Leaving nothing to chance, Camden head coach Denny Beckley signaled Josh Hough to run to the bullpen as soon as Chapin opened the top of the seventh of Friday's game with back-to-back singles.
In what could be termed the calm before the storm, Camden kicked off a week which would determine its 3A baseball playoff fate by returning home from Hartsville with a 4-1 non-conference victory on Tuesday night.
Looking no worse for the wear after having enjoyed an 11-day layoff, the Camden High girls' soccer team returned to the pitch with a 2-1 win over Westwood Tuesday night in a Region 4-AAA match played in Blythewood.
There is one school of thought that goes along the lines of using your big gun to get you into the playoffs and then, worry about the rest later.
Before last week's spring break, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak had one goal for his team. When the Bulldogs returned from having had 12 days off, Smoak wanted to finish the season by winning their last five matches.
As spacious as American Legion Park is, Richland Northeast could have almost done without the outfield grass in topping host Camden, 5-2, in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic championship game Thursday night.
Chalk it up to the wooden bats. Better yet, give the credit to the two pitchers.
So much for a "ho-hum" victory over Westwood.
Of all his team's losses this season, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak said this one stung the most.
First-year schools and their athletic teams are not supposed to be this good.
Pitching on just four days' rest is not common in high school baseball. But recently, Camden's Grey Hoke has been anything but ordinary.
Both the Camden High boys and girls track teams are off to strong starts to the year and they are making preparations for a strong showing at the Region 4-AAA championship meet to be held later this month.
Camden rebounded from Thursdays' 10-0 conference loss to A.C. Flora by shutting out Carolina Forest, 2-0, in Friday's opening round of the Airport Select Invitational boys' soccer tournament.
This was hardly the start to the second half of the season which Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak was looking for from his team.
Due to a traffic tie-up on Interstate 20, A.C. Flora arrived late for Friday's game against Camden at American Legion Park, thereby delaying the start.
Chapin scored twice in each half while visiting Camden had a goal overturned and missed scoring another by inches in the first half. The result was a 4-1 Eagle victory in a Region 4-AAA boys' soccer match played Friday night in Chapin.
After opening the Region 4-AAA season with four straight wins, the Camden High softball team was upended by defending conference champion Chapin, 10-0, last Friday night.
Camden outscored both Great Falls and McBee to win their third girls' track meet of the season in a meet held at the Camden High Athletic Complex last Thursday.
It may have made for a messy scorebook but Camden Highbaseball coach Denny Beckley came out clean when asked his plan of attack in Monday's game with Ridge View in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Tournament.
Less than enthralled with Tyler Jordan's first at-bat in Tuesday night's game with visiting Richland Northeast, Camden head baseball coach Denny Beckley had no complaints following his second baseman's second trip to the plate. And after the third, the Bulldog boss was ecstatic.
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