Softball: Sharks win, open playoff door for Seahawks

mbsoft-gtslideThe St. James High softball team wasn’t the only one celebrating the Lady Sharks’ 2-1 victory over Wilson on Tuesday. So was rival Myrtle Beach, which suffered a difficult 4-3 defeat to first-place Georgetown but made the playoffs by virtue of St. James’ one-run victory.

The Lady Sharks have already locked up a spot in next week’s playoffs but opened the door for the Lady Seahawks thanks to an impressive pitching performance by Shelby Spaziani. She allowed only three hits over seven innings to earn the win on the mound. Ally Valcourt went 2 for 2 for the Lady Sharks.

St. James did all of its damage offensively in the second inning, with the bottom of the order coming through with clutch hits. Skye Bailey had an RBI double and Sydney Cook drove in a run to put the Lady Sharks on top 2-0. Wilson cut the deficit in half with a run in the sixth but Spaziani shut down the rally bid.

* Georgetown 4, Myrtle Beach 3: The Lady Bulldogs scored four runs in the third inning and were shut down the rest of the game, but the Lady Seahawks couldn’t complete a bold comeback bid.

Myrtle Beach made a late run in the bottom of the fifth when Victoria Howard singled, Mckenzie Coble walked, and clean-up batter Morgan Compton hit a three-run home run. But the Lady Seahawks could not manage another run and had to rely on rival St. James’ win to clinch a playoff spot.  They host North Myrtle Beach on Friday.

* North Myrtle Beach 12, Lake City 0: The Lady Chiefs got a shutout performance from Emmalee Ballard on the mound and pounded out 17 hits to remain a half-game behind Georgetown for first place in Region 7-3A

* Carolina Forest 6, Socastee 4: The Lady Panthers rallied for three runs in the soxth inning to down the Lady Braves and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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