Braves stay hot with second victory in Mingo Bay Classic

Featuring top high school teams from around the Eastern U.S., the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach has a title contender from just down the road.

Socastee won its second game in as many days in the prestigious tournament, knocking off Garfield (Va.) 9-1 thanks to a nice outing by freshman pitcher Austin Schmitz and a lot of help from the Braves’ batters.

Schmitz (2-0) pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out seven to hold Garfield scoreless after the first inning. His teammates quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the first for a 2-1 lead and Socastee was never threatened again.

The Braves also scored two in the fifth and broke out for five in the sixth for a total of 12 hits. Socastee’s Walker Darnell went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and  Dylan Thompson 2-4 and Charlie Nicholson each went 2-for-4. Manny Berdayes and Chase Keevert had only one hit apiece but each drove in two runs.

The Braves (11-3) improved to 2-0 in the Mingo Bay after defeating South Range (Ohio) by a 2-1 score on Tuesday. The tournament runs through the weekend.

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