Rivals MB, Socastee split tight golf, tennis contests

Rivals Myrtle Beach and Socastee met on the golf course and tennis Tuesday, with the road teams claiming pair of close contests between the girls squads.

Socastee edged the Lady Seahawks by two strokes, 187-189, at Myrtle Beach’s home links, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, in the season opener for both teams.

The Lady Braves got a balanced scoring effort from Molly Teal (45), Alisa Berindea (46), Ashelyn Nicuolin (47), and Lawson Devers (49). The Lady Seahawks were led by medalist Taylor Pirttima (40), with Jaiden Vaugh (43), Essie Rike (51), and Sophia LiVigni (55) rounding out Myrtle Beach’s foursome.

Meanwhile on the Socastee tennis courts, the Lady Seahawks captured a hard-fought 4-2 victory, with three of the six matches going to third-set tiebreakers. Myrtle Beach’s No. 1 singles Bailey Deskins (6-2, 6-2) and No. 3 Carrington Callihan (6-0, 6-4) won their matches in straight sets, but the other two victories didn’t come as easily.

No. 2 Paxton Gentry won 3-6, 6-3, 10-4, and No. 5 Jalah Horton prevailed 7-6, 5-7, 6-2. Socastee’s Marie Benedett earned a 6-0, 2-6, 10-8 win, and the Lady Braves took No. 2 doubles in straight sets. No. 1 doubles was not played.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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