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Dogs leave no Grey area in 2-1 win
CHS knocks off nationally ranked A.C. Flora, 2-1
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CAMDEN SENIOR GREY HOKE threw a complete game three-hitter at A.C. Flora, the states top-ranked AAA team, in Fridays win over the two-time defending state champions.
Due to a traffic tie-up on Interstate 20, A.C. Flora arrived late for Friday’s game against Camden at American Legion Park, thereby delaying the start.The visiting Falcons left town early as a throwing error on a Ross Hough grounder gave the Bulldogs a walk-off 2-1 victory over the two-time defending AAA state champions and a team which Collegiate Baseball magazine had ranked as the nation’s fifth-best team coming into the 2014 season.More importantly, however, the win thrust the hosts right back into the Region 4-AAA title picture as Denny Beckley’s squad improved to 4-2 in conference play and 6-5 overall heading into a huge three-game week, against all league foes.Tonight, the Dogs go to River Bluff before Dreher comes to town for a Wednesday game followed by a trip to Westwood on Thursday.In handing Andy Hallett’s squad their first loss in 12 outings and playing before a large crowd, Camden erased the sour taste still lingering in its collective mouth after Flora scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally from a 4-1 deficit in a 6-4 season-opening victory in Forest Acres on March 11.Providing the mouthwash on a warm, pollen-filled evening was Bulldog senior Grey Hoke. The 6-foot-3 lefty allowed the state’s top-ranked AAA team just three hits in a complete game effort with just two of those leaving the infield in a dominating effort in which he fanned six batters while walking a pair and hitting one.Hoke’s lone mistake came with one out in the top of the third as USC signee and Falcon shortstop Madison Stokes lined a 3-1 curveball for a solo home run to left center. Later, with his left arm wrapped up in ice after his performance, Hoke was able to shrug off the long ball.“Who swings at a 3-1 curveball?” he said with smile.At the time, that was the night’s first run and was the visitors’ first hit on a night in which they did not get many.