Softball: NMB topples MB; Hemingway paces Conway

nmbsoft-5pitchThe North Myrtle Beach High softball team earned a key Region 7-4A victory over rival Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, downing the Lady Seahawks 6-3 to remain in the hunt for the title behind first-place St. James.

North Myrtle Beach pitcher Cissy Doolittle held the Lady Seahawks in check while Myrtle Beach’s defense allowed the Lady Chiefs to build a lead. Carly Grace Bodge took the loss but five of North Myrtle Beach’s six runs were unearned.

North Myrtle Beach’s Emmalee Ballard, Andi Crimminger, and Regan Urbaniack each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Myrtle Beach’s Mckenzie Coble and Leah Belack went 2-for-3 and Madison Needle went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

* Conway 5, South Florence 1: The Lady Tigers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and held on to keep their Region 6-5A title hopes alive with big home win over the Lady Bruins.

Conway’s Neci Hemingway went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs, enough support to earn the win on the mound after throwing a complete-game three-hitter.

Teammates Taylor Richardson had three hits and Ashley Rowell had two hits for the Lady Tigers, who improved to 5-1 in region play.

* West Florence 5, Carolina Forest 4: The Lady Panthers carried a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning before the Lady Knights broke out for five runs in the bottom of the frame for the win.

Carolina Forest tried to rally in the seventh and managed to bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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