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Jordan’s no-hitter closes memorable Senior Night

Posted: April 16, 2018 3:48 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Jack Crayne/

CAMPBELL JORDAN DELIVERS a pitch to the plate in the first inning of his no-hitter from Thursday’s 15-0 win over Columbia at American Legion Park.

One good turn deserves another.

Prior to his taking the mound for last Thursday’s Region 4-AAA game with visiting Columbia High, Camden’s Campbell Jordan, along with teammate Luke Grubbs, were honored as part of the program’s Senior Night festivities.

Jordan repaid the favor by throwing a four-inning no-hitter at the Capitals in a 15-0 Camden win in a game stopped by the 15-run rule in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The rout gave the Dogs a 3-3 conference record and wrapped up a slot in the AAA state playoffs which begin next Tuesday. Just where Camden will be will be in round one will be decided by the end of the week. Tonight, Denny Beckley’s squad hosts Chester in the first of a two-game set which will not only close out league play but will play a key role in which teams are headed where for the postseason.

A Bulldog sweep of the Cyclones and an Indian Land (7-0) win over Fairfield Central (4-3) on Friday would give Camden second place in the circuit and a first round home playoff game. A split between Camden and Chester and an IL win over the Griffins would bring a slew of tie-breakers into play.

After the one-sided affair on Thursday, Beckley said his team must focus on Chester, try and get wins tonight and Thursday and then, wait to see what their state tournament fate holds.

“It’s huge. It’s our most important week of the year obviously, for playoff consideration and also, just because it’s the next (game) for us,” Beckley said of the series with the Cyclones. “That’s our motto … the next game is the most important one but, this one is very, very big. It fits right into our theme every year of trying to peak at the right time.”

Jordan, a six-foot right-hander, fanned eight Caps, walked a pair and hit the first batter he faced in a 68-pitch outing.

Offensively, the hosts scored their 15 runs on just six hits while taking advantage of eight errors by the Capitals. Columbia pitcher Jordan Puch issued seven walks while plunking three batters.

The Dogs opened the game by scoring three times in a bottom of the first in which opened with Matthew Cassidy being hit by pitch before stealing second. After Jacob Jordan got aboard on an infield error, a throw to try and get Jordan stealing second was late as Cassidy came in with the only run which the hosts would need.

Brady White kept things going as he was hit by a pitch before the Bulldog catcher was replaced on first base by courtesy runner Robert Spring. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position with Jacob Jordan scoring on a passed ball while Spring made it 3-0, crossing the plate on an error.

Camden extended its lead to 8-0 with a five-run second which included an RBI single from Cassidy, a White sacrifice fly to left while two errors and a passed ball contributed to the rally.

“As a coach,” Beckley said of his team jumping to a large lead and putting things in cruise control early, “you want to always want to be intense and emotionally involved. It’s nice to be able to relax and enjoy the moment, though.”

A six-run third followed with White’s three-run triple to left highlighting a frame in which Spring scored on a Holden Bunch sacrifice fly to center. Jordan Hayes then laced a two-run single to left to make it 14-0.

Camden scored the game-ender in the fourth as Jake Tanner led off with a walk and moved to third on a Cassidy double down the left field line. Tanner scored run number 15 on a passed ball.

The 15 runs --- of which four came in courtesy of White’s bat --- was more than enough run support for Campbell Jordan. Due to surgery to his left hand after football season, Jordan has been unable to swing a bat this spring and has been limited in practice. Having something like this happen to the senior, Beckley said, was a good outing on a special night.

“Campbell has been a guy that I’ve worked with in football and in baseball. He comes from a great family,” Beckley said. “It was really special for him to throw a no-hitter; it will be something that he will always be able to remember.

“It’s been a really strange year for his with his injury so, it was a neat culmination for him to be able to do this on senior night.”

Grubbs, Camden only other senior, had three plate appearances and scored a run to go along with a walk in getting the start in left field.

“Luke is a guy who you just root for. He loves the game and loves being around the team,” Beckley said. “It was really special for him to go out and get some playing time tonight. Hopefully, this will be something that he will always remember.”

Having outscored Columbia by a combed 31-1 count in the two-game series, Beckley said he hopes his team will be able to put everything together beginning tonight and continuing throughout the remainder of the season.

“We’ve pitched pretty well the last several weeks and we’re starting to play a little better defense,” he said. “Hopefully, we can get some more offense to go along with it.”

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