Softball: Lady Braves win pitchers’ duel in extras

Socastee’s Rebekah Oakley drove in the game’s only run in the eighth inning to give the Lady Braves a 1-0 victory over Musselman (OH) in the third round of the Grand Strand Softball Classic on Wednesday.

Socastee’s Kibibi Thorsen and Savannah Talley pitched four shutout innings apiece, allowing only four hits between them. The Lady Braves were also held to four hits, with Taylor Fitzmaurice accounting for two of them.

Scoreless at the end of regulation, the Lady Braves (7-7) took advantage of an error by Musselman in the top of the eighth to set the table for Oakley’s game-winning RBI. Talley closed out the bottom of the frame for the win.

* Pleasure Ridge Park (KY) 8, Conway 1: The Lady Tigers (7-7) were held to only one hit, an RBI double by Brandye Huggins, for their lone loss in the Grand Strand Softball Classic.

Conway starting pitcher Neci Hemingway (0-2) suffered the loss as the Lady Tigers fell to 7-7 on the season and 2-1 in pool play.

* Manchester (TN) 5, Conway 0: The Lady Tigers suffered their second loss of the day in Wednesday afternoon action at Market Common in Grand Strand Softball Classic action.

Conway was held to two hits, with Breanna Van Deusen contributing a double and Kady Edwards delivering a single. Sydny Howell (5-3) took the loss for the Lady Tigers (7-8).

* St. James 9, Whitmer (OH) 0: Alexis Gunnell pitched a complete game shutout as the Lady Sharks rolled to the tournament victory.

Morgan Marlow went 3-for-4 with a home run as the Lady Sharks pounded out 13 hits en route to the easy win.

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