Camden is gearing up for a critical week in Region 4-3A baseball.
The Bulldogs (6-6, 4-2) play three games in three nights, beginning with tonight’s road trip to take on first-year River Bluff. Home games against Dreher and Westwood follow on Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s the biggest week of the season so far,” said Bulldogs coach Denny Beckley. “We’re still not playing with the kind of consistency we’re been preaching. When we’re focused, we’re very good. When we’re not focused, we’re not very good. It’s a simple as that.”
Camden has been very good against two-time defending state champion A.C. Flora. The Bulldogs lost 6-4 to the Falcons in the first meeting in Forest Acres, but became relevant in the region title race by ending Flora’s 18-game winning streak with a 2-1 decision last Friday.
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Camden now finds itself with two losses in the pennant race, while Flora and Chapin have one apiece. In Camden wins out, and Chapin losses again to Flora the Bulldogs could have the tie-breaking edge for a second-place finish and a home date in the first round of the state playoffs.
Beckley, however, is not looking past tonight’s game at The Swamp.
“It’s a one-game-at-a-time thing for us right now,” he said. “Our attention has to be on the task at hand, nothing else.”
Grey Hoke certainly was on point in the upset of Flora. The senior right-hander tossed a neat three-hitter with six strikeouts for the mound decision. The Falcons’ only run came on a solo home run in the third inning by Donald Gillespie.
Courtesy runner Zach Boykin scored the Bulldogs’ first run in the fourth in pace of Nick Tucker who got things going with a two-out single. Sophomore Will Abbott followed with a double that moved Boykin to third.
Cole Irick singled with one out in the seventh and promptly stole second base. He scored all the way from second when the Falcons could not convert an infield chopper off the bat of Josh Hough into an out.