Softball: NMB loses title tilt; St. James blasts Socastee

nmbsoft-tagThe North Myrtle Beach High girls softball team’s hopes of winning the Region 7-3A title were knocked out Thursday by a 1-2 punch from Georgetown in the fifth inning of an otherwise scoreless ballgame.

Georgetown defeated the Lady Chiefs 3-0 behind a pair of home runs by Taylor Graham and Kirsten Causey. With the game still scoreless through four innings, the Lady Bulldogs used a pair of blasts off pitcher Taylor Hansis to clinch the regular season region championship and the No. 1 playoff seed that comes with it.

Georgetown’s Anna James went the distance for the shutout win, holding NMB to three hits while striking out six. Hansis took the loss despite a solid outing.

North Myrtle Beach faces rival Myrtle Beach in the region finale on Friday night. Georgetown faces Wilson.

* St. James 5, Socastee 1: The Lady Sharks stepped out of region competition but stayed hot, defeating rival Socastee at Finway Park.

St. James’ Courtney Smith pitched a complete game and scattered seven hits over as many innings. Kelsi Bachmann went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Morgan Marlow was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Socastee’s lone run was driven in by Savannah Talley.

St. James closes out the regular season at Lake City on Friday, while Socastee hosts South Florence.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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