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Bulldogs split with McBee, Wilson in Pee Dee Invitational tourney

Posted: February 26, 2018 2:57 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

After an opening game in which it did not advance a runner beyond first base in a 5-0 loss to McBee, Camden pushed across a pair of runs in the eighth inning on Saturday to down Wilson, 4-3, in the Pee Dee Invitational Preseason Baseball Tournament.

The Bulldogs (1-1) will travel to meet West Florence High School tonight in a 6 p.m. start. The tournament is slated to close on Wednesday as teams from one bracket are paired with those from the other with games being played at to be determined sites.

Against Wilson on Saturday afternoon, the two sides finished seven innings of play knotted at 2-2. 

Sam Ferguson led off the top half of the eighth for Camden with a single to left, his second hit of the afternoon, before being bunted over to second by Jake Tanner. McKenzie Barrineau then laced a single to left, his second hit of the game, to drive Ferguson home from second with the tying run while taking second base on the play. Barrineau came across with the winning run on Tate Abbott’s single to center.

Wilson scored a run in the bottom of the eighth on a Torrey Woods single. The Tigers left the bases loaded, however, as reliever Bennett Caldwell induced an inning-ending ground out to get out of the jam.

Camden scored the game’s first run in the fourth as Brady White reached on an error and later scored on Barrineau’s one-out sacrifice fly to left. An inning later, the Dogs took a 2-0 lead as Jordan Hayes drew a leadoff walk, was bunted over to second by Andrew Leaird and scored on a two-out single to center off the bat of Robert Spring.

The Tigers scored a pair in the home half of the inning to even things at 2-2. Wilson had runners on first and second with one out only to have Caldwell get a swinging third strike to get out of the frame.

Camden left runners stranded on second and third in the sixth to keep thing knotted before having a runner thrown out at the plate with two outs in the seventh.

The Bulldogs collected nine hits in the win with Ferguson, Barrineau and Abbott having two each. Barrineau also drove in a pair of runs in a contest in which CHS played error-free baseball in the field.

Ferguson was the starting pitcher for the Dogs and worked four innings of two-hit baseball in which he did not allow a run. Ferguson threw 64 pitches while fanning five batters and walking three. Caldwell, who came on in the fifth, went the final four frames, giving up one run on four hits with a strikeout and pair of walks in a 62-pitch stint.

On Friday, Camden fell to McBee in a game in which the Panthers scored all five runs in a five-run second inning which was helped along by two Bulldog errors.

That was all MHS starter Connor Kirkley would need as he worked the first six frames, allowing two hits while striking out five and issuing one walk before giving way to Graham Newsome.

Camden managed just three hits, all singles, with Matthew Cassidy, White and Ferguson supplying the offense.

Abbott got the mound nod in Friday night’s opener and worked three innings, allowing five runs --- three earned --- on as many hits. The sophomore right-hander struck out and walked three batters. Tanner came on in the fourth and worked two innings of run-free ball before Jacob Jordan came on to throw a scoreless sixth.

CHS hosts Father-Son Clinic on March 10: The Camden High School baseball coaching staff will host its annual Father-Son Baseball Camp on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. until noon at American Legion Park in Camden.

The event is being sponsored by the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department.

The camp, which focuses on the fundamentals of the game is open to youngsters ages four and older and their parent/guardian are invited to attend the session.

The cost is $30 per father/son pair with an additional $10 charge for more than one youngster from the same family.

The cost includes tickets for that afternoon’s 4 p.m. baseball game between the University of South Carolina and Princeton University to be played at Founders Park in Columbia. Those attending the father/son camp will travel to the stadium via car pool leaving from Camden High School that afternoon.

The camp itself will focus on the fundamentals of pitching, catching and hitting with the parent and sibling(s) participating in the drills together in the hopes that the father will reinforce the fundamentals to their son(s) in the future.

All registration will be done through the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department in advance of the camp.

To register for or receive more information on the father/son camp, please contact the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department at 425-6009 or, at www.kershawrec.com.

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