HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Blaze McArthur smacked a walk-off single to score two runs with two outs as the Lady Foxes defeated the North Myrtle Beach Lady Chiefs 4-3 Thursday night at Phyllis C. Griggs Park.
The win kept the Lady Foxes on top of the Region 6 standings and maintains the unblemished 15-0 record.
Because of weather concerns, the Lady Foxes had to play on back-to-back nights, defeating Marlboro County Wednesday night.
Hartsville coach Tommy Garrison said he had confidence.
“There was never a doubt,” he said. “She came through. We worked on some stuff before the ball game. We worked on staying down on the ball. She was able to stay down and drive the ball.”
The lefty, McArthur had reached base twice on the night, but was patient in the seventh inning.
“I know she was pitching me outside all night, so I was just waiting,” she said. “I didn’t know whether it would pitch me changeup, riser, or outside; I just knew to go with it.”
Hartsville took an early 2-0 after the third inning, but the Chiefs came back with a three-spot in their half of the fourth. To take the 3-2 lead.
It stayed the way with each threatening, but not plating any runs.
Te’Asia McPhail got her third hit of the night to lead off the seventh, stole second back and tried to stretch that to third base. The Chiefs had to perform three skills perfectly if they were going to gun down the fleet-footed McPhail.
The Chiefs fielded the throw that squirted away at second, made the throw to third base and apply the tag. That accomplishment sent the North Myrtle bench into a frenzy.
Emily Woodham reached on an infield single and eventually stole second base.
Gracie Jordan reached first on an error by the Myrtle Beach third baseman which sent Woodham to third base.
Olivia Martin struck out for the second out of the inning.
McArthur battled at the plate fouling off a couple of pitches. Myrtle Beach had been painting the outside corner with strikes.
With a two-ball, two-strike count, the lefty hit a towering shot to the opposite field that sailed by the leftfielder.
Woodham and Jordan scored easily.
Hartsville hosts Darlington Tuesday night and travel to Myrtle Beach Thursday, April 11.