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Dogs close in on playoff slot with 10-7 win
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CAMDENS ZACK CAULDER EASILY comes in to score a second inning run while LR catcher Howard Henderson awaits a late throw to the plate in Camdens 10-7 win. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
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.Tuesday night, it paid dividends.Getting two hits each from seniors Zack Caulder and Will Morgan, the Bulldogs took a step closer to locking down a state playoff berth with a tougher-than-expected 10-7 win over visiting Lower Richland. The victory gave the hosts a 3-4 record, good for fourth in Region 4-4A play. The Diamond Hornets fell to 1-6 with three games left in conference action.LR scored three times in the first inning and carried a 3-1 advantage into the bottom of the second only to see the bottom third of the Bulldog order string together three straight one-out singles, starting with one off the bat of junior Brett Halsall to touch off a four-run inning.It would be Caulder and Morgan who flourished in their roles as in addition to their hits, they also scored five times in reaching base as many times in a combined six plate appearances.CHS head coach Denny Beckley said the Dogs are fortunate to have a pair of seniors in that part of the lineup who understand their roles and put the team first.“Those two guys are seniors and they have done such a good job of putting the ball in play over the last couple of years,” Beckley said.