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Dogs host Walhalla tonight for District III championship

Posted: May 7, 2015 10:47 a.m.
Updated: May 8, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Thanks to a pair of wins in their first two post-season contests, the Camden High baseball team will host Walhalla in tonight’s AAA District III championship at American Legion Park in Camden.

The first of what the hosts hope will only be one game will start at 5 p.m. Should Camden win the game(s), it will win the District III championship and move on to host the first round of the AAA Upper State Championship Tournament which begins next Monday. Should Walhalla win the first game, it would force a second game with the winner taking the district title. In the event of a second game having to be played, the home team will be decided by a coin toss.

The Bulldogs opened the tournament last Friday with a 3-1 home field win over Walhalla before going on the road to defeat Chester, 4-3, in eight innings on Monday to secure home field advantage for the championship round.

Walhalla earned a berth in today’s pairing by defeating Chester, 12-5, on Wednesday with senior lefty David Medlin getting the win. Medlin took the loss in Camden last Friday night in a tournament-opening 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs.

The Razorbacks overcame that round one setback to knock Blue Ridge from the tournament with a 4-2 victory on Monday night before ending Chester’s hopes and season two nights later on the Cyclones’ home field. Tonight will mark the fourth straight post season road game for Ed Taylor’s squad which finished fourth in Region I.

As for the Bulldogs, head coach Denny Beckley is expected to give senior lefty Ross Hough the ball to start the evening.

Camden finished second behind A.C. Flora in a rugged Region 4-AAA. All four of the teams from the circuit which made it to state tournament play will be in action today. A.C. Flora is unbeaten in District IV play and hosts Eastside while Chapin, like Camden and A.C. Flora, has not lost in District II action and hosts Palmetto. Richland Northeast, the fourth-place entry from the circuit, stayed alive in District I by shutting out Travelers Rest, 3-0, on Wednesday. The Cavaliers travel to top-ranked Belton-Honea Path today, having to beat the Bears twice in order to advance to next week’s AAA Upper State tourney.

The AAA Upper State championship tournament opens next Monday with the District III champion hosting the District II winner while the District IV champion will be at home against the District IV champ in the first round of the double-elimination event.

Admission is $5 tonight with only South Carolina High School League passes being recognized for free entry into the park.

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