Bluffton 10, Crestwood 1: The Bluffton High School softball team's bats awoke from a mini-slump, and the Bobcats pounded Crestwood 10-1 on Monday to stay alive in the double-elimination Class 3-A district playoffs.
The Bobcats (18-4) jumped on Crestwood starter Sharless Dingman for nine runs in the first three innings. Dingman threw six scoreless innings in Bluffton's 1-0 win in Friday's first round.
"We did not swing at bad pitches tonight," Bluffton coach Bill Ball said. "We made her throw up in the zone, and when she did, we hit the ball hard."
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Mikyla Houghlan went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs, and Summer Lawson was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs to lead the outburst. Morganne Parker and Lauren Lowell set the table at the top of the order, as each had two hits and scored twice.
That was plenty of support for ace Courtney Smith, who allowed just one run on five hits while striking out eight in a complete game.
Now the Bobcats travel to Hartsville for a rematch of Saturday's game, which the Red Foxes won 7-5. If Bluffton wins the 5 p.m. game, a second will follow for the district title.
But Ball isn't yet worried about beating the Red Foxes twice.
"I like our chances to beat them once, and then we've got the momentum," Ball said. "That's the way I look at it right now."
Thomas Heyward 7, Byrnes School 4 (game 1); Thomas Heyward 16, Byrnes School 0 (game 2): The Rebels breezed through their first-round series in the Class 2-A playoffs, sweeping a doubleheader at home to win the best-of-3 set and advance to face either Pee Dee Academy or Spartanburg Christian.
Ryan Day was the star in the opener. He went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs and pitched 6 1-3 innings for the win. He allowed four runs on five hits and struck out 10. Joe Laycock recorded the final two outs for the save.
Logan Mock was 1 for 3 and scored three runs, and Laycock and Bryan Lee Wade each went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Zack Newton pitched a three-inning shutout in the second game, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Mock was 2 for 2 with an RBI and three runs, Taylor Cowart was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, and Day was 1 for 1 and scored three runs.
The Rebels (18-6) will open their second-round series Friday.
VARSITY BOYS GOLF
Region 8-AAAA championship: Led by all-region performer Josh Fickes, Beaufort High finished fourth in the 36-hole tournament at Dataw Island Club to advance to Monday's Lower State tournament at Coosaw Creek Country Club in North Charleston.
The Eagles posted a team score of 689, with Fickes leading the way at 154, good for sixth place overall.
Fort Dorchester won the team title by a whopping 80 shots over Ashley Ridge, finishing at 2-under-par 574, and Fort Dorchester's Taylor Zoller was the individual medalist at 4-under 140.
Team scores: Fort Dorchester 574; Ashley Ridge 654; Summerville 659; Beaufort High 689; Colleton County 822.
Beaufort High scores: Josh Fickes 81-73-- 154; Taylor Simonsen 82-87--169; Hunter Dean 86-89--175; Christian Connely 96-98-- 194; Foster Marshall 99-95--194.
All-region team: Taylor Zoller, Fort Dorchester, 140; R.J. Kure, Fort Dorchester, 141; Grant Waggoner, Fort Dorchester, 143; Sam Myers, Summerville, 149; Connor O'Rourke, Ashley Ridge, 152; Joel Fickes, Beaufort High 154; Austin Zoller, Fort Dorchester 156
MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL
Beaufort County championship