With Saturday's 80th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races just four days away, last-minute shoppers have been gobbling up the remaining reserved parking spaces for the Camden spring classic, leaving few spots remaining inside the Springdale Race Course.
Led by 2011 Eclipse Award winner Black Jack Blues, a field of six jumpers will take to the Springdale Race Course for Saturday's $50,000 Carolina Cup Steeplechase (Gr. III.)
If Lugoff-Elgin did not know who Andrew Beckwith was before Friday night, they know more than they want to about him now.
It's hard to explain to a pitcher why you are lifting him in the middle of a game in which he has surrendered just three hits, has not allowed an earned run and struck out four batters in four innings of work in a 2-1 ballgame.
In what can best be described as an ironic twist, with a good portion of Kershaw County residents suffering from pollen-related maladies, Black Jack Blues will come to town some four months after the missing last November's Colonial Cup steeplechase due to a respiratory infection.
Last season, Lugoff-Elgin received a rude introduction to the world of 4A baseball as the 2010 AAA state champions were on the outside looking in when it came time for the post-season in the state's largest classification.
In a classic case of either getting to a pitcher quickly or not at all, Lugoff-Elgin had Dutch Fork's Hayley Elkins on the ropes early only to score one run off the sophomore right-hander.
By TOM DIDATO
Augustin Stables' Ever So Lucky, which spent part of the winter training at the Springdale Race Course for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, opened his 3-year-old campaign by finishing third in Saturday's $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
Every year, senior adults (age 50 and older) come from all over the state to compete and socialize with each other.
Those days of keeping runners tied to the bases while waiting for the three-run homer are gone.
It was a good week for maidens who got their starts at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden.
By TOM DIDATO
Monday: Camden in Pee Dee Baseball Invitational at Kelleytown (vs. Chesterfield – 5 p.m.); MPCU Baseball Bash at North Central (Camden Military Academy at North Central – 7 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin in Lake Murray Baseball Classic (at Dutch Fork – 6 p.m.);
It is always nice when a rebuilding season turns out to be one of the best in school history.
On an unseasonably cool mid-April night, Zac Bowers and Grey Hoke provided wood for the fireplace.
By TOM DIDATO
Chalk it up to the wooden bats. Better yet, give the credit to the two pitchers.
Playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter leaves Elliott Campbell precious little time to prepare for baseball season in the spring.
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