Nicholson’s walk-off single lifts Braves past Seahawks

One night after Socastee suffered a 7-6 defeat at the hands of Carolina Forest, the Socastee High baseball team got a little payback by doing the same to visiting rival Myrtle Beach.

Socastee’s Charlie Nicholson went 3-for-3 on the night, including the game-winning, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. His bases-loaded shot to left field gave the Braves a 7-6 win over the Seahawks.

Myrtle Beach jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but Socastee responded with a three-run homer by Manny Berdayes in the bottom of the frame, then added two runs in the second and one in the third to build a 6-2 lead after four innings.

But Myrtle Beach’s Seth Davenport drilled a three-run home run in the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-5 and the Seahawks tied it up in the sixth as the Braves began to experience deja vu from the Panthers’ comeback one night earlier.

Socastee’s Dylan Thompson (1-0) took the mound in relief in the sixth and pitched two shutout innings, striking out four Seahawks to set the stage for Nicholson, who sent pitcher Brandon Dorsey’s (1-2) offering into left field to touch off the celebration.

The win allowed Socastee (4-1 overall, 4-0 Region VIII-AAA) to erase the painful memories of their first loss of the season just 24 hours earlier, while the Seahawks continued to struggle in dropping to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the region.

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