High School Sports

Prep Roundup, April 13: Bobcats win softball battle with Rebels

Chelsea Funk delivered a two-run double to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs in the fourth inning, and Courtney Smith made it stand up, as Bluffton High School's softball team held on for a 3-2 home win against Thomas Heyward on Wednesday.

Thomas Heyward took a 2-0 lead on Andrea Daring's two-run single in the top of the third. But the Rebels made two errors and hit a batter to load the bases in the fourth. Summer Lawson cut the lead in half with a sacrifice fly, and Funk came through with a two-run double.

"That's a real good ball team," Bluffton coach Bill Ball said. "Those kids can swing the bat, and he's got speed all over in that lineup."

Smith limited the Rebels to three hits and struck out nine for the win.

Rebels pitcher Ashlie Layman allowed just one hit and struck out six over six innings.

Briana Kelnhofer and Jamie Malphrus also had hits for Thomas Heyward.

Bluffton (14-2) wraps up its Region 7-AAA schedule with a home game against Hilton Head High at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Rebels (13-2) play at Beaufort High School at 7 p.m. today.


Battery Creek 6, Lake Marion 4: Joe Fields went 3 for 3 with a triple and drove in two runs, including the go-ahead score in the sixth, and recorded the final two outs for the save in the Dolphins' final Region 7-AAA game.

After C.J. Jenkins led off the sixth with a double, Fields tripled to score him with the go-ahead run, then stole home to add an insurance run.

Tommy Hill allowed just one hit in 1 1-3 innings of relief for the win.

Battery Creek starter Matthew Kardohely struck out 10 and allowed four runs (two earned) over five innings.

Shane Dixon added a double for the Dolphins (7-9), who play at Hilton Head Prep at 4:45 p.m. Friday.


Battery Creek 15, Lake Marion 0: Tori Hill struck out eight in the shutout, and Alexia Cortez and Paige Holliday combined for four hits and seven RBIs for the Dolphins, who won their final home game of the season.

Cortez had two hits and four RBIs, and Holliday added two hits and three RBIs to power the offense. Theresa Bishop also had two hits, and Emily Webb and Lisa Miller each drove in two runs.

"It was awesome," Dolphins coach Dee Matthews said. "They were fantastic."

The Dolphins (3-12) wrap up their season at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Beaufort High.

Summerville 8, Beaufort High 0: Five Eagles errors led to six unearned runs, and Beaufort High mustered only two hits in a region loss.

Michelle Brown and Jenny Mullins had the lone hits for the Eagles.

Beaufort High (9-8, 2-4 Region 8-AAAA) can still make the Class 4-A playoffs by winning its remaining region games Monday against Fort Dorchester and Wednesday against Colleton County.

Beaufort High hosts Thomas Heyward at 7 p.m. today.


SCISAA Open: Hilton Head Prep claimed the boys singles and girls doubles titles at the SCISAA Open individual championships Wednesday in Sumter.

Prep's Andrew Schafer defeated teammate Aaron Cotton in the boys singles final, winning 6-0, 7-5 to claim SCISAA player of the year honors.

Ellie Czura and Maggi Colket teamed to defeat Colleton Prep's Carter and Copeland, 7-5, 6-2, in the girls doubles final.

Kate Christensen was runner-up in girls singles, losing 7-5, 6-0 to Porter-Gaud's Mikola Cooper in the finals.

J.D. O'Brien and Jared Woodson made the semifinals in boys doubles, and Shannon O'Brien made the semifinals in girls singles.


Hilton Head High 5, Berkeley 0: The Seahawks improved to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in Region 7-AAA with a convincing victory. Ashley Green, Emily Crick, Kelsey Fitzhugh, Carter Faulkner and Julee Kuklinski scored goals for Hilton Head High, which travels to Savannah to face St. Vincent's Academy today.


Bluffton 5, Beaufort Academy 1: The Bobcats won all five singles matches to improve to 9-2 on the season. Bluffton returns to Region 7-AAA action today, looking to wrap up the region title at Cane Bay. The match starts at 4:15 p.m.

Singles: No. 1 Spencer Sasko (BLF) def. Quinten Mellon 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Chris Davis (BLF) def. Preston Suber 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Richard Snyder (BLF) def. William Lindsay 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 Aaron Newland (BLF) def. Will Dukes 6-2, 6-3; No. 5 Zach Rardon (BLF) def. Owen Stovall 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: No. 2 Lawton Harper/Connor Nuelle (BA) def. Zach Hedley/Andrew Cannell 2-6, 7-5, 12-10.


Ashley Ridge meet: Battery Creek won the boys 4x100-meter relay and claimed six runner-up finishes in a meet at Ashley Ridge.

On the boys side, Spencer Butler was second in the discus, Erik Barbosa was second in the 1,600 meters and Justice Oliver was second in the triple jump. The Dolphins also came in second in a special 4x100-meter relay race for shot put and discus throwers.

On the girls side, the Dolphins were second in the 4x100 relay, and Deija Cannon was second in the 100 meters.

Battery Creek travels to Colleton County for the Drug-Free Classic on Saturday.


  • Hilton Head High 6, Bluffton 1 (Tuesday)

  • Bluffton meet: Boys -- Hilton Head Middle 51, Beaufort Middle 37.5, McCracken 31.5; Girls -- McCracken 65.5, Beaufort Middle 32.5, Hilton Head Middle 25
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