High School Sports

Prep Roundup, May 2: Beaufort boys tennis opens playoffs with easy win

BOYS TENNIS

Beaufort High 6, North Augusta 0: The Beaufort High School boys tennis team overwhelmed its first-round opponent, North Augusta, on Tuesday in the Class 4-A playoffs, winning 6-0.

The Eagles, ranked sixth in the state, only dropped nine games total in the five singles matches. The only matchup of the day that was close was the No. 2 doubles match, but Beaufort's Fred Tkach and Daniel Lange prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker to complete the shutout.

The Eagles (17-5) advance to the second round, where they will host a match Thursday against either Stratford or Conway.

Singles: No. 1 Malcolm Kates def. Hampton Williams, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 James Bachety def. Blake Elam, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Hunter Pylant def. Will Harris, 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 Alex Angus def. John Michael Boldy, 6-1, 6-2; No. 5 Anthony Williams def. Evan Pope, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles: No. 2 Fred Tkach/Daniel Lange def. Glen Barnes/Joey Baldwin 4-6, 6-4, 10-4

GIRLS SOCCER

Hilton Head High 7, Bluffton 0: Emily Crick scored three goals, and Alex Vincent recorded the shutout in net as the Seahawks wrapped up the Region 7-AAA championship with a rout of their closest challenger.

Faith Lifer, Amanda Green, Carter Julseth and Jessica Bonilla also scored for Hilton Head High (19-2 overall, 7-0 region).

The Seahawks have one more regular-season match, Thursday at Berkeley, before the playoffs begin Monday. Coach Ernie Suozzi thinks the Seahawks are likely to open the postseason by hosting Socastee.

Beaufort High 1, Fort Dorchester 0: Molly Murphy scored with about five minutes remaining to help the Eagles remain undefeated in Region 8-AAAA.

Goalie Carson Moore made five saves for the shutout.

Beaufort High (9-9 overall, 7-0 region) closes out the regular season Thursday against Colleton County. The Eagles will then host a playoff opener Monday.

Hilton Head Christian 4, Hilton Head Prep 0: Audrey Bensch scored off an assist from Addy Bensch in the first minute, and the Eagles rolled from there. Alyssa Lane and Audrey Bensch scored again in the first half to put Hilton Head Christian ahead 3-0 by halftime.

Nicole Sicilia converted a penalty kick in the second half for the final margin.

Goalkeeper Ashley Donaldson made six saves for the shutout, and Rebecca Meeder had an assist for the Eagles (9-10 overall, 6-6 SCISAA Region 3-AAA).

Hilton Head Christian now waits to find out its playoff fate. Hilton Head Prep plays at Porter-Gaud on Friday.

The SCISAA girls playoffs start Tuesday.

Beaufort Academy 7, James Island Christian 3: Allison Alvarez scored three goals, and Mary Alice Strohmeyer and Madeliene Griffith each found the net twice for Beaufort Academy.

Charlotte Delfosse made five saves for the Eagles (9-4), who played without star Miranda Weslake. She hurt her ankle over the weekend, but coach David Byrne doesn't believe it's a serious injury.

The Eagles host Patrick Henry at 4 p.m. today in a SCISAA Region 1-AA match.

BOYS SOCCER

Hilton Head Island High 5, Bluffton 1: The Seahawks got two goals from Blake Bishop as they overpowered rival Bluffton and notched their 12th straight victory.

Hilton Head High (12-3 overall, 7-0 Region 7-AAA) -- which already had clinched the region title -- also got goals from Chris MacMurray, Ruben Romero and Robbie Iulo. Mike Ritterbeck made two saves in net.

Akeel Crooks scored the only goal for Bluffton, which needed a win to host a first-round playoff match. Instead, Battery Creek earns the region's No. 2 seed for the postseason and will start out at home.

Hilton Head High closes out its regular season at 6 p.m. Thursday, hosting Berkeley in a makeup game. The Seahawks then will open the playoffs at home on Tuesday.

Hilton Head Prep 7, Hilton Head Christian 1: Dan Chambers, Dylan Clark and Aidan Hegarty scored two goals apiece to lead the Dolphins to an easy win over their island rivals in Hilton Head Prep's final home game.

Logan Clark added a goal and an assist, Collin White had two assists, and Will Peterkin had an assist for Hilton Head Prep (11-4 overall, 2-3 SCISAA Region 3-AAA). Zen Wiggins made six saves.

Hilton Head Prep plays at Porter-Gaud at 7 p.m. Friday. The SCISAA playoffs start Monday.

SOFTBALL

Thomas Heyward 16, Cardinal Newman 4: Brielle Jungblut went 4 for 5 with three RBIs to spark the Rebels' romp.

Andrea Daring and Jamie Malphrus each went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the visitors.

Winning pitcher Ashlie Layman worked five innings, allowing two hits. Taylor Ernestine saw mound duty in relief.

The Rebels (19-1) host Cardinal Newman at 5 p.m. today.

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