Courtney Smith was two outs away from a no-hitter when a Stratford batter stroked a single on Tuesday evening.
Her bid for a no-hitter may have ended, but the Bobcats' life in the Class 4-A District VI playoffs did not. Bluffton won 4-0 and advances to play Carolina Forest on the road on Wednesday.
The Bobcats must win twice to oust Carolina Forest and advance.
Smith struck out nine and allowed just a hit and a walk.
The Bobcats were led at the plate by Mikyla Houghlan (three singles, two runs), Morganne Parker (two singles), Kim Kerby (two hits) and Whitney Morrell (single, double).
"A lot of the girls on my team have had the experience of other teams having to beat us twice to take away our shot at the title," Bluffton coach Bill Ball said. "They're ready for this."
Lexington 5, Beaufort High 4, 9 innings: The Eagles came back from a 4-0 sixth-inning deficit to tie the game and force extra innings only to surrender a two-out, two-strike walk-off home run in the ninth inning in the Class 4-A District VII playoffs.
The Eagles (20-11) out-hit the Wildcats 10-5 but saw their season come to an end.
"We played some good ball and had twice as many hits, but it didn't work out," Beaufort High coach Doug Plank said.
Jenny Mullins took the loss for the Eagles, striking out eight in 8 2-3 innings.
Michelle Brown and Mari Cook each had three hits for Beaufort High, while Chelsea Welty and Maddy Berry each had two.
Edisto 17, Battery Creek 2 (5 innings): Augusta Schubert had two hits and scored both runs for the Dolphins, driven in by a pair of singles from Emily Madlinger, but that was all the scoring for Battery Creek in Tuesday's Class 2-A District V elimination game at Cordova.
Edisto jumped out to a 7-0 advantage in the top of the first off losing pitcher Olivia Nolan and extended its lead to 17-1 in the bottom of the third inning.
Nolan allowed five hits and struck out two in 1 2-3 innings before she was relieved by Tori Hill.
Kristen Kitrell was 3 for 3 and Haley Cave was 2 for 4 with four RBIs for Edisto.
Winning pitcher Lacee Seegers struck out 10 and allowed four hits for Edisto (15-8), which travels to Barnwell on Wednesday for the District V final.
Battery Creek finishes the season 10-6.
Beaufort High 6, Cane Bay 0: The Eagles opened the Class 4-A playoffs with a shutout, winning a pair of tough battles at the No. 1 and 2 singles spots and cruising in the rest of the matches.
Beaufort High (14-10) advances to host Aiken in the second round of the playoffs at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Singles: No. 1 Alex Angus def. Alex Amble, 6-3, 2-6, 10-6; No. 2 Nubian Jean Charles def. Jarett Rabon, 6-2, 6-7, 10-7; No. 3 Jack Louw def. Mac MaGee, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Rohan Desai def. Tyler Hughes, 6-3, 6-3; No. 5 Brogan Ferry def. Zach Laske, 6-1, 6-1
Doubles: No. 2 Daniel Lange/Skyler Bursch def. Dakota Topel/Michael Battery 6-0, 6-1
Hilton Head Island 318, James Island 362, Berkeley 367, Hanahan 396, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 483: All five Hilton Head Island golfers were named all-region as the Seahawks dominated the Region 8-AAA championship at Golden Bear.
Brooks Moody was the medalist with a 76, while Andrew Orischak and Gavin Lindstrom shot 78. Troy Hoisington shot 86 and Chris O'Donnell was at 87.
James Island's Lucus McNellis (80) and Berkeley's Blaine Newman (87) were the two other all-region selections.
Hilton Head Christian Academy 5, Hilton Head Prep 1: Allison Meeder scored a pair of goals to lead the Eagles over their rival on Senior Night.
Lexi Lainhart, Abigail Bensch and Rebecca Meeder -- one of two seniors on the Eagles roster, along with Summer Johnson -- scored the other goals for HHCA (16-5 overall, 9-3 region).
The Eagles wrap up their regular season with a non-region game at St. Andrew's at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Megan Frederick scored the lone goal for Hilton Head Prep.
Beaufort High 3, Summerville 0: Molly Murphy scored twice, and Tori Owens netted the other goal as the Eagles wrapped up their Region 8-AAAA schedule with a win.
Goalkeeper Kayla King made five saves for Beaufort High (8-8-2 overall, 7-3 region), which hosts Hilton Head High on Friday.
The Eagles will begin the playoffs Monday, hosting an undetermined opponent.
Colleton County 4, Battery Creek 0: Tabitha Spurlock made 13 saves in the non-region loss for the Dolphins, who play Thursday at Wade Hampton.
Beaufort High 4, Battery Creek 3 (OT): David Seguine scored the game-winner for Beaufort High with about a minute to go in overtime.
Josh Vellucci scored two goals, giving him 30 on the year, and Santee Rabon had the other goal in regulation for Beaufort (12-8), which will host Cane Bay at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the Class 4-A playoffs.
William Lopez scored two goals and added an assist for visiting Battery Creek. Oscar Tierrablanca scored the other Dolphins goal.
Miguel Mejia made six saves for Battery Creek (8-9), which travels to Wade Hampton on Thursday.
JV: Beaufort High 1, Battery Creek 0
Hilton Head Prep 4, Hilton Head Christian Academy 3 (OT): Logan Clark scored on a long volley in stoppage time of the overtime period, lifting Hilton Head Prep.
Hilton Head Christian led 2-1 at halftime, but Hilton Head Prep rallied to take a 3-2 lead with about 90 seconds remaining. Hilton Head Christian then scored with 20 seconds to play, sending it to overtime.
Will Peterkin and Teron Daley scored goals, and Lucas McMillan scored on a penalty kick for Prep (8-10). Ryan Henderson had two assists and Sean O'Connor had one. Prep goalkeepers Zen Wiggins and Zenon Parker combined for seven saves.
The Dolphins host Beaufort Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Hilton Head High 8, Berkeley 0: Chip Tremarelli scored four goals as the Seahawks finished up Region 8-AAA play with an easy win.
Chris MacMurray, Koben Barrientos, Chase Hoffman and Kebin Lopez added one goal apiece, and goalkeeper Conner Goulet didn't have to make any saves for the shutout.
Hilton Head High (17-4 overall, 9-1 region) will host Airport in the first round of the Class 3-A playoffs on Tuesday.