A dramatic rally in the seventh inning kept the Thomas Heyward Academy baseball team's season alive Friday night in Holly Hill, as the Rebels bounced back from a tough loss in the opener of their SCISAA Class 2-A second-round series to win Game 2.
Holly Hill Academy scored a run in the seventh inning of the first game Friday to edge the Rebels, 2-1. Bryan Lee Wade hit a third-inning home run for the Rebels' only run. Ryan Day pitched a complete game, taking the loss.
It looked as if the Rebels' season would be over later in the evening, with them trailing 8-2 going into the last inning of the second game. But Thomas Heyward came up with seven runs in the top of the seventh -- capped off by Taylor Cowart's two-run single -- to take a 9-8 lead.
Seth Jones held off Holly Hill in the bottom of the inning, forcing the best-of-three series to Game 3 tonight. Jones got the win in Game 2, working 2 1-3 innings.
The series finale will be at 6 p.m. today at Thomas Heyward Academy.
Pinewood Prep 11-8, Hilton Head Christian 1-4: The Eagles were eliminated from the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs Friday night in Summerville, dropping two games at Pinewood Prep in a best-of-three second-round series.
Pinewood Prep took the opener, 11-1, in six innings and closed out the Eagles with an 8-4 win in Game 2. Lincoln Fuller took the loss for Hilton Head Christian in the opener, and Alec Ambrosic was on the losing end in Game 2.
"We made way too many defensive mistakes tonight that we haven't made in the past," Eagles coach Danny Morgan said. "Regardless of that, the guys still fought, even after losing that first game."
The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the first inning of the second game, and then took the lead again in the second, but they weren't able to hold off Pinewood.
"The guys definitely bounced back; they battled like they had all year," Morgan said.
Hilton Head Christian (13-9) will only lose one senior, Andrew Halley.
"We will return most of our team," Morgan said. "We're still pretty young overall."
Porter-Gaud 4, Hilton Head Prep 0: The Cyclones had a 1-0 lead at halftime and put the game away with two late goals in the second half.
Goalkeeper Zen Wiggins made seven saves for Hilton Head Prep (11-5 overall, 2-4 SCISAA Region 3-AAA).
The Dolphins will open the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs on Monday night at Cardinal Newman in Columbia.
Porter-Gaud 5, Hilton Head Prep 4: Halie Parker scored four goals for the Dolphins, but it wasn't enough to extend their season. Parker, a junior, scored a school-record 42 goals this season for Hilton Head Prep (8-8 overall, 5-7 SCISAA Region 3-AAA).
The Dolphins' loss assured Hilton Head Christian Academy of the region's final playoff berth.
Thomas Heyward Academy: The Rebels wrapped up their regular season, completing a pair of wins over Marlboro County.
Thomas Heyward held on for a 1-0 victory after first finishing off a 2-1 win in a game suspended by weather earlier this season.
Chandler Cook starred for the Rebels in the complete-game victory, pounding out a pair of doubles and driving in the only run the Rebels needed. In the field, she made a pair of key plays at shortstop to prevent runs from scoring.
Winning pitcher Ashlie Layman struck out seven.
Thomas Heyward (23-1) opens playoff action next Friday against an undetermined opponent.