HS BSB: Eagles take 2 of 3 in preseason tourney

Beaufort High baseball went 2-1 in the Woodland Wood Bat Classic to open its season.

The Eagles pounded their first two opponents, hammering Wade Hampton 16-1 on Friday and pummeling Philip Simmons 12-1 on Saturday, but they ran into a strong Oceanside Collegiate squad in a 6-1 defeat Sunday.

James Davenport (.444/.500/.667) had a big weekend at the plate, going 4-for-9 with a triple and two RBIs, and Wes Graves, Colin Peterson, and Chase McKelvey all posted strong pitching lines for the Eagles.

The Eagles (2-1) play at Oceanside Collegiate on March 16.

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Beaufort 16, Wade Hampton 1

The Eagles scored in every inning before plating nine runs in the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule. 

Hunter Rast was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, Davenport went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, and William Winburn blasted a two-run homer. Oliver Holmes added a pair of RBIs, and Matt Bornsheuer was 1-for-3 with an RBI and three runs from the leadoff spot.

Peterson pitched four strong innings, allowing one run and three hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win, and McKelvey struck out two in a perfect fifth.

Beaufort 12, Philip Simmons 1

Graves struck out five and allowed one unearned run and four hits in a complete-game gem, and the Eagles pounded 12 hits.

Josh Denton was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in the eight-hole, and Rush Riley was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Winburn stayed hot, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and Davenport was 2-for-3. Bornsheuer set the table again, going 1-for-2 with two walks and scoring three times in the leadoff spot.

Graves took a shutout into the sixth before Philip Simmons pushed across a run with the aid of a Beaufort fielding miscue, and the Eagles plated three in the bottom of the inning to end the game via run-rule.

Oceanside Collegiate 6, Beaufort 1

The bats cooled off for Beaufort in its tournament finale, as the Landsharks racked up 13 strikeouts and limited the Eagles to three hits.

Starter Ollie Holmes was hurt by a pair of errors, as the Landsharks dinged him for six runs (five earned) and seven hits over two innings. McKelvey came on and threw four innings of scoreless relief, but the Eagles couldn’t get enough going on offense to get back in it.

Bornsheuer and Riley each singled, and Rhogue Wallace had a double for the Eagles.

By Justin Jarrett

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