This was a game in which Camden was supposed to romp to victory and carry a full head of steam into Friday's opening round of the AAA state baseball playoffs.
If there was ever a match that the Camden High tennis team did not want to lose, this was it.
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.
Games like these are not the ones you want to go into at anything less than 100 percent.
An unconventional offense has led the Camden boys' basketball team to trying to undo everything which they have been taught to do since they first started playing the game.
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