Beaufort High softball rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to escape with a 6-4 road win over crosstown rival Battery Creek on Friday.
The Eagles led 2-0 after scoring single runs in the second and third innings, but the Dolphins plated two each in the fourth and fifth to take a 4-3 lead.
Beaufort’s big rally started with a leadoff double from Madison Sanchez, who swiped third and home after a Nia Holmes walk to tie it at 4. Kyrsten Cruikshank singled and Karley Rouse reached on a bunt to load the bases, and a Leela Hildenbrand walk pushed home the go-ahead run. Hayes Daugherty delivered a two-out RBI single to cap the big inning and make it a two-run advantage.
Kylie Rast slammed the door in the seventh with a clean inning, getting a strikeout, fielding a bunt for the second out, and inducing a groundout to end it.
Rast struck out 10 and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with three walks in a complete game, and she added a triple and a walk at the plate. Cruikshank was 3-for-4 with two runs, and Sanchez was 2-for-4 with a double and scored twice.
Brooke Crosby was 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Dolphins.
Beaufort (6-9) returns to region play April 19, hosting Colleton County.
Battery Creek (2-5) hosts Hanahan for a region doubleheader on Friday.
Above: Battery Creek second baseman Haley Maroney tries to catch a bad throw as Beaufort’s Nia Holmes, left, moves in to steal second base during the top of the seventh inning Friday night at Battery Creek. Maroney dropped the ball and Holmes was safe. The Eagles went on to win over the crosstown rival Dolphins, 6-4. Photo by Bob Sofaly.