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Warriors finish a sweep of Camden

Posted: March 28, 2018 4:17 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Indian Land scored three runs in both the second and fourth innings and that was enough as the host Warriors completed a sweep of Camden with a 6-2 win Tuesday night in Lancaster County.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Bulldogs who fell to 1-3 in Region 4-AAA play. Indian Land, which defeated CHS, 7-4, last Friday night, stayed perfect through four games in conference play.

Nathan Bolt went the distance for the hosts and the senior scattered nine hits while fanning six and walking a batter. 

Camden sent out junior righty Bennett Caldwell, who worked the first five innings and allowed five hits while striking out as many and walking four before giving way to Jake Tanner, who struck out two batters in the sixth.

“Bennett has probably been our most consistent pitcher this year,” said CHS head coach Denny Beckley. “He just didn’t have his location, which he usually has, in this game. He walked four batters and three of those came in to score runs.”

The Warriors pushed across three runs in the second, using three hits and a walk to do their damage. The Bulldogs responded by getting to Bolt for a run in the top of the third as Jacob Jordan led off with a single before stealing second and taking third on an error on the play. He scored on Caldwell’s one-out ground out to shortstop.

Indian Land tacked on three unearned runs in the fourth to give Bolt a 6-1 cushion which was trimmed when the Dogs scored once in the sixth as Holden Bunch clubbed a two-out double to right and scored from second on Tate Abbott’s single to center.

Camden out-hit the hosts by a 9-5 count with Brady White and Tanner each going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Offense was not a problem for Camden on Tuesday as seven different Bulldogs collected at least one hit. Beckley attributed that to the work put in by his coaching staff.

“Coach (Brian) Kersey, Coach (Stephen) Carmon and Coach (Tony) Hough do such a good job with our hitters,” Beckley said. “They teach our hitters to go up there with a plan and only swing at pitches which are part of that plan until they get two strikes on them.

“I thought that we had a great practice on Monday offensively with our hitting and our base running but those are only two facets of the game. The other two, pitching and defense, are what we struggled with in this game although we didn’t play that poorly on defense.

“We just continue, as a team, to put all facets of the game together. This game was a perfect example of that.”

With four straight setbacks and without having a game the rest of the week, Beckley said next week’s wooden bat tournament (see above story) is coming at a perfect time for his team.

“I think so,” he said. “I’m a baseball guy, though, and I love playing four games in four days.

“I do think (the tournament setting) is a more relaxed atmosphere. You don’t have to worry about school and time as much. It’s more about baseball and going out there and having fun playing the game.

“Next week also kicks off our final phase of our plan as we get ready for the last few region games and get ready for our playoff push.”


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