphins play at Cane Bay on Tuesday still looking for their first win in Region 7-AAA.


Hilton Head High 2, Beaufort High 1: Chris MacMurray's goal in the 35th minute proved to be the game-winner for the Seahawks against the host Eagles.

Francisco Gomez opened the scoring for Hilton Head High with a goal in the 24th minute.

Beaufort High's Hector Lopez spoiled the shutout with a goal in the 64th minute.

Hilton Head High goalkeeper Mike Ritterbeck made four saves. His Beaufort High counterpart, Pedro Garamillo, stopped six shots.

The Seahawks (7-3) next play at Berkeley on Tuesday.

Battery Creek 9, Woodland 1: Oscar Tierrablanca and William Lopez each scored twice and had an assist as Class 3-A's ninth-ranked team cruised to victory on Senior Night.

Alan Escobar added a goal and three assists, and Manny Gonzalez had a goal and two assists. John Saullo, Lucas Basuino and Benjamin Barbosa also scored goals for the Dolphins.

Manuel Mejia made two saves in goal for Battery Creek (8-2-1), which hosts Cane Bay on Tuesday.


Beaufort High 6, Ashley Ridge 0 (Thursday): The Eagles remained undefeated in Region 8-AAAA. They still have not dropped an individual match yet in region play. Beaufort High (11-4 overall, 4-0 region) plays at Aiken on Monday.

Singles: No. 1 Malcolm Kates def. Blair Healey 6-0, 6-3; No. 2 James Bachety def. Jeremy Heirra 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 Hunter Pylant def. Doug Nebel 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 Alex Angus def. Sean Kemper 6-1, 3-6, 10-6; No. 5 Anthony Williams def. Rob Forman 6-2, 6-0

Doubles: No. 2 Daniel Lange/Fred Tkach def. Tyler Payne/Brian Longerdan 6-0, 6-0

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