Lady Panthers roll in debut; rain scrambles playoff slate

The Class 4A baseball and softball playoffs were set to start on Thursday, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Conway’s baseball-softball road series at Summerville was postponed until Friday due to thunderstorms. The forecast calls for clear skies on Friday, when the Class 3A playoffs begin.

One of the few games in the Lower State that did go forward as scheduled Thursday was the Carolina Forest softball team’s 10-0 mercy rule victory over visiting North Augusta.

The Lady Panthers (22-3) exploded for five runs in the first inning to take command of the game early, then added four runs in the sixth to end the contest early. Sara Sweatt and Cheyenne MacKenna each went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Emily Merriam pitched the shutout.

Carolina Forest hosts Bluffton on Saturday.

Class 3A gets into the action on Friday night, as Region 7-3A champion and top-seeded St. James welcomes Marlboro County to Shark Park for a 7 p.m. contest . No. 2-seeded Socastee plays host to Darlington at 6 p.m., No. 3 Myrtle Beach travels to Manning at 6:30 p.m., and No. 4 North Myrtle Beach goes to top-seeded Hartsville for a 6 p.m. playoff tilt.

In Class A softball action, Region 7-3A champion Socastee welcomes Manning at 6 p.m., second-seeded St. James hosts Darlington at 7 p.m.,  No. 4 Myrtle Beach travels to Marlboro County at 6:30 p.m.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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