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Darlington sends Dogs packing with 15-6 tourney win
CAMDEN SECOND BASEMAN Cole Irick tracks down Darlingtons Fonte James before Irick applied the tag for the first out in the bottom of the first inning of Mondays state tournament game. James was picked off second by CHS pitcher Sam Powers (17), who was also involved in the rundown between second and third base. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
DARLINGTON – When we last left the Darlington vs. Camden baseball series, Jake Ansley threw a no-hitter against DHS in a tidily played 2-1 Bulldog victory in the next-to-last game of the Region 6-AAA season between the two sides played at American Legion Park.Monday night at Williamson Field … not so much.With the season on the line for both teams in a District 6 AAA elimination pairing, the host Falcons belted out 13 hits against a quartet of Camden pitchers to advance into Tuesday’s third round elimination contest at Dreher with a 15-6 pounding of the visiting Bulldogs. Not only did the two teams combine to score 18 more runs than they did in their previous meeting, but this game of more than three hours more than doubled the time it took to play the contest in Camden 13 days earlier.The Dogs closed their season with a 13-12 record on a night in which Denny Beckley’s charges were unable to take full advantage of being issued nine walks and five hit batsmen, including Will Hough’s being plunked with a pitch in each of his final three at-bats.It was enough to leave Beckley searching for answers as his team headed for the bus to return home.