Baseball: St. James beats Socastee in Battle of 707

On a 10-game winning streak and facing its neighborhood rivals in the Battle of Highway 707, the No. 2-ranked St. James baseball team simply dug a little deeper in the pitching rotation to claim a 7-1 victory over visiting Socastee on Wednesday.

After winning the Mingo Bay Classic and Tuesday’s key region showdown with Myrtle Beach, St. James was understandably running low on fresh arms. But the Sharks showed they have the pitching depth to do some serious damage in the playoffs, when throwing on short rest is at a premium.

Starter Anthony Critelli allowed no hits and struck out two over three innings, but his four walks prompted relief from Kyler Ham. He scattered four hits over as many frames and also struck out two to preserve the win for Critelli.

Critelli and Ham each went 1 for 4 with a run scored at the plate. Jacob English went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored, and Cole Prosser went 2 for 2 with two runs scored.

Bryson Reeder took the loss for the Braves, who also were feeling the pinch in pitching depth. Four different Braves had hits.

* North Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina Forest 1: The Chiefs stepped out of region play to score a big win over the Panthers.

Photo by Terry Massey

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