Baseball: Braves, Sharks on different side of zeroes

socbase-8fieldWhen Socastee opened the season against West Brunswick (NC) three days ago, the Braves did it with their bats. In Friday’s rematch on the other side of the state line, they did it with their arms.

Socastee pitchers Austin Schmitz and Kyle Smith combined to shut out the Trojans 3-0 to help the Braves improve to 2-0 on the season. Schmitz got the win and Smith earned the save in the combined six-hitter.

But the Braves, who exploded for 14 hits in the meeting three days earlier, were also limited to six hits. Finn Melko led the Braves by going 2-for-2 with an RBI that broke a scoreless tie in the fourth, and Thompson added a two-RBI single in the fifth.

The Braves open region play on Tuesday at Georgetown.

* Wando 3, St. James 0: The Sharks were shut out by Wando’s Tyler Kimbrell, who hurled a four-hitter and spoiled a complete outing by St. James starter Skylar Hays.

Hays allowed only seven hits over as many innings but couldn’t get enough offensive support against Wando. Kimbrell struck out seven batters and closer Harrison Smith sat down two more to get the save.

* North Myrtle Beach 6, Hannah Pamplico 3: Billy Pippen got the win on the mound for the Chiefs  in the Jeff Butler Memorial.

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