High School Sports

Prep Roundup, April 20

VARSITY SOFTBALL

Beaufort High 8, Colleton County 7: Michelle Brown hit an inside-the-park grand slam in a five-run sixth inning to give the Eagles the lead, and they held on to clinch the final playoff spot from Region 8-AAAA.

The Eagles (12-9, 4-4 Region 8-AAAA) trailed 7-3 after five innings, but they loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Megan Cieplowski drove in one run with a single, then Brown followed with her big hit.

"She's a little slapper, so they pulled the defense way in, and she knocked it over their heads," Eagles coach Jay Gratton said. "It was awesome."

Starting pitcher Jenny Mullins allowed seven runs and eight hits, but the Cougars did all their damage against her early. Mullins didn't allow a hit after the fourth inning and finished with six strikeouts.

Gabby Maynard was 3 for 3, Mari Cook was 2 for 4, Taylor DeLoach had a two-run double in the fourth inning, and Natalie Moore added two hits.

The Eagles will open the Class 4-A playoffs April 28.

Thomas Heyward 3, Colleton Prep 2: Brianna Kelnhofer drove in the tying and winning runs with a double to the wall in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Rebels to a win against last year's SCISAA Class 2-A runner-up.

Chandler Cook and Jamie Malphrus started the one-out rally in the seventh with back-to-back singles, and Weslee Sewell's sacrifice bunt moved them into scoring position. Kelnhofer, usually a slap-hitter who bats from the left side, hit right handed and drove the double into the gap.

Rebels pitcher Ashlie Layman outdueled Kendall Jumper for the win. Layman allowed three hits and two walks and struck out six. The Rebels managed just six hits against Jumper.

It was the sixth game in three days for the Rebels, who went 4-1 to win the Division 2 title at the Azalea Invitational in Summerville on Monday and Tuesday.

"They had us," coach Bob Layman said. "I was very proud. We dug deep and pulled it out. The girls were exhausted."

The Rebels (18-3) can clinch the SCISAA Region 1-AA title with a win at home against St. Andrew's at 5 p.m. today.

Bluffton 8, Hilton Head High 1 (Tuesday): Courtney Smith struck out 12 batters in five innings, helping the Bobcats remain undefeated in Region 7-AAA.

Smith gave up three hits. Mikyla Houghlan finished up for Bluffton, striking out one and allowing two hits in two innings.

Melissa Peebles had a double, a triple and three RBIs to lead the Bobcats at the plate. Houghlan went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, and Smith was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Bluffton (15-2 overall, 10-0 region).

Whitney Halley took the loss for Hilton Head High.

VARSITY BASEBALL

Beaufort High 5, Ashley Ridge 4: Weber Pike drew a bases-loaded walk to score Mitchell Stewart with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, lifting the Eagles to a second consecutive one-run win and putting them into today's semifinals in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament.

Joel Fickes earned the win with 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two and allowing two hits. Starter Mark Jones went 4 1-3 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and struck out three.

Kyle Dawson was 1 for 3 with a two-run single in the fifth, Pike was 1 for 2 with a double, and Beau Brown was 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI.

Beaufort High (16-8) faces Wando in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. today at Hanahan High School.

Beaufort High 6, Oakton, Va., 5, 8 innings (Tuesday): Alex Silon led off the seventh with a game-tying home run, then singled home Carson Gregory with the winning run in the eighth to keep the Eagles in the winner's bracket of the Hanahan Invitational Tournament.

Joel Fickes picked up the win in relief of starter Beau Brown. Fickes allowed two hits and struck out four in 3 1-3 innings. Brown struck out eight over 4 2-3 innings.

Silon was 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs, David Tilton was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Luke Smith was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Gregory was 2 for 4 with two runs.

Hilton Head High 13, Covenant Day (N.C.) 0: Cameron Stoltz threw a two-hit shutout, and the Seahawks broke it open with eight runs in the seventh inning in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament.

Hilton Head High pounded 16 hits, with Kevin Hickey going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the way. Caleb Martin was 2 for 2, and Brandon Johnson was 1 for 1 with two RBIs, two walks and hit by pitch.

Stoltz struck out eight and walked one to improve to 6-1.

Hilton Head High (15-7) plays at First Baptist at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Hilton Head High 9, Barnwell 3 (Tuesday): The Seahawks bounced back on the second day of the Hanahan Invitational Tournament behind a strong outing from pitcher Nic Levy, who threw four innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out six for the Seahawks.

Charlie Wilkins went 2 for 3 with two runs, an RBI and a triple. Desmond Bush also had two hits, along with an RBI and a run.

Battery Creek 5, Wade Hampton 2: Shane Dixon struck out four over six innings for the win, and Shane Goude pitched the seventh for the save in the Dolphins' season finale.

Aaron Salinas was 2 for 4, Goude was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Joe Fields was 1 for 3 with two RBIs for Battery Creek, which ends the season 10-10.

Hilton Head Prep 7, Thomas Heyward Academy 4 (Tuesday): Patrick Andrews battled through some control issues to get the win, giving up one hit and two runs in six innings while striking out nine. Greg Warren came on in the seventh inning, stopping the Rebels' rally to earn the save. Thomas Heyward scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Dylan Powell had a home run and two RBIs, and John Sheehan was 2 for 2 with three runs scored and two stolen bases for Hilton Head Prep (9-8 overall, 4-3 region). Matt Layman had a double and four RBIs, and Patrick Andrews went 1 for 2 with two runs for the Dolphins, who play at Memorial Day School at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Taylor Cowart, Logan Mock and Evan Duncan each had a hit for Thomas Heyward (14-5).

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