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Eagles are Berry good in blanking Dogs

Posted: March 28, 2014 11:14 a.m.
Updated: March 31, 2014 5:00 a.m.

One night after suffering a one-run loss to rival Lugoff-Elgin, the Camden baseball team may have let that one setback turn into two as the Bulldogs were throttled by Chapin, 10-0, in a game stopped in the sixth inning by the 10-run rule.
The loss evened the Bulldogs’ record at 2-2 in Region 4-AAA while falling to 4-5 overall.
When asked if his team might have been suffering from the after-effects of Wednesday’s setback, Camden head coach Denny Beckley said that could have been a bit of a factor in his team’s performance.
“I don’t like to make excuses,” Beckley said, “but I think it did (affect us) ... as much as I hate to admit that.
“Our guys were not very enthusiastic. We were not near the fighting, scrappy team that we are known for being. That was very disappointing.”
Chapin lefty Jake Berry handcuffed the Dogs on just four hits on a night in which the Eagles scored once in the first, three in the third before blowing things up with a five-run fifth and closing the night with one in the sixth.
“Berry did a very good job of mixing up the curveball and the changeup,” Beckley said. “He does not throw hard, but his fastball was effective after mixing up all those off-speed pitches. He did a good job of keeping us off-balance.”
Grey Hoke suffered the loss for the Dogs as he went the first 4.2 innings on the mound before giving way to fellow senior Josh Hough.
After having come into the season with such high goals and expectations, the Bulldogs find themselves a game under .500. Beckley said he likes the makeup of his team and said a disappointing loss like this, after which several of his players came to him and said they wanted to get things back on track, could be the motivating factor for a second half run.
“Our guys have a very good understanding of who we are,” he said. “They’ve been told by our parents, our community and fans and even us, as coaches, about how good we were going to be this year.
“I think that we might have neglected to focus on the little things which got us here and, I think that may have come back to haunt us. We just need to forget about all the hoopla and focus on playing the game of baseball the way it’s supposed to be played. But I still believe in our guys and think that we can still be a special group.”

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