Keevert, Young pitch Braves to diamond sweep of ‘Dogs

The Socastee High baseball team continued its perfect record in Region VIII-AAA play Friday night with a 7-2 victory over visiting Georgetown.

After falling behind 2-0 early, the Braves (9-3 overall, 8-0 region) rallied for three runs in both the second and third innings to give starting pitcher Chase Keevert all the offense he needed to improve to 4-0.

Socastee took advantage of a couple of defensive errors by the Bulldogs to take a 3-2 lead after two innings, then Dalton Smith ripped a two-RBI triple and was driven in by Kenny Taylor in the third to give the Braves a commanding 6-2 lead.

Socastee’s Zach Hyde scored an insurance run in the seventh by tripling and scoring on Charlie Nicholson’s single. Keevery, who scattered seven hits and three walks over six innings, exited for Kyle Smith to close ut the seventh.

Georgetown was led by Seth Wall and Jordan Ward, who had two hits apiece. Starting pitcher Mac Jordan suffered the loss.

The Braves got a pair of hits from Nicholson and Hyde, who doubled and tripled. Teammates Tyler Dillon also tripled, driving in two runs.

Softball

Socastee’s McKenzie Young pitched a complete-game shutout and hit a solo home run to lead the Lady Braves (5-6 overall, 5-2 region) to a victory over visiting Georgetown on Friday night.

Young held the Lady Bulldogs (14-2, 5-1) to two hits while striking out seven. The Lady Braves moved within one game of first place in Region VIII-AAA.

Socastee had seven hits among seven different players, with Blake Smith collecting the other RBI.

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