Softball: Socastee outslugs CF; NMB falters in seventh

nmbsoft-bangbangThe Socastee High softball team captured a huge Region 6-5A road victory over rival Carolina Forest on Tuesday, taking advantage of a few key errors and miscues by the Lady Panthers for a 9-5 win.

Carolina Forest held a 3-0 lead entering the fourth inning but the Lady Braves rallied for six runs in the frame. Socastee tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to thwart a Lady Panthers’ comeback bid in the bottom of the inning.

Socastee outhit Carolina Forest 17-16. Rachel Lindaberry went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Jordan Martín went 2-for-4, Emma Liles went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Katie Endres went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Carolina Forest travels to rival Conway on Friday for another big region game.

* St. James 15, Marlboro County 2: The first-place Lady Sharks exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning and 19 total hits for a big region road win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Kelsey Gollie went a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with three RBIs and two runs scored, just missing a home run to complete the cycle. Dominique Gross went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Lindsey Burdette, Maquenzie Schult and Brooks Spiva had multiple-hit games.

Spiva also allowed five hits over five mercy-rule innings to earn the win.

* Wilson 5, North Myrtle Beach 3: Cissy Doolittle pitched a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Chiefs suffered a region loss on the road.

North Myrtle Beach’s Sarah Ballard and Andie Crimminger each went 2-for-3 with two doubles apiece as the Lady Chiefs went to the bottom of the seventh tied at 3-all. But the Lady Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the frame to end it.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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