Softball: Chiefs in playoffs; Seahawks storm Socastee

nmbsoft-huddleThe North Myrtle Beach softball team officially clinched a playoff spot and at least temporarily took over first place in Region 7-3A with a 7-0 victory over visiting Wilson on Thursday.

North Myrtle Beach’s Serrah Ballard pitched a shutout and got plenty of offensive support to defeat the Lady Tigers and take a half-game lead over Georgetown in the region standings.

Regan Urbaniak led the way for the Lady Chiefs (12-10, 5-1) with three hits and an RBI. Serrah Ballard had a double and two RBIs while Myatt Hardwick hit a solo home run.

Cissy Doolittle pitched two scoreless innings to open the game, and Alexis McCormick followed with three scoreless innings and five strikeouts. Emmalee Ballard closed out the game with two scoreless innings.

* Myrtle Beach 25, Socastee 2: The Lady Seahawks offense exploded against the Lady Braves behind lead-off hitter Victoria Howard, who reached base safely and scored in all five at-bats and had three hits.

Cayce Roberts reached base safely all four times and scored four runs. Bailee Wise, Mckenzie Coble, and Deriica Burgess each had three hits apiece, and Morgan Compton had four RBIs. Carly Grace Bodge and Lindsey Coble combined for a two-hitter for the Lady Seahawks, who return to region play Friday at St. James.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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