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North Myrtle Beach baseball, softball set sights high in 2019

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Little River – Spring has sprung and that means the athletic teams for the spring 2019 season at North Myrtle Beach are off and running for region titles.

The Chiefs baseball team has perhaps the best chance of winning a region 6-AAAA title this spring. Coach Brian Alderson’s team is ranked among the state’s top 10 teams in Class AAAA and is off to a 7-2 start overall and a 3-0 record in region play as of March 20th.

North Myrtle Beach’s two losses came to AAAAA West Ashley (8-7) and to West Brunswick of North Carolina (10-8).

Through nine games, the Chiefs have posted a .293 team batting average with a host of hitters off to a good start. Senior Garrett Perlstein picked up 10 hits in the first nine games, adding 13 RBI and scoring 10 runs. He belted a homer and four doubles among his 10 tallies.

Senior Austin Frye produced 10 RBI among his first seven safeties and senior Dalton Simpson had 11 hits, nine RBI, three doubles and scored nine runs in the early going.

Sophomore Billy Barlow, a Clemson commit, is contributing at the plate and on the mound. Barlow hit .375 with six RBI early while picking up four pitching victories with a 2.33 earned run average.

Junior Colton Kingston also has performed well offensively, picking up nine RBI and scoring 11 runs in the first nine outings. Senior shortstop Ewin Vasquez has scored 11 runs and senior Colin Cordera has crossed the plate nine times in nine games.

Another senior, Hayes Sexton, is hitting over .300 early, as is sophomore Fisher Waggett.

On the mound, freshman Ethan Matthews has logged 17 innings early with a 1.21 earned run average. Junior Cory Thompson, freshman Cameron Freeman, and Simpson also have seen time on the mound in the first three weeks of the season.

Rounding out the roster this spring are juniors Donavan Fields, Chad Beasley, Zion Belle and Zach Naillon, along with sophomore Luke Rice.

The softball team has started off with a 2-1 region record, splitting their first four regular season games overall. The Chiefs posted early wins over Myrtle Beach and Marlboro County, both region victories. They lost a region game to Wilson and lost a non-region game to Loris.

This year’s team is relatively young with only three seniors and a host of underclassmen seeing early time on the field.

Working in the pitcher’s circle are freshman Lauren Hillburn and senior Serrah Ballard with Hillburn seeing the most work early on.

The other two seniors in the lineup are Madison Gore and Peyton Bennett.

Sophomores Marissa Iannone, Taylor McDowell and Presley Minnick have produced at the plate early. Minnick has five RBI and McDowell has four, while junior Andie Crimminger has three RBI.

 Rounding out the roster are sophomore Emily Richardson; freshmen Macy Prince and Brianna Jenkins; and eighth-grader Aaliyah Earl.

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