Bluffton 6, White Knoll 1: Courtney Smith got the Bluffton High School softball team off to a good start Saturday in the Class 4-A Lower State tournament, holding White Knoll to just two hits in a 6-1 victory.
Smith finished with 12 strikeouts and only allowed one unearned run, in the sixth inning.
"She was flat-out awesome today," Bluffton coach Bill Ball said. "Only threw 90 pitches. Game was over in an hour and a half.
"By the time they were down to their sixth or seventh batter, I almost knew we were going to win the game," Ball said. "That's how good she was pitching."
Jordyn Parker went 2 for 4 on the day, including a two-run double in the Bobcats' three-run fourth inning.
Lilli Otten was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored for Bluffton (20-5). Whitney Morrell and eighth-grader Michaela Manley each went 2 for 4, and Kim Kerby hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
White Knoll (22-8) got hits from Megan Anderson and Kelsey Campbell.
Bluffton advances to face either Summerville or Wando at 6:30 p.m. at Bluffton High School.
TRACK AND FIELD
SCISAA state championships at Porter-Gaud: Hilton Head Christian Academy's boys finished second behind host Porter-Gaud at the SCISAA state meet Saturday in Charleston, led by a pair of wins from both Zach Polk and Jamario Williams.
Polk was victorious in the long jump and high jump, while Williams took the title in the 200- and 400-meter races.
Reed Shindell was second in the discus for the Eagles.
Hilton Head Christian didn't score any team points in the girls division.
Hilton Head Prep's Jackson Henz finished fifth in the boys 1,600-meter run.
SCISAA Class 3A Boys, placewinners
Discus -- 2. Reed Shindell (HHCA) 150-0
Shot Put -- 5. Shindell (HHCA) 45-2
Triple Jump -- 6. Rasheed Dais (HHCA) 35-6
Long Jump -- 1. Zach Polk (HHCA) 21-7
High Jump -- 1. Polk (HHCA) 6-0
4x400 -- 8. HHCA (Dais, Josh Polk, Will Minter, DeAngelo Clark) 3:59.22
3200 -- 6. Ben Gilman (HHCA) 11:35.38
1600 -- 5. Jackson Henz (HH Prep) 4:53.88
400 -- 1. Jamario Williams (HHCA) 51.25; 5. Clark (HHCA) 55.03
200 -- 1. Williams (HHCA) 11.30
Class 4-A qualifier at Spring Valley: Beaufort High will compete in four boys events and five girls events after Saturday's qualifying meet for the state finals, which will take place next weekend at Lower Richland.
In the girls meet, Beaufort's Kaila Smith advanced in three events -- the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and 200 -- and helped the Eagles qualify in their lone relay event, the 4x400. Joining Smith on the team were Kendra Williams, Aaliyah Smalls and Monique Jones.
Pole vaulter Amanda Barnes also qualified for Beaufort High.
For the boys, Beaufort High's Nathan Parker qualified in the 400 hurdles and Michael Dickson advanced in the 110 hurdles.
Also, the Eagles qualified in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Running the 4x100 were Darrian Chaplain, Dickson, Tony Winston and Desmond Howard; the 4x400 team consisted of Chaplain, Winston, Parker and Howard.
Bluffton came away from the day with only one qualifier for the state meet -- Johnnie Gaston in the girls 400-meter hurdles. The Bobcats' William Dupont narrowly missed qualifying, finishing ninth in the boys long jump.
Class 3-A qualifier at Dreher: Hilton Head Island High School's boys team qualified eight individuals for next Saturday's state meet in Columbia, as well as two relay teams.
The Hilton Head High girls are sending three individuals and two relay teams to the state meet.
Jack Manesiotis and Carley McGlinn each qualified in two individual events. Manesiots will run the boys 1,600 and 3,200 meters, while McGlinn will be in the girls 800 and 1,600.
Hilton Head High Qualifiers
BOYS -- Robbie Iulo (800); Jack Manesiotis (1600, 3200); Colton Hennessey (1600); Cisco Ferre (3200); Sean McMahon (3200); Dustin Rogers (high jump); Michael Julian (long jump); Kaylon Ford (shot put); 4x400; 4x800
GIRLS -- Carley McGlinn (800, 1600); Rachel Friend (800); Faith Lifer (1600); 4x400; 4x800
Class 2-A Lower State meet at Woodland: The Battery Creek boys qualified for next week's state finals in three events, led by Shakil Gause in the shot put and discus.
Also, David Partridge earned his first trip to the state finals in the pole vault.
In the girls' meet, Ridgeland-Hardeeville finished fifth as a team. TyDahsa Rivers won the 100-meter dash and was second in the 200. She also helped the Jaguars qualify in the 4x100 with Ky'Neisha Clark, Tiara Nelson and Aaliayah Hill. Hill qualified in the high jump and long jump, finishing first in both events. Nelson qualified in the shot put.
Battery Creek had two girls qualify in two events each. Quamecha Morrison earned a spot in the high jump and 100 hurdles, while teammate Daisja Cannon qualified in the 100 and 200.
Southern Cross: Beaufort High's Josh Fickes tied for 17th while competing as an individual at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.
Fickes followed up a 74 in the first round with a 76 for a 150 total. Overall winner Carson Young of Pendleton shot 68-69--137.
South Aiken took the team title.