Camden earns shot at 2nd place finish

04/24/2014 2:13 PM

04/24/2014 2:19 PM

Camden gave itself a shot at finishing second in region 4-3A baseball with an 11-7 win Wednesday over Dreher at Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs (12-8, 7-3) can move into a tie for second place with Chapin if it can beat the Eagles Friday at Legion Field. If Camden and Chapin finish in a tie for second, Camden would have the tiebreaker edge thanks to a win over first-place A.C. Flora. The reward is a home date in the first round of the state playoffs.

Camden banged out 15 hits against Dreher. Nick Tucker and Lawson Stokes had the big offensive numbers. Tucker ripped a double and a two-run home run, finishing with three RBI. Stokes was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Darius Smith, Cole Irick and Ross Hough all had two hits.

Four of Dreher’s seven runs charged to Camden starter Will Abbott were unearned. Josh Hough picked up the save with two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts.

The loss virtually eliminates Dreher from postseason consideration. The Blue Devils fell to 4-7 in region play. First-year River Bluff needs one win in its final three games – two against Lower Richland, one vs. Westwood – to secure fourth place and the final playoff invitation.

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