Athlete of Spring: Top three spots swept by Seahawks

mbsoft-ballard (2)Softball pitchers and soccer goalkeepers are among two of the top pressure positions in spring sports. They’re also what impressed local spots fans the most in the Mammy’s kitchen Athlete of the Season voting.

Myrtle Beach eighth-grader Emmalee Ballard, who started the most games the Lady Seahawks this season despite her age, also came up big in the ballot box by earning more than 22,000 votes. She was among five softball pitchers to earn Player of the Week honors

Ballard edged fellow Myrtle Beach athletes – girls goaltender Gabby Moore and boys goalkeeper Skyler Hribar. They combined for more than 23,000 votes but were known for posting goose eggs during the season. The duo led their respective Seahawks to deep playoff runs and 28 total shutouts.

North Myrtle Beach’s Taylor Hansis was fourth after pitching the Lady Chiefs to the Region 7-3A title, edging Socastee all-state boys soccer selection Wesley DuRant to round out the top five.

A string of three straight softball standouts ensued – Conway’s Neci Hemingway, St. James Rebecca Prosser and Conway infielder Kady Edwards. St. James boys soccer player Brandon Wallace and golfer/football player Alan Crum rounded out the top 10.

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