Braves storm James Island to reach Lower State finals

The Socastee High baseball team continued its refuse-to-lose attitude in Friday’s elimination game at James Island, scoring a 7-0 shutout victory to advance to the Lower State finals.

The Braves (23-8) got an outstanding performance on the mound from starter Trevor Bigham (2-1) and reliever Kyle Smith, who scattered six hits to combine for the shutout.

Socastee scored one run in both the first and second innings, then Bubba Martin hit an RBI single in the fourth to make it a 3-0 lead.

The Braves turned a bases-loaded, inning-ending double play in the sixth, then broke it wide open for four runs in the seventh to cement the win.

The Braves pounded out nine hits and took advantage of three James Island errors to provide plenty offensive support. Socastee didn’t commit an error in the field to excel in all three phases of the game.

It wasn’t the second straight shutout victory for the Braves after losing in the first round of the Lower State tournament to Airport. That’s where they will travel on Monday needing to win two straight from the Eagles to reach the Class 3A state title series.

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