Softball: Panthers salvage split of twinbill with Sharks

sjsoft-17pitchThe Carolina Forest softball team bounced back from a loss to St. James just 24 hours earlier to defeat the visiting Lady Sharks 6-1 on Thursday.

The Lady Panthers racked up 17 hits – four of them by starting pitcher Emma Liles, who allowed only four to the St. James lineup. Liles had five strikeouts and earned the win.

Carolina Forest’s Lauren Rhibar batted 3-for-4, and Jordan Martín (2 RBIs), Katie Endres (RBI), and Rachel Lindaberry (RBI) each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Desi Santos and Jayden Rodgers also drove in one run apiece.

Carolina Forest travels to region play against Sumter on Friday.

In Wednesday’s matchup, , St. James claimed a 7-6 victory after leading by as many as five runs early. Carolina Forest cut the deficit to a single run twice before running out of at-bats.

St. James starter Brooks Spiva closed out the complete game, striking out six batters and surviving 11 hits thanks to solid defensive support. Carolina Forest counterpart Catie McGovern also went the distance in a hard-luck loss, giving up nine hits and striking out two.

St. James’ Maquenzie Schult went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Lady Sharks. Teammates Dominique Gross (RBI, two runs scored) and Lindsey Burdette (two RBIs) each went 2-for-3. Carolina Forest’s Riley McTiernan went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, Desi Santos had a two-run single, and Jordan Martin had a solo homer.

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