May River softball started its season with a bang Wednesday, taking down James Island 6-4 before Emma Carmany provided the walk-off hit in a thrilling 11-10 rematch to earn the doubleheader sweep.
The Trojans grabbed a 4-1 lead after three innings in game one, but the Sharks stormed back with four in the fourth to go on top 5-4. May River tacked on an insurance run in the fifth before closing out the Trojans in the bottom half for a season-opening win.
Reilly Wake led the offense, going 3-for-3 and scoring two runs. Casey Laing was 2-for-2 in the cleanup spot, and Caleigh Powell collected a pair of RBIs.
The second game was a back-and-forth affair to the end. After the Trojans took a 4-2 advantage into the fourth inning, the Charleston side tallied three more before May River struck back with four in the bottom half to cut the deficit to 7-6. James Island added a pair of insurance runs of its own to go up 9-6, but the Sharks didn’t quit. Ana Caraballo crushed a two-run homer, and Macey Dowe came through with a clutch two-out single to force extra innings.
James Island took the upper hand in the sixth, scoring on a passed ball, but May River showed its incredible fight once again. Giovana Rodriguez started the rally with a triple, and both Ruthie Roman and Laing walked to load the bases. Hope started to fade with two quick outs, but Carmany delivered, rocketing a two-run double to center to earn an unforgettable walk-off win.
The senior came through in the biggest possible moment, finishing off a three-hit game in a dream-like fashion.
Dowe was sensational in the finale, putting together a 3-for-4 game and driving in a whopping five runs. Wake, Rodriguez, and Roman all pitched in with two hits each.
May River (2-0, 2-0) travels to the Byrnes Invitational on Friday to face Nation Ford and Chapman.
By Wes Kerr