Socastee edges St. James; Schmitz outduels DeShields

The St. James High baseball team suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday, a 5-3 defeat at the hands of visiting rival Socastee.

The Braves (8-5 overall, 2-2 Region 7-3A) got a complete-game five-hitter from left-hander Austin Schmitz, who struck out eight batters and walked only one to handcuff the Sharks (4-1, 2-1).

St. James counterpart Anders DeShields also went the distance, striking out eight and allowing only four hits. But he walked three, hit another batter and was victimized by four errors in the field, making him the hard-luck loser with no earned runs allowed.

Socastee’s Buck Bacot went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, helping the Braves break out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Hunter Renfrow, Dylan Thompson and Kyle Smith also went 1-for-3 with a run scored apiece.

St. James countered with a run in the third and two more in the fourth to tie the game at 3-all, including an RBI triple by DeShields, but the Braves scored unearned runs in the fifth and seventh to claim the victory.

Girls

* St. James 11, Socastee 1: The Lady Sharks (8-0 overall, 3-0 region) remained undefeated on the season with a five-inning mercy-rule victory over visiting rival Socastee on Thursday.

St. James’ Casey Betts held the Lady Sharks at bay from the mound and Morgan Marlow went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a home run to lead the Lady Sharks.

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