Socastee baseball, softball suffer first-round defeats

The Socastee High baseball saw its hot start in the Class 3A Lower State playoffs turn cold in a hurry on Monday, dropping a 9-3 decision to host Airport in the first round of the double-elimination tourney.

After drawing first blood with a run in the top of the first inning, the Braves allowed eight runs in the bottom of the frame to all but decide the game before it got started.

Socastee starter Sam McKinney was chased early and the Braves could do little against Eagles starter Austin Hawley, who hurled a four-hitter. Socastee scored a pair of runs in the fifth to make it interesting but could get no closer.

Socastee’s Dylan Thompson led the Braves with a 2-for-3 performance. He is expected to take the mound when the Braves play at Brookland-Cayce on Wednesday in an elimination game.

Softball

* Hartsville 4, Socastee 0: The Lady Braves were shutout by the Lady Red Foxes in Monday’s first round of the Lower State tournament. They will play host to Darlington in an elimination game on Wednesday.

Hartsville’s Cayla Drotar hurled a no-hitter against the Lady Braves. Socastee’s Mallorie Roesling allowed four of the Lady Red Foxes’ six hits to suffer the loss.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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