Prep Notebook, May 31: Beaufort baseball player Tilton signs with Erskine

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com, ccox@islandpacket.comMay 31, 2013 

Erskine was looking for one more big bat, and someone who could play the corners.

David Tilton was looking for interest above what he had been shown from junior colleges.

The Beaufort High School senior wasted little time committing to the Flying Fleet, a Division II program which competes in the Conference Carolinas. He made the decision official this week, signing Wednesday at the high school.

"It was just the opportunity they gave me," Tilton said. "I really couldn't pass it up."

Tilton said he liked Erskine's young coaching staff. Coaches told him he could earn a spot at first base, which will be open entering the season, or at third, where Tilton played as a senior.

First base is where Tilton has played the most. He spent the early part of his final high school season adjusting to the intricacies of third base -- being aware of bunts and the additional footwork.

"If I'm at third, I need to stay at it and keep getting reps," said Tilton, who is also playing third base for Beaufort's American Legion team.

Erskine coaches saw Tilton play a tournament at Lander and later texted him to measure his interest. Tilton had heard from some smaller schools, but the Flying Fleet came on strongest.

Erskine finished 27-24 in 2013, and 9-12 in conference play.

BOBCATS SOFTBALL FINISHES HIGH

It took a deep run in this year's Class 4-A playoffs to do it, but the Bluffton softball team still managed to end the year with its highest ranking of the season.

The Bobcats, who captured the District VI championship earlier this spring, ended the year ranked fifth in the Class 4-A poll. Its the best mark coach Bill Ball's club achieved this year after spending most of the regular season unranked.

Bluffton's first year in the state's highest classification was a banner one for the program. The Bobcats finished 22-8 and advanced to the Lower State championship round against Summerville after capturing the District VI title, which featured two wins in one day against Carolina Forest, which entered the championship round up 2-0 before Bluffton pulled the upset.

Summerville finished No. 2 in the poll behind only state champion Boiling Springs. Byrnes, Clover and Bluffton made up the rest of the top five.

MOUSSEAU TAKES NATIONAL AWARD

Hilton Head High senior Josh Mousseau took home the Senior Excellence Award this season, which is awarded annually by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Mousseau, a captain that helped guide the Seahawks to their first boys soccer state championship, was recognized for "his exceptional contributions to the team while exemplifying the finest attributes of a high school student athlete," coach Wayne Quinlan said in an email.

H2A SWIMMERS EARN VALEDICTORIAN HONORS

Three Hilton Head Aquatics seniors earned Valedictorian honors at their respective schools this year.

Hilton Head Christian Academy's Charlie Guenther will represent the Eagles before attending the Honors College at the University of South Carolina next year. Alexander Reamy of Hilton Head Island High, who will attend the Honors College at Arizona State University, also earned the award. Emily Hammond of the Heritage Academy rounded out the trio and will head to UCLA in the fall.

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