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Ridge View holds off North Central in 11-10 slugfest
NC SHORTSTOP TYLER BOWERS takes a throw from catcher Andrew Galuppi, which gunned down Ridge Views Bryce Patrick in the first inning of Wednesdays game. Bowers collected three hits in an 11-10 Knight loss. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Some ballparks giveth. But when it comes to American Legion Park, the big ball yard in Camden usually takeths away.The spacious confines, which is home to the Camden High and Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball teams, earned the reputation of a field in which home runs go to die. And, with the emergence of less-springy BBCOR bats, the long ball has all but withered away.On a warm Wednesday afternoon in the final day of the Telasco Alarm Service Camden Spring Break Tournament, North Central gave American Legion Park a run for its money, only to have its deep alleys hold the Knights’ long blasts which would have left the premises at their home field in Boonetown.In spite of several deep drives, NC came out on the short end of an 11-10 decision against Ridge View in a game in which the 4A guests outscored Robbie Cash’s charges, 3-2, in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh innings, which first opened with the two sides knotted at 8-8.NC finished the three-day event with a 1-2 record, losing to Region 4-4A foes Lugoff-Elgin and Ridge View after opening the tourney with a win over Camden on Monday night.When the tournament ended, Cash said the wins and losses took a back seat to the experience of playing solid competition during a break from Region 3-A play.“We’re getting there.