Hilton Head High baseball will play for the Woodland Wood Bat Classic championship Wednesday night after going 3-0 in pool play.
The Seahawks earned pool wins over Wade Hampton (16-0), Holly Hill Academy (13-1), and Barnwell (7), matching Colleton County with a 3-0 record and advancing to the finals by virtue of allowing one fewer run than the Cougars in pool play.
HHIHS also played an extra game against Philip Simmons, falling 7-6, but that game was not part of the Seahawks’ pool play record.
The Seahawks (3-1) will take on Oceanside Collegiate in the championship game at 6 p.m.
Philip Simmons 7, HHIHS 6
The Seahawks picked up an extra game to help out the Warhorses after Bluffton bowed out of the tournament following the tragic shooting death of a student-athlete, and they nearly pulled off a thrilling victory.
HHIHS scored four runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead, only to see Philip Simmons answer with four in the bottom for a walkoff win.
Jackson Philpot was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI, Ethan Russo was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, and Daniel Keber was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Tate Miller doubled and walked and scored twice.
Jack Mastrorocco gave the Seahawks four solid innings, allowing one unearned run and three hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
HHIHS 13, Holly Hill Academy 1
The Seahawks capitalized on 13 walks to put up big numbers in each of the first three innings and roll to a lopsided win.
Miller drew four walks himself and scored three times, and leadoff man Kyle Markowitz had a double and a walk and scored three runs. Timperman also scored three times and drove in three runs, Keber was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, and Jake Richardson was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
B. Gregory struck out five and walked three over three innings of one-hit ball, allowing one run, and Markowitz worked around three walks to pitch a scoreless fourth.
HHIHS 16, Wade Hampton 0
HHIHS led just 2-0 after three innings before erupting for 14 runs in the fourth to invoke the 10-run rule.
The Seahawks smacked 13 hits and drew seven walks in just four innings. Jackson Philpott (3-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs), Ethan Russo (2-for-2, 2 R, 3 RBIs) and Richardson (1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBIs) led the charge. Keber was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Tyler Brigham was 2-for-2 and scored a run.
Keber was dominant on the mound, striking out 10 and walking two in four innings of one-hit ball.
HHIHS 9, Barnwell 7
The Seahawks tallied runs in every inning, including a three-spot in the fifth to pull ahead, then held off a rally in the bottom of the frame.
Philpot opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the first, and Keber followed him with a two-run shot in the third, as the Seahawks made the most of their seven hits. Keber was 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs, and two RBIs, Timperman was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Philpot knocked in three runs, including his two-run blast.
Richardson struck out four and allowed two runs, two hits, and three walks over three innings as the starter. Russo walked a pair of batters after coming on to close it out, getting a fly ball to Markowitz in center to end it with two runners in scoring position.
By Justin Jarrett