HSBSB: Bobcats hold off Patriots for first tourney win

Bluffton baseball salvaged its final game at the Woodland Wood Bat Classic, beating Patrick Henry 7-6 on Sunday. 

The Bobcats opened the tournament with an 8-3 loss to Cane Bay and a 12-2 defeat at the hands of the host Wolverines. They bounced back with a strong showing at the plate against Patrick Henry, scoring in each inning of the five-inning contest. 

Jackson Arseneau was 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBIs, and a run, Preston Burnside added two hits, and Miles Frye drove in two runs to lead the way at the plate. 

Kevin Brown recorded the final two outs in the fourth to stem a five-run rally and was credited for the win after the Bobcats rallied for two runs in the bottom half, as East Tennessee State signee Nate Hoyt tied it with an RBI single and scored the go-ahead run on Frye’s squeeze bunt. Jayden Timmins struck out two batters and worked around a hit by pitch with two outs to nail down the save.

Shoddy defense was the undoing of the Bobcats in their first two games, as eight errors led to 14 unearned runs across two losses. Three defensive miscues led to four unearned runs in the 8-3 loss to Cane Bay, as Nico Martucci led Bluffton with two hits and an RBI. The Bobcats were plagued by five errors leading to 10 unearned runs in the loss to Woodland, but Arseneau was 2-for-3 at the plate and finished 4-for-8 over the weekend.

Bluffton hosts Hilton Head Christian Academy on Monday.

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