NMB Softball All-Stars defeat WV in regional opener

The North Myrtle Beach Senior League All-Star Softball team won their first game of the Southeastern Region Little League Championship in Ft Myers, Florida today.

Representing the state of South Carolina, the 14-16 year old girls team defeated the West Virginia All-Stars playing out of Huntington, WV by a final of 11-0 in 5 innings.

Little League’s mercy rule allows for a game to be halted after 5 innings if one team if up by 10 runs. Normally, the contest would run for 7 innings.

Scoreless through the first inning, the NMB team went on a 9-0 run in the second inning utilizing the speed of the team and several well placed bunts. Myatt Hardwick started the rally in the second, and the bottom of the hitting order produced.

North Myrtle Beach added a run in both the third and fourth innings.

Kieran Lawson was the winning pitcher.

Playing an unusual combination of pool and bracket play, North Myrtle Beach will now play tomorrow at 12:15pm against Tennessee. Tennessee was defeated by Virginia  2-0. NMB will take on Virginia on Tuesday at 5:30pm.

In the pool format, the NMB team will play though at least Monday, however if they win just one more game, they would move to the Tuesday Semifinals, with the finals held on Wednesday.

North Myrtle Beach earned the right to represent South Carolina by winning the District 5 championship on June 25th and then advancing to the State Tournament, defeating Fair Oaks on July 14th.

The  team is made up of”

Rayni Newman
Makala Gore
Emily Johnson
Stacie Lewis
Julia Cole
Kieran Lawson
Myatt Hardwick
Emily Davis
Summer Lewis

Coach Kelly Johnson
Coach Anthony Lawson
Coach Juliette Newman

Photo Credit: Chrissy Decker Davis

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