Colleton County baseball started its season off strong, going 3-0 at the Woodland Wood Bat Classic, but the Cougars missed out on a spot in the championship game by virtue of a tiebreaker.
The Cougars earned a hard-fought 5-2 win over host Woodland on Friday, routed Wade Hampton 11-2 on Monday, and eked out a 6-5 win over Holly Hill Academy on Tuesday, but they allowed one more run in pool play than Hilton Head High, so the Seahawks advanced to the title game.
The Cougars (3-0) are back in action Monday, hosting Goose Creek for a non-region game at 6:30 p.m.
Colleton County 5, Woodland 2
The Cougars opened the tournament with a 5-2 victory over the host Wolverines. Individual stats from the game were not available.
Colleton County 11, Wade Hampton 2
Gabe Wolf and Grayson Cromer combined on a five-inning one-hitter, and Cromer had a double and three RBIs to lead the Cougars at the plate.
Jackson Bell was 2-for-3 with two runs, Ben Kennedy walked three times and scored twice, and Warren Hunter had a pair of runs and a pair of RBIs.
Colleton County 6, Holly Hill Academy 5
The Cougars rallied for two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull off an impressive comeback and finish the tournament undefeated.
Kennedy was 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs in a monster night at the plate, and JC Poe added a pair of hits from the No. 9 spot in the order.
Cohen Crosby struck out the side in a scoreless sixth to earn the win, and Dustin Hadwin closed the door with a perfect seventh, striking out the side on 11 pitches to nail down the save. Dakota Dandridge gave the Cougars five solid innings, allowing five runs (two earned) and five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
By Justin Jarrett