Hilton Head High baseball coach Chris Wells expected his team to face Hartsville ace Cody Mincey in Friday's Class 3-A district playoff opener.
But the Red Foxes saved Mincey for today, and the Seahawks made them pay.
Kevin Hickey's two-run double sparked a three-run third inning, and the Seahawks never let up, beating second-ranked Hartsville 8-3 to stay in the winner's bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
Hilton Head High (17-7) will travel to face Region 7-AAA champion Cane Bay at 12:30 p.m. today.
The Seahawks did throw their ace, and Cameron Stoltz gave them exactly what they wanted. Stoltz tossed a complete game, allowing three runs on nine hits and striking out four.
Storm Grisham drove in a pair of runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.
Hartsville starter Jon Wrenn pitched four innings and took the loss. He was hurt by five Hartsville errors.
White Knoll 2, Beaufort High 0: Eagles pitcher Jenny Mullins allowed just two unearned runs on three hits in a complete game, but Beaufort High never got its bats going in its Class 4-A district playoff opener.
White Knoll scored unearned runs in the third and sixth innings, and the Eagles managed just three singles from Sara Crawford, Maddie Berry and Megan Cieplowski, as they left eight runners on base.
Beaufort High (12-10) will try to avoid elimination tonight when it plays at Wando at 6 p.m. The Warriors lost to Dutch Fork by an identical 2-0 score.
Abundant Life 10, Victory 0: Abundant Life rolled to an easy win in the semifinals of the S.C. Association of Christian Schools state tournament at Hardeeville's Richard Gray Baseball Complex.
Lendsey Woodward was the winning pitcher. Augusta Schubert went 3 for 3 with a home run, and Lauren Haymon was 2 for 3 for Abundant Life, which faces Orangeburg Christian in the championship game today.
VARSITY BOYS TENNIS
Spartanburg Christian 5, Beaufort Academy 1: The Eagles were denied in their bid for a second consecutive SCISAA Class 2-A state title, falling short in the championship match.
Singles: No. 1 Quinten Paton-Melland (BA) def. R. Pakman, 9-7; No. 2 B. JeMario (SCA) def. Preston Suber, 8-6; No. 3 Jefferey (SCA) def. William Lindsay, 8-5; No. 4 N. Romance def. Will Dukes, 9-7; No. 5 B.Franks (SCA) def. Owen Stovall, 8-3; Unlyfed (SCA) def. Conor Nuelle, 8-5.