Softball: NMB rallies for 7-6 victory over rival St. James

nmbsoft-hardwickThe North Myrtle Beach High softball team claimed a big 7-6 victory over St. James in the Region 7-3A opener for both teams on Tuesday.

The Lady Chiefs trailed 401 after two innings but rallied for three runs in the third to even the score at 4-all. They added three more runs in the fifth to take the lead for good and give pitcher Serrah Ballard enough run support to get the win.

North Myrtle Beach’s Regan Urbanik went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Emmalee Ballard had a two-run homer to lead the Lady Chiefs’ 11-hit parade. Makala Gore (three runs scored) and Myatt Hardwick (RBI) had two hits apiece.

St. James pounded out 10 hits, led by Kenly Daves’ 3-for-3 effort with one run scored. Kelsi Bachmann and Ali Valcourt had two hits apiece, and Shelby Spaziani pitched a complete game in the narrow loss, her first of the season.

* Myrtle Beach 10, Wilson 2: The Lady Seahawks opened Region 7-3A play with a big win over the Lady Tigers thaanks to a combined pitching effort by Carly Grace Bodge and Lindsey Coble.

Myrtle Beach also had a nice day at the plate, with Morgan Compton, Leah Belack, and Elissa Leach all going 3-for-4. Compton also drove in four runs for the Lady Seahawks, who return to action on Friday against Lake City.

* West Florence 11, Carolina Forest 4: The Lady Panthers lost a road region match to the Lady Knights to fall to 0-2 in league action.

Carolina Forest was led by Alexis Rogers (3-for-4, three RBIs), and Jordan Martin had an RBI triple. The Lady Panthers travel to Aynor on Thursday for a 6 p.m. non-region game.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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