Braves battle past Panthers in back-and-forth affair

In a see-saw contest that saw four lead changes, including two in the decisive sixth inning, Socastee rallied to knock off visiting Carolina Forest on Saturday.

After the Panthers (2-5) struck for four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-3 advantage, the Braves (4-2) answered with three runs of their own to recapture the lead.

The Socastee Braves and Carolina Forest volleyed the lead four times on Saturday, but the Socastee Braves came out on top for a 6-5 win on Saturday at Socastee.

An RBI single by Trevor Bigham scored Dylan Thompson for the game-winner, and Kyle Smith closed out the Panthers in the seventh to get the win. Smith pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, striking out two, walking none and allowing one hit.

Socastee was led at the plate by Hunter Renfrow, who reached base three times and doubled in the first inning to give Socastee a 2-1 lead. The Braves scored on an RBI singles by Dalton Smith (2-for-3) and Finn Melko (3-for-4).

Carolina Forest’s Robert Jolly went 3-4 for the Panthers, who play host to rival Conway at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Socastee opens its Region 7-3A schedule at home on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. vs. Georgetown.

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