Softball: Sharks top Chiefs in extras; Seahawks surge

nmbsoft-infieldthrowThe St. James High girls softball team put together a late comeback to defeat host North Myrtle Beach in Tuesday’s Region 7-4A opener for both teams.

Trailing 4-1 in the sixth inning, the Lady Sharks rallied to tie it up and force extra inings before taking a 5-4 victory in the eighth. Kelsey Gollie beat out an infield single to score Maquenzie Schult from third for the game-winner.

The Lady Chiefs jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first three innings and pitcher Doolittle was seemingly in control. She struck out 10 batters and went 2 for 4 at the plate but the Lady Sharks finally broke through with a pair of runs in the sixth and a tying run in the seventh.

The wild finish featured a steller pitching duel between winner Brooks Spiva and Cissy Doolittle, who suffered the  hard-luck loss and went 2 for 4 at the plate. Andie Crimminger went 3-for-4 and sisters Sara and Emmalle Ballard had two hits apiece.

* Myrtle Beach 6, Wilson 1: The Lady Seahawks opened Region 7-4A play with a big win over over the Lady Tigers thanks to another all-around performance by Carly Bodge.

Bodge pitched a four-hitter to get the win on the mound, and she helped her cause at the plate by going 2 for 3 with a triple.

Other top hitters for Myrtle Beach were Breezy Zilonka (2 for 3 with a double and an RBI), Lindsey Coble (2 for 4, RBI), Madison Needle (2 for 3, RBI) and Leah Belack (1 for 3 with a triple and an RBI).

The Lady Seahawks (3-1, 1-0) return to action on Friday against St. James.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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