Junior Tate Abbott was chosen to the AAA All-State Team by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association for his performance on the field as a pitcher and a position player with the Camden Bulldog’s Baseball team this spring. He was one of 26 players throughout the state selected in the AAA classification. Abbott had a pitching record of 5 wins and 2 losses. He had 47 innings pitched and allowed 15 earned runs to equal a 2.23 ERA. Abbott tallied 42 strikeouts with only 16 walks in those 47 inning’s pitched as the opponents had a .228 batting average against him. At the plate Abbott had a productive year as well. He had 26 hits in 88 at bats for a batting average of .295. He led the team with 19 runs batted in. He also had 5 doubles, 3 triples, and led the team with 19 walks. His on base % was .420. Abbott was also named to the All-Region Team for Region IV-AAA.
Other players joining Abbott on the All-Region team were Seniors Bennett Caldwell and Brady White as well as Junior Jake Tanner. Caldwell was also a dual position player as an outfielder and pitcher. On the mound he had a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. He had 8 appearances and allowed 9 earned runs in 28 and 2/3rds inning’s pitched for an ERA of 2.20. Offensively, Caldwell had 22 hits in 74 at bats for a batting average of .289. He led the team with 4 triples. White earned all region for the second consecutive year as a catcher. He had 18 hits in 82 at bats for a batting average of .244. White was first on the team in hit by pitches with 8 and also had 18 walks with only 8 strikeouts which provided him with a .414 on base %. His batting average may not have been the best but he more than made up for it with his leadership and ability to handle the pitching staff as the catcher. Jake Tanner was also selected to the All-Region Team as a shortstop. He had 25 hits in 82 at bats for a batting average of .305. He was 2nd on the team in doubles with 6 and RBI’s with 18.
Camden High School had their Athletic Awards Ceremony on Tuesday night and all of these players were recognized for their achievements. Three more awards were presented at the banquet. Abbott was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher. Caldwell was given the Mr. Hustle award. McKenzie Barrineau was presented the Most Outstanding Hitter award. Barrineau led the team with 28 hits in 88 at bats for a batting average of .318. He led the team with 7 doubles. He also had an on base % of .420 and scored 15 runs for the Bulldogs.
Camden finishes the season with 19 wins and 14 losses. The Dogs finished in 2nd place in Region IV-AAA with a 5-2 conference slate. Once again the Bulldogs were able to finish strong as they won their second consecutive District III Title in the playoffs. That is the third year in a row the Bulldogs have played for a district title while winning the last two and finishing ranked in the top 10 each of those years. The Dogs will lose 8 seniors to the class of 2019 graduation. They are Robert Spring, Andrew Leaird, Tyler Maxwell, Bryce Jeffcoat, Holden Bunch, Barrineau, White, and Caldwell.