Baseball: Braves, Sharks win to set up showdown

socbase-thompsonpitchSocastee High standout and Coastal Carolina commitment Dylan Thompson got it done on the mound and at the plate to lead the Braves to a 3-1 victory over visiting West Florence on Friday.

Thompson pitched a complete-game four-hitter that was a shutout until the Knights scored a meaningless run in the seventh inning. Thompson struck out 11 batters and also had a hand in the Braves’ three runs in the first.

Thompson drove in one run and teammate Taylor Karnap, who was the hero in Socastee’s win over Conway earlier this week, delivered again with a two-RBI shot in the opening inning. It was all the offense the Braves would get or need.

Socastee (3-3 overall, 3-0 Region 6-4A) remains undefeated in league play. The Braves step out of the region to host rival St. James on Tuesday.

* St. James 3, Lake City 2: After giving up the lead in the top of the seventh, the Sharks rallied to take it back in the bottom half for a walk-off win over the visiting Panthers.

St. James starting pitcher Dillon LeDuc and closer Jacob Ziegler, who earned the win and went 2 for 3 at the plate, once again combined for a superb outing. They allowed only one hit apiece and LeDuc struck out five, but Lake City got to Ziegler for the tying run in the seventh.

The Sharks outhit Lake City 9-2, with Liam Bloom and Parker Rabon also getting two hits apiece. Drake Martin and Rabon drove in and scored runs.

St. James travel down Highway 707 to face rival Socastee on Tuesday.

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