Softball: St. James, Conway roll through playoff debuts

sjsoft-17pitchSt. James softball team picked up in the playoffs where they left off in the regular season by easily handling Crestwood 8-1 in the first round of the Class 4A softball playoffs.

St. James pitcher Brooks Spiva scattered seven hits over the same number of innings, striking out three with only one walk to get the win. Crestwood’s lone run came in the sixth to break up the shutout.

St. James was led at the plate by Dominique Gross, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored, a home run and a triple. The Lady Sharks managed only six hits but made them count.

The top-seeded Lady Sharks will welcome Beaufort on Saturday.

* Conway 6, Spring Valley 1: The Tigers scored all six of their runs in the first inning and cruised the rest of the way to a first-round victory over visiting Spring Valley.

Neci Hemingway pitched a complete-game three-hitter and had an RBI double. Conway had only four hits, half of them by Taylor Richardson (2-3, run scored). Allyson Lundy added an RBI single.

Conway advances to host Fort Dorchester on Saturday at 10 a.m.

* Darlington 9, Myrtle Beach 8: The Lady Falcons scored three runs in the sixth inning to defeat the visiting Lady Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.

The Seahawks had a big night on offense but couldn’t answer Darlington’s comeback in the seventh. Stevie Parker had a double with two RBIs, Lindsey Coble had two hits, and Mckenzie Coble and Cayce Roberts each had a double.

The Lady Seahawks will be home Saturday to face AC Flora in the losers’ bracket.

* Hartsville 6, North Myrtle Beach 3: The Lady Red Foxes erupted for four runs in the first inning and never trailed en route to a first-round playoff win over the host Lady Chiefs.

North Myrtle Beach was outhit by Hartsville 15-6. Serrah Ballard went 2-for-3 at the plate but took the loss on the mound.

The Lady Chiefs return to action Saturday against visiting Colleton County in an elimination match.

* Summerville 9, Socastee 1: The Lady Braves lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Lady Green Wave.

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