Softball: CF, St. James win close calls at Socastee, NMB

The Carolina Forest softball team survived a tough showdown with rival Socastee on Monday, downing the Lady Braves 5-3 to improve to 11-0 on the season.

Carolina Forest’s Marisa Runyon went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs and teammates Natalie Hardwick, Leah Belack and Angelina Santoro all had two hits apiece to lead the Lady Panthers’ offense.

Santoro also had a strong night on the mound before the Lady Braves broke through for three runs in the sixth inning. Socastee senior Blake Smith went 2-for-4 at the plate and Sierrah McCarthy and Kibibi Thorsen drove in runs to try to rally against the Lady Panthers.

But regular starter Emily Merriam came on in relief to shut down the Socastee comeback bid and help Carolina Forest preserve its undefeated season.

* St. James 11, North Myrtle Beach 8: Kelsi Bachmann and Morgan Marlow each went 3-for-5 at the plate and teammates Becca Prosser and Noel Cassidy went 2-for-5 to lead the Lady Sharks’ hit parade.

St. James’ Alexis Gunnell came on in relief after the Lady Chiefs took an early 3-2 lead, but the Lady Sharks tied it up in the fourth and then exploded for five runs in the fifth to pull away.

North Myrtle Beach’s Chey Roberts went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Julia Cole went 2-for-2 with three runs scored to lead the Lady Chiefs.

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