St. James batters explode in diamond sweep of Wilson

The St. James High softball team continued its streak of domination on Tuesday, blowing out visiting Wilson 21-0 in a Region VIII-AAA showdown.

The Lady Sharks struck for 17 runs in the second inning to score a mercy-rule victory over their second consecutive region foe. They defeated rival Socastee 15-0 on Thursday.

St. James’ Megan Montiegel, Kelsi Bachman and Rebecca Prosser each went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored a combined nine runs while driving in seven.

Clean-up hitter Erin Brown and six-hole hitter Hayley Reigel and No. 8 batter Kaitie Cook both each 2-for-3 with two RBIs apiece for St. James.

Lady Sharks starter Casey Betts allowed only two hits over three innings before the mercy rule ended the rout. She struck out four and walked none.

St. James has outscored its last two opponents by a combined score of 36-0. The Lady Sharks travel to Carolina Forest on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. non-region contest.

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* The Sharks struck for five runs in the first inning and never trailed again en route to a 14-10 shootout victory over visiting Wilson on Tuesday night.

The Tigers tallied three runs in the top of the first to jump to an early advantage, but the St. James batters had plenty of ammo to overcome the deficit.

St. James’ Caleb Duggan went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and JC Cavin and Kasey Cooks also had two hits each on the night, driving in two runs apiece.

Winning pitcher Joey Troiano even got in on the offensive fireworks by driving in a pair of runs. The Sharks finished with 16 hits.

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