Socastee bats fall silent in pitchers-duel loss to Gilman

The Socastee High baseball team came out on the short end of a pitchers’ duel with Gilman School (MD) on Thursday at the Ripken Experience complex in Myrtle Beach, suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Greyhounds (2-1).

Gilman’s Gavin Sheets pitched 4 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and drove in what turned out to be the game-winning run with an RBI double in the first inning. It was all Gilman needed to down the Braves (5-3).

Socastee stayed within striking distance throughout, with pitcher Sam McKinney scattering six hits over as many innings while striking out five and walking none. Gilman’s only other score was an unearned insurance run in the sixth.

The Braves tried to rally in the seventh when Jason Farria and Ryan Beale singled and represented the tying runs with only one out. But Socastee couldn’t bring them home and suffered their first shutout defeat of the season.

The Braves, who were limited to five hits, have little time to get their offense in gear. They face a critical Region 7-3A showdown at Myrtle Beach today before facing another out-of-state power John Carroll (LA) on Saturday at the Ripken Experience.

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