Baseball: Braves, Sharks, Tigers net key region wins

Friday’s rainout didn’t cool off the red-hot Socastee High baseball team, which scored a 4-2 make-up victory over host North Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

The Braves (16-6 overall, 6-2 Region 7-3A) opened the scoring in the first inning with Dylan Thompson’s RBI singe that drove in Hunter Renfrow, who lead off the game with a walk and stole second and third base.  Socastee added another run in the fourth inning courtesy of a throwing error that allowed Thompson to score from second base.

North Myrtle Beach tied the game in the home half of the fourth inning when TJ Wilkie led off with a single, Billy Pippin walked and Brandon Miller reached on a bunt single.  Following a Dillon Bowie ground out, the Chiefs scored on a wild pitch and Kyle Cooper capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center.

But Socastee took the lead for good in the top of the fifth, when Renfrow and Zach Hyde had back-to-back singles. Renfrow later scored of Thompson’s misplayed ball to short. The Braves added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to close the scoring.

Socastee starter Bubba Martin (3-0) held the Chiefs to three hits and teo runs over the first five innings before giving way to closer Kyle Smith, who came on and gave up only one hit in the final two frames to earn his fourth save of the year. Wilkie took the loss in a seven-hit, seven-inning stint.

* St. James 4, Myrtle Beach 2: The Sharks (18-5 overall, 7-1 Region 7-3A) took control of first place in the region with a road victory over the rival Seahawks (10-9, 5-3) on Saturday.

Anders DeShields pitched a complete-game two-hitter, struck out 11 batters and even drove in one run. He and his teammates took advantage of three costly errors by the Seahawks for the win. Starter Jesse Nelson also struggled with control problems on the mound for Myrtle Beach and exited after 1 1/3 inning, with Brandon Dorsey finishing out the game for a combined four-hitter.

Myrtle Beach’s Drayton Arnold and Critter Collins got RBI singles in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 3-2, but they couldn’t muster any more offense against DeShields.

* Conway 6, Sumter 1: The Tigers (14-6 overall, 5-4 Region 6-4A) moved into sole possession of second place in the region with a big victory over the visiting Gamecocks on Saturday.

Jordan Gore went 2-for-3 at the plate and earned the win on the mound to take the second game of the three-game series with the Gamecocks, who are also 5-4 in the region.

Conway now holds the head-to-head tiebreaker as they enter the final week of region play. The Tigers take on West Florence and Sumter faces South Florence.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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