The Lady Bobcats utilized a few timely well-hit balls and a stout defense to spoil the home opener for the Lady Seahawks, 12-0. Bluffton’s top four hitters did the bulk of the damage registering six of the hits and scoring 11 of the runs between Ryan, Ray, Rose, and Kelly. Rose and Kelly each had multi-hit nights with 2 RBIs. Bluffton took advantage of a handful of Seahawk errors as the contest progressed to turn a 1-0 lead after two innings into the eventual winning margin. Ray earned the win by keeping the Hilton Head bats in check, allowing only three hits while striking out 10 and walking only one.
The home and Region 7AAAA opener for Hilton Head came just over a year to the date from their last outing at the Nest, a 27-18 victory over Battery Creek, before the pandemic shut down the remainder of the season. The Seahawks lost five members of that squad to graduation but have fresh athletic faces eager to prove their worth and mettle. Two such players, Lynda Young (9th) and Leah Jackson (8th), made their Varsity softball debut. Young had two assists playing the “hot corner” while Jackson registered her first Varsity hit in her second at-bat, finishing the night 1-2 and backstopping the entire game for the Seahawks. Shaina Lugo started strong before things began to unwind for Hilton Head. Striking out five Bobcats, Shaina unfortunately walked six and hit two more to set the stage for those timely Bluffton hits to do the most damage. Delcie Swift pitched the final inning for the Seahawks allowing three unearned runs on only one hit while fanning one batter.
The Lady Seahawks look to rewrite the narrative when these two squads meet again on Wednesday (3/17) at Bluffton HS.