Beaufort High has kept alive its hopes of a Region 7-4A title with four consecutive wins, but the Eagles still need two more victories to claim the region crown.
Beaufort (6-8, 5-2 Region 7-4A) swept a three-game series from Hilton Head High last week, following up a 13-1 win in the opener with consecutive 16-4 victories. The Eagles kept the hot streak rolling with a 4-3 home win over Colleton County on Monday, but they must sweep the three-game series from the Cougars (9-3, 6-1) to win the region title.
An 11-run second inning propelled Beaufort to a 16-4 win over Hilton Head High in the second game of the series. Lillian Bearden went 2-for-3 with two homers, three runs, and four RBIs to lead the offensive outburst for the Eagles, while Madison Sanchez had a double and three RBIs, and Natalie Morrow drove in two runs. Maliyah Hagan picked up the win, striking out two and allowing four unearned runs and three hits over five innings.
The Eagles finished the sweep of the Seahawks on Friday, as Bearden went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, Kristin Burke was 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, and Madison Sanchez was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs. Hagan limited the Seahawks to four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts to earn the win.
In Monday’s opener against Colleton County, the Eagles built a 4-0 lead through three innings and held off the Cougars’ late rally. Essence Champion went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs, Sanchez was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs, and Kylie Rast was 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Eagles. Bearden earned the win, allowing three runs (one earned) with eight strikeouts and six walks in a complete game.
The Eagles (6-8, 5-2) were scheduled to travel to Colleton County (9-3, 6-1) for the second game of the series at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Follow daily local sports updates at LowcoSports.com.
Above: Beaufort pitcher Maliyah Hagan unleashes the ball during the third inning of the Lady Eagles’ game against Hilton Head Island High School on Wednesday, April 3, at Beaufort High School. The Eagles won 16-4 in five innings. Photo by Bob Sofaly