High School Sports

Seahawks avenge loss to Bobcats, take 3rd in region

Hilton Head High coach Chris Wells knew he would have an arsenal of arms to choose from this season, but he wasn't sure which one would emerge as his best.

Cameron Stoltz left little doubt Wednesday night.

The hard-throwing right hander struck out 10 in a complete game, leading Hilton Head High to a 6-1 victory at rival Bluffton High School. The Seahawks clinched third place in Region 7-AAA, while Bluffton will take the region's fourth seed into the playoffs in two weeks.

But that took a back seat to the show on the mound. Stoltz allowed only four hits in seven innings and walked none to pick up his fourth win of the year. Only two Bluffton runners reached second base.

"He's our ace," Wells said. "He's cool, calm and collected. He has a lot of poise and a lot of maturity. He was special tonight."

Eventually, Hilton Head High's lineup followed the poise of its leader on the mound.

The Seahawks (13-6, 6-4 Region 7-AAA) stranded three runners in scoring position over the first three innings -- a snag in their first meeting with Bluffton -- but Caleb Martin broke that curse with a groundout to score Kevin Hickey in the bottom of the fourth, giving the Seahawks a 1-0 lead.

Things snowballed from there. The Seahawks scored four runs on four hits in the top of the fifth, knocking Bluffton starter Ryan Ward out of the game. Charlie Wilkins had a triple in the frame, and Hickey added an RBI double, part of his three-hit night.

"I think that first run relaxed everything," Hickey said. "When we got that out of the way, it was like, 'Now let's go get it. Let's go put five more up and win this game.' "

The Bobcats entered the game with cold bats -- hitting under .250 for the season -- and they left colder. Tucker Mosley had the lone RBI of the game and also had the team's only multi-hit night.

Bluffton didn't help its chances to get an early lead. Khalil Mitchell hit a one-out triple in the third inning but was stranded at third base after Stoltz retired the next two hitters.

"Against a good team, you have to capitalize off certain situations, and we didn't," Bobcats coach Bryant Kitty said. "Our lineup has had trouble all year. I have no idea why. (Stoltz) threw a great game though."

He put the Seahawks back on top of the southern Beaufort County rivalry. The Bobcats' win in March was their first since the initial meeting between the two schools in 2007 -- a fact that didn't sit well with the Seahawks.

Hilton Head High improved to 8-2 in the all-time series.

"We really wanted to beat these guys -- they're a good team, but we don't like losing, and we definitely don't like losing to them," Hickey said. "We wanted to come out here, score first and step on their necks."

Hilton Head High 6, Bluffton 1

HHH 000 140 1 -- 6 8 0

Bluffton 000 001 X -- 1 4 4

WP: Cameron Stoltz (4-1) 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 10 K.

LP: Ryan Ward (4-4) 4 2-3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP.

Hitters: HHH -- Kevin Hickey 3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, Michael Haven 2 for 4, 2B, R, RBI; Bluffton -- Tucker Mosley 2 for 3, RBI.