Softball: NMB rips Airport; MB, SJ falter in first round

nmbsoftThe North Myrtle Beach High softball team opened the Class 3A playoffs Friday with a bang – three of them, actually – in blasting visiting Airport 8-2.

Julia Cole, Makala Gore and Regan Urbaniak hit home runs to power the Lady Chiefs into the winners’ bracket of District 8.

Pitcher Taylor Hansis struck out 13 batters and allowed only three hits. North Myrtle Beach advances to face top-seeded Hanahan on Monday.

* Gilbert 13, Myrtle Beach 5: The Lady Seahawks scored in each of the first three inning but still trailed Gilbert 8-4 at that point in a playoff-opening loss.

Myrtle Beach’s Leah Belack, Elissa Leach and Carly Grace Bodge had two hits apiece but couldn’t stop Gilbert from pounding out 18 hits to only eight for the Lady Seahawks. Bodge took the loss on the mound.

The Lady Seahawks travel to the Darlington-Hilton Head loser on Monday in a District 5 elimination game.

* Midland Valley 11, St. James 3: The Lady Sharks lost their playoff opener against a powerful Midland Valley squad. They host Beaufort in an elimination game Monday.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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