Bluffton had five hits in the final inning Wednesday to blow open a close game and earn a 6-1 victory at Ashley Ridge.
The game was scoreless through four innings and the Lady Swamp Foxes only trailed by 2 runs entering the seventh. Ashley Ridge put out the first two batters of the inning, but the Bobcats rallied to push the lead to 6-0.
After Bluffton pitcher Courtney Smith fanned the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, Ashley Ridge pitcher Cam Alverson hit a home run just to the left of the flag pole in center field to give the Lady Swamp Foxes hope. Taylor DeLeon followed by reaching on an error, but the next batter struck out to end the game.
Smith only allowed three hits in picking up the pitching win. The other two hits came off the bats of leadoff hitter Val Frank and No. 9 hitter Alyssa Ateniza.
“We made contact with the ball, but we just couldn’t get it in the holes,” Ashley Ridge coach Chelsie Lisenby said.
Bluffton’s Kim Kirby was 2 for 4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Smith was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Morgane Parker was also 2 for 4, with a run scored.
The game was the Region 8-AAAA opener for Ashley Ridge. The Lady Swamp Foxes travel to Fort Dorchester March 28 for a 7 p.m. game.