Softball: Braves, Sharks advance to district finals

socsoft-5pitchDon’t let their No. 4 seed fool you. The Socastee Lady Braves proved that once again against top-seeded Berkeley by beating the visiting Lady Stags 3-2 in Wednesday’s elimination game.

Socastee’s Savannah Talley had another stellar outing on the mound, combining to allow only six hits along with reliever Haley LeDuc. Talley allowed both runs in the critical third inning to fall behind 2-1.

But the Lady Braves answered back in the bottom of the frame, tying the game on an RBI by Madison Lowe and scoring the eventual game-winner on an RBI by Taylor Fitzmaurice. Socastee’s pitching and defense held up to send the Lady Braves to Midland Valley for Friday’s district finals. Socastee needs to win twice to advance to the Lower State tournament.

* St. James 10, Hanahan 3: The Lady Sharks aren’t ready to call it a season just yet. They scored a convincing victory over visiting Hanahan in an elimination game to advance to Friday’s district final at Hartsville. St. James needs to beat the Lady Red Foxes twice to earn a trip to the Lower State tournament.

* Bluffton 4, Carolina Forest 3: The Lady Panthers saw their season come to end in heart-breaking fashion to the top-seeded Lady Bobcats, who scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning for a walk-off win.

* Stratford 11, Conway 0: The Lady Tigers didn’t have an answer for top-seeded Stratford, which knocked out Conway in convincing style and ended its first playoff run in six years.

Photo by Jennifer Talley

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