Braves beat Wilson to keep perfect region record intact

The Socastee High boys baseball team continued its surprising ride atop the Region VIII-AAA standings with an 8-0 victory over visiting Wilson on Tuesday night.

The Braves (5-1 overall, 5-0 region) got a complete-game shutout performance from freshman pitcher Dylan Thompson, who scattered four hits over seven innings while striking out eight and walking only one.

Thompson (2-0) also helped his own cause with some late insurance runs at the plate. His two-run triple in the sixth helped the Braves finish off the Tigers (1-6).

Teammate Kenny Taylor had the best day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs, three of them coming on his double in the fifth that made it a 5-0 game.

Wilson’s L.T. Planter accounted for half of the Tigers’ hits by going 2-for-3. Starting pitcher Michael Gardner (0-2) took the loss for Wilson.

The Braves were expected to have a solid team this year but may have been lost in the preseason hype since defending state champion St. James, Lower State runner-up Myrtle Beach and traditional power Georgetown are in their division.

But Socastee has been impressive in running the table in the region so far. The big test comes Friday night when they visit the rival Sharks.

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