Bluffton softball jumped out to an early seven-run lead and held on for an 8-5 home win Wednesday over Beaufort High.
The Bobcats got the offense rolling quickly, scoring a pair of first-inning runs on singles from Alyssa Rose and Katie Ryan before extending the advantage to 6-0 in the second and 7-0 an inning later on the strength of two RBI hits from Parker Ray.
Beaufort High got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning via a passed ball, and the Bobcats restored the seven-run advantage with another tally in the fifth. The Eagles didn’t quit, scoring two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings.
Karley Rouse and Nia Holmes drove in a run each to cut it to three in the final inning and bring the tying run to the plate, but Bluffton held off the comeback bid.
Ray paced the Bobcat offense from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs while earning the win on the mound and striking out seven batters. Ryan put together a strong day, finishing 2-for-3 while driving in a run. Rouse led the Eagles in a valiant comeback attempt with a 2-for-3 performance and a trio of RBIs.
Bluffton (8-4, 5-4) wraps up region play at home Thursday against Colleton County.
Beaufort High (6-13, 2-8) finishes the season Thursday at John Paul II.
By Wes Kerr