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Dogs naild down second seed after surviving LR scare
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JOSH HOUGH WORKED three innings of one-hit ball in Camdens 3-1 win over Lower Richland on Monday night.
This was a game in which Camden was supposed to romp to victory and carry a full head of steam into Friday’s opening round of the AAA state baseball playoffs.Only problem was, somebody forgot to let Lower Richland in on the plan.Needing only a win over the visiting Diamond Hornets in Monday’s Senior Night contest to sew up second place in Region 4-AAA, Camden got more than it bargained for on this night. The hosts needed to score twice in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 stalemate to finally upend the conference cellar-dwellers, 3-1.Camden will play host to Woodruff, which finished third in Region 3, in Friday’s AAA District 1 opener at 7 p.m. at American Legion Field.In a game which some had written off as a “gimme” for a CHS team which won nine of its final 10 games of the regular season, Bulldog head coach Denny Beckley was sweating this one out as the guests carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. A Camden loss would have meant finishing third in Region 4-AAA and would have had the hosts traveling for Friday’s opening round contest.“We are very fortunate that we did not get cut today,” Beckley said following a game in which each team had two hits.