High School Sports

Prep Roundup, March 30: Vellucci's OT goal lifts Beaufort High boys over Bluffton


Beaufort High 3, Bluffton 2 (OT): Josh Vellucci scored his 18th goal of the season late in the second overtime session Friday at Bluffton High School, lifting the Beaufort High boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over its Region 8-AAAA rival.

The teams went into halftime tied at 2-2, but went through a scoreless second half. Beaufort High held off the Bobcats despite playing a man down after Shelton Avera was sent off for receiving his second yellow card during the second half.

Vellucci's score came about one minute before the end of overtime, preventing a penalty-kick shootout.

Avera scored on a header, and Noe Caballero had the other goal in the first half for Beaufort (8-2 overall, 4-1 region), which doesn't play again until April 9 at Fort Dorchester.

Fabricio Camera scored both goals for Bluffton (5-6, 2-2), and goalie Kevin Millan had five saves.

The Bobcats' next game is April 6, when they host Chattachoochee (Ga.).

Parkview (Ga.) 2, Hilton Head High 1: Alvaro Cancha scored for the Seahawks right before halftime to cut the deficit to 2-1, but the visitors from the Atlanta area held on for the win.

"Parkview's a good team, they're very good," Seahawks coach Wayne Quinlan said. "Probably the best team we've seen this season."

"We had to play very tight, and close to the vest, trying to get in behind them on counter-attacks," Quinlan said.

Goalkeeper Conner Goulet had four saves for the Seahawks (9-3), who are off until they play at Stall on April 9.

Beaufort Academy 4, Hilton Head Prep 1 (Thursday): Zen Wiggins made 24 saves in goal for the Dolphins, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Eagles.

Ryan Henderson scored the lone goal for Hilton Head Prep, off an assist from Andrew Spencer.


Hilton Head Island High 16, Socastee 5: The Seahawks wrapped up their regular season in impressive fashion, dismantling Socastee for their fifth straight win.

The victory moves Hilton Head High to 7-4 on the season. Now the Seahawks will wait to find out if they make the playoffs. They'll find out Monday, and the playoffs begin Tuesday.

"I think we should be in, and I'm hoping we get a home game," Seahawks coach Dennis Daly said.

Nate Jones led the way for Hilton Head with four goals and three assists. Will Urbin added three goals and three assists, and Thomas Farrell, Tucker Roberts and Ross Lovette also had three goals each.

Goalies Madison Gayle and Sam Jones combined for nine saves.


Beaufort High 11, Bluffton 4: Alex Silon had two hits and drove in four runs to lead the Eagles' high-powered offense.

Beaufort High's Stephen Baggett added three hits and two RBIs, and Carson Gregory went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Winner Bradley Brown pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs. He struck out five.

Chance Murphy took the loss for Bluffton.

Beaufort High (6-5) plays Monday in the H.I.T. tournament at Hanahan.

Hilton Head Island 4, Knoxville (Tenn.) West 1: Senior pitcher Marlin Clark (2-0) scattered six hits over five innings and allowed only one earned run in the Seahawks' first game since head coach Chris Wells' resignation on Thursday.

"He threw a lot of strikes tonight," Hilton Head Island head coach Blair Carson said. "His curve ball was tight, and he kept it down. He challenged hitters, and that's what I asked him to do at the beginning of the game, challenge the guys."

Aaron Facenda was 2 for 3 with a run and a stolen base, along with a perfectly executed hit-and-run to put a runner in scoring position, while Carlos Pecero was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. The Seahawks had just six hits.

Lincoln Fuller threw two scoreless innings for the save.

Knoxville West falls to 5-5. Hilton Head Island, which hosts the Seahwak Baseball Invitational beginning Monday, improves to 9-1.

Woodland 4, Battery Creek 0: Woodland held Battery Creek to four hits in the shutout.

Zach Mahan got the loss for the Dolphins, giving up three runs on seven hits in 4 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Thomas Smith pitched the final two innings, giving up an unearned run on one hit. He walked three and struck out two.

Clyde Parker and Craig Capano went 1 for 2, and Matt Heroux was 1 for 1 for the Dolphins (5-5 overall, 2-2 Region 6-AA), who play in Bluffton's BATRUP tournament, which begins Monday.


JV: Beaufort High 9, Bluffton 6