Update from 3/16/10:JV's even their season record to 3-3 with a strong showing against North Myrtle Beach, winning at home 10-2. Chase Keevert was sharp on the hill and at the plate turning in a 9 strikeout pitching performance only allowing one run in six innings of work while going 2-2 with an rbi on the offensive side. Dylan Thompson mopped up for the Braves in the seventh allowing an unearned run and striking out the side. Offensively, it was a team effort with every player on the team having a chance to contribute, notably, Trevor Bigham (1-4, 3rbi, r), Dylan Thompson (1-4, 2rbi, r, sb), Chase Clark (1-2, bb, rbi, r), Kyle Smith (1-2, bb, 2r, 2sb), Dalton Smith (1-2, bb, r, hbp), Josh Davis (1-1, r), Hayden Miller (sac fly, rbi), R.J. Bethea (2r), and Cole Cook (bb, r).
Update from 3/11/10:Braves lose their home opener 10-6 to visiting Myrtle Beach Seahawks. A shaky defense that committed seven errors leading to four unearned runs was the difference in the contest. In spite of this, the JV's battled to the end, closing the gap with three runs in the sixth, and loading the bases with the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning before the game ended. Pitching for the Braves were Trevor Bigham, Chase Clark, Kyle Smith, and Tyler Dillon. Offensively, the JV's rapped out eight hits, two apiece by Hunter Renfrow (2-2, 2b, bb, hbp, r, rbi), Kyle Smith (2-5, 2b, r, rbi), and Tyler Dillon (2-5, r). Rounding out the hitting were Chase Keevert (1-4, bb, r) and Hayden Miller (1-4, rbi).
Update from 3/09/10:JVís lose their regular season opener to hosting Carolina Forest 6-3 in a tightly contested game. CF fielded a seasoned team, that included three sophomores listed on their varsity roster. Nevertheless, the Braves scratched their way to a 3-3 tie going into the bottom of the fifth before relinquishing the go-ahead runs. Chase Keevert (6k), Kyle Smith (0er), and Chase Clark (0er) battled on the hill for the Braves in a losing effort. In spite of recording 15 strikeouts to strong pitching, the offense did have some bright spots - Hayden Miller (3-3, rbi), Trevor Bigham (1-2, r, rbi), Tyler Dillon (1-3, bb), and Kyle Smith (1-4).
Update from 2/27/10: The Socastee Braves JV Baseball team began its season with an impressive showing in the Georgetown JV Tournament. With a starting lineup that includes four eighth graders and one seventh grader, the Braves scored 27 runs in three games while finishing in third place in the six team tournament.
Game 1 - The Braves hammered Andrews in the opener 12-2 in five innings while getting solid pitching from Kyle Smith (4ip, 2er, 2k) and Chase Clark (1ip, 0 hits, 0 runs). Offensively, Chase Keevert paced the attack (2-3, 3b, 3r, 4rbi) with help from Tyler Dillon (2-3, 2r), Dalton Smith (1-1, 2r), Kyle Smith (1-2, sac fly, 2rbi), Trevor Bigham (1-2, sac fly,2rbi, 1r), and Hayden Miller (1-2, 2r).
Game 2 - The late game saw a last inning rally fall short in a 5-4 loss to Georgetown. Trailing 5-1 going into the final frame, the offense clawed away, scoring 3 runs and having runners on second and third before the final out was recorded. Chase Keevert took the tough luck loss, pitching a complete game, allowing 1 earned run, and striking out 7 in four innings of work. Offensively, Kyle Smith led the way with 2 doubles and three rbiís (2-3, 2 2b, 3 rbi). Hunter Renfrew (1-2, r), Chase Keevert (2r), and Hayden Miller (1-1) contributed to the effort.
Game 3 - The Braves offense again flexed its muscle in the seven inning contest against Waccamaw to determine third place. Socastee prevailed 11-4 pounding out 11 hits, including a 6 hit, 7 run fourth inning. Dylan Thompson (3-4, 2b, sb) and Kyle Smith (3-4, 2b, 2rbi, 2r, sb) did the most damage. Tyler Dillon (2-5, 1r, rbi), Hayden Miller (1-3, 2b, r, 2rbi, sb), Hunter Renfrew (1-4, rbi) and Trevor Bigham (1-4, r) rounded out the hitting. Defensively, the Braves outfielders gunned out three base runners, two by centerfielder Hunter Renfrow. Trevor Bigham (3ip, 1er, 2k) and Chase Clark (2 2/3ip, 0 runs, 3k) also pitched effectively. Special recognition goes to Dalton Smith who was hit by pitch on three consecutive plate appearances over two games.