The Hilton Head Island High School baseball team must complete a simple game after most practices before being allowed to leave the field.
The goal of the game -- dubbed "21" -- is to record, naturally, 21 consecutive outs without recording an error.
"We'll be going good and somebody will make an error and we'll be like, 'Aww,' " pitcher Cameron Stoltz said.
But Stoltz has heard those groans from his teammates less often in recent weeks.
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"We're getting through it more easily," he said. "It's fun."
Hilton Head High used its pitching and defense to get past visiting Corbin (Ky.) High again Wednesday night, as the Seahawks cruised past the Redhounds, 14-0, in the third meeting of a four-game series. The Seahawks recorded another errorless game while Stoltz and reliever Andrew Cyr combined to issue just one walk and one hit batter.
"Our brand of baseball has got to be keep the walks down and keep the errors down," coach Chris Wells said. "We've done that three nights in a row. We've done that for a few weeks now.
"We've got to continue to play that way."
Stoltz (3-1) picked up the win for the Seahawks, as the right-hander fired three shutout innings while striking out seven. He located his fastball for strikes and effectively used his changeup, a pitch he's rarely gone to this season, he said.
"I was just (trying to) work ahead, stay ahead and try to let my defense do what they do best," said Stoltz, who also went 2 for 2 at the plate with an RBI double.
The Seahawks posted a pair of seven-run innings in the first two frames to give Stoltz plenty of breathing room. First baseman Storm Grisham started the onslaught with a two-run double and shortstop Kevin Hickey added a bases-clearing double an inning later. The Seahawks pounded out 12 hits in all, three of which came from Grisham, who finished 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
"We just came out here and put it on them early and hit the ball really well," Grisham said. "That's what we've been needing the last couple of games to really spark our offense."
Things are beginning to come together for the Seahawks (11-3), who will go for the sweep of the Redhounds (3-9) today at 1 p.m. Hilton Head High has outscored Corbin 34-1 through the first three meetings.
"Our team is looking really strong, especially as of late now that we've started hitting the ball," Grisham said. "I think we'll definitely be a force for the next couple weeks and into the playoffs."
If Hilton Head High does indeed become a force from here on out, it will have its improved defense to thank for it. After all, it was just less than one month ago that Wells' team committed six errors in an 18-4 loss to Beaufort High on the Seahawks' home field.
"Big picture, our goal every year is to get better throughout the year," Wells said. "We want to be playing better in March than we were in February. Same thing in April and same thing come May. We're on pace for that."
Corbin, Ky. 000 00 -- 0 3 4
Hilton Head High 770 0X -- 14 12 0
WP: Cameron Stoltz (3-1) 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.
LP: Chad Brown 2 IP, 12 H, 14 R, 10 ER, 4 BB, 0 K.
Top hitters: Corbin, Ky. - Marcus Kuhl 1 for 2, 2B; Trace Vorbek 1 for 2, 2B. Hilton Head High - Storm Grisham 3 for 3, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Kevin Hickey 1 for 4, 2B, 3 RBI; Michael Haven 2 for 3, BB, RBI; Brandon Johnson 2 for 3, HBP; Cameron Stoltz 2 for 2, BB, 2B, RBI.