Soccer, baseball teams take early lead in region 7-AAAA
By David Shelton
Myrtle Beach – While there is a solid month left in the regular season, the soccer and baseball teams at Myrtle Beach High are off to a great start in region 7-AAAA play.
Entering the month of April, the baseball team and both the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams had taken the early lead in region play.
Tim Christy’s baseball team opened region play with three victories, including a win over region favorite North Myrtle Beach, a team ranked in the class AAAA top 10 early on. The region race, however, promises to be quite competitive down the stretch. Marlboro County and St. James, in addition to North Myrtle Beach, expect to make their own challenge during April.
Early leaders for the Seahawks include Cameron Bodge, Lawson Cribb, Jackson Thomas, Jayce Allen, Dalton Todd and David Goodroe, among others. Bodge recently tossed a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over Wilson.
The boys’ soccer team opened region play with a 4-1 record and won 11 of their first 14 matches overall to open the regular season. The Seahawks enter April in a first-place tie with St. James in region seven.
Junior keeper Will Mendoza has been solid in goal this season, allowing 14 goals while cashing in 33 saves for a 1.63 goals against average.
Offensively, senior midfielder JR Stanley is the top scorer with 14 goals and three assists. Sophomore Coby Arambula has added seven goals and four assists while Lerol Parchment has six goals and five assists.
Other offensive leaders include junior Tomer Tal (4 goals, 3 assists), senior Declan McGonigal (3 goals, 3 assists) and junior Max Ferguson (3 goals, assist). The Seahawks are currently ranked among the top five in the state’s AAAA classification.
The girls’ soccer team won its first three region games and continues to be ranked among the state’s top 10 teams in AAAA.
While the team is getting contributions from a host of players, the early season leaders have been juniors Tristan Gordon and Josie Posma, along with freshman Taylor Pirttima.
Gordon has nine early goals to go with six assists while Posma has scored five goals with three assists. Pirttima also has scored five goals.
Sophomore Annamarie Puglia has three goals and three assists while junior Charis Dorman, sophomore Amelia Riggs and freshman Mary Carmen Springs each have scored two goals in the first month of the regular season.
Myrtle Beach’s boys golf team is looking to contend in class AAAA as well this spring. The Seahawks are focusing on state tournament qualifying later in April.
Holden Grigg is the team’s number one player but depth is a strength. Also competing well in the top four are Dock Jarman, Keegan Vaugh and Seth Boyce.