Baseball: Braves rally late; Holmes does it all for Tigers

socbase-firstbasetagSocastee High rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to defeat Virginia High 6-4 in Monday’s intrastate matchup.

Socastee’s Dylan Thompson drove home the game-winning run in the sixth. Buck Bacot was hit by a pitch to get on base, stole second then went to third on an error to represent the go-ahead run. Thompson slapped the second of his two RBIs on his 2-for-4 day at the plate.

Socastee reliever Bubba Martin (2-0) got the win for the Braves (7-1) after tossing one inning of shutout ball, and Kyle Smith got his third save of the season by doing the same in the seventh. Virginia’s Austin Kiser allowed six runs in six innings, walked four and struck out three.

Virginia scored two runs in both the first and second innings to take the early advantage, but the Braves plated runs in the first and fifth to cut the deficit to 4-2 entering the decisive sixth.

* Conway 7, South Florence 0: Grant Holmes struck out 16 batters and hit a grand slam to lift the Tigers to a two-hit shutout win over the host Bruins.

* Sumter 2, Carolina Forest 0: The Panthers were held to just four hits and couldn’t overcome an early 2-0 deficit to the visiting Gamecocks.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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