Whether by design or just a matter of placing batters where they are needed in the lineup, Camden has the good fortune of batting its two most experienced players at the bottom of the order.
Playing what head baseball coach Denny Beckley said was his team's best game of the season, Camden handed host Hartsville a 9-1 defeat in Wednesday's non-region game played at Kellytown Field.
Jazzmine Devlin scored four goals as the Camden High girls' soccer team returned from spring break with a 6-0 win over Crestwood in a Tuesday night match played in Sumter.
Even though his team did not lose a set in its 7-0 win over host Manning on Tuesday, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak could see that the Bulldogs were still rusty from last week's spring break.
Sumter scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of play and then, went on to a 4-1 win over Camden in a non-region boys' soccer match played last Thursday.
After having reached a program-best number seven ranking in the AAA state girls soccer poll, Camden split a pair of matches last week with a 5-0 loss to 12th ranked Chapin lastTuesday before edging Sumter, 10-0, two nights later.
Wilson right-hander Trevor Edgerton broke three Camden bats.
In spite of his team's being shut out by fourth-ranked Chapin, 9-0, last Friday night and then by A.C. Flora, 6-0, Tuesday, Camden baseball coach Denny Beckley is hardly singing the blues.
Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak is a proponent of the saying that once you fall off a horse, get back on it as quickly as possible.
There were two things which Camden baseball coach was looking to get out of Thursday's non-region game at Fairfield Central. First, he wanted to come out of Winnsboro with the victory. Next, he wanted to give several of his pitchers some much-needed time on the mound.
It is going to take a strong, if not an experienced, team to stop Chapin from winning a fourth consecutive state class AAA tennis championship come May.
Westwood threw a scare into Camden before throwing a pitcher whose repertoire did not consist of a constant diet of off-speed offerings.
As a tie match drew to a close in regulation play, all signs pointed to this one going to penalty kicks.
After having to score seven times in the seventh inning to come away with a win over eighth-ranked Dreher last Friday, the Camden softball team made things a lot easier on themselves and head coach Lynn Looney on Tuesday.
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.
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