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Dogs cruise past Westwood

Posted: March 21, 2013 11:40 a.m.
Updated: March 22, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Westwood threw a scare into Camden before throwing a pitcher whose repertoire did not consist of a constant diet of off-speed offerings.
Scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth against the Red Hawks’ reliever, the host Bulldogs pulled away to a 10-1 victory on Tuesday night at American Legion Park.
The contest was knotted at 1-1 after the guests matched a first inning Bulldog run with their own in the top of the second. CHS tacked on three runs in the third to take the lead for keeps, then adding another in the fourth before closing the deal in the home half of the sixth.
The win gave Denny Beckley’s squad a 2-1 record in Region 4-AAA play and a 5-3 overall ledger.
For the Camden offense, seeing more fastballs was a welcome sight in the sixth frame.
“We’ve been struggling offensively,” Beckley said of his team which had scored one run in their previous two games coming into Tuesday.
“Westwood started a soft-throwing lefty, who had a slow curveball, who gave us some issues with our balance at the plate. We had problems adjusting to him. Then, they brought in another pitcher in the sixth and we hit him pretty well.”
Freshman Will Abbott went the first five innings, giving up two hits while striking out eight to earn his second win in three decisions.
The Dogs staked the right-hander to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Will Morgan roped a leadoff double, stole third and scored when an Abbott grounder was played into an error.
Two innings later, Morgan started a three-run rally with a leadoff single before stealing second and third. Cole Irick followed with a walk. Morgan scored the winning run on Nick Tucker’s sacrifice fly to center before Irick swiped second and third. Grey Hoke made it a 3-1 game with a run-scoring triple before he scored on a Sam Powers infield single.
Morgan collected the third of his three hits on the night with a one-out single in the fourth. He was forced at second by an Irick fielders’ choice. Irick made it a 5-1 game when he came in from third on a Tucker single.
The dam broke loose in the sixth which opened with a Cory Brazell single followed by a Jalen Rice double. Bennett Harrelson’s pinch-hit single plated Brazell while Rice scored on a passed ball. Abbott later smacked a two-out single in an inning in which Hoke, who doubled, and Abbott scored on passed balls.
Morgan led the 14-hit CHS attack with three hits. Hoke, who had a double and a triple, and Zack Caulder each had two-hit nights.
Hoke also worked two innings of no-hit relief, fanning five batters on a night in which he inherited a 5-1 lead from Abbott.
“Will did a real good job of coming out and establishing the locating his fastball,” Beckley said of Abbott’s start. “He did a good job of locating his fastball up in the zone and working the ladder and getting their guys to chase that pitch. He got a couple of his strikeouts like that.”
Beckley said that while his team still has “a long way to go,” the Bulldogs were more relaxed in a game in which they were favored.
“Our biggest issue,” Beckley said, “is not physical, but mental. When we play teams that, supposedly, are not quite as good, we relax and play much better. We need to go out and play every team like that and not be so tight.”
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play at fifth-ranked Chapin tonight in a 6:30 p.m. start before hosting Lugoff-Elgin on Saturday in a noon start at Dogfest, weather permitting.

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