Braves knock off Bulldogs in key Region 7-3A opener

socbase-renfrowThe Socastee High baseball team struck for three runs in the first inning and held on to defeat region rival Georgetown 5-4 on Wednesday at Mike Johnson Park.

Socastee Kyle Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBI to kick-start the first-inning outburst by the Braves (3-0 overall, 1-0 Region 7-3A). He later moved to the mound to close out the Bulldogs, who were held to four hits.

In a starting pitching matchup between two Thompsons, Socastee’s Dylan Thompson got to the decision over Georgetown’s Cody Thompson. Both lasted five innings but Dylan Thompson (1-0) had five strikeouts and was able to limit the Bulldogs to one run through five frames.

But Georgetown’s bats finally heated up in the sixth as the Bulldogs scored three runs, but Smith was able to shut down the comeback bid. Socastee’s Hunter Renfrow and Dalton Smith had two hits apiece.

Socastee plays a pair of games against Gilman on Thursday and Saturday, sandwiched around another key region showdown with Myrtle Beach.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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