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Dogs close rugged opening week

Top Griffins in 4-AAA opener

Posted: March 12, 2018 3:44 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden closed a brutal first week of the baseball regular season with a 2-1 record after downing Fairfield Central, 8-2, in Friday night’s Region 4-AAA opener in Winnsboro.

The victory came on the heels of a 7-4 loss to Hartsville on Thursday which was preceded by a 5-4 win over Lugoff-Elgin in Wednesday’s opener.

CHS is now 3-4 overall on the season.

Against FC on Friday, CHS sophomore right-hander Tate Abbott fanned 10 Griffins and allowed a pair of singles in a 103-pitch complete game performance. The Bulldogs did their offensive damage on six hits with leadoff man William Spring collecting a pair while driving in two runs. CHS also received nine walks from FC pitching.

 The Dogs scored a run in the first as Spring drew a leadoff walk and later scored from third on a Brady White ground out. CHS went on top, 2-0, with a run in the third as Spring singled and scored on Abbott’s sacrifice fly to center.

A run in the fourth was delivered by a Spring single to center which drove in Andrew Leaird, who reached on a walk.

The Dogs went on top, 5-1, with a pair in the fifth, scoring both runs without the benefit of a hit and drawing three walks. 

Camden put this one away with three unearned runs in the seventh with McKenzie Barrineau driving in two of those with a single to right in a rally which started with two gone.

Thursday, playing at frigid Jimmy White Field at Kellytown Stadium, the host Red Foxes broke a 3-3 tie by scoring once in the fifth and adding three more in the sixth to escape with the 7-4 win.

 The Dogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a run in the second and two more in the third. In the second, Jake Tanner sent a leadoff single to right. Sam Ferguson sacrifice bunted him to second base and Bennett Caldwell drove in Tanner with a single.

An inning later, White and Abbott delivered back-to-back,  one-out singles. Tanner followed with a walk and Ferguson drove in two runs with a single to right to give the guests a 3-0 lead.

The 4A hosts scored a pair in the third, added an unearned run in the fourth along with one in the fifth and three in the sixth to go on top, 7-3.

Camden threatened in the top of the seventh with a two-out rally. White and Tanner had singles and Ferguson drove in his third run of the evening with a single to close out the scoring. 

Caldwell got the start for the Dogs and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out two. Barrineau worked the final inning and two thirds.

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