Baseball Wrapup: Nelson’s arm, walk-off homer lift MB

Myrtle Beach High’s Jesse Nelson did it all for the Seahawks in Friday night’s 2-1 extra-inning victory over region rival Socastee, including driving in the game-winning run on a walk-off homr run in the eighth inning.

Nelson went 3-for-4 at the plate and pitched 4 2/3 innings to power the Seahawks (4-3 overall, 2-0 Region 7-3A) past the Braves (5-3, 1-1) in a pivotal showdown between two teams projected to compete for the region crown.

Myrtle Beach scored a run in the first inning, and for a while it appeared it might be enough to hold up as Nelson struck out four batters and held Socastee’s batters at bay. The Braves had just four hits on the night.

But Socastee finally got to Nelson in the fifth as Jason Farria drove in the tying run. That’s when Seahawks reliever Brandon Dorsey came in to slam the door shut and keep Socastee scoreless until Nelson’s solo blast.

The Seahawks won their second region game in three nights after downing Wilson 8-6 earlier this week. The Braves return to play their third game in as many days on Saturday against John Carroll (LA).

* Carolina Forest 6, Conway 4: The Panthers (3-7 overall, 1-2 Region 6-4A) avoided a season series sweep at the hands of the rival Tigers with a big win at home.

After losing the Conway on Monday and Wednesday, the Panthers came out swinging early with two runs in both the first and second innings for an early 4-0 lead.

Bit Conway’s Grant Holmes launched a grans slam in the third inning to tie it at 4-all, and that’s how it stayed until the sixth inning when the Panthers plated a pair of runs and cloed it out with a complete-game, two-hit performance by Robert Jolly.

Carolina Forest’s Ryan Flynn and Ryan Yurachek each went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

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