Selice Daley won a pitchers' duel and Thomas Heyward Academy is one win away from the SCISAA Class 2-A softball state championship after a 1-0 win over Williamsburg Academy on Monday at home.
Daley struck out 10, allowing just a walk and three hits. Williamsburg Academy threatened in the fifth with a runner at third with no outs, but Daley struck out the side.
"It was an absolute pitchers' duel for sure," Rebels head coach Bob Layman said. "Both teams were solid."
The Rebels (28-3) won on a walk-off passed ball.
With the game still tied at 0 in the bottom of the seventh, Daley singled, reached second on a wild pitch and to third on a Hannah Cannon sacrifice. With two outs and two strikes on Morgan Peeples, Daley scored on a passed ball.
Daley doubled off the fence and singled in the game, going 2 for 3. Peeples was 2 for 3, as well.
Thomas Heyward plays at 6:30 p.m. today at Williamsburg Academy, and a win would mean a 2-A state championship.
Hilton Head Island 4, Brookland-Cayce 1: The Seahawks advance to the Class 3-A state championship game Friday at River Bluff High School.
Hilton Head Island 5, St. James 1: The Seahawks improved to 15-4 and advanced to the Lower State Championship on Wednesday at home against the winner of Monday's Wilson-Hanahan match.
"We're pretty strong across the board and we've gotten really consistent as a team," Hilton Head Island head coach Jennifer Weitekamper. "They all know their point counts, when they're looking up and down the line, they all have the same goal."
Singles: 1. Jeffrey Dayton (SJ) def. Matt Oliver 6-0, 6-1; 2. Will Danzell def. Christian Heath 6-0, 6-0; 3. Steven DeVincentis def. Carlos Cordero 6-0, 6-0; 4. Cooper Steinhour def. Aaron Sicklin 6-0, 6-1; 5. Michael Oliver def. Sullivan Young 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles: 2. Matt Feldman/Nicholas Wheeler def. Joseph Martinez/Mick Clintnorth 6-1, 6-2.
3-A Lower State Qualifier: Hilton Head Island and Beaufort High each qualified for the 3-A state golf tournament with their performances Monday at Golden Bear.
Beaufort finished fourth at 315, led by Keaton Butler's 71. Other scorers for the Eagles included Matthew Campbell (72), Tommy Holloway (83), Chandler Parris (89) and Daniel Mock (91).
Hilton Head finished fifth at 316, led by Travis Mancill's 75. Other scorers for the Seahawks included Brenden Fick (79), Patrick Hall and Drew Hall (81) and Charlie Farrell (88).