The Bluffton softball team won 4-2 at Beaufort High on Wednesday night to clinch the Region 8-AAAA championship.
The Bobcats, who finally broke in to the coaches' Class 4-A rankings at No. 7 this week, improve to 13-1 overall and 9-1 in Region 8-AAAA.
Courtney Smith scattered six hits over seven innings, striking out seven, and Kim Kerby drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth inning on a hard grounder to short that wasnt handled.
"The kids played great," Bluffton coach Bill Ball said. "The last couple of innings, Beaufort had baserunners on. But we just played solid D, made the plays when we had to. The girls deserve to be the region champions."
Morganne Parker led the Bobcats on offense, going 4 for 4 with three runs scored. Mikayla Houghlin was 3 for 4, and Michaela Manley went 2 for 3. Bluffton totaled 13 hits off Eagles starter Jenny Mullins.
For Beaufort High (13-9, 4-5), Natalie Moore was 2 for 3 with an RBI double and Michelle Brown was 2 for 4. Mari Cook had an RBI single.
"These are special teams," Beaufort High coach Doug Plank said. "I told the umpires that they were calling a game tonight between two of the state's best and I really mean that. I wish the Bobcats well and I know in my heart that the Eagles are capable of advancing in the playoffs, and hopefully we meet again.
"Beaufort County has never fielded two softball teams of this caliber."
Bluffton plays Thursday evening at Thomas Heyward Academy, while Beaufort High hosts a make-up game Friday against Fort Dorchester.
Hanahan 13, Hilton Head Island High 0: Whitney Halley struck out four in the loss.
Hilton Head High (6-9) plays Berkeley at 6 p.m. Thursday, and then hosts Battery Creek on Monday for senior night.
Hilton Head Christian Academy 3, Pinewood Prep 0: Abigail Bensch scored two goals and Allison Meeder scored another in the first 15 minutes, and the Eagles cruised to a win, clinching the top seed in their region.
Audrey Bensch and Lindsey Gillis had assists, and goalkeeper Meaghan Gillis recorded the shutout for Hilton Head Christian (10-4 overall, 9-1 region).
The Eagles are back in action at 4 p.m. Monday, playing at St. Andrew's.
Beaufort Academy 6, Colleton Prep 1: Mary Alice Strohmeyer had a hat trick, and Amanda Kahn added two more goals as the Eagles rolled to victory.
Allison Alvarez scored Beaufort Academy's other goal, while goalkeeper Carli Cline made six saves in the win.
The Eagles (11-1) play again Thursday at Ashley Hall.
Battery Creek 4, Whale Branch 0: Taniqua Mungin scored three goals, and Cali Caulder had the other as the Dolphins shut down Whale Branch.
Goalkeeper Taylor Jones made three saves for the shutout.
Battery Creek (6-3) hosts Wade Hampton on Tuesday.
Beaufort High 6, Colleton County 0: Jack Gambla scored a pair of goals to lead the Eagles to the win.
Hector Garcia, Tyler Videtto, Ryan Muniz and Cole Buddi each added a goal for Beaufort High (8-8-1 overall, 2-4 Region 8-AAAA). Brooks Wilson and Luke Owens combined for three saves in goal.
Beaufort High plays at Summerville at 7 p.m. Friday.
JV: Beaufort High 8, Colleton County 2
Battery Creek 6, Whale Branch 1: The Dolphins came off a long break and picked up the easy win.
Hilton Head Island 8, Hanahan 0: Mat Clark (5-1) went the distance, striking out 13 and scattering three singles to help the Seahawks (14-6, 7-2 Region 8-AAA) clinch a home game when the playoff start next week.
Andrew Dill was 2 for 3 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored to lead Hilton Head.
Caleb Workman was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, and Dylan Heffner was 2 for 3, as well.
The Seahawks travel to Moncks Corner to play first-place Berkeley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Hilton Head Prep 6, Hilton Head Christian Academy 4: Brooks Robinson drove in three runs and Cem Caglayan pitched six strong innings to lead the Dolphins past the Eagles.
Kevin Campbell and Greg Warren each had two hits apiece for Hilton Head Prep.
Luke Higgs went the distance for HHCA (2-12, 2-6 SCISAA Region 3-AAA) on the mound and led the offense with two hits and two RBIs.
Hilton Head Christian plays a 4 p.m. doubleheader Thursday at Northwood Academy for its season finale.
Hilton Head Christian 290, Hilton Head Prep 321, Pinewood Prep 321, Porter-Gaud 325: The Eagles clinched won behind medalist Trace Crowe (66) to clinch the SCISAA Region 3-AAA championship at Chechessee Creek (par 70).
Hilton Head Christian and Hilton Head Prep qualified for the SCISAA state tournament Monday and Tuesday at Coastal Carolina's Hackler Course.
"If we play well, up to our abilities, we should do really well therem" Eagles coach Doug Langhals said. "But we've got to go play and finish strong."
HHCA: Trace Crowe 66, Bryson Nimmer 71, R.J. Bartolomucci 76, Jonathan Schuble 77.
Hilton Head Island High 5, Hilton Head Prep 1: The Dolphins' Jared Woodson won the showdown at No. 1 singles, but the rest of the day's matches went to the Seahawks.
Hilton Head High (10-2) plays again at 4 p.m. Thursday, hosting Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
Singles: No. 1 Jared Woodson (HHP) def. Tate Steinhour 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 Mitchell Brockmann (HHH) def. Colton Lavery 7-5, 6-0; No. 3 Matt Oliver (HHH) def. Amit Kohli 6-4, 2-6, 10-5; No. 4 Will Danzell (HHH) def. Justin Stubblefield 6-4, 6-2; No. 5 Stevie DeVincentis (HHH) def. Sam Fried 6-2, 6-3
Doubles: No. 2 Brad Malool/Ian Schenkel def. Angelo Carrabba/J. Perez 6-2, 6-2