Softball Playoffs: NMB rolls; St. James falls in openers

nmbsoft-huddleThe second-seeded North Myrtle Beach High softball team showed some serious firepower in winning Friday’s Class 3A District 8 tournament opener over visiting Manning, 11-1.

Sisters Serrah and Emmalee Ballard got the Lady Chiefs’ offense rolling by driving in their first two runs, and Serrah Ballard made sure it was enough as she shut down Lady Monarchs.

The Lady Chiefs erupted for nine unanswered runs to force the mercy rule after only five innings.North Myrtle Beach will travel to top-seeded Hanahan on Monday for a winners’ bracket showdown with the Lady Hawks.

* Darlington 5, St. James 4: The third-seeded Lady Sharks fell just short of winning on the road in the opener of the Class 3A District 5 tournament against the second-seeded Lady Falcons.

St. James’ Ali Valcourt went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Lady Sharks and pitcher Shelby Spaziani allowed seven hits in six innings of work.

St. James returns home Monday to face Hilton Head in an elimination game.

* Hartsville 6, Myrtle Beach 0: The Lady Seahawks were no match for the top-seeded Lady Red Foxes, who used a 15-strikeout, one-hit performance from pitcher Cayla Drotar to outduel Carly Grace Bodge in the Class A District 6 opener.

Myrtle Beach travels to Beaufort on Monday in an elimination game.

* Ashley Ridge 7, Socastee 0: The Lady Braves were shut out by top-seeded Ashley Ridge in the Class 4A District 7 tournament. They travel to face Wando in an elimination game.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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