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FRIDAY'S FEATS: Cox hurls gem

Stratford High School hurler Payton Cox put the glitter on a series sweep of city rival Goose Creek High School on April 30.

Cox, an Erskine signee, threw 58 pitches and sparkled over five innings while striking out 11 batters en route to one of the rarest of feats on a softball diamond.

Cox tossed a perfect game in the Region 7-AAAAA finale, lifting the Knights to a 15-0 victory against the visiting Gators on Stratford’s senior night.

“She had command of pretty much all of her pitches and she was throwing it hard,” Stratford coach Ashton Revan said. “They didn’t put a lot of balls in play… We were all super proud of her.”

The Knights (11-8, 8-4 region) struck for one run in the first inning, three more in the second inning and broke it open with an eight spot in the third inning.

Senior leadoff hitter Tayler Jenkins, a Limestone signee, was 3 for 3 with four runs scored and drove in a pair. Senior DP Aubreanna Varner collected two hits and knocked in four runs. Madison Goossens and Gabby Cruz combined for five RBIs.

Mitchell reaches milestone

Foster Nicdon’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning walked it off for the Hanahan High School baseball team on April 30 at HHS.

The Hawks (15-6) knocked off Academic Magnet 13-3 in five innings to secure a playoff spot and also gave longtime coach Brian Mitchell his 300th career victory.

Hanahan hosts rival Bishop England on May 4 and travels to Bishop England on May 7. One can sweep the other to reel in the region title.

Nicodin, Brick Nichols and Ethan Walker collected two hits each for the Hawks. Coleman Jenkins knocked in a pair of runs and scored three times.

Hanahan 9,

Timberland 1

Sophomore Alani Hall scored two goals as the Hanahan High School girls soccer team coasted past Timberland on April 30.

Maci Ducker, Brooklyn Murphy, Camilia Saman, Madison Lind, Madison Risher, Rebekah Bladen and Reagan Leopold added goals for Hanahan, which finished the season with a 6-8 record.

Kamryn Brown was the lone senior for Hanahan.

Berkeley 14,

Cane Bay 4

Gracie DeCuir went 4 for 4 and knocked in four runs to power Berkeley High School’s softball team to a series sweep of Cane Bay High School on April 30.

The Stags improved to 22-2 on the season and capped Region 7-AAAAA play with a shiny 12-0 mark. Abby Prince collected three hits and drove in a pair of runs in the Stags’ 14-4 victory.

Ciera Fenton led Cane Bay with three hits.

Berkeley Baseball 7,

Cane Bay 2

Hayden Newbold collected two hits and two RBIs to help lead the Berkeley baseball team past Cane Bay in a Region 7-AAAAA encounter.

JP Proctor and Jesse Free scored twice apiece for the Stags (22-3, 12-0 region).

Ethan Dodson was 3 for 4 for Cane Bay.

Ashley Ridge 1,

Cane Bay 0

Cane Bay's girls soccer team ended the regular season with a close loss to Ashley Ridge.

The Cobras finished second in Region 7-AAAAA behind champion Wando and begin the playoffs at Carolina Forest High School on May 3.