Braves get revenge against Sharks with shutout victory

socbase-sjslideThe Socastee High baseball team secured the Region 7-3A championship earlier this week, but the No. 4-ranked Braves still had some unfinished business.

Still motivated by last year’s loss to rival St. James in the region title game, the visiting Braves (19-4 overall, 9-0 region) completed a season sweep against the Sharks with an impressive 7-0 victory on Friday.

Socastee got six strong innings from starter Dalton Thompson, who struck out eight batters, for the shutout and his teammates pounded out 11 hits to only four for St. James. The Braves scored at least one run in the second through fifth innings to put the game away.

Socastee’s Hunter Renfrow went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Dylan Smith and Finn Melko collected two hits apiece to lead the Braves at the plate. Trevor Bigham came on for Thompson to pitch a perfect seventh inning, striking out two of three batters he faced to close out the win.

The Braves close out the regular season against Carolina Forest at 1 p.m. Saturday in a home, non-conference tilt before taking the No. 1 seed into next week’s district playoffs.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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