Lady Chiefs deliver Graves 500th career coaching win

nmbsoft-graves500It’s been a big weekend for North Myrtle Beach High softball coach James Graves. Make that a big career too. His Lady Chiefs won three games in a two-day span to give him his 500th coaching victory.

North Myrtle Beach defeated rival Myrtle Beach 11-4 on Friday as Julia Cole (two RBIs) and Makala Gore (home run and three RBIs) each went 3-for-4 at the plate and Taylor Hansis pitched for win No. 498.

On Saturday, the Lady Chiefs swept a doubleheader with visiting Purnell Swett (NC) 2-1 and 10-2 with Hansis and Emmalee Ballard picking up the victories on the mound. The twinbill were wins No. 499 and 500 for Graves, who is in his 23rd year of coaching.

Graves got his start in 1980 at Woodmont High in Greenville County, earning the Class 3A Upper State championship in his two years with the program. He left to go to Hillcrest High, winning three straight Class 4A state titles from 2002 to 2004.

Following one year at Lamar High in Houston, Texas, Graves returned to the Carolinas in 2009 to lead Purnell Swett. It was a fitting way to reach No. 500 against his former team. He is in his third season at North Myrtle Beach and has a 500-140 overall record.

Photo courtesy of NMBHS

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