Softball: SJ win helps NMB; CF rallies to beat Socastee

sjsoft-swing2015The St. James and North Myrtle Beach softball teams have become bitter rivals, but the Lady Chiefs may be sending a thank-you note to the Lady Sharks after Wednesday’s action.

St. James handed Georgetown its first region loss of the season with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Finway Park, opening the door for North Myrtle Beach to claim first place in the race for the league title with a win over Georgetown on Thursday.

Shelby Spaziani pitched a complete game and homered for the Lady Sharks (10-9 overall, 6-3 Region 7-3A), who have already secured third place in the standings and a playoff berth. She scattered nine hits for the Lady Bulldogs and got an error-free defensive effort to get the win.

Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth, St. James used Spaziani’s homer and a pair of RBIs by Noel Cassidy to rally past the Lady Bulldogs, who enter Thursday’s showdown at North Myrtle Beach with both teams tied atop the region standings at 7-1. Both teams have one more region game Friday but Thursday’s winner will have the upper hand.

* Carolina Forest 4, Socastee 3: Cheyenne Mackenna drove in the game-tying run to force extra innings, then drove in the game-winning hit in walk-off fashion in the ninth to lead the Lady Panthers.

Socastee jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of home runs by Sierrah McCarthy but Carolina Forest clawed back to send the game into extras and save Senior Night in dramatic fashion.

Carolina Forest travels to Conway on Friday with playoff positioning on the line, while Socastee hosts South Florence.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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