Softball: CF, Conway score wins in tournament openers

The Carolina Forest softball team opened the Ripken Tournament in impressive fashion, putting 11 runs on the board before South Laurel (KY) scored its first en route to a 13-2 mercy-rule victory on Monday.

The Lady Panthers (14-1) scored four in the first inning, three in the second and four in the third to jump out to an 11-0 lead, thanks in part to a strong performance on the mound by pitcher Emily Merriam.

Merriam went the distance in the six-inning contest, which was halted after Carolina Forest took a double-digit lead in the sixth inning. She allowed only four hits, struck out one and also helped her own cause with a paid of hits.

Carolina Forest’s Angelina Santoro went 3-for-3 at the plate and Marisa Runyon drove in five runs. Teammmate Sarah Sweatt went 2-for-3 and had three RBIs as the Lady Panthers advance to face Murray (KY) in a Tuesday doubleheader.

* Conway 3, Sherman (WV) 1: Sydny Howell pitched a two-hitter and Kady Edwards had a pair of hits and runs scored as the Lady Tigers (6-6) won their opener in the Grand Strand Softball Classic.

Howell struck out four and walked two to improve to 5-2 on the season. Teammate Ashlyn Hardwick also contributed a double to the Conway attack. Conway (6-6) continues play in the tournament at noon Tuesday at Market Common.

* Socastee 13, Hamilton (OH) 0: The Lady Braves cranked out nine runs in the second inning en route to a mercy-rule victory in the first round of the Grand Strand Softball Classic.

Socastee’s Savannah Talley pitched a one-hitter in four innings and also had a pair of hits and three RBIs to lead the Lady Braves to an easy win.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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