Hilton Head High baseball used a strong start to run-rule visiting Bluffton 12-2 in six innings Monday night.
The Seahawks pounced early for three runs in the first inning thanks to a two-RBI double by Jackson Philpot and an Ethan Timperman sacrifice fly before Joel Klock’s club blew it open in the second with six runs on six hits.
Bluffton struck back with a pair in the top of the third, as Carson Yeager smacked a double to the gap to cut the lead to 9-2. After a scoreless fourth inning, Connor Gardner came to the mound in relief for the Seahawks and tossed a dazzling fifth, striking out three batters to maintain the seven-run lead.
Hilton Head wrapped it up in the sixth, as Juju Mlodzinski bounced a high grounder over the second baseman to plate two and Daniel Keber delivered the final blow with an RBI-single to wrap up a 12-2 run-rule decision.
Keber finished it off, but he also set the tone from the start on the mound, throwing four strong innings and striking out five batters while allowing just two hits. Gardner and Timperman combined for a scoreless final two frames, with Gardner recording a trio of punchouts.
Mlodzinski delivered at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and Philpot racked up a pair of hits while driving in two.
Yeager led the Bobcats at the dish, going 1-for-4 with a run-scoring double.
The Seahawks (1-2, 1-0) and Bobcats (0-1, 0-1) will run it back on Wednesday for a rematch at Bluffton High.
By Wes Kerr