Softball: Sharks top Tigers; Chiefs surge past Panthers

nmbsoft-swingThe St. James girls softball team won a local showdown between region champions on Thursday with a hard-fought 9-8 victory over visiting Conway.

The Lady Sharks, the Region 7-4A titleholders, rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 9-4 advantage. The Lady Tigers, the Region 6-5A champs, answered with four runs in seventh inning but couldn’t push the tying run across the plate in a thrilling finish. St. James reliever Kendall Heidt held on to earn the win on the mound.

St. James got a grand slam from Skye Bailey, and Dominique Gross, Kelsey Gollie, and Kenly Daves had two hits apiece. Conway’s Taylor Richardson went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs and a home run to lead the Lady Tigers.

Both teams will host the district playoffs next week.

* North Myrtle Beach 4, Carolina Forest 3: For the second time in as many days, the North Myrtle Beach softball team rallied late to break a tied game and earn a one-run victory over a local rival.

After defeating Myrtle Beach 1-0 for the Region 7-4A runner-up spot on Wednesday, the Lady Chiefs edged visiting Carolina Forest 4-3 with a walk-off RBI single by Emmalee Ballard.

North Myrtle Beach trailed 3-1 entering the sixth inning but got a game-tying, two-run triple from Bree Spickler. After winning pitcher Cissy Doolittle help the Lady Panthers in check in the top of the seventh, Ballard delivered the game-winner.

North Myrtle Beach’s Regan Urbaniak went 2-for-4 for her second multi-hit game in two days.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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