As will all seasons in which you are not champions, the Socastee Braves 2010 Junior Legion season ended in a loss. This was no ordinary loss; it was a hard fought playoff game that ended in a one run loss, 6 to 5.
The Braves bunched all 7 of their hits over two innings to score their runs. In the first inning, they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Walker Darnell and Matt McKinney hit consecutive doubles. After a pop up, Manny Berdayes singled to center and Kyle Smith doubled to right center to cap the scoring.
After, Carolina Forest tied the game with a two run homer in the top of the third; the Braves put together three more hits in the bottom of the third to score three runs.
Matt McKinney led off with a walk and moved to second on a stolen base and scored a batter later when Manny Berdayes doubled off the base of the fence. Kyle Smith then doubled to right to bring Manny home and scored on Chase Keeverts single. The score would remain 5-2 until the fifth inning. Carolina Forest struck quickly on a hit a double and a homer to tie the game at 5.
With two outs in the sixth inning Carolina Forest managed back to back bloop hits to put runners on the corners. They scored the winning run on a double steal, when the runner from third scored before the Braves tagged the runner from first.
Bubba Martin started the game for Socastee and pitched well for 4 1/3 innings before yielding to Trevor Bigham whom pitched the final 2 2/3.
As disappointing as this loss was, the Braves had a successful season. Overall, they won 12 games and lost only 5. They worked hard and became better ball players and young men. We thank coach Daurity and coach Hudson for all their hard work and dedication to our players.
To the players, enjoy the rest of the summer and keep working hard.If you do, it will show come January!
Socastee loses tough game 4-2.
The Braves put forth a valiant effort and played a solid baseball game but could not overcome a sputtering offense and key defensive lapses. Chase Keevert pitched skillfully over 4 2/3 innings keeping the Andrews team off balance and giving up just two hits and two unearned runs.
While the Braves committed a few defensive lapses they also made some stellar plays. Socastee turned two unconventional double plays during the game. In the first inning with a runner on first, left fielder, Hunter Renfrow charged and caught a sinking line drive and then threw a bullet to Chris Drake at first to double off the runner. In the second inning, Andrews was threatening to score with a runner on second and one out. Darnell Walker fielded a grounder and threw to first to get the batter. Chris Drake then threw back across the diamond to third base that was alertly covered by shortstop Kenny Taylor, to nail the runner from second. In the bottom of the fifth, Matt McKinney made a diving catch in center field to strand 2 Andrew runners on base and preserve a 2-2 tie.
The Braves grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as they manufactured a run with excellent team execution. Manny Berdayes led off with a bunt single and moved to second on an errant pick off throw. Chris Drake moved him over to third by hitting the ball to the second base and Kenny Taylor followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left field. After Andrews tied it in bottom of the second, the Braves battled back to take a one run lead again in the top of the third.
Hunter Renfrow led off with a single up the middle and hustled safely to second on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Chase Keevert. A batter later, Walker Darnell singled to center to score Renfrow. Andrews tied the game in the bottom of the inning with another unearned run.
The Braves could only muster one more hit, (by Cobi Guilbeau) the rest of the way and were held scoreless. Andrews broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 6th scoring two runs on a suicide squeeze play and a ground ball base hit to left. Kenny Taylor that came in and slammed the door on a scoring threat in the fifth, took the tough loss.
The Braves play host to Carolina Forest on Friday at 7pm. The winner will play at Andrews and has to beat them twice to move on to the state championship.
Socastee wins first playoff game!
The second seeded Braves defeated third seed Carolina Forest 7 to 3 at home, and will travel to play Andrews tomorrow at 7pm, as top seeded Andrews beat the 4th seed Georgetown. This is a double elimination tournament and only one team will advance to the state championships.
Winning pitcher Matt McKinney dominated on the mound. He pitched a complete game allowing just two earned runs on two hits while striking out seven. Matt also contributed offensively with a two out run scoring single. He also walked and scored a run. Walker Darnell had two rbi's on two hits and a sacrifice fly and Cobi Guilbeau also had two hits (a single and a double off the wall) while scoring twice and knocking in a run. Kenny Taylor went over the wall for his first home run of the season to cap the scoring. Other offensive contributors were Chris Drake (hit, rbi, walk), Manny Berdayes (hit, stolen base, run scored, walk and hit by pitch), Bubba Martin (rbi on sac fly) and Hunter Renfrow (stolen base and run scored).
Jr. Legion completes its regular season with a double header sweep on the road over Myrtle Beach. The Braves will enter the playoffs next week with a 11-3 record.
Socastee has to rally in the last inning to take this one 8-6 over the Seahawks. Down by two runs entering the fifth, the Braves score four runs on three hits and a couple of timely errors. Walker Darnell delivered the big blow with a two-run double that drove in the tying runs. Socastee utilized four pitchers in the five inning game - Chris Drake (1.2ip), Trevor Bigham (1.2ip), Kyle Smith (1.1ip, 3k), and Charlie Nicholson (.1,k). Offensively, the Braves were led by Manny Berdayes (3-3, 2 bunt singles, r) and Matt Mckinney (2-3, 3b, 2r, rbi). Also providing hits were Walker (1-3, 2b, 1r, 2rbi), Charlie (1-4, 2b, r, rbi), Bubba Martin (1-3, rbi), and Chris Drake (1-3).
Braves complete the sweep scoring five runs in the first inning, two in the second, and holding on to defeat Myrtle Beach 7-5. Bubba Martin (4.1 ip) settled in after giving up a first pitch home run, and only needed some fifth inning one out relief from Charlie Nicholson to get the win. Socastee was less productive at the plate than usual only hammering out six hits but took advantage of four errors and two walks to scratch out the runs. Matt McKinney (2-3, 2r, 3rbi), led the way at the plate and was supported by Chris Drake (1-3, 2rbi), Walker Darnell (1-2, r, rbi), Hunter Renfrow (1-2, 2r), and Coby Guilbeau (1-3).
In a rare pitchers duel, Socastee prevailed over Murrells Inlet 4-1 on the home field. Both pitchers went the distance with Matt McKinney (7ip, 4h, 4k, 101 pitches) coming out on top. The offense put together 10 hits but struggled to score, only generating one run through five innings. The Braves got the insurance they needed in the sixth plating three runs, the key hit being a two-run double from late inning replacement Charlie Nicholson. Hayden Miller (3-3, 2r, rbi) and Matt McKinney (2-3, 2b) collected half of the Braves hits, and were supported offensively by Charlie (1-1, 2b, 2rbi), Kyle Smith (1-2, 2b, rbi), Manny Berdayes (1-3, r), Walker Darnell (1-3, r) and Coby Guilbeau (1-4).
The Braves lose to Waccamaw 14-12 on the home field, victimized by a nine run third inning that saw fourteen Warriors get to the plate. Socastee battled to the end scoring two runs in the final frame, with bases loaded and the winning run on first before the final out was recorded. Chase Keevert (2.1 ip, 2k), Trevor Bigham (2.2 ip), and Kyle Smith (2ip, 1er) shared pitching duties on the mound for the Braves. Offensively, the team continued its hot hitting with an eleven hit attack paced by Matt McKinney (2-3, hr, 3r, 2rbi) and Manny Berdayes (3-5, 3-2b, r). Coby Guilbeau (2-5, 2b, 2r, rbi) pitched in with two hits, while the Braves got a hit apiece from Hayden Miller (1-4, r, 2rbi), Hunter Renfrow (1-4, r, rbi) and Bubba Martin (1-2, r).
The Braves finish their third week of play by trouncing West Brunswick 16-4 in five innings, and improve their record to 8-2. Socastee started slow out of the gate, but a key 4 run third inning where all the runs were scored with two outs seemed to ignite the offense. The Braves exploded for 9 runs in the fourth, and tacked on 2 in the fifth to trigger the mercy rule. Chris Drake (2.2 ip, 4k) and Kyle Smith (2.1 ip, 0er, 3k) shared duties on the hill, while Manny Berdayes (3-4, 2-2b, 3rbi) led the charge offensively for the Braves. Getting a pair of hits each were Chris Drake (2-3, 3b, 2r, 2rbi), Kyle Smith (2-4, 2b, 3r, 2rbi), Chase Keevert (2-4, 2r, 2rbi), Hayden Miller (2-4, 2b, r, rbi), and Cobi Guilbeau (2-5, r). Rounding out the 16 hit attack were Bubba Martin (1-4, 2r, 2rbi), Walker Darnell (1-4, r, rbi), and Hunter Renfrow (1-4, r). West Brunswick becomes the second team this season to see the Braves score thirty runs over the two contests.
Georgetown Jr. Legion offense shows up early and the contest is tight through five innings, but the Braves score three in the sixth and four in the seventh to prevail over the Bulldogs 14-8. It was a group effort on the mound for the Braves with four pitchers seeing action - Chase Keevert (2ip), Kyle Smith (1.1 ip, 2k), Kenny Taylor (2.2 ip, 1er, 2k), and Charlie Nicholson (1ip, 0er, 1k). Pacing the 12 hit attack for Socastee were Chris Drake (2-5, r, 3rbi), Charlie Nicholson (2-4, 2b, 2r, 2rbi) and Coby Guilbeau (2-3, 4r). Also contributing offensively were Chase Keevert (1-3, 2b, 2rbi), Bubba Martin (1-1, 2r), Manny Berdayes (1-1), Kenny Taylor (1-4, 2r, rbi), Matt McKinney (1-4, 2r), and Walker Darnell (1-5, rbi). The Braves scored a total of thirty runs in their two games with Georgetown.
Socastee grabs its sixth win of the season defeating neighboring Murrells Inlet 10-3 at St. James Field. The Braves batted through the order in the first inning scoring 5 runs, Charlie Nicholson put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the sixth, and the defense rode the solid pitching of Matt McKinney (5ip, 3h, 1er, 3k) and Trevor Bigham (2ip, 2k) to the win. The offense was led at the plate by Charlie (1-4, hr, r, 4rbi), Matt McKinney (2-3, rbi), and Coby Guilbeau (2-5, 3r). Also collecting hits were Hayden Miller (1-3, rbi), Chase Keevert (1-3, r), Manny Berdayes (1-3), and Kenny Taylor (1-4, r, rbi).
The mighty Braves overcame an 8 run first inning by West Brunswick and battled back to win by the score of 14-11 and improve their record to 5-2 on the season. Chris Drake started for the Braves and was relieved by Kyle Smith in the second inning. Kyle allowed just one run over five innings and earned the win, as the Braves rallied back. Trailing 11-8 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Socastee batted around scoring 6 runs to take the lead for good and Matt McKinney came in to get the final three outs of the seventh inning and earn the save. Offensively, the Braves pounded out 12 hits with Matt Mckinney, Bubba Martin (r,rbi) and Charlie Nicholson (h, 3b, r, 3 rbi's) each getting two. Matt Mckinney was on base 5 times, as he singled, doubled and walked three times. He also scored three runs and had two rbi's. Manny Berdayes knocked in the winning run with a double and also walked once and scored twice, while extending his hitting streak to seven games. Chris Drake delivered a key bases loaded double in the big 6th inning knocking in two runs and later coming around to score. Cobi Guilbeau scored a run and also extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a single. Kenny Taylor was on base three times, scoring twice on two walks and a single. Chase Keevert had one hit and two Rbi's and Trevor Bigham had a hit, run scored and an rbi.
Playing at home the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Matt Mckinneys' two run homer. The lead was short lived as Carolina Forest scored 2 in the second and 3 times in each of the third and fourth innings and went on to win by a score of 12-2 handing the Braves their second defeat of the season. Ptiching for Socastee was Chase Keevert, Bubba Martin and Kenny Taylor. On the offensive side, Cobi Guilbeau (h, bb, r) and Manny Berdayes (h) each extended their hitting streaks to 6 games. Hayden Miller and Chris Drake also added hits for the Braves.
Socastee improved their record to 4-1 with a road win over Wacacamaw. Leading 4-1 entering the 5th inning, the team erupted for 6 runs to take a commanding lead and then held on to win by a final score of 10-7. Three pitchers combined on the victory with Matt Mckinney getting the win and Trevor Bigham and Bubba Marting pitching in relief. On the offensive side, Chase Keevert led the attack with four hits and two run scored and Bubba Martin had a two rbi double. Contributing two hits each were Kyle Smith (2 r, rbi, sb), Cobi Guilbeau (r, rbi, sb) and Manny Berdayes (rbi, sac fly). Other contributers were Matt McKinney (2b, rbi, hbp), Kenny Taylor (h, 2 r, sb), and Chris Drake (h, r).
Team drops its first game of the year losing on Andrews home field 9-3. Absent four starters, the revamped line-up played hard but committed an uncharacteristic four errors to add to their struggles. The game was close until the sixth inning with the Braves holding a brief 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the third. Kyle Smith (3ip, 3k) and Bubba Martin (3ip) split the pitching duties for Socastee. Manny Berdayes (3-4, rbi) and Cobi Guilbeau (2-3, r) paced the 10 hit attack. Also collecting hits for the Braves were Chase Keevert (1-2, 2b, rbi), Hayden Miller (1-3, r, rbi),.Walker Darnell (1-3, r), Trevor Bigham (1-4), and Kyle Smith (1-4).
Socastee makes it three in row to start the season as they down visiting Andrews 9-5. Braves grab the early lead 5-0, only to see it melt away after an Andrews score in the third, and a grand slam in the fourth. At that point the defense stiffens and the Braves push across one in the bottom of the fourth and three in the fifth to scratch out the win. Chase Keevert (5ip, 4k) started on the mound for the Braves and got late inning help from Matt Mckinney (2ip, 2k, 0er) to preserve the win. Offensively, the team pounds out 13 hits led by Matt McKinney (3-3, 2-2b, 3r, rbi). Collecting two hits apiece were Charlie Nicholson (2-3, 2-2b, 2rbi), Cobi Guilbeau (2-4, 2r, 3rbi), and Hayden Miller (2-4, r). Also contributing were Chris Drake (1-2, sac fly, rbi), Manny Berdayes (1-3), Kenny Taylor (1-4) and Walker Darnell (1-4, r).
Braves take their home opener in impressive style, thumping Georgetown 16-6 in six innings. Georgetown came out of the gate with two runs in the top of the first, but the Braves responded with eight runs in the bottom of the frame to take a commanding lead, never to look back. Chris Drake (2ip, 3k) started on the hill and was relieved by Kenny Taylor (4ip, 2k, 2er). Charlie Nicholson (4-5, 3-2b, 3r, 4rbi) provided the big stick in the 18 hit attack which included seven doubles and a triple. Other players with multi-hit performances were Cobi Guilbeau (3-4, 3b, 3r, rbi, Walker Darnell (3-4, 2b, 3r, rbi), Hayden Miller (2-2, 2b, r, rbi) and Chris Drake (2-3, 2b, r, rbi). Rounding out the hitting were Matt McKinney (1-3, 2b, 2r, rbi), Bubba Martin (1-4, r, 2rbi), Manny Berdayes (1-4, rbi), and Kyle Smith (1-1).
Our Jr. Legion team started their 2010 campaign with a solid win over Carolina Forest 11-2 on the Panthers home field. It took a few innings to find their offensive bearing but once they got going they were hard to stop, scoring one in the fourth, two in the fifth, three runs in the sixth, and five runs in the seventh, punctuated by a Chris Drake grand slam. Matt McKinney (3ip, 1k, 1er), Kyle Smith (3ip, 3k, 0er), and Trevor Bigham (1ip,1k, 1er) shared duties on the mound. Offensively, the Braves collected 14 hits led by Charlie Nicholson (3-4, 2b, 3r, 3rbi), Walker Darnell (3-4, 3r, 3rbi) and Chris Drake (2-4, hr, r, 4rbi). Also contributing were Coby Guilbeau (2-3, r), Matt Mckinney (1-4, 2b, r), Manny Berdayes (1-3), Kenny Taylor (1-5, r), and Chris Williams (1-1).