NC pitchers baffle Braves’ batters in sweep of twinbill

socbase-swing2015A pair of South Johnston (NC) pitchers delivered a 1-2 knockout punch to the Socastee High baseball team on Saturday. Cody Allen and Nash Johnson combined to allow only one run and five hits to the Braves in an abbreviated doubleheader sweep.

In the opener, South Johnston broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the seventh inning for a 3-0 win. The Braves were held to only one hit in the opener and committed four errors for the second consecutive game.

Socastee’s Buck Bacot had the lone hit and pitched a complete game five-hitter but was undone by defensive miscues and the Braves’ inability to get to Allen, who pitched a complete game one-hitter to earn the win.

In the nightcap, the Trojans again struck for three runs in the final inning to claim a 4-1 victory. The second game was shortened to five innings and was tied at 1-all until Braves starter Jon Yarbrough gave up the game-winners for the loss. Johnson gave up only four hits while striking out seven.

The Braves (1-3) return to region action on Tuesday at Conway.

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