▪ Myrtle Beach 5, Bishop Ireton (Va.) 4 | A ground-rule double nearly cost the Seahawks.
Fortunately for Myrtle Beach, a traditional double made up for it.
After Morgan Compton’s seventh-inning, two-out ground-rule double – which likely would have scored the game-tying run had it not gone over the fence – Elissa Leach followed with a double to drive in two runs and give the Seahawks a walk-off win in the Grand Strand Softball Classic at The Market Common.
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“With those breakaway fences there, Morgan’s ball took one bounce and it was over,” Myrtle Beach coach Meredith Jiorle said of the ground-rule double. “It all ended up well in the end.”
Thanks to Leach, whose third hit was the most clutch of all.
“We’ve had some tight ballgames so far this year and have been on the losing end,” Jiorle said. “With her coming up with two outs and getting a hit, it picked her up and as a team it gave us momentum going through the second half of the season here.”
Down a run entering the seventh, Jiorle was plenty confident as her top hitters were in line to come to the plate. Victoria Howard led off the inning with a single and was followed by a couple of outs before Compton and Leach brought the Seahawks home.
“I was pretty confident in the bottom of the seventh that we had our top of the order up,” Jiorle said. “Those two have been the top two big producers all season.”
▪ W: Carly Grace Bodge. L: B. Misker. Top hitters: MB: Morgan Compton 2-3, 3 runs, 2 2Bs; Elissa Leach 3-3, 3 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Grace Bodge 1-2, 2B, RBI.
▪ Records: Myrtle Beach 4-4.