Baseball: Braves, Seahawks stay alive with clutch wins

socbase-6celebSocastee rallied from a three-run deficit to stave off elimination and defeat visiting Ashley Ridge in Monday’s Class 4A District 6 playoff game.

The Braves fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and didn’t take the lead until putting together their own three-run inning in the fifth for a 6-5 edge. Reliever Devin Melko made the lead hold up and Socastee added an insurance run in the sixth to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Socastee’s Austin Schmitz homered twice and drove in five of the Braves’ seven runs, including a three-run homer in the fifth that proved to be the game-winner. Ryan Beale added three hits with a homer for the Braves, who were outhit by Ashley Hall by a 10-7 margin.

Starting pitcher Buck Bacot ran into early trouble but settled down for four innings, exiting with a 5-3 deficit. But Melko was spot on in three relief innings, striking out four and allowing no walks or runs.

Socastee now travels to South Aiken on Wednesday for a rematch of the first round, when the Stallions scored a 14-4 victory. The Braves must beat South Aiken twice to advance to the Lower State title series.

* Myrtle Beach 3, Darlington 1: Andrew Morris drove in a pair of runs and scored another to help the Seahawks avoid elimination in the Class 3A District 7 playoffs.

Starting pitcher Michael Calamari struck out 12 and scattered seven hits over as many innings, and Drayton Arnold went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. The Seahawks must defeat host Hilton Head Island on Wednesday to advance to the district final

* Marlboro County 8, North Myrtle Beach 7: The Chiefs let a four-run lead slip away as the Bulldogs rallied for five unanswered to eliminate North Myrtle Beach.

* Berkeley 10, St. James 2: The Sharks suffered their first playoff loss to the Stags in Class 3A District 8 play. They face Swansea in an elimination game Monday.

 

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