Braves battle past Sharks, begin play in Mingo Bay

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The Socastee and St James High baseball teams both put runners in scoring position in Saturday’s key Region 7-3A contest, but the Braves made the most of their opportunities, pulling out a 4-2 win over the visiting Sharks to remain undefeated in league play.

St James had seven hits compared with the Socastee Braves’ six, but the Sharks stranded eight runners on base after claiming a 2-0 lead in the first inning. But Socastee tied it up in the bottom of the frame and starting pitcher Austin Schmitz (3-0) settled down and worked his way out of several jams to earn the win.

Socastee’s Hunter Renfrow went 2-for-2 and scored three runs to lead the Braves (13-2 overall, 7-0 region). He singled in the third inning and doubled in the fifth inning.

Schmitz pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. Austin Schmitz faced his toughest moment in the fourth inning but escaped a bases-loaded jam unscathed. Kyle Smith came on in the ninth to earn the save.

Skylar Hays was the game’s losing pitcher. He lasted just six innings, walked one, struck out one, and allowed four runs.

The top of the first saw St James take an early lead, 2-0. Liam Bloom singled to ignite St James’ offense. Trent Revis homered, scoring Liam.

The Braves scored two runs of their own in the first on an RBI single by Dalton Smith and a passed ball.

Socastee used a third inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on a sacrifice fly by Dalton.

The Braves and the Sharks begin play in the Mingo Bay Classic on Monday.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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