It would probably suit Denny Beckley just fine if he never had to bring his Camden High baseball team to Greenville again.
Among the things lost in Camden's extended one-run bottom of the sixth in Friday's AAA District I baseball tournament opener with Woodruff was the effect the length of the inning had on its starting pitcher Grey Hoke.
Of the many different programs which the Camden High tennis team has defeated over the years, Chapin was not on that list.
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.
It used to be that a baseball game with Lower Richland meant the reserves would see as much, if not more, action on the field than would the starters.
How good a night was it for the Camden High boys' soccer team?
A pair of Camden High track athletes established new school standards in their events while five Lady Bulldogs enhanced their stock following their performances in last weekend's 23rd annual Taco Bell Classic hosted by Spring Valley High school.
Roberto Pena scored in the seventh minute of play in Camden High's Saturday afternoon soccer match with visiting Camden Military. That would be all the scoring which Bulldog goalkeeper Richard White would need.
Should the Camden baseball team be forced to take to the road for a possible first round AAA state playoff game, the Bulldogs can look back on games like this and find out why they occupied the visiting dugout as opposed to their own digs at American Legion Park.
Hunter Webb headed a rebound from a shot from off the foot of teammate Moises Mata with eight minutes left in regulation to lift the Camden High boys' soccer team to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over host Buford last Wednesday.
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