Softball: Conway, NMB down rivals on diamond

consoft-8pitchThe Conway High softball team defeated visiting Carolina Forest 5-2 on Monday night in a key Region VI-AAAA matchup.

The Lady Tigers (5-6 overall, 2-1 region) were paced by Neci Hemingway (4-3), who gave up five hits, struck out 4, and also hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to help her own cause.

Kady Edwards also hit a solo homer leading off the bottom of the first to give Conway an early 1-0 lead, but the Lady Panthers battled back to tie the game 2-2 in the third inning.

But the Lady Tigers plated two more runs on a double by eighth-grader Ashley Rowell, scoring Breanna Van Deusen (2-for-2) and Ashlyn Hardwick. Emily Merriam took the loss for the Lady Panthers.

Conway plays at West Florence on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

* North Myrtle Beach 10, Loris 3: The Lady Chiefs jumped out to five runs in the first inning and added three more in the second to run away with a 10-3 victory over the visiting Lady Lions.

North Myrtle Beach’s Julia Cole and Victoria Lewis each went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Lady Chiefs (9-1). Cole had a home run and three RBIs while Lewis doubled and tripled.

Kieran Lawson (2-0) earned the win for the Lady Chiefs, limited the Lady Lions to only three hits on the day. Loris committed six errors to help the Lady Chiefs put their non-region rivals away early.

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