High School Sports

Prep Roundup, April 4: Bluffton softball clips Beaufort High in final at-bat


Bluffton 6, Beaufort High 5: Lilli Otten hit a bases-loaded single with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Bluffton High School softball team to a 6-5 win over Beaufort High on Friday night in Bluffton.

Jordyn Parker hit her second triple of the night to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the Bobcats (6-1 overall, 4-1 Region 8-AAAA). The Eagles elected to intentionally walk the next two batters to load the bases and set the stage for Otten's game-winner.

Parker finished 4 for 4 with a pair of RBIs, and her sister Morganne Parker went 3 for 4. Amber Klitzsch had a two-run double in the sixth to tie the game.

Courtney Smith got the win, striking out 11 while yielding three earned runs for Bluffton, which hosts Ashley Ridge at 7 p.m. Monday.

Chelsea Welty did much of the damage for Beaufort High (7-7, 2-3), hitting a pair of home runs and driving in three runs. Michelle Brown hit two triples and scored three runs for the Eagles, and Savvy Mullen had an RBI.

Jenny Mullins took the loss for Beaufort High, which plays at Fort Dorchester on Monday.

JV: Bluffton 7, Beaufort 2

Bishop England 5, Battery Creek 4: The Dolphins dropped a tight game in which they advanced the tying runner to third base in their last turn at-bat before making the final out.

Austin Parker and Jess Shipley each had two hits to spark the Battery Creek offense. Tori Hill went the distance on the mound.

The Dolphins (7-2 Region 6-AA) next host Woodland at 5:30 p.m. Monday.


Bluffton 3, Swansea 1: The Bobcats began the Airport Select Invitational with a victory, getting goals from Pablo Rios, Clay Torlina and Akeel Crooks.

Omar Govea had two assists for Bluffton (10-0), and goalkeeper Steven DiMaria finished with three saves. DiMaria had to leave the game for a short time in the first half after being cleated, and backup keeper Ricardo Florez made a big save during that stretch.

The Bobcats will play two more games Saturday, at 12:30 p.m. against Mauldin and at 5:45 p.m. against Clinton.

The tournament semifinals and finals will be held Sunday.

Hilton Head Prep 1, Battery Creek 0 (4-3 PK): Robert Clark made 11 saves in regulation and overtime, and then made two more saves in the penalty-kick shootout to lead Hilton Head Prep to a hard-fought victory.

It was the third straight shutout for Hilton Head Prep (8-4). Sean O'Connor, Trevor Marbut, Lucas McMillan and Keylan Hanna led the defense.

McMillan, Garrett Spencer, Ryan Henderson and Will Peterkin scored in the shootout for Hilton Head Prep, which hosts Frederica Academy at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Ashley Ridge 1, Beaufort High 0 (6-3 PK): The Eagles fell to 1-2 in Region 8-AAAA after losing in a penalty-kick shootout that came after a scoreless tie.

Hector Garcia, Prescott Hendrick and Alex Martinez scored in the shootout for Beaufort High (7-6-1 overall, 1-2 region). Goalkeeper Brooks Wilson made 10 saves in regulation and overtime, and stopped one kick in the shootout.

Beaufort High plays at Colleton County on Tuesday.


Beaufort High 2, Ashley Ridge 1 (8-7 PK): The Eagles climbed a game above .500 with the narrow win that came down to penalty kicks.

Bella Kimbrell scored the goal in regulation time for Beaufort High, with Elise Dean picking up the assist.

Beaufort High goalkeeper Kayley Gilbert had 10 saves in the match, including several key stops in the shootout.

The Eagles (7-6-1, 2-1 Region 8-AAAA) next host Colleton County on Tuesday.

Hilton Head Christian 3, Ashley Hall 0: Audrey Bensch scored twice within two minutes in the second half, and Abigail Bensch had a breakaway goal in the first half to help the Eagles earn the win.

Audrey Bensch scored on a header off an assist from Stevie DeSimone, and then found the net again off an assist by Allison Meeder just two minutes later to put the game out of reach.

Goalkeeper Meaghan Gillis had four saves for the shutout.

Hilton Head Christian (6-1 overall, 5-0 region) plays at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pinewood Prep, with the top spot in the region on the line.

Sherwood Christian (Ga.) 7, Hilton Head Prep 2: Foster Willey had a goal and an assist, and Charlotte Covington scored the other goal in Hilton Head Prep's loss to the visiting team from Albany, Ga.

Catherine Sheehan added an assist for Hilton Head Prep (4-6), which will play its fourth game in five days when it plays at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northwood Academy.


Hilton Head Island High 158, Bluffton 158, Hilton Head Christian 178, Hilton Head Prep 183 (Thursday): Andrew Orischak shot a 36 to win medalist honors at Golden Bear Golf Club, and his Seahawks tied with Bluffton in the four-team match.

Alec Weary led Bluffton with a 38. Hilton Head Christian's R.J. Bartolomucci also had a 38, as did Hilton Head High's Travis Mancill.

Hilton Head High (158) -- Andrew Orischak 36, Travis Mancill 38, Clayton Mancill 40, Gavin Lindstrom 44, Marshall McGarity 46

Bluffton (158) -- Alec Weary 38, John DiGenova 39, Drew Weary 40, Chase Ingram 41, Elliot Johnson 45

Hilton Head Christian (178) -- R.J. Bartolomucci 38, Daniel Azallion 43, Anna Lesemann Eddy 44, Ben Warner 53, J.D. Patterson 54

Hilton Head Prep (183) -- Rik Ujaan 42, Jose Quilis 44, Walker Campbell 47, Sam Warren 50


Beaufort High 4, Bluffton 3 (Thursday): With James Bachety leading in their match at No. 2 singles, Bluffton's Richard Snyder was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the victory to the Eagles in a matchup of the top teams in Region 8-AAAA.

Beaufort High (6-4 overall, 5-0 region) is back in action Monday, playing at Hilton Head Christian Academy.

Bluffton falls to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the region.

Singles: No. 1 Aaron Newland (Bluffton) def. Alex Angus 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 James Bachety (Beaufort) def. Richard Snyder 4-6, 6-1, 4-1 (ejection); No. 3 Davis Rosenbloom (Bluffton) def. Jack Louw 6-2, 6-4; No. 4 Quinton Paton (Beaufort) def. Morgan Philoxene 6-1, 6-4; No. 5 Mathew Bornstein (Bluffton) def. Owen Stovall 3-6, 6-3, 10-6

Doubles: No. 1 Bachety/Angus (Beaufort) def. Newland/Matthew Ball 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Daniel Lange/Kam Olin (Beaufort) def. Snyder/Dakota Story, default