Lady Sharks take region title in big win over Lady Braves

The St. James High softball team captured the Region VIII-AAA championship Friday night with an impressive 11-2 victory over visiting Socastee.

St. James’ Megan Montiegel went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, enough to single-handedly outscore the Lady Braves. The Lady Sharks cranked out 13 hits against Socastee ace McKenzie Young.

With the score tied at 1-1 in the winner-take-all matchup, the Lady Sharks exploded for seven runs in the third inning to break the game open. St. James batted around the order in the third inning, then added three more runs in the sixth to secure the victory.

The offensive outburst was highlighted by three-RBI doubles by Erin Brown and Hannah Price. St. James got two hits apiece from Kelsi Bachman (2-for-3, one run scored), Haylay Reigel (2-for-4, RBI, one run scored) and Alexis Gunnell (2-for-2, RBI, one run scored), who pitched a complete game to get the win for the Lady Sharks.

Socastee was led at the plate by Quinn Gammon and Blake Smith, who went 2-for-4 on the night. Starting pitcher McKenzie Young was knocked around for 13 total hits.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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