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Abbott and Hough lead Dogs past Griffs

Posted: April 18, 2013 2:39 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Will Abbott and Josh Hough combined on a one-hitter as Camden shut out visiting Fairfield Central, 5-0, in a non-region baseball game played Wednesday at American Legion park.
On a night in which CHS head coach Denny Beckley altered his lineup, the Bulldogs strung together seven hits with Hough and Austin Sheheen getting their first varsity hits, both of which drove in a run in the victory.
“We wanted to get some of our guys some well-deserved playing time and they came through with very big games for us,” Beckley said following his team’s final non-region pairing of the season. “Josh and Austin both played big roles in our scoring. They both played well and were an important part of our victory.”
On the mound, Abbott improved to 5-1 on the season as he worked the first five innings. The freshman right-hander fanned seven, walked a pair and gave up a pop fly single over the head of his first baseman in the fifth inning. Hough came on in the sixth and worked a pair of perfect innings to close the game while getting a pair of strikeouts.
The Bulldogs scored the game’s first run in the home half of the first as Jalen Rice lined a shot back to the pitcher, whose throw to first was wild. After stealing both second and third, Rice came home on Nick Tucker’s sacrifice fly to center field.
An inning later, CHS tacked on two more runs as Zack Caulder rapped a leadoff single and then, stole second. Hough’s first varsity hit plated Caulder for the 2-0 lead. Hough made it a 3-0 lead when he scored on Rice’s two-out single.
Camden added another run in the fourth with Hough lacing a one-out double before scoring on Sheheen’s first varsity hit, an RBI single.
Two innings later, the hosts added the final run as Zach Boykin was hit by a pitch to lead things off. He would later score on an FC error on a ball hit by Tyler Jordan.
Hough led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI while scoring twice.
Beckley pointed out that he was glad to see Rice continuing to swing the bat well along with Bennett Harrelson also swinging a hot stick. The Bulldog boss said Grey Hoke came through with a single which, Beckley hopes will get the junior going again at the plate.
Beckley said after Abbott’s bid for a non-hitter went by the boards when he gave up a single in the fifth, his decision was made to bring in Hough to close this one out against the playoff-bound Griffins.
“Will was really locating his fastball very well,” Beckley said. “The umpire was giving us the outside corner and Will was hitting it with his pitches. He also had good command of his curveball ball, which had good break on it.
“Really, Will had good location with all his pitches and was placing the ball where he wanted to all night.”
Camden closed out regular season play on Thursday against Chapin. The Bulldogs will open post-season play when they travel to either Eastside or Greenville in next Friday’s AAA District 2 tourney. Wren and Clinton complete the bracket.

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