Whew, it was a real one in the Lowco last night. We have results and as many of the vital details as we could track down on 26 local high school sporting events from Monday’s action, and we serve it up in audio, video, and text form for your dining pleasure. Here’s Last Night in The Lowco for March 28.
May River (17) at James Island (1)
The Sharks struck for nine goals in the first quarter and led 13-1 at halftime before calling off the dogs. May River a little salty after that home loss to Hilton Head High last week. Monster night for Brooks Van Esselstyn, who scored two goals — including the 100th of his career — and racked up nine assists, joining Jon Boan and Rob Gadomski in May River’s Century Club in just his 28th career game. Whitt Beebe and Andrew Dromsky each added six points for the Sharks, and Corbin Wiltse and Camden Hudson combined for four saves in a dominant defensive effort from May River.
Beaufort (4) at Hilton Head High (13)
The Seahawks ran their winning streak to four games with a region win at home. Still waiting for some stats from this game, but Hilton Head has been on fire of late, scoring 12 or more goals in four straight and seven of its last eight.
Bluffton (0) at Lucy Beckham (17)
The Bobcats were no match for the Bengals, as budding state power Lucy Beckham remained undefeated on the season and has outscored its 12 opponents 165-42. Oof.
HHCA (10) at Colleton Prep (0)
Abby Peduzzi continued her absolute monster junior year with a six-goal game to lead the Eagles, and Hayleigh Hingtgen scored a goal and dished out four assists. HHCA was without star Bless Hurtado — Peduzzi says she’s usually the one who makes Abby look so good — but the defense was fierce, and Isabelle Cunningham kept the sheet clean. Peduzzi now has 21 goals in six games this season.
Coastal Hurricanes (8) at Beaufort Academy (0)
The Eagles were no match for the visiting Hurricanes, who rolled to the big win. BA with a big one at JPII on Thursday.
Bluffton (13) at Lucy Beckham (6)
Preston Burnside went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, and five RBIs as the Bobcats scored four runs in the first and kept the bats going all night for a region road win. Jayden Timmins also had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk, and three RBIs. Nico Martucci pitched five solid innings, allowing just one earned run, and Cody Bradt nailed down the save with two scoreless frames as Bluffton improved to 3-2 in region play.
Beaufort (12) at May River (3)
The Eagles rapped 12 hits, including three for extra bases, and took advantage of three May River errors to pick up a big region win on the road. Tommy Winburn was 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs, and Hunter Rast went 3-for-3 and drove in a run for Beaufort, while Davis Woods stymied the Sharks in a complete game. Rematch Wednesday on the Isle of Ladies.
Hanahan (15) at Battery Creek (0)
The Dolphins are still looking for their first win after an abbreviated four-inning loss to the region rival Hawks. Bradley Smith and Quade Matthews had hits for Creek. Give Chad Shildt time, Dolphin fans. He’s a real one.
James Island (4) at Hilton Head High (2)
Blaine Gregory gave the Seahawks five solid frames to keep Hilton Head in it, but James Island’s dominant pitching staff was too good. Owen French struckout seven over five innings, allowing just one unearned run, and Keillor Osbon limited the Seahawks to one run over the final two frames for the save. Three hits for Connor MacCabe, including a double, and Connor Gardner was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Woodland (6) at Colleton County (0)
The Cougars couldn’t solve Wolverines ace Herndon, who struck out 10 in a complete game shutout and scattered six hits. Solid outing by Gabe Wolf, allowing four runs over five innings, but Colleton couldn’t muster any offense aside from Cohen Crosby, who was 3-for-3 with a double.
Beaufort Academy (0) at HHCA (13)
Hayden Brooks struck out seven and limited the visiting Eagles to three hits and a walk in a five-inning complete game, and HHCA poured it on at the plate. Keene Reese was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, Jace Blackshear had an RBI double, and Jackson Lanier and Matt Scarpa each knocked in two runs for HHCA.
John Paul II (1) at Bluffton (2)
Former Bluffton coach Josh Fox took his undefeated Golden Warriors into The Den, and the Bobcats sent JPII home with its first loss of the season. Anthony Hill opened the scoring early for JPII, but the Bobcats answered quickly and their attack was relentless in the second half until finding the game-winner. Luis Rojas and Bryce Robertson scored goals for the Bobcats, a rarity against JPII keeper Evan Slusne, one of the Lowco’s best, who made 12 saves.
HHCA (2) at Colleton Prep (0)
The Eagles were a bit listless with their captain James Grainger sidelined by concussion protocol, but they came away with a result, as Christian Becker and Chaz Brigstock scored goals and Noah Kaufman held down the midfield to keep HHCA in possession most of the night.
Coastal Hurricanes (1) at Beaufort Academy (1)
The Eagles played to a draw with the Coastal Hurricanes homeschool program out of Georgia in a well-played contest. Zeke Gonzalez broke through for BA’s goal on a beautiful set piece from 25 yards out, and freshman goalkeeper Isaac Leslie had 8 saves, including a sensational stop in the final minutes to preserve the draw and was named man of the match.
Bluffton (6) at Beaufort Academy (0)
The Bobcats won five of the six matches in straight sets with Ryan Bostanci finishing off the bagel with a three-set victory at No. 4.
Beaufort (6) at Colleton County (0)
The defending Region 7-4A champion Eagles stayed perfect in their quest to repeat, winning all six matches in straight sets over a pretty tough Colleton County team. Graeme Angus with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Raphael Vassel in the premiere matchup at No. 1 singles.
Heritage (1) at Hilton Head High (5)
The Seahawks rolled to a comfortable win over the cross-island Stingrays, winning four of five contested matches, though Mia Roets picked up a big win over Stefan Russell in straight sets at No. 2 singles.
Lucy Beckham (16) at Bluffton (1)
The Bengals rolled past the Bobcats to remain undefeated in Region 7-4A, racking up 11 first-half goals and cruising in the second half. Kayla Fergus had three points, and a trio of Bengals added four each. No Bluffton stats were available at recording.
James Island (9) at May River (6)
The Sharks played the Trojans even after halftime but couldn’t dig out from a three-goal deficit in a tough home loss. Emmy Ross scored three goals for James Island and Brooke Yonce added two goals and an assist. May River stats were not yet available.
Hilton Head High (15) at Beaufort (2)
The Seahawks ran their region winning streak to three games with a lopsided win. Beaufort goalie Shelby Holstein kept the Eagles in it early with several key saves, but Hilton Head stretched the lead to 8-0 by halftime and cruised from there behind a dominant defense led by Sommer Chiasera, Olivia Costello, Emilie Fister and Madison Hull. Anna Ferrebee had four goals and three assists, and Maddie Massie added four goals and an assist to lead the way as seven different Seahawks scored.
Bluffton (18) at Colleton County (3)
Weird series, as the Cougars won in lopsided fashion at Bluffton on Friday, but the Bobcats return the favor, scoring multiple runs in each inning in a five-inning run-rule situation. Alyssa Rose was locked in at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, while Reagan Kelly drove in three, and Katie Ryan had two hits, two RBIs and four runs on the day she announced her commitment to play at D2 Embry-Riddle in Daytona. Parker Ray struck out 10 in a complete game and was on base three times in the leadoff spot.
James Island (16) at May River (5)
An eight-run third inning did in the Sharks, who committed a whopping eight errors leading to six unearned runs. Olivia Williams had two hits, and Ruthy Roman had a double and two RBIs for May River.
John Paul II (18) at Battery Creek (4)
Tevi Mullen and Cayce Graves each allowed two runs over three strong innings, combining for 11 strikeouts, and the Golden Warriors racked up 18 hits in a rout of the visiting Dolphins. Maddie Heathcott went yard and smacked two doubles to highlight a 3-for-5 night with five RBIs and three runs, and Madison Zeroll was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a two RBIs. Mullen also had three hits, and she and Addison Roppelt each had two of JPII’s 10 doubles. Hannah Maroney with an RBI triple and a run for Creek.
Lucy Beckham (4) at Hilton Head High (14)
It was Delcie Swift night for the Seahawks, as Swift tossed a five-inning complete game with four strikeouts and went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to lead Hilton Head to a region win at home. Alexandra Fisher added three hits, including a triple, and two RBIs, and USC Gamecocks commit Reagan Marchant went deep for the sixth time this season, because of course she did. Shoutout to Taco for the video.
Thomas Heyward (5) at Beaufort High (7)
Kylie Rast recorded 12 strikeouts to lead Beaufort High to a 7-5 win over Thomas Heyward. The Rebels rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game before grabbing the lead in the fifth, but Beaufort scratched across a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth frames to take control. Jayla Champion came up clutch from the nine-spot for the Eagles with a pair of hits and RBI while Riley Brozek added two hits. Lucy Dantzler and Abigail Hayes each went 2-for-3 to pace the Rebels.
Orangeburg Prep (0) at Colleton Prep (9)
Haley Bootle was in command for the War Hawks, striking out 15 OP batters and walking just one in a two-hitter. Bootle also had three RBIs, but Mackenzie Pellum led the charge at the plate for CPA, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and scoring three runs.
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