Softball: Chiefs, Sharks win; Panthers rally past Tigers

nmbsoft-mboutatfirstThe North Myrtle Beach High girls softball team wrapped up the regular season with a convincing victory over rival Myrtle Beach on Friday.

With both team playoff-bound, the Lady Chiefs used the road game as a strong tune-up for the postseason by scoring a 17-0 mercy-rule win.

North Myrtle Beach’s Alexis McCormick led the Lady Chiefs’ 18-hit explosion by going 4-for-4 with five RBIs.

Julia Cole went 3-for-5 with a homer, and Emmalee and Serrah Ballard had three hits apiece against their former team. Taylor Hansis earned her 13th win of the season on the mound.

Both teams will learn their first-round foes this weekend. Second-seeded Noth Myrtle Beach will host while Myrtle Beach will travel as the No. 4 seed.

* St. James 12, Lake City 2: The Lady Sharks closed out the regular season with a mercy-rule win over the host Lady Panthers.

Already locked into the third seed in next week’s playoffs, St. James got a complete game and a home run from Morgan Marlow, who went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Sydney Cook went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs.

* Carolina Forest 6, Conway 4: The Lady Panthers erased an early 4-0 deficit to beat the Lady Tigers on the road in the regular season finale for both teams.

Emily Merriam went 3-for-4 at the plate and got the win on the mound as Carolina Forest rallied to tie the game at 4-all in the fifth and take the lead for good with a pair of runs in the sixth.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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