Elko’s two-run blast propels Panthers past Socastee, 7-6

The Carolina Forest High baseball team rallied from behind twice to score a 7-6 victory over host Socastee on Thursday night.

Ryan Elko hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning that proved to be the game-winner and reliever Tyler Wyeth came in to shut out the Braves over the final three innings to make Elko’s blast hold up.

The Panthers (4-3) allowed three runs in the first inning to fall in an early hole as starter Robert Gray struggled early.

Carolina Forest rallied in the top of the third with a four-run outburst featuring a pair of two-run homers by Chris Orlando and Erich Knab, but the Braves battled back for three more runs in the bottom of the frame.

Carolina Forest cut the deficit to 6-5 in the fourth, setting the stage for Elko’s game-winner. Gray (2-0) was the pitcher of record and got the win, while Wyeth delivered down the stretch to earn the save.

Carlos Fernandez took the loss for the Braves (3-1), who allowed only five hits on the night but committed three fielding errors to suffer their first defeat of the season.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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