Colleton County phenom Whitley Weathers knew she had a lot to prove on the mound hosting a dangerous May River squad Monday night, and she passed with flying colors.
The Francis Marion commit dazzled in the circle and at the plate from start to finish, throwing a complete-game shutout while adding two hits to outduel Ana Caraballo and the Sharks for a 2-0 victory.
Colleton County took control early in the battle of Region 7-4A unbeatens, pushing across a run in the first on a Makayla Chisolm RBI hit set up by singles from Weathers and Sydney Howard to grab a 1-0 lead. Weathers struck again in the fifth, as the Cougar standout lined a single to right field to double her team’s advantage. May River pushed a runner to scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Sharks couldn’t find the clutch hit to pull off the rally.
Weathers was spectacular for the Cougars, scattering just five May River hits while racking up seven strikeouts alongside a pair of hits and an RBI on offense. Chisolm added two hits and drove in a run, while Howard went 2-for-3 with a double.
Caraballo threw a strong six innings for the Sharks, allowing just two earned runs and striking out five.
The Cougars (10-0, 7-0) and Sharks (11-7, 8-1) will face off again at May River on Wednesday as Colleton County looks to lock down the region title.
By Wes Kerr