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NMB High School spring sports update

By John Smithson

Lacrosse – The North Myrtle Beach High School lacrosse team ran their record to 4-3 after last week’s action. The Chiefs opened the week with an 18-1 loss to powerhouse Waccamaw last Monday at North Myrtle Beach.

The Chiefs came back on Thursday to get their first win over Socastee by a 5-4 score.

The North Myrtle Beach varsity lacrosse team on offense in the first half of last Monday’s game with Waccamaw. The Chiefs Holden Rue (2) scored their only goal as Sam Barker (12) looked on in an 18-1 loss to an excellent lacrosse team. The Chiefs beat Socastee 5-4 later in the week for their first win against the Braves.

Girls Softball – The Lady Chiefs had a productive week with two region wins and a 3-1 record. They opened play at Loris on Monday afternoon and defeated the Lady Lions by a 7-3 score. Lauren Hilburn got her first win of the season, besting Carly Billings.

Leading hitters in the game were Aalyiah Earl and Taylor McDowell for North Myrtle Beach. Earl was 3 for 4 and McDowell was 2 for 4 to lead the Chiefs offense. K. Jackson was 2 for 4 to top Loris hitters.

Last Tuesday the Lady Chiefs travelled to Marlboro County and beat them 8-0. Lauren Hilburn struck out nine as she won her second game of the season over M. Kubas. Presley Minnick was 3 for 5 at the plate and Macy Prince 2 for 2 to lead the Lady Chiefs hitters.

Last Thursday the Lady Chiefs were back home to take on Lake View and ended up on the short end of a 10-5 score. Presley Minnick pitched for North Myrtle Beach and took the loss. Aaliyah Earl was 3 for 5, Emily Richardson 2 for 5, Taylor McDowell 2 for 4 and Macy Prince 2 for 4. Brian Jenkins was the hitting star for the Lady Chiefs, going 2 for 3 with two homeruns.

North Myrtle Beach finished their busy week at home on Friday and defeated region foe Wilson by a 15-5 score. Lauren Hilburn once again won her start and also was 2 for 4 at the plate. Other offensive stars were Emily Richardson, 3 for 5, Presley Minnick, 2 for 4, Taylor McDowell 2 for 4, Macy Prince 3 for 4 and Marissa Iannone 2 for 4.

Boys Soccer – The Chiefs opened their soccer week on Tuesday as they dominated visiting Marlboro County 14-0. Wednesday evening they took on area foe Socastee for the second time this year and came away with a 3-2 win in overtime. The Chiefs led the game 2-1 at halftime but Socastee came back in the second half to tie it up 2-2. The Chiefs got a goal in overtime to win it 3-2.

Kyle Nicholl outruns Marlboro County defenders and gets a shot past the Bulldogs goalie in the Chiefs big win over Marlboro County. The Chiefs varsity soccer team won three games in a full week of soccer action at North Myrtle Beach. The JV Chiefs and varsity went 5-0 for the week.

The Chiefs ended competition for the week with a 6-0 win over Wilson. Coach Aaron Wheeler stated his JV and varsity teams had set a goal to be 5-0 for the week. ”On Monday in training we spoke about our goals and the desire to be 5-0 by week’s end with two wins by the JV and three by varsity. Accomplishing that was a big step forward as the program and certainly got us off on the right foot. Everyone contributed to our success. We’re looking forward to getting back on the field whenever that opportunity arises,” Wheeler said.

Girls soccer – The girls soccer team opened their region play with an 11-2 win over Marlboro County at home on Tuesday.

Cagney Kelshaw (14) heads to the net in the Lady Chiefs game with Marlboro County last Tuesday at North Myrtle Beach as Janya Livingston (10) and Haleigh Washington (21) look on. Kelshaw eventually passed across to Josie Taylor for a goal in the 11-1 win over Marlboro County.

Jenna Berger, Linsey Downey, Janya Livingston and Josie Taylor each scored two goals in the win. Jordan Fowler, Alyssa Elliott and Haleigh Washington had one goal. Goalkeeper Savannah Jordan had three saves and goalkeeper Emma Moore had a penalty kick save.

Baseball – The Chiefs varsity opened region play on Tuesday as they travelled to Marlboro County and came away with an 8-1 win.

Billy Barlow was the starting pitcher for the Chiefs and allowed one run in five innings and struck out eight. Cory Thompson struck out four in two innings of relief. Barlow was also 1 for 3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Luke Rice was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Fisher Waggett was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Jomar Lugo 1 for 3 and an RBI, AJ Vereen 2 for 3 with an RBI, Trace Hall 2 for 3 and an RBI and Burgess Gurganus 1 for 3 and an RBI.

The Chiefs second region game wasn’t as successful as visiting Wilson beat the Chiefs 5-3 last Friday. The Chiefs record is 3-2-1, the tie at the Shipyard tournament.

With schools now closed and sports play on hiatus, unfortunately it will be some time before all spring sports activities can resume, if at all.

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