Braves, Sharks on collision course in Mingo Bay Classic

A high school baseball tournament featuring teams from all over the Eastern United States may be settled between two schools separated by a seven-mile stretch of Highway 707.

Neighborhood rivals Socastee and St. James are both off to a perfect 3-0 start in pool play to reach the championship bracket of the Mingo Bay Classic, one of the top national tournaments in the nation.

Socastee, which went 3-0 in last week’s Mingo Bay Classic only to see the championship bracket games get washed out, responded by doing the same in Week 2 of the tournament.

Wednesday’s sixth straight victim was Westfield (n.Y.), with the Braves (15-3) rolling to an 11-0 victory in five innings.

Socastee’s Dalton Smith smacked a pair of home runs, Hunter Renfrow and Manny Berdayes each had a pair of hits with a double and starter pitcher Bubba Martin threw a three-hit shutout.

St. James also continued its tear through the Mingo Bay Classic on Wednesday, defeating Proctor (N.Y.) 13-3 .

The Sharks scored their third straight mercy-rule victory, this time working six innings before the lopsided game was called. The Sharks are 3-0 and have outscored opponents by a combined score of 38-3 in the tournament.

St. James’ Anders DeShields and Joey Troiano went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Caleb Duggan went 2-for-4 with one run batted in to lead the Sharks to another blowout victory of an out-of-state opponent.

St. James starter Trent Revis pitched a complete-game gem, scattering six hits over as many innings, striking out two batters and allowing only one walk.

The Sharks, meanwhile, took advantage of nine walks by Proctor to set the table for St. James hitters. JC Cavin went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Revis, Preston Lanes, Casey Crooks and Carter Brakefield each got hits.

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