The Lowcountry Heat and Beaufort Ospreys split an American Legion baseball doubleheader Tuesday night in Beaufort, with the Hilton Head Island squad taking the opening game, 2-1, and the home team winning the nightcap, 7-1.
All four pitchers in the doubleheader threw complete games.
Ryan Ward starred in the opener, striking out 16 in a three-hitter to lead Post 185 to the 2-1 win -- the team's fifth straight victory. Taylor Place led the offense for the Lowcountry Heat, going 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Mitchell Stewart was the tough-luck loser in the first game, striking out 10 and allowing two unearned runs.
Shane Dixon went all seven innings for Beaufort (2-6) in winning the nightcap.
Mark Jones had the hot bat for the Ospreys, going 2 for 4 with a pair of triples, three RBIs and two runs scored. Matt Thorpe was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Lincoln Fuller took the loss for the Heat (5-3), giving up only one earned run in going the distance.
The Heat play a doubleheader at Summerville on Thursday, and the Ospreys play two at West Ashley on Friday. The Ospreys also play a makeup doubleheader Tuesday at home against Summerville.