Devin Beckley allowed two hits in a six-inning stint as Camden defeated Lugoff-Elgin, 5-1, in Saturday’s DogFest matinee played at American Legion Park.
The win came after L-E downed its cross-river rival by identical 4-3 scores in the first two meetings between the two sides this season.
Beckley, a 6-foot-3 junior right-hander, improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory. He fanned six batters while allowing an unearned run on the afternoon. Junior righty Mikael Nelson pitched the seventh inning for the hosts and the right-hander had one strikeout to close out the victory.
The Dogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring three times in the home half of the first inning.
Nick Butler led things off with a single. Lindsay Pierce followed with another hit before Christian Flick hit a double to drive in Butler. William Cobb was hit by a pitch to load the bases and then Beckley was hit by a pitch which plated Pierce with the second run. Will Abbott followed with an RBI ground out to bring Flick home with the third run.
The Demons closed the gap to 3-1 with an unearned run in the third inning.
The Bulldogs tacked on insurance runs in the fifth and the sixth frames.
In the bottom of the fifth, Campbell Jordan reached on an infield error and later scored on a two-out single off of the bat of Flick, his second hit and second RBI of the game.
In the sixth, Beckley reached on an error and later scored from third with a drawn in infield on a single up the middle by the designated hitter Kyle Currie.
The Dogs improved to 13-6 with the victory while L-E fell to 10-9 with the setback.