Softball: Socastee survives scare; MB, SJ drop debuts

The Socastee High softball team jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat visiting Manning 7-5 in Friday’s first round of the district playoffs.

The top-seeded Lady Braves (16-9) scored four runs in the first inning, then answered the fourth-seeded Lady Monarchs’ run in the second to maintain a 5-1 lead.

Manning scored three runs in the fourth to cut the deficit to one, but the Lady Braves again responded in the bottom of the frame with two insurance runs on a home run by Khadijah Gamble.

Socastee’s Kibibi Thorsen pitched a complete game to get the win, scattering seven hits over as many innings, striking out five batters and surviving three fielding errors by the Lady Braves.

Thorsen got plenty of support at the plate from her teammates, with Rebekah Oakley getting a pair of hits and Quin Gammon and Blake Smith driving in a pair of runs apiece.

The Lady Braves advance to the winners’ bracket and will face No. 2-seeded Hanahan, a 3-2 winner over No. 3 Airport, on Monday at Socastee High.

* Darlington 5, St. James 1: The second-seeded Lady Sharks couldn’t get to Lady Falcons starter Ramsey Sherrill until the seventh inning, but it was too little, too late.

Darlington built a commanding 5-0 lead and held St. James’ batters at bay until the final inning. Kelsi Bachmann led the Lady Sharks with a 2-for-3 night at the plate.

* Hartsville 4, Myrtle Beach 0: The fourth-seeded Lady Seahawks were held to just three hits on the day against the top-seeded Lady Red Foxes and pitcher Cayla Drotar.

Myrtle Beach pitcher Angel Hatzidakis gave up two runs in each of the first two innings but settled down to keep the Lady Seahawks in it. But they couldn’t touch Drotar, who struck out 13 batters on the night.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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