Baseball: Braves, Sharks live, die by three-run inning

The Socastee High baseball team scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to stave off a strong threat from visiting West Brunswick (NC).

Zach Hyde went 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored and Finn Melko also drove in a pair of runs to ignite the Braves’ offensive outbursts.

Socastee tacked on three more insurance runs in the latter innings, including a solo homer in the fifth by starting pitcher Dylan Thompson.

The Trojans (5-3) tried to mount a rally in the sixth inning against Thompson (3-0), scoring three runs before he got out of the jam and exited the game with the win under his belt. Matt Wright closed out the seventh for the save.

* Wando 4, St. James 2: The Sharks lived by the three-run inning and died by the three-run inning in a pair of road games against teams from the Lowcountry.

After using a three-run fifth inning to score a 5-3 victory over Georgetown on Friday, the Sharks had the tables turned on them Monday in a 4-2 loss at Wando.

Trent Revis delivered the three-RBI blow against Georgetown, but he was the victim of it on the mound against the Warriors. Tied at 1-1 in the fifth, Wondo broke open the pitcher’s duel with three runs and stopped a Sharks’ rally in the seventh for the non-region win.

St. James was limited to just two hits on the day by winning pitcher Mark Evans, who struck out eight batters. Revis allowed five hits and struck out four and Kasey Crooks provided a perfect inning of relief but it wasn’t enough for St. James.

* Carolina Forest 5, South Florence 1: The Panthers (4-7) pounded out 12 hits, including a 4-for-4 night at the plate by Hayden Rothenburg, and got a complete game from pitcher Cullen Marcis to beat the Bruins in the first game of a three-game region series this week.

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