Braves steal win in pitchers’ duel against rival Seahawks

With the wind blowing in from center field and a pair of aces on the mound, Tuesday’s baseball showdown between rivals Myrtle Beach and Socastee figured to be a low-scoring affair.

But one had any idea exactly how low it would be, especially when the Braves (1-0) managed to score a run in the first inning. It turned out to be the lone run of the game as visiting Socastee scored a 1-0 victory over the Seahawks (1-3).

With one out and runners at the corners, Socastee attempted a double steal that worked when the goose chase between first and second allowed Hunter Renfrow to slide in safely under the tag of Myrtle Beach catcher Wilson Wicker.

From that point on, it was all pitching and defense. Socastee’s Chase Keevert struck out seven batters and allowed no walks, getting a complete-game three-hitter to earn the victory in the Braves’ season opener.

Myrtle Beach’s Brandon Dorsey (1-1) was the hard-luck loser. He allowed only four hits and struck out six batters but was unable to get any offensive support from his teammates. Critter Collins went 2-for-3 for the Seahawks.

Renfrow and Kenny Taylor led the Braves by going 1-for-2 at the plate.

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