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Eagles start and end with a flurry in dealing Bulldogs a 13-4 defeat
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CAMDEN HEAD COACH and third base coach Denny Beckley gives the base umpire a bit of help in making the call as CHS Will Hough got back to third safely in the first inning of Thursdays AAA state playoff opener at Chapin. Holding up the baseball, after taking a tumble on the play, is Eagles third baseman Ty Stoudemire. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
CHAPIN --- For one split second, all that Camden had done wrong in Thursday’s AAA state playoff opener at Chapin looked like it might be swept under the rug.Then, Brett Auckland ruined the Bulldogs’ comeback bid when the Chapin right fielder tracked down a scorching liner off the bat of freshman pinch-hitter Lawson Stokes. The running grab, which came with the bases loaded and two outs, short-circuited a three-run top of the fifth which saw the guests cut a 7-1 deficit to a more-manageable 7-4 game.Chapin rebounded from the scare by scoring six runs in the bottom of what would be the final full inning before the rains and lightning intensified in advancing to the winners’ bracket of the District 6 tournament with a 13-4, five inning victory.The Eagles faced Dreher, a 4-3 winner over Region 6 champion Darlington on Saturday. Camden took on Darlington in a Saturday elimination contest.Camden --- which committed six errors, had three pitchers issue seven walks while hitting three batters --- was, somehow, still in this game thanks to its rallying in the fifth against Chapin starter Brandon White.