Beaufort softball and baseball teams in region contention
By David Shelton
Beaufort – With the regular season coming to a quick close over the next few weeks, the Beaufort High baseball and softball teams find themselves in contention for region 8-AAAA championships this spring.
The softball team entered the final month of the regular season with a 7-7 overall record but a 5-2 mark in region play. The Eagles are locked in a battle with region leaders Cane Bay and Berkeley with a game separating the teams in the top three spots. Beaufort owns a 19-15 win over Cane Bay in region play and will play the region leaders on April 7th. Beaufort’s two region losses came to Colleton County (2-1) and Berkeley (9-0). Beaufort split with Colleton County and played Berkeley on April 4th.
Beaufort’s offense has shouldered the load this season. The Eagles are hitting .378 as a team with seven homers through 14 games.
Senior Mary Claire Sumner leads the team in hitting with a .537 average and 22 hits. Sumner also shares the pitching duties and has three victories, along with junior Emily Cook. Cook also is hitting .341 this season.
Senior Savannah Mullen is hitting .419 with 15 RBI’s while senior Krislynn Coolong is hitting .400 with three homers and a team-leading 20 RBI’s. Sophomore Lillian Sumner is hitting .395 with 12 RBI’s and senior Madison Powell is hitting .391 through 14 games.
Junior Bricen Riley is hitting .382 and senior Caroline O’Hara is hitting .333 with two homers and nine runs batted in.
Meanwhile, Keith Riley’s baseball team is in a first-place tie with Colleton County for the region lead with four games remaining. The Eagles are 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the region, splitting with Colleton County. Beaufort has remaining region games with Berkeley, Cane Bay and Hilton Head.
Offensive leaders through the first month of the season have been Jeffrey Smyth, Rome Wallace, Kyle Torrey, Michael Smyth and Cooper Woods.
Leading the way on the mound have been Drew Luckey, Wade Olivarri, Kyle Stavac and Paul Winland.