Softball: Conway stops MB; St. James rides big inning

consoft-rowellThe St. James softball team broke a scoreless game wide open in the sixth inning for a 5-2 road victory over Wilson on Thursday to take control of the Region 7-4A race.

Locked in an intense pitchers’ duel with the Lady Tigers, the Lady Sharks rallied for five runs in the sixth to take command of the key region contest and first place in the league standings. Wilson managed two runs in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t overcome the St. James outburst.

St. James’ Skye Bailey (run scored), Kelsey Gollie (RBI, run scored), Alysa Ayala (two RBIs, run scored) and Sydney Cook (RBI) each had two hits to lead the Lady Sharks’ offense. Brooks Spiva pitched a complete-game six-hitter to get the win.

* Conway 6, Myrtle Beach 5: The Lady Tigers survived a strong comeback bid by the host Lady Seahawks to earn a victory over their non-region rivals.

Training 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Seahawks cut the deficit to a single run before falling one run short. Myrtle Beach’s Madison Needle, Rylie Troxell, and Carly Grace Bodge all went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Conway was lead by Taylor Richardson, Neci Hemingway and Ashley Rowell (two RBIs) with two hits apiece. Chelsea Mitchell picked up the win on the mound for Conway.

The two rivals return to region play Friday. Conway takes on Carolina Forest, while Myrtle Beach hosts Marlboro county Friday night.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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