Softball: SJ nets playoff bid; NMB stays in chase for first

sjsoft-9pitchThe North Myrtle Beach High softball team stayed in the hunt for the Region 7-3A title with a 14-0 mercy-rule victory over visiting Lake City on Tuesday.

Taylor Hansis and Sissy Doolittle combined for a one-hitter over five innings, and Emma Lee Ballard provided plenty of offense by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

Taylor Hansis, Myatt Hardwick and Regan Urbaniak had two hits apiece and Julia Cole hit a two-run homer to lead the Lady Chiefs’ (15-5 overall, 7-1 Region 7-3A) 15-hit parade.

North Myrtle Beach trails first-place Georgetown by one game with a showdown looming for the regular-season title.

* St. James 10, Wilson 3: The Lady Sharks (9-9, 5-3) assured themselves a spot in the playoffs with a breakout inning against the visiting Lady Tigers.

Tied at 2-all midway through the fourth frame, the Lady Sharks batted around the order for a seven-run explosion that broke the game wide open.

Kelsi Bachmann went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored to lead the offense and teammates Noel Cassidy, Morgan Marlow and Shelby Spaziani had two hits apiece. Marlow struck out seven and scattered six hits for a complete game victory.

St. James faces first-place Georgetown on Wednesday.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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