The Camden Bulldogs Varsity Baseball Team earned their second conference victory of the season on Tuesday night at Fairfield Central. The Dogs once again defeated the Griffins by virtue of the mercy rule with a final score of 15-1 in 6 innings of play. Tate Abbott earned his second win of the season by pitching all 6 innings with 10 strikeouts and allowing only one earned run. The Dogs jumped out to an early lead and scored 5 runs in the top of the first inning. Bryce Jeffcoat reached on a walk and advanced to second on an infield error off of the bat of McKenzie Barrineau. Abbott also reached on a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Matthew Cassidy. Tyler Maxwell followed with an RBI single to plate Jeffcoat. Brady White then drove in Barrineau with a single and was replaced by courtesy runner Andrew Leaird. Sam Ferguson reached base on another error which allowed both Cassidy and Maxwell to score and leave runners at second and third. Holden Bunch walked to reload the bases. Jake Tanner had an RBI ground out to Shortstop to drive in Leaird and make the score 5-0. In the bottom of the second inning Abbott had a one out walk and again was replaced by Cassidy as a courtesy runner. He would eventually score on an error from the bat of White to make it 6-0. The Dogs tacked on another run in the top of the third inning to make the score 7-0. Zane Cook had a one out walk, went to second on a balk, and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a two out laser over the shortstop’s head hit by Barrineau. In the top of the fifth inning Robert Spring reached on a one out single. Abbott followed with his fourth walk of the game and was again replaced by courtesy runner Cassidy. Robert Spring would score on a wild pitch. John Copley followed with a walk and Bennett Caldwell had an RBI ground out to plate Cassidy and make the score 9-0. Copley would score on yet another error off of the bat of Leaird to make the score 10-0 after four and a half innings. Fairfield Central scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-1 in favor of the Bulldogs and to also extend the game into the 6th inning. In the sixth the Dogs exploded for another five runs. Jacob Jordan led off the inning reaching on a hit by pitch. Shelah Lee walked and Spring reached on another walk to load the bases. Abbott hit a long fly ball double to the fence in right field to drive in two runs with a double. Copley followed that up by driving in two runs of his own with a booming triple to left and make the score 14-1. The final run of the game was scored when White drove in Copley with a sacrifice fly.
Abbott had quite a night by reaching base 5 consecutive times as well as driving in two runs. He also earned his second win on the mound with 4 hits allowed, 3 walks, 1 earned run, and 10 strikeouts in a 98 pitch complete game performance. The Bulldogs have won 4 games in a row, are 5-3 overall, and 2-0 in Region IV-AAA. The Dogs will be in action again on Monday, March 18th vs. Lexington High School at 7:00 at Lexington.