Braves claim back-to-back wins, reach Mingo Bay final

socbase-6tagThe Socastee High baseball team scored its second straight win in the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic on Friday, shutting out Chancellor (VA) 13-0 to advance to Saturday’s finals round against High Point Christian.

Following Thursday’s 8-5 victory over Pleasure Ridge Park (KY), the Braves broke out the bats to earn a mercy-rule win over Chancellor. Leading 3-0 in the fourth, Socastee scored 10 runs in the inning to put the game away.

Socastee’s Daniel Covert went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Jon Yarbrough and Finn Melko had two hits and two RBIs apiece to lead the Braves’ 11-hit eruption. Starter Austin Bridges pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three batters.

On Thursday, the Braves broke a tie game wide open by scoring five runs in the third inning en route to an 8-5 victory over Pleasure Ridge Park.

Covert went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Braves’ offensive outburst in the third, and teammate Justin Farria also had two RBIs. Socastee pitchers Buck Bacot and Yarbrough scattered 10 total hits and struck out four to preserve the win.

(Editor’s Note: A bad file prevented readers from accessing coverage of Socastee’s game on Thursday. The story is included in this file. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

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