Rast in command in two Beaufort wins

Beaufort High softball stayed unbeaten with a pair of wins over the past week with sophomore Kylie Rast leading the way in the circle and the batter’s box.

Rast outdueled John Paul II’s Tevi Mullen in a pitching battle to lead the Eagles to a 2-1 win over the Golden Warriors on Tuesday, and she threw another complete game in a 6-2 win at Thomas Heyward on Monday.

On Tuesday, Rast opened the scoring in the bottom of the third when she led off the inning with a triple to right field and scored on an errant throw for a 1-0 lead. JPII squeezed home the tying run in the fifth when Cayce Graves reached on an error and scored on Audrey Snyder’s squeeze bunt, beating the throw to the plate to tie it. Beaufort rallied for the winning run in the sixth when Riley Brozek walked with one out and scored when the next batter, Caylin Adkins, hit a hard grounder to first and JPII made two errors on the play to allow Brozek to score.

Rast took care of the rest, striking out 13 and allowing just one unearned run on one hit with no walks. Mullen was nearly as good, piling up 10 strikeouts over six innings while allowing two runs, six hits, and three walks.

The sophomore was back in command Monday at Thomas Heyward, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with 13 strikeouts and four walks, and she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice. Kyrsten Cruikshank had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

The Eagles (3-0) travel to John Paul II for a rematch Thursday.

Bucs run streak to two games

Bridges Prep picked up its second straight victory with a 19-11 win at Estill on Monday, pounding out 15 hits to the Gators’ one.

Riley Cowan earned the win with 2.1 innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and allowing five runs (three earned) with the aid of four walks, and she was 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs, and three runs to lead a potent offense.

Bailey Stevenson was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Mallorie Brown went 3-for-3 with a double and scored twice, Hanna Lovell was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Olivia Payne went 1-for-1 with a triple, three walks, three RBIs, and three runs.

The Bucs (2-1) host Bethune-Bowman on Wednesday.

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