BSB: Dolphins jump on JPII early for big region win

Hilton Head Prep used a big first inning and a strong pitching performance to claim an 8-2 region victory over visiting John Paul II on Saturday, then followed it up with a 15-0 win over Memorial Day.

Reese Malon gave the Dolphins 2 2/3 solid frames, and Luke Foley finished off the Golden Warriors with 4 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing five hits and one walk. 

The Dolphins were able to break through early against JPII ace Ray Johnson, as Jaiden Hrobar, Connor McDonnell, and Tristan Bonomo all drove in runs in a three-run first. 

Johnson settled in and limited the damage, allowing four runs (two earned) over 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks, but HHP added an insurance run in the fifth and broke it open with four in the sixth. 

“Proud of the fellas today,” HHP coach Chris Wells said. “They found a way to win the region opener against a tough pitcher who had his stuff working.” 

Steele Burd was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run, Hrobar was 2-for-3 with a double, and RBI, and a run, and Tommy Stauffer and Luke Foley each added two hits and a run.

Josh Horton was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, and Hayden Jennings had a hit and a walk for JPII. 

The Dolphins followed up the big region win with a 15-0 rout of Memorial Day in the second half of the unconventional doubleheader.

Trevor Weldon tossed a three-inning two-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks to earn the win and went 1-for-1 with two walks, a double, and two RBIs. Will Gray was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs, and three RBIs, and Foley and Cooper Kunich each went 1-for-1 with two RBIs for HHP.


HHP (3-2, 1-0) travels to Battery Creek at 6 p.m. Monday. 

JPII (2-1, 0-1) plays a region game at Thomas Heyward at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

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