Whitley Weathers turned in another dominant performance Thursday, striking out 12 in a one-hit shutout to lead Colleton County softball to a 2-0 win at Bluffton.
The Cougars couldn’t muster much offense against Bluffton’s Parker Ray, who struck out seven and limited Colleton to two runs and four hits in a complete game, but Weathers was even more impressive. The Cougars’ ace pounded the zone with 64 strikes on 77 pitches, allowing only a two-out single from Ray in the third inning. She retired the next 12 batters following Ray’s single up the middle and allowed just one more baserunner — who reached on an error — the rest of the way.
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The Cougars gave Weathers all the support she needed in the first inning, as Shandi Brown led off with a single and swiped second, third, and home. Ray held it there until the seventh, but Sydney Howard led off the final frame with a triple and scored on Jordan Slocum’s RBI single to add an insurance run.
Colleton County (12-0, 9-0) wraps up the regular season with a region game at James Island on Friday before beginning the Class 4A playoffs as the top seed from Region 7-4A. The Bobcats (8-5, 5-5) conclude their regular season at Ridge View on Saturday.