Battery Creek 6, Hilton Head Island High 3: The Battery Creek baseball team picked up a crucial victory Saturday in its quest to lock up a postseason spot, as Shane Dixon tossed a complete game to lead the Dolphins to a 6-3 win over Hilton Head Island High School.
Battery Creek has one Region 7-AAA game remaining on its schedule, Monday at Lake Marion. If the Dolphins defeat Lake Marion -- which is winless in the region -- they would lock up Region 7's final playoff spot. A Battery Creek loss would put Bluffton into the playoffs.
The Dolphins grabbed an early lead against the Seahawks and never looked back, going ahead 6-0 by the third inning.
Dixon finished with five strikeouts.
Rusty Willman led Battery Creek, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Tommy Smith was 2 for 2 with an RBI, and Michael Jennings was 2 for 3.
Andrew Cyr (1-1) took the loss for Hilton Head High (17-5 overall, 6-4 region), which has locked up the second seed for next week's district tournament. The Seahawks will host their playoff opener Thursday against North Myrtle Beach.
Northwood Academy 16, Hilton Head Prep 1 (Friday): Marcus Hindall went 2 for 2 in the Dolphins' loss. James Leonard also had a hit for Hilton Head Prep. The Dolphins (7-7) next host Porter-Gaud on Tuesday.
Pinewood Prep 4, Hilton Head Christian 3 (PK): The Eagles nearly dealt the first region loss of the season to Pinewood Prep, but the host team scored a late second-half goal to tie the game and then topped the Christian Academy 3-2 on penalty kicks for the win.
"While it was tough to lose such a close game, I'm very proud of our team for pushing a quality team like Pinewood to the furthest limit," said Christian Academy coach Ben Gerdts.
Nicole Sicilia scored a pair of goals for Hilton Head Christian (6-10 overall, 4-6 SCISAA Region 3-AAA), and Audrey Bensch had one goal. Addy Bensch, Hannah Reynolds and Rebecca Meeder had assists.
The Eagles play at Northwood Academy at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
TRACK & FIELD
Moe's Invitational: Battery Creek's girls team finished second, behind host Cane Bay, and the Battery Creek boys were 11th in Saturday's 22-school meet in Summerville.
Battery Creek's Gretchen Brown was named the girls' most outstanding field athlete after taking first in both the triple jump and long jump.
La'Schirrae Morrall won the girls 400-meter run. Quamecha Morrison took second in the high jump, and Daisja Cannon was second in the 100-meter dash. The Dolphins also were second in the 4x100 relay (Cannon, Brown, Morrall and Morrison).
Javon Livingston led Battery Creek's boys, finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles. Justice Oliver was fourth in the triple jump.
The Dolphins will be competing in the Region 7-AAA meet Wednesday at Cane Bay.
SPEED & STRENGTH
SCISAA state speed and strength meet: Thomas Heyward Academy won the SCISAA Class 2-A state speed and strength competition Saturday at Hilton Head Christian Academy.
The Rebels claimed individual championships in six weight classes. Forrest Richardson, Andrew Fowler, Brady Childers, Ryan Day, John Padgett and Nick Keiffer won their weight divisions. Hayden Daley and JD Tuten were runners-up.
The Rebels were coached by Michael Heath and Nic Shuford.
Thomas Heyward Academy winners:
Forrest Richardson (130 pounds & under) -- Overall champion; Power Clean, Pro Shuttle, 40 yd dash, Vertical Jump, Broad Jump
Andrew Fowler (131-140) -- Overall champion; Vertical Jump
Brady Childers (141-150) -- Overall champion; Power Clean, Pro Shuttle, Vertical Jump
JD Tuten (151-160) -- Runner-up
Ryan Day (161-170) -- Overall champion; Bench Press, Power Clean, Pro Shuttle, 40 yd dash, Vertical Jump
Bryan Lee Wade (171-180) -- Pro Shuttle
John Padgett (181-190) -- Overall champion; Power Clean, Broad Jump
Hayden Daley (191-205) -- Runner-up; 40 yard dash, Vertical Jump
Nick Keiffer (221-235) -- Overall champion; Power Clean, Pro Shuttle, 40 yd dash, Vertical Jump, Broad Jump