Socastee takes district title with Thompson’s arm, bat

The Socastee High baseball team is headed to the Lower State tournament after scoring a dramatic 2-1 victory over visiting Berkeley on Friday.

Socastee’s Dylan Thompson pitched a complete-game four-hitter to recorded the win for Socastee, striking out seven while walking only one. But he saved his most impressive performance for last. … and at the plate.

After allowing his only run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 1-all, Thompson got it back by driving in the game-winning run in walk-off fashion. The hit handed the loss to Berkeley ace Andrew Lockliear, who also threw a four-hitter.

After three innings of the classic pitchers’ duel, Socastee finally got on the board with one run in the fourth on a groundout by Kyle Smith. The Stags tied it on an error in the seventh to set the stage for Thompson’s heroics.

The Braves will play in the Lower State tournament against an opponent to be determined on Monday.

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