High school baseball & softball highlights

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Beaufort High outlasts Stratford 5-4

Two pitchers combined to hurl Beaufort High past rival Stratford last Monday. Regulation wouldn’t hold the early-season high school baseball game. Starting pitcher Carson Gregory and reliever Mattison Pike both excelled from the mound as Beaufort High edged Stratford 5-4 in eight innings.

Gregory worked six innings and struck out five Stratford batters before Pike pitched out of a relief role. Pike took over on the mound and helped to lift Beaufort High to the hard-fought win.

At the plate, Stephan Baggett paced Beaufort High with a two-hit performance. Baggett was 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored. Gregory helped his cause at the plate, belting a home run for the Eagles.

Walker leads Whale Branch in season opener 

Olivia Walker led the Whale Branch softball team in its season opener last Monday. Walker was the winning pitcher and paced Whale Branch offensively at the plate as the Warriors defeated opponent St. John’s soundly, winning 17-5.

Walker registered nine strikeouts en route to earning the pitching win. She ranks as one of the area’s top high school softball pitchers.

Offensively, Walker led Whale Branch as she went 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored.

Nya Simmons, Ciara Courtney and Marrisa Roberts each had two hits for the Warriors, while Roberts and Autumn Moon also each had one homerun.

Battery Creek edges Hilton Head in 8 innings

Battery Creek came through late, scoring a run in the bottom half of the eighth inning to beat Hilton Head High 6-5 in eight innings in a girls varsity high school softball game last Monday.

A strong pitching performance by freshman hurler Kyleigh Peeples helped Battery Creek post the win.