Camden is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 12-14 campaign. The Bulldogs were good enough in Region 6-3A to finish in second place, but the team managed just one win in the district playoffs and were eliminated by Airport.
The Bulldogs should be strong up the middle on defense with the return of senior center fielder Alvonta Jenkins, senior shortstop DaVante Hayes and senior second baseman Dillon Morrow. Jenkins hit .345 with 25 runs scored, 21 RBIs, three home runs and 13 stolen bases. Hayes batted .283 and scored 17 runs. Morrow hit .302 with 17 runs and 11 steals.
The biggest concern is an inexperience pitching staff. Junior right-handers Jake Ansley (2-2) and Will Hough (1-2) will be the workhorses.
Elsewhere, Kal Davis is set at third base, Hough and Drew Charles will share time at first base, Will Morgan will play in the middle infield when Morrow or Hayes get the mound call, Josh Lund and Korey Nelson will both see time behind the plate, Bradley Sheorn is set in left field and Ansley will play in right when not pitching.
The Bulldogs open the regular season on March 8 in a non-region outing at Andrew Jackson. Camden opens Region 6-3A play at home on Friday against Lakewood.
The region race should be an interesting one with defending champion Marlboro County, Camden, Darlington and Hartsville, down from 4A, in the title hunt.