Colleton County softball pitcher Whitley Weathers came into the week on a mission to shut down a potent May River offense. On Wednesday, she did it for the second game in a row to clinch the Region 7-4A title, blanking the Sharks 4-0 on the road.
It was another hard-fought duel between Weathers and May River’s Ana Caraballo, as the two stars combined to pitch four innings of scoreless ball to start the game.
The Cougars broke through in the top half of the fifth, as Shandi Brown lined a triple to left field, scoring two runs to break the scoreless tie. Colleton County added two more in the frame on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
It was certainly enough run support for Weathers, who cruised through the final three innings to wrap up the region title. Weathers was phenomenal for the second straight contest, allowing just four hits and no runs through all seven innings while picking up six strikeouts.
Brown came up huge at the plate from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI while Sydney Howard collected two hits including a triple of her own.
Carabello delivered another strong effort in the circle for the Sharks, surrendering just one earned run on five hits in seven innings of work. Casey Laing led the offense, finishing 2-for-3 with a double.
Colleton County (11-0, 8-0) clinched the No. 1 seed in Region 7-4A and will look to stay unbeaten Thursday at home against Bluffton.
May River (11-8, 8-2) has concluded the regular season and will make the SCHSL playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 7-4A.
By Wes Kerr