TRACK & FIELD
Eagles Sweep Team Titles At Shark Invitational
Beaufort High had another great weekend on the track, as the Eagles topped 30 teams from throughout the region and beyond to sweep the team titles at the Shark Invitational on Saturday at May River High School.
Beaufort’s boys amassed 112 points to edge runner-up May River (98) for the title. Joshua Wilborn (800), Nash Mills (3,200), Desmond Gaillard (triple jump), and Dexter Ratliff (discus) all won individual titles for the Eagles, and the 4×800 relay team of Wilborn, Charlie Bennett, Max Davis, and Marlon Belden also took gold.
Battery Creek finished 14th with a gold from Jordan Wilson-Smalls in the high jump.
Beaufort’s girls tied for the team crown with Bradwell Institute, as each totaled 94 points. The Eagles amassed that total without winning an event. Layla Warren was their top scorer, placing third in the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles and helping the 4×100 and 4×400 relays finish second.
Battery Creek tied for eighth.
Dolphins Avenge Lower State Loss, Remain Perfect In Region
Journeigh Doray’s two-run, walk-off triple in the bottom of the ninth lifted Battery Creek to a 5-4 win over visiting Hanahan in a rematch of last year’s Class 3A Lower State championship series Thursday.
The Hawks took a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but Emily Crosby’s RBI double cut the deficit in half and Doray followed with a game-ending two-run triple to center to give the Dolphins the thrilling win.
Alexis Ortiz went the distance in the circle for the Dolphins, racking up 18 strikeouts while allowing three runs, seven hits, and three walks.
Ortiz also was 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs.
The Dolphins also stayed perfect in region play with 15-0 and 16-3 win over Ridgeland-Hardeeville.
Ortiz struck out six in two perfect innings, and Doray struck out the side and walked one to finish off the abbreviated no-hitter for the Dolphins in the 15-0 win in the series opener. Doray was 2-for-3 with three runs, and Crosby and Keyonna Green each had a hit and two RBIs for Battery Creek.
The Jaguars grabbed a 3-1 lead after one inning in the finale, but Crosby went 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, and seven RBIs to lead the offensive outburst as the Dolphins surged to the big win. McKenzie Young was 3-for-4 with three runs, and Margaret Schubert and Bailey Emmert each had a hit and two RBIs for BCHS. Doray tossed a complete game, striking out 11 and allowing three runs and three hits over five innings.
BCHS (6-7, 4-0) was slated to travel to Wade Hampton for a region matchup at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bobcats Outslug Eagles To Claim Series
An eight-run fifth inning proved to be the difference as Bluffton outslugged host Beaufort High 15-13 in the rubber match of their three-game Region 7-4A series Friday.
Essence Champion was 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs, and four runs, Madison Sanchez was 4-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs, and Kylie Rast was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Eagles.
Reagan Kelly’s three-run triple broke a tie in the sixth inning and propelled Bluffton to a 9-8 home win in the second game of the series. Bearden drove in four runs, and Champion was 2-for-3 with two runs for the Eagles.
The Eagles got back on track with a 13-1 win at Hilton Head High in the opener of another Region 7-4A series Monday. Maliyah Hagan went the distance on the mound and Sanchez was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs to lead Beaufort. Carleigh Coolong added two hits and an RBI.
Beaufort (3-8, 2-2) was scheduled to host the Seahawks for the second game of the series Wednesday.
BA Boys Earn Two Shootout Wins
Beaufort Academy’s boys beat county rivals in penalty shootouts in two consecutive games last week.
David Mathai made two saves in a shootout to help the Eagles claim a hard-fought win over visiting Hilton Head Christian Academy. Ashton Bell scored in the 33rd minute for BA, but HHCA’s Carson Webster answered with the equalizer just a few minutes later.
Ben Trask, William Tumlin, Thomas Holladay, and Dawson Coleman all converted their penalty kicks in the shootout for BA, and Mathai made two big saves to go with his six in regulation.
Mathai again stopped two penalty kicks to give the Eagles a 4-2 shootout win over Hilton Head Prep after the game was tied at 1 at the end of regulation.
The goal from BA in regulation came from Trask, who also scored the winning penalty kick. Charlie Weeden, Holladay, and Coleman were the other scorers in the shootout for the Eagles.
BA (7-1) was scheduled to travel to Charleston Collegiate on Tuesday.
Beaufort High Drops First Two Region Games
Beaufort High lost its first two Region 7-4A matches last week, falling 3-1 at Bluffton and 2-0 to visiting Hilton Head High.
Beaufort (4-6, 0-2) was to host Colleton County for a region matchup Tuesday.
BA Falls to HHP, HHCA
Beaufort Academy’s girls dropped two games to tough competition last week, falling 6-1 to Hilton Head Prep and 2-0 to Hilton Head Christian Academy.
Maeve Kalady scored the Eagles’ lone goal against HHP off an assist from Kate Luckey.
The Eagles bounced back with a shootout win over Legacy Charter on Saturday, as Emma Hincher, Luckey, and Leith Gray all scored penalties and Amelia Huebel stopped two efforts in goal for BA.
The Eagles were to travel to Charleston Collegiate on Tuesday.
Eagles Can’t Find Goal In First Two Region Games
Beaufort High’s girls gave strong defensive efforts but couldn’t find the back of the net in their first two Region 7-4A games, losing 1-0 to both Bluffton and Hilton Head High.
Ellie Muniz, Brigid Murphy and Maggie Crisologo were instrumental in holding off attacks for the bulk of the game against the perennial state power Seahawks.
Beaufort (3-10, 0-2) was to travel to Colleton County on Tuesday.
Bruns, Eagles Edge Seahawks In Region Meet
Beaufort High edged Hilton Head High by two shots to win a Region 7-4A match Thursday at Dataw Island Club.
Jerry Bruns fired an even-par 36 to claim medalist honors and lead the Eagles to a team score of 155 and a narrow victory over the Seahawks (157). Beaufort’s Max Kase and Hilton Head’s Jack Lashinger and Ben Batson shot 38 to tie for second. Jack Lubkin (40), Riley Kase (41) and George Cooler (47) rounded out the lineup for the Eagles.
BA Falls To May River
May River tennis cruised to a 5-1 victory over visiting Beaufort Academy on Thursday.
Brandon Trapp and Preston Aivaz gaves the Eagles their lone victory at No. 2 doubles.
BA (3-2) was scheduled to travel to Hilton Head Prep on Tuesday.