Softball: NMB, SJ win big, remain tied for region lead

nmbsoft-pitchThe Region 7-3A softball standings remained deadlocked in a three-way tie for first place after all three frontrunners – North Myrtle Beach, St. James and Georgetown posted critical victories on Tuesday.

North Myrtle Beach claimed an 11-0 mercy-rule shutout over Lake City to stay in a share first place at 4-1 in league play. Andie Crimminger led the Lady Chiefs’ 14-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Regan Urbaniak was 3-for-4 and Rayni Newman was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run. Cissy Doolittle got the win on the mound.

St. James erupted for six runs in the second inning to blow past Wilson 11-1. Kelsi Bachmann went 4-for-4 with two RBI and four runs scored, and teammates Dominique Gross (2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored) and Kelsey Gollie (2-for-4, two RBIs and one run scored). Pitcher Shelby Spaziani allowed six hits and struck out three to get the victory.

Georgetown broke open a tight game with Myrtle Beach by scoring eight runs in fifth inning for an 11-4 victory to join the Sharks and Chiefs atop the region at 4-1. Myrtle Beach trailed 3-2 entering the fifth when the wheels came off. Myrtle Beach’s Morgan Compton went 1-4 with a double, and Leah Belack and Lindsey Coble each had an RBI in the losing effort.

* Conway 15, Carolina Forest 8: The Lady Tigers exploded for six runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh to break open a tight game against the rival Lady Panthers.

Trailing 4-3 midway through the fifth, the Lady Tigers took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, then pulled away with the help of an error prone Carolina Forest defense. The Lady Panthers were only outhit by a 14-13 margin but committed seven errors to open the floodgates.

Conway was led by Chelsea Mitchell (3-4), Neci Hemingway (2-3) and Ashley Powell (3-5) Top hitters for Carolina Forest were Riley McTiernan (3-4), Rachel Lindenberry (2-3) and Lauren Hribar (2-4).

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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