First-year Hilton Head Christian Academy baseball coach JW Wilkerson’s return to his alma mater in the visiting dugout didn’t go according to plan, as Bluffton routed the former Bobcats and his Eagles 19-2 in three innings Friday at Hank Johnston Stadium.
Nico Martucci struck out five and allowed two runs on four hits in a three-inning complete game, throwing 33 of his 43 pitches for strikes, and the Bobcats racked up 10 walks and eight hits while taking advantage of seven HHCA errors.
Jackson Arseneau was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, two runs, and three RBIs in the second spot in the lineup, and Kevin Brown and Cody Bradt came through in the lower half of the order to help break it open. Brown was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs, and Bradt went 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs.
Jackson Lanier, Jesse Hall, Keene Reese, and Colton Young each had a hit for the Eagles, and Reese drove in a run. Young started and was tagged with the loss, struggling to locate the strike zone before giving way to Hayden Brooks in the nine-run first inning.
Bluffton (2-2) hosts Battery Creek for a two-game set at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. HHCA (6-2) hosts Colleton Prep for a region game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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