Softball Roundup: CF, MB cruise to mercy-rule wins

The Carolina Forest softball team used a pair of Emmys to knock off Socastee 12-2 via the mercy rule on Friday.

Emily Merriam pitched a five-inning three-hitter and Emilee Best went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run to help the Lady Panthers make short work of the Lady Braves.

Marisa Runyon 2-for-3 and Angelina Santoro went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Socastee was led by Blake Smith’s two-run homer in the first inning, but the Lady Panthers rattled off 12 unanswered runs to end the game.

Carolina Forest scored four runs in the first and two runs in each of the next two innings to build an 8-2 advantage. The Lady Panthers exploded for four more runs in the fifth to enact the mercy rule.

* Myrtle Beach 18, Loris 1: Angel Hatzidakis struck out seven and allowed only two hits in five innings of work as the Lady Seahawks enacted the mercy rule against the Lady Lions.

Cameron Crutchfield and Megan Bercaw had four hits and three runs scored apiece, and Kristina Mendolia went a perfect 2-for-2 with four runs scored and four RBIs to lead a 19-hit assault by Myrtle Beach.

* South Florence 5, Conway 3: The Lady Tigers (4-2 overall, 0-1 Region 6-4A) gave up a three-run home run to Nicole Rogers in the eighth inning to suffer a tough loss in their region opener.

Conway’s Sydny Howell struck out 11 batters and teammate Kady Edwards went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Ashlyn Hardwick’s RBI double in the seventh forced extra innings tied at 2-2.

But Rogers almost single-handedly downed the Lady Tigers with two homers and four RBIs. Her three-run shot in the eighth gave South Florence a 5-2 lead but Conway managed to score once and put two runners before falling short.

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