High School Sports

Dog Fest set for Saturday at Camden

Camden hosts Dog Fest on Saturday with varsity and junior varsity doubleheaders on tap against neighboring Lugoff-Elgin. There will also be activities for youngsters and food catering at the event.

The Bulldogs varsity softball team takes on the Demons at 10 a.m., followed by the jayvee contest. The varsity baseball clash is set for 12:30 p.m.

Camden is 14-5 and currently shares first place in Region 6-3A baseball with Darlington and Lakewood. All three teams have two losses in conference action, one game ahead of Marlboro County in the tight pennant race. The Bulldogs have split two games with L-E, downing the Demons 5-2 in the Sandlapper Classic tournament last week. Lugoff-Elgin turned the tables in a 9-1 non-region win on Monday.

Robert McKinney, Jack LaFarge, Kris Nelson, Bryant Salmond and Tyler Pike have been the big sticks in the Bulldogs batting order so far. McKinney leads the team with a .456 batting average, sports a 1.118 O:PS and shares the team lead with LaFarge with 18 runs scored. LaFarge is hitting .444 with nine RBIs and leads the club in RBIs (16), doubles (5) and is second in steals (8). Nelson is batting .404 with 16 runs and 12 RBIs. Salmond, who got off to a late start because of the long, state championship basketball season, is hitting .333 with 12 runs, 11 RBIs a a team-high nine steals. Pike is batting .319 with 10 runs and 13 RBIs. Brandon Kersey has been hot of late, and has a .452 batting average in 31 at bats.

Pike is the ace of the pitching staff, boasting a 4-1 record with a 1.21 ERA. He has allowed only six earned runs and 22 hits in 34.2 innings of work and has 31 strikeouts. Trey Brazell is 2-1 with one save and a 1.17 ERA primarily in relief duty.

Lugoff-Elgin features junior Forest Koumas, who is an early commitment to South Carolina. Koumas is the Demons hitting and pitching leader.

L-E fell to 4A Ridge View 8-7 on Wednesday after starting the week with a 9-1 over Camden. The Demons (12-4) overall play at Lower Richland tonight in their first Region 4-3A outing since April 3. Randy Stokes’ club enters Friday’s game at home with a 5-1 region mark, one half game behind front-running A.C. Flora.

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