High school softball teams typically can only go as far as their starting pitcher can carry them, and Beaufort High has a good one in Kylie Rast — but her understudy has some potential too.
Rast struck out 12 and hit a tie-breaking home run to lead the Eagles to a 9-5 home win over a Bluffton team loaded with next-level talent, and Adalyn Johnson threw a three-inning perfect game and homered in a 15-0 rout of Hilton Head Island High to cap a perfect week for Beaufort.
Rast went the distance against the Bobcats, surrendering five runs (four earned) and six hits to a lineup with three senior who have signed to keep playing in college, and she also went 2-for-3 and scored three runs, smashing a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning. Johnson also had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs, and Caylin Adkins was 3-for-4 with a double and drove in a run.
It was all Eagles on Friday night, as Johnson struck out three of the nine Seahawks she faced, retiring all of them, and Beaufort’s bats ended it early. Rast was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Johnson was 2-for-3 with a homer and scored three times, and Adkins, Reese Brozek, and Madisyn Miller each added run-scoring hits.
The Eagles (4-3) were slated to open region play at home Tuesday against Philip Simmons before traveling to the Iron Horses for the rematch Friday.
Beaufort 9, Bluffton 5
WP: Kylie Rast 7IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 4BB, 12K
BFT (3-3): Rast 2-3, HR, 3R, 2RBI; Adalyn Johnson 3-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBI; Caylin Adkins 3-4, 2B, RBI
BLUF (1-1): Parker Ray 2-3, 3B, R, RBI; Ava Rogers 2-4, R, RBI
Beaufort 15, HHIHS 0
WP: Adalyn Johnson 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
BFT (4-3): Kylie Rast 3-3, 2R, 2RBI; Adalyn Johnson 2-3, HR, 3R, RBI; Reese Brozek 1-2, RBI, 2R; Caylin Adkins 1-2, 2R, 2RBI; Madisyn Miller 1-2, 3B, 2R, RBI