Softball: MB, St. James rally late to stay alive in playoffs

The Myrtle Beach High softball team successfully staved off elimination Tuesday by defeating James Island 6-4 in the Class 3A district tournament.

The Lady Seahawks used a combination of youth and experience for the playoff road victory, with senior Angel Hatzidakis getting the win on the mound and a pair of seventh-graders playing key roles down the stretch.

With Myrtle Beach trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, seventh-grader McKenzie Coble completed a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a two-run double that plated the tying and winning runs.

Myrtle Beach freshman Morgan Compton drove in seventh-grader Emalee Ballard in the seventh to provide an insurance run and Hatzidakis closed out the win in the bottom of the frame.

The Lady Seahawks advance to play Midland Valley on the road Wednesday for the right to play for the district championship.

* St. James 4, Berkeley 2: The Lady Sharks rallied for three runs in the seventh inning on one swing of the bat by Hannah Price to avoid elimination. They face Swansea on Wednesday for the right to advance to the district finals.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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