Softball: NMB, Socastee, St. James win via shutouts

nmbsoft-baserunner2The North Myrtle Beach High girls softball team waited a long time to host a playoff game. It was worth the wait.

Top-seeded North Myrtle Beach pitcher Taylor Hansis pitched a complete-game shutout as the Lady Chiefs (21-3) defeated visiting Hilton Head in the first round of the District 5 tournament on Friday.

Hansis allowed only two hits and struck out nine batters to improve to 16-3 on the season. Teammates Makala Gore (3-for-3, one run), Julia Cole (3-for-4, three RBIs) and Sam Asbury (2-for-2) led the Lady Chiefs at the plate and combined for six steals.

North Myrtle Beach will host the winner of Friday’s contest between Airport and Darlington on Monday.

* St. James 5, Hanahan 0: The Lady Sharks aren’t used to opening the playoffs on the road, but you can’t argue with the results.

Third-seeded St. James shut out host Hanahan in the first round of the District 8 tournament to advance to the winner’s bracket. The Lady Sharks will travel to face Hartsville on Monday.

* Socastee 1, Berkeley 0: The Lady Braves (17-11) upset the top-seeded Lady Stags thanks to a complete-game shutout by Savannah Talley. She scattered five hits over seven innings and got a double at the plate to put Socastee in the winner’s bracket against Midland Valley on Monday.

Despite having no teams ranked in the state poll, Region 7-3A teams went 4-0 in the first round, all four wins by shutout. Georgetown defeated James Island 6-0.

Photo by Jennifer Mishler

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