Baseball: Late errors prove pricy for Braves, Seahawks

socbase-13melkoTwenty-four hours after its rock-solid start to the season, the Socastee High baseball team struggled in virtually every phase of the game in Thursday’s 14-4 loss to visiting Summerville.

The Braves (1-1) were near-flawless in beating Carolina Forest 4-0 on Wednesday, but the good fortune did not last much longer. Socastee committed four errors to none for the Green Wave, and the bullpen allowed nine runs over the final two innings to lead to the lopsided final score.

Socastee ace Dylan Thompson exited in the fourth inning after running into trouble, and that opened the floodgates for Summerville. The Green Wave only outhit the Braves by an 11-7 margin but defensive miscues allowed Summerville to break the game wide open.

The lone bright spot for Socastee was Finn Melko’s 3-for-3 day at the plate. He drove in two runs  as the Braves tried to rally with three runs in the fifth, but Summerville scored five in the sixth and four in the seventh to put the game on ice.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier or slower for the Braves, who play their third and fourth games in three days with Friday’s doubleheader against visiting South Johnston (NC).

* Conway 3, Myrtle Beach 2: The visiting Tigers scored the game-winning run on an error by the Seahawks in the sixth inning to escape with the win.

Conway jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning but a pitchers’ duel kept it close until Myrtle Beach rallied for a pair of runs in the fifth.

Zack Coble’s RBI single tied it up at 2-all but the Tigers settled the score in the next inning when Will Parker hit a slow roller that was mishandled.

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