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.
It's a game like this which has a coach hoping his team does not develop bad habits.
One night after suffering a one-run loss to rival Lugoff-Elgin, the Camden baseball team may have let that one setback turn into two as the Bulldogs were throttled by Chapin, 10-0, in a game stopped in the sixth inning by the 10-run rule.
Fortunately or, unfortunately, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak knows how things work in regard to the tennis program at Chapin.
It was far from their best match of the season, but you won't hear Roger Smoak complaining too much about Camden's 5-1 tennis victory over host Sumter in a Wednesday match which was postponed from a day earlier due to rain.
Camden High School will recognize its 1988 and the 1989 AAA state championship baseball teams when the school celebrates Dogfest on Saturday, April 5 at American Legion Park in Camden.
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