Socastee blows out Wilson, faces rival St. James for title

The Socastee High baseball team entered Wednesday night’s game against Wilson knowing it needed to win to keep its region championship hopes alive.

Those concerns were quickly put to rest when the Braves (18-6 overall, 7-2 Region 7-3A) exploded for eight runs in the second inning and got a five-inning no-hitter from Trevor Bigham for a 14-0 mercy-rule victory over the visiting Tigers.

Bigham struck out seven and allowed one walk to prevent a perfect (albeit abbreviated) game, and he had little worry about after his teammates batted around in the second and fourth innings. Four Wilson errors contributed to the carnage.

Socastee’s Dylan Thompson and Buck Bacot had three hits with two RBIs and two runs scored apiece, and Finn Melko and John Farria had two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs each to lead the Braves’ 14-hit parade. Four other Braves got hits.

The victory sets the stage for Friday night’s showdown with rival St. James with the region title on the line. The rematch of last year’s title game, which St. James won behind Anders DeShields’ no-hitter, will be held at Socastee at 6 p.m.

Photo by Nancy Thompson

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