Whitney Morrell put some punctuation on the end of the Bluffton softball team's postseason opener Thursday night, launching a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Bobcats a 14-3 victory over North Myrtle Beach in the first round of the District VII playoffs.
The Bobcats were cruising along comfortably with a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Morrell's slam ended it. She finished the night 2 for 4, also hitting a double, with six RBIs.
Kim Kerby went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs for Bluffton (17-2).
Courtney Smith picked up the win, striking out seven.
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The Bobcats continue district play at 2 p.m. Saturday, hosting either Georgetown or Cane Bay.
St. James 3, Hilton Head Island High 0: St. James pitcher Alexis Gunnell held the Seahawks to just three hits -- a double by Ariana Tolerton and singles by Haley Lewis and Macy Moore -- as the Sharks handed Hilton Head High a defeat in the first round of the District VIII playoffs.
Whitney Halley pitched six scoreless innings of relief for the Seahawks. Peyton Leitner started the game, giving up three runs in the first inning.
Hilton Head High will try to stay alive in the double-elimination district bracket tonight, playing at Socastee at 6 p.m.
Thomas Heyward Academy 15, St. Andrew's 0, 3 innings: Thomas Heyward's five seniors combined to go 14 for 14 as the Rebels (18-1) wrapped up their second straight SCISAA Region 1-AA title. The Rebels' outs were all recorded on the basepaths in the run-rule, three-inning game.
Ashlie Layman led the seniors, going 3 for 3 with five RBIs at the plate and facing nine batters on the mound, striking out seven and allowing no hits and one walk.
Among the rest of the seniors, Caitlyn Cooler and Kayla Canavan were both 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, Brianna Kelnhofer was 3 for 3 and Andrea Daring was 2 for 2 with a home run.
Brielle Jungblut was 3 for 3 with an inside-the-park home run, while Jamie Malphrus, Taylor Ernestine and Chandler Cook were all 3 for 3.
Thomas Heyward faces Cardinal-Newman at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Columbia.
Middle School -- Beaufort County Championships: McCracken 11, Beaufort 1
Whale Branch 12, St. John's 4: Malik Fields struck out eight in five innings, and Ty Fields had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Warriors to a road victory in their District VII opener of the Class 1-A playoffs.
Dee Delaney added two hits, including a triple, and scored three runs. He also pitched two innings of relief for Whale Branch (11-9), which moves on in the winner's bracket. The Warriors play at Lamar at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Thomas Heyward Academy 11, First Baptist 7: The Rebels wrapped up their regular season and wrapped up the SCISAA Region 1-AA title in the process.
Ryan Day got the win and JD Tuten earned the save for the Rebels (13-8), who finished 6-0 in region play.
Taylor Cowart was 2 for 4 and Day went 2 for 3 to lead the offense. Will Richardson was 1 for 3 and Tuten was 1 for 2.
Thomas Heyward will open the SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs Monday against an opponent to be determined.
Hilton Head Prep 12, St. Andrew's 2: Randy Young threw a complete-game two-hitter as the Dolphins concluded their season with a win. Young finished with three strikeouts.
John Sheehan led Hilton Head Prep's offense, going 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. Marcus Hindall had a double, a triple, one RBI and four runs scored for the Dolphins (8-8-1).
Region 7-AAA Championship: Led by Chris O'Donnell, the Hilton Head Island High School boys held off host Bluffton to claim the Region 7-AAA Championship at Island West.
The Seahawks won by four strokes, totaling 320. Bluffton -- led by region medalist Alec Weary, who shot a 74 -- finished with 324, Berkeley had a total of 352 and Cane Bay was last at 439.
O'Donnell shot a 76 for Hilton Head High and was one of four Seahawks named to the all-region team. Joining him were teammates Andrew Orischak (81), Troy Hoisington (81) and Brooks Moody (82).
In addition to Weary, Bluffton had two other all-region performers -- Wesley Long (78) and James Elliot Johnson (83).
Berkeley's Krammer Jance (83) also was named all-region.
Hilton Head High and Bluffton will move on to the Lower State tournament, being held May 7 in Myrtle Beach.
Hilton Head Christian 2, Beaufort Academy 1 (PK): Hannah Reynolds found the net for the winning goal in the penalty-kick round after the teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime.
Alyssa Lane had the other successful penalty kick for Hilton Head Christian (8-10), which got its lone goal in regulation from Nicole Sicilia around the 13-minute mark of the first half.
Miranda Weslake scored in the 65th minute for Beaufort Academy's goal.
Hilton Head Christian has one game remaining, 4 p.m. Tuesday at Hilton Head Prep. The winner will make the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs.
Beaufort High 6, Colleton County 0: The Eagles finished the regular season 16-5 and 8-0 in Region 8-AAAA. They will host North Augusta at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the 4-A playoffs.
Singles: 1. Rohan Desai d. Robert Bonds 6-0, 6-3; 2. Damonte Glass d. Keny Johnson 6-2,, 6-2; 3. Brogan Ferry d. Charles Bailey 6-0, 6-0; 4. Connor Anderson d. Cody Courson 6-0, 6-0; 5. Robert Jepson d. Trent Bridge 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: 1. Desai/Glass d. Bonds/Johnson 8-6.
TRACK & FIELD
Region 8-AAAA Championships (Wednesday): Both the Beaufort High School boys and girls teams captured team titles while hosting the region meet. Beaufort's Carolyn Bostick was named boys coach of the year, and Beaufort's Herbert Glaze was the girls coach of the year in the region.
The Beaufort High boys won all three jumping events and the pole vault, and used their depth throughout to secure the title.
Alexia Neal won both hurdles events, and Stephanie Taylor-Pollock was first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes for the Beaufort High girls. The Eagles won eight of the 17 girls events.
Boys -- Beaufort High 122, Fort Dorchester 96, Summerville 81, Ashley Ridge 47, Colleton County 7
Girls -- Beaufort High 150, Summerville 72, Ashley Ridge 65, Colleton County 39, Fort Dorchester 28
Event Results (Winners)
1600: Drew Buering, FD, 4:46.90
3200: Drew Buering, FD, 10:24.10
800: Drew Buering, FD, 2:02.27
110 Hurdles: Davon Anderson, Summerville, 14.05
400 Hurdles: Randy Thomas, Beaufort, 57.24
High Jump: Henry Jenkins, Beaufort, 6-0
Long Jump: Martin Washington, Beaufort, 20-8
Triple Jump: Parrish Holmes, Beaufort, 41-11.5
4x100 Relay: Summerville, 41.40
4x400 Relay: Beaufort 3:25.54
4x800 Relay: Fort Dorchester 8:14.81
100: Michael Thomas, Summerville, 10.85
200: Davon Anderson, Summerville, 21.78
400: Kyle Simmons, Summerville, 50.62
Discus: Malik Graham, AR, 140-0
Shot Put: Trey Privette, Summerville, 45-11
Pole Vault: Codrian Smalls, Beaufort, 12-0
1600: Emily Scott, AR, 5:35.10
3200: Rene Bourgeous, Summerville, 12:10.80
800: Madison Maddox, Beaufort, 2:31.50
100 Hurdles: Alexia Neal, Beaufort, 15.28
400 Hurdles: Alexia Neal, Beaufort, 1:08.84
High Jump: RoShani Glover, Summerville, 5-2
Long Jump: RoShani Glover, Summerville, 17-4
Triple Jump: RoShani Glover, Summerville, 37-2
4x100 Relay: Beaufort, 48.60
4x400 Relay: Beaufort, 4:08.56
4x800 Relay: Ashley Ridge, 10:03.42
100: Stephanie Taylor-Pollock, Beaufort, 12.37
200: Stephanie Taylor-Pollock, Beaufort, 25.86
400: Faith Calloway, CC, 59.34
Discus: Jalacy Green, CC, 134-6
Shot Put: Jalacy Green, CC, 43-5.5
Pole Vault: Madeline Aune, Beaufort, 11-6