Baseball: Braves slide into district final; Seahawks fall

After two consecutive days of rainouts, the Socastee High baseball team took out its frustrations in Wednesday’s 11-2 victory over top-seeded Berkeley.

Socastee’s Kyle Smith went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and Hunter Renfrow went 2-for-5 with four RBIs to power the Braves to a road victory that put them in control of the district tournament.
The Braves scored three runs in the second inning, led by Renfrow’s two-RBI single, and four runs in the third, capped by Smith three-RBI double, to take a commanding 7-0 lead.

Socastee starter Sam McKinney (4-2) gave up two runs in the bottom of the third but that it was for the day. He scattered six hits over seven innings to earn the win.

Socastee added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Buck Bacot and Dalton Smith went 2-for-3 to help the Braves pound out 12 hits and pin Berkeley starter Zach Gonzalez (9-1) with his first loss.

Socastee returns home to face the winner of Thursday’s Darlington-Berkeley contest on Friday. The Braves need only to win one of two to advance to the Lower State tournament.

* Manning 6, Myrtle Beach 5: The Seahawks’ season came to an end on the road Wednesday with a loss to the host Monarchs.

The Seahawks trailed 6-3 entering the final frame but mounted a rally. Myrtle Beach managed to score two runs and bring the potential tying- and go-ahead runs to the plate in the top of the seventh but couldn’t push them across.

Myrtle Beach was led by Wilson Wicker, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Andrew Morris, who went 2-for-3. Brandon Dorsey pitched a complete game and struck out nine but gave up eight hits and two walks.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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