The defending state champion St. James Sharks -- and ace left-hander Anders DeShields -- were too much for Hilton Head Island High School to overcome, as the Seahawks were defeated in the Class 3-A District VIII baseball championship game Wednesday night in Murrells Inlet, 4-1.
DeShields, who also defeated the Seahawks earlier in the district tournament, held Hilton Head High to two hits. The junior had his best stuff working as scouts watched him propel the Sharks into the Lower State tournament.
"He's the real deal," Hilton Head High coach Chris Wells said. "He's probably the most polished pitcher we've seen all year."
Kevin Hickey's single in the first inning scored Michael Haven to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead, but they were shut out from there.
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St. James tied it up in the bottom of the fourth on three straight singles, and then pulled away in the fifth with a pair of home runs. The Sharks finished with nine hits.
"Two good teams going at it; they made a few more plays than we did," Wells said.
Mat Clark (4-4) took the loss for Hilton Head High, which finishes the season at 19-7.
Lamar 6, Whale Branch 0: Alex Dorriety held the Warriors to four hits in a complete-game shutout, eliminating Whale Branch in the Class 1-A District VII championship game in Lamar.
Lamar scored four runs in the first inning and kept the Warriors (13-12) in check the rest of the way to advance to the Lower State tournament.
"We threatened a couple of times, we just couldn't quite get it," Whale Branch coach Dean Hawkins said.
Jay Delaney pitched five innings of scoreless relief for Whale Branch, allowing only two hits. Lamar only had four hits total.
Malik Fields led Whale Branch's offense with two hits. Dee Delaney and Jamelle Brown also had hits.
The Warriors lose four seniors to graduation, but will return their entire starting infield and three of their top four pitchers for next season.
Beaufort Academy 8, Patrick Henry 0: Mary Alice Strohemeyer and Madeleine Griffith scored two goals apiece as the Eagles finished up play in SCISAA Region 1-AA with a perfect 4-0 mark.
Shelby Mixson, Katie Gay, Molly Harrop and McKenzie Blake also scored goals for Beaufort Academy (10-4). Charlotte Delfosse made two saves in the shutout.
The Eagles close out their regular season at 4 p.m. today at home against Cathedral Academy.
TRACK & FIELD
SCISAA Region 3-AAA championships: The Hilton Head Christian Academy track and field team concluded its first regular season last week, with the boys finishing second and the girls third in the region meet at Wilson Hall in Sumter.
Porter-Gaud won the boys title, and the Eagles edged out Pinewood Prep by half a point for second place.
Hilton Head Christian's Jamario Williams was named the male athlete of the meet, as he won gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. He was also part of the Eagles' winning 4x100 relay team with Tyler Chisholm, DeAngelo Clark and Alex Martin.
Martin was crowned region champion in the 400 hurdles with a personal best and state qualifying time of 1:02.94.
Clark earned a bronze medal in the 100, and Chisholm was fourth as the Eagles had three of the top four spots.
The Eagles took second in the 4x400 relay. That team consisted of Martin, Will Minter, Evan Hill and Rasheed Dais.
On the girls' side, the Eagles' 4x800 relay team of Mary Hannah Lewis, Carley Wilson, Kate Bennett and Destiny Cook-Herndon posted a qualifying time for this weekend's state meet while finishing third. Also placing third for the Eagles were Anna Catherine Graham in the 200 meters and the 4x400 team of Graham, Bennett, Nena Brown and Wilson.