Daniel Keber put on a show on the mound and at the plate for Hilton Head High baseball Monday night, racking up 13 strikeouts and two RBIs in an 8-2 home victory over Colleton County to stay perfect in region play.
The Cougars threatened in the first two innings with a pair of two-out rallies, but Keber worked himself out of the jams and collected six early strikeouts. The senior helped his own cause in the second inning, drawing a two-out bases-loaded walk to give his Seahawks a 1-0 lead.
Keber was sensational again in the third and fourth innings, retiring all six batters in the two frames — all via strikeout. The momentum carried over to the offense in the bottom half, as Hilton Head plated five runs on four hits and two walks. Keber continued his domination of the Cougars at the dish, driving a pitch to the left-field gap for an RBI-double before Ethan Timperman, Ethan Russo, and Kyle Markowitz collected run-scoring singles with two outs to surge ahead 6-0.
Keber tallied an incredible 13th strikeout on as many outs to cap off a tremendous start on the mound, but the Cougars found the scoreboard after a pitching change, plating a run on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 6-1. Colleton County made it a four-run game in the sixth on an RBI-single by Cam Farnsworth, but the Seahawks answered right back in the bottom half with a Markowitz poke up the middle to score two and restore the six-run lead.
The Cougars started the seventh with two straight hits hoping to spark a rally, but Jack Mastrorocco forced a lineout and a double play to wrap up the 8-2 victory.
Keber delivered an unforgettable performance, earning the win in 4 2-3 innings while allowing just two hits and punching out a remarkable 13 batters. Markowitz excelled in the clutch, going 2-for-3 and picking up a trio of RBIs. Russo matched Markowitz’s two-hit night and drove in a pair, and Keber helped produce his own win at the plate with two RBI on a double and a walk. Michael Ortiz led the offense for Colleton County with a 2-for-4 evening.
The Seahawks (6-3, 3-0) and Cougars (3-4, 0-1) face off again Wednesday in the finale of a two-game series at Colleton County.
By Wes Kerr