Softball: Panthers slip past Knights; NMB edges MB

The Carolina Forest girls softball team captured a key Region 6-5A victory Tuesday, defeating West Florence 6-4 at home.

The Lady Panthers erupted for three runs in the first inning to give themselves an early lead, but it didn’t last long.

West Florence battled back with two runs in the second and third innings to take the lead. Carolina Forest tied it up with a run in the bottom of the third, then got the game-winner and an insurance run with a pair of scores.

That was all Carolina Forest pitcher Emma Liles needed to get the win. She scattered seven hits over as many innings, striking out two and issuing no walks.

On Wednesday, the Lady Panthers suffered a 12-9 setback to Sumter.

* North Myrtle Beach 3, Myrtle Beach 2: The Lady Chiefs claimed a pitchers’ duel against the rival Lady Seahawks between Cissy Doolittle and Carly Grace Bodge.

Doolittle pitched a two-hitter for the win, but it all came down to the final inning. Bodge carried a no-hitter into the final frame before the Chiefs finally got to her.

Tied at 1-all in the seventh, North Myrtle Beach pinch hitter Peyton Barrett drilled a triple down the right field line to score Emmalee Ballard and added an insurance run with a base hit from Alexis McCormick. The Seahawks battled back with Madison Needle scoring on a sacrifice fly by Bodge, but it wasn’t enough.

The Seahawks return to action Wednesday night against Wilson. North Myrtle Beach plays St. James in another key Region 7-4A contest.

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