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Eagles remain undefeated

Beaufort High made a resounding statement in the opener of its three-game Region 7-4A series with county rival Hilton Head High, winning 13-2 on the road Monday.

Ethan Graham struck out six over six strong innings to earn the win and went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate for the Eagles. Paul Winland was 3-for-5 with a double, Luke Londono was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, Jeffrey Smyth was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Reed Reichel was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Beaufort.

Last week, Beaufort beat Thomas Heyward 11-1 in five innings. Oliver Holmes struck out 10 and limited the Rebels to one run and three hits in an abbreviated complete game and went 1-for-3 with three RBIs at the plate. Jacob Anderson and Winland each had two hits and an RBI, Londono added two hits, and Reichel drove in four runs.

The Eagles (9-0, 1-0) were set to host the Seahawks (7-3, 0-1) for game 2 of the series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and travel to Hilton Head High for the finale at 6:30 p.m. Friday.


Dolphins get first win, go 0-3 in tourney

After a tough start to the season against a challenging schedule, Battery Creek got on track with a 9-3 home win over Colleton County on Tuesday, March 12.

Alexis Ortiz went 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs and struck out 11 over five shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Emily Crosby was 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and three RBIs, and McKenzie Young had two hits and scored a run.

Two days later, Colleton Prep scored four runs with two outs in the seventh to send the visiting Dolphins to a 7-6 defeat. Young was 2-for-2 with two runs, Ortiz had a hit and an RBI, and Kelsey Hill and Jamiah Johnson each drove in a run for the Dolphins.

Battery Creek went 0-3 against tough competition at the Byrnes Invitational on Saturday. The Dolphins lost to Hillcrest (7-1), Broome (6-5), and Dorman (7-0). 

Battery Creek (1-7) was set to travel to May River for a key Region 8-3A matchup Tuesday. 

BHS falls to Sharks

May River erupted for 10 runs in the sixth inning to turn a close game into an 18-6 rout over host Beaufort High on Monday. 

Lillian Bearden and Carleigh Coolong each had a hit and two RBIs, and Madison Sanchez was 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Eagles. 

Beaufort (1-5) travels to Woodland on Friday. 

THA spoils BA’s debut

Thomas Heyward Academy spoiled the debut of Beaufort Academy’s softball rebirth with an 18-4 home win Thursday. 

Emily Wilson was 2-for-3 and scored a run, and Anna Grace Dennis was 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs for the Eagles, who played their first varsity softball game since 2008.

BA (0-1) was slated to travel to John Paul II on Tuesday.


BA boys top JPII, HHP

Beaufort Academy’s boys scored the game’s first four goals en route to a 5-2 home win over John Paul II on Wednesday, March 13. Ben Trask had three goals and an assist, and Edward McCormick scored a goal for the Eagles, who led 4-0 at halftime.

A day earlier, BA put on a strong defensive performance in a 2-0 victory at Hilton Head Prep. Trask and Thomas Holladay each scored a goal for the Eagles, and David Mathai had three saves to record the shutout in goal.

BA (3-1) was scheduled to host Holy Trinity on Tuesday. 

BA girls fall twice 

John Paul II’s girls put on a dominant performance in a 7-0 win at Beaufort Academy on Wednesday, March 13. The Eagles also lost 9-1 to Hilton Head Prep on Tuesday. 

Arianna Gonzalez scored the lone goal for the Eagles against HHP, and Amelia Huebel made 12 saves.


Eagles tie for 2nd in first region meet

Hilton Head High claimed a 24-shot win in the first Region 7-4A match of the season Thursday at Dogwood Hills Country Club.

The Seahawks posted a team score of 152 for a comfortable win over Bluffton (176), Beaufort High (176), and Colleton County (218). 

Jack Lubkin led the Eagles with a 41, followed by Riley Kase (42), George Cooler (46), Max Kase (47), and Mason Westerfield (47).


Eagles come up just short vs. Seahawks

Hilton Head High won two third-set tiebreakers and another close match to edge Region 7-4A rival Beaufort High 4-3 on Thursday.

Alex Ruckno and Brent Geist each won marathon third-set tiebreakers, and Conrad Alford won two tight sets, including a second-set tiebreaker to help the Seahawks pull off the close win. Alford and Ruckno sealed the victory with a win at No. 1 doubles.

Merritt Patterson and Mitchell Russell earned singles wins, and Bodie Daniel and Casey Hoogenboom teamed up for a doubles victory for BHS. 

BHS opened region play with a 6-0 win over Bluffton two days earlier, winning all six matches in straight sets.

The Eagles (2-1, 1-1) were slated to face Colleton County in a region match Tuesday.

BA loses close match to HHP

Beaufort Academy came up just short against SCISA 2A power Hilton Head Prep on Thursday, losing 5-4.

Daniel Richards, Jack McDougall, and Connor Aivaz each won singles matches, and Richards and Larry Lindsay teamed up for a doubles win for the Eagles. 


Gray qualifies for Zone 5 competition

Cheyanne Gray of Beaufort, a member of USC Aiken’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Hunt Seat Team, earned enough points during a regional competition to advance to the IHSA Zone 5 show at Auburn University on March 30. The achievement sets a record for USC Aiken.

The show at Auburn will include riders from seven states. Gray moves on in the novice fences category.

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