Friday’s area sports briefs

From staff reportsApril 19, 2013 

The Socastee High softball team got a big win on Friday night, defeating the St. James Sharks 7-6 to clinch the Region VIII-AAA championship.

St. James, down three runs, rallied back in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game with two outs and nobody on. Unable to get the winning run, they took the field one last time to try and fend off a Braves team that had remained strong all game.

With one out and two on, Sierrah McCarthy loaded the bases. Junior Quin Gammon (3-for-5, RBI) stepped up to the plate, hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop, who was unable to flip it to second, and advanced Samantha Larabe to score the winning run.

“The kids executed even when there was adversity and they just never quit, they believed they could pull it out,” Socastee assistant coach Robert O’Brien said. “Late-game heroics [were the key]. Being able to execute routine plays and not hurt themselves.”

Madison Lowe was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Rebekah Oakley was 1-for-2 with a run scored, and Blake Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored. For the Sharks, Hannah Price was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, four RBIs, and two runs scored, and Morgan Marlow was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

Next, the Braves look to the playoffs, where they earned the top seed via tiebreaker.

“We just hope to continue to execute and to do the things we do to be successful,” O’Brien said. “We want to play the game with as few errors as possible. This is the first region championship we’ve had in many, many years, and we’re just really excited.”

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• W–Savannah Talley (4-2). L–Alexis Gunnell (7-2). Top hitters – St. James: Hannah Price 2-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 runs, Morgan Marlow 1-2, 2 runs, K. Bachman 2-4, run. Socastee: Quin Gammon 3-5, RBI, Rebekah Oakley 1-2 run, Madison Lowe 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, Blake Smith 1-3, run.

Records – Socastee 15-8, 8-2; St. James 15-4, 8-2

High school softball

• North Myrtle Beach 4, (at) Myrtle Beach 2 (9) | Julia Cole and Chey Roberts each drove in runs in the top of the ninth and Taylor Hansis struck out eight to lead the Chiefs.

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• W–Taylor Hansis. L–Angel Hatzidakis. Top hitters – North Myrtle Beach: Julia Cole 3-5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Chey Roberts 3-5, 2B, 2 RBIs.

CCU track and field

•  Latesha Simpson won the long jump Friday, but the Coastal Carolina women’s track and field team was a long ways behind Liberty after Day 2 of the Big South Championships.

The Flames led with 101 points compared to 541/4 to the Chants. However, Coastal has 18 performers compared to 10 for Liberty to compete in seven events on Saturday.

Coastal’s Raven Hamilton tied for second in the high jump (5-5) and Kelila Naules tied for seventh (5-3). Mary Lawrence finished second in the pole vault (11-113/4), Tiffani Kuhn was eighth in the javelin (114-7) and Anna Carnegie placed eighth in the heptathlon (3,939).

Erica Peake ran personal bests in qualifying for the 100 (11.30) and 200 (23.09).

The Chants had the top four qualifiers in the 110 hurdles, with Ashley Davis first (13.81), Christina Davis second (13.90), Jessica Gelibert third (13.95) and Camille Hurley fourth (13.95).

Coastal had the top two qualifiers in the 1,500 in Emily Marchini and Shelby Nicosia, and the top two in the 400 hurdles in Gelibert and Christina Davis. Qwontajah Thompson paced the qualifiers int eh 400.

On the men’s side, Cameron Griggs was seventh in the shot put (49-11/2), Reggie Nelson was second in the high jump (6-101/4) and Wesley Edwards was fourth in the high jump (6-81/4). Team scores were not available at press time.

High school baseball

•  (At) Conway 10, West Florence 2 | Dillon Johnson was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two doubles as the Tigers got the win over West Florence.

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• W–Jordan Gore (5-0). L–Adam Pizutti. Top hitters – West Florence: Akeem Bostick 1-3, Austin King 1-3. Conway: Dillon Johnson 3-4, RBI, 2 2Bs, Colby Ard, 2-4, RBI, Jordan Gore, 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs, Bryce McCord 2-3.

Records – Conway: 16-7, West Florence: 19-4

CCU men’s basketball

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team announced a pair of additions to the 2013 recruiting class.

Junior college transfers Josh Cameron – a 6-foot-1 guard out of Racine, Wis. – and Deonte Houston – a 6-1 guard out of New York – have both committed to continue their basketball careers at CCU.

Cameron played for Connors State College the last two seasons, while Houston was at Olney Central Community College a year ago.

ABA basketball

The South Carolina Warriors have filed a grievance with the ABA over an alleged ineligible player competing for the North Dallas Vandals during the Final Four in Jacksonville last weekend. ABA CEO Joe Newman told the Warriors in an email that the protest was void because it was not presented before or after the contest.

The Warriors – who lost 113-110 to the Vandals in the semifinals – said they plan to appeal his decision.

College baseball

• Clemson 1, (at) Miami 0 | Thomas Brittle drove in Jon McGibbon on a ground out in the sixth and Daniel Gossett allowed three hits and struck out 10 in seven shutout innings as the Tigers took Game 1.

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