Baseball: Braves, Sharks survive in pitchers’ duels

socbase-thompsonpitchGrand Strand baseball fans were treated to a pair of pitchers’ duels Friday featuring two of the area’s biggest rivalries clashing at The Ripken Experience.

Recent rains sent the teams to the artificial fields at the Myrtle Beach baseball complex, and the recent rain delays apparently created some well rested arms for the key region showdowns.

Socastee’s Dylan Thompson struck out nine batters in a complete game two-hitter for a 1-0 victory over Carolina Forest, and St. James’ Dillon LeDuc outdueled Myrtle Beach Praise Thorsen for a 1-0 win over the Seahawks (10-9, 6-2).

The Braves (12-8 overall, 7-0 Region 6-4A) managed only one hit and scored the game-winner in walk-off fashion on a Carolina Forest error in the seventh.

The Sharks (10-5, 6-1) scored their only run in the second inning on a Myrtle Beach error but it was all they needed with LeDuc on the mound. He limited the Seahawks to three hits, while Thorsen held St. James to only two hits and struck out nine.

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