Socastee slides safely into Lower State tournament

socbase-7slide2The No. 2-ranked Socastee High baseball team is headed back to the Class 3A Lower State tournament, this time with an eye on taking the next step toward the program’s first state title.

The Braves (24-4) closed out the district tournament championship for the second straight year on Friday, defeating Darlington 6-1 in the second meeting between the two teams this week. Socastee rallied for a 5-4 win on Monday.

The visiting Falcons struck early again this time, with Justin Mack delivering an RBI single in the first inning. But the Braves answered back in the bottom of the frame to tie it and broke the game wide open in the third.

Socastee Hunter Renfrow went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, delivering the eventual game-winning hit in the third. Dylan Thompson also had two hits and Kyle Smith drove in a run as Socastee scored three in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Socastee starter Austin Schmitz settled down after the shaky first inning to strike out four Falcons batters and scatter seven hits over six frames. Smith came in to close out the seventh and send the Braves into next week’s Lower State tourney against host Berkeley on Monday.

Photo by Shannon Keevert

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