Baseball: Braves beat MB; St. James takes first place

The Socastee High baseball team withstood a major comeback from region rival Myrtle Beach only to mount one of its own in extra innings for a 7-6 win over the visiting Seahawks on Tuesday.

The Braves (15-6 overall, 5-2 Region 7-3A) jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead thanks to a pair of RBI singles in the first and third innings by Dalton Smith. Socastee scored one in the first, two in the second and three in the third to take early command.

Socastee starter Dylan Thompson was on cruise control the fifth inning, when the Seahawks (11-8, 5-2) finally heated up at the plate. Myrtle Beach exploded for four runs in the frame to cut the deficit to 6-4 and chase Thompson off the mound.

Kyle Smith came on in relief and the Seahawks managed to score a run in the sixth and seventh to force extra innings. Myrtle Beach’s Critter Collins went 3-for-4 at the plate and Thorsen drove in a pair of runs to spark the rally and force extra innings.

But after losing his chance at the win on the mound, Thompson delivered at the plate in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, he singled home Hunter Renfrow for the game-winner. Thompson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Smith earned the victory.

The win gives Socastee a season-series split and ties them for second in the region. St. James took over first place with a 6-1 region mark.

* St. James 7, Georgetown 4: The Sharks (13-4, 6-1) seized first place in the Region 7-3A standings on Tuesday with a victory over visiting Georgetown.

Dillon LeDuc pitched a complete game, scattering six hits over seven innings whiole striking out four. He also drove in a run to help his own cause.

St. James’ Drake Martin went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and Trent Revis added an RBI double as the Sharks tallied only five hits but took advantage of four Georgetown errors.

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