MB, Socastee win openers, set up diamond showdown

The Socastee High baseball team kicked off the 2013 season in winning fashion in Thursday’s first round of the Baseball at the Beach Classic, knocking off Aynor 10-4 at Myrtle Beach High.

The Braves (1-0) exploded for four runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of several Aynor errors to build an 8-0 lead. Both teams managed seven hits on the day but the Yellow Jackets (0-1) committed seven errors to only three for the Braves.

Socastee’s Zach Hyde went 2-for-4 with a double and Kyle Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate. Dylan Thompson (1-0) got the win on the mound, striking out four and allowing only two hits.

Socastee returns to Myrtle Beach at 5 p.m. Friday, this time to take on the tournament-host and arch-rival Seahawks.

* Myrtle Beach 2, Eastside 0: The Seahawks scored a shutout victory in the opening round of the Baseball at the Beach Classic, with pitcher Jesse Nelson picking up the impressive victory on the mound.

The Seahawks (1-0) also got some timely in the third inning when Wilson Wicker drove in the game-winning runs. Griffin Bethle went 2-for-3 on the day as the Seahawks return to action at 5 p.m. Friday against rival Socastee.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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