It didn't help all that much after the Orangeburg Post 4 American Legion Baseball team had a big 5-run inning or when the Mirmow Field scoreboard only showed the score tied 5-5 at game's end on Tuesday.
The fact was that Camden Post 17 rebounded from down 5-2 to score 13 unanswered runs in a 15-5 state playoff road win over Orangeburg.
Post 17 (17-4 overall record) is now up 2-0 in the best-3-out-of-5 second-round series, with game three set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Legion Field. If Post 4 (8-14 overall record) wins, there will be a game four at Mirmow Field on Thursday at 7 p.m. If Camden wins, Orangeburg's season will be over.
On Tuesday, Camden saw its 2-0 lead — built with a run apiece in the first and second innings — disappear when the home team bolted ahead with a 5-run second inning.
But, the visitors scored and scored after that, getting 4 runs in the third, 3 runs in the fourth, 1 run in the fifth, 4 runs in the sixth and 1 run in the seventh.
Camden collected 15 hits, to just 8 hits for Orangeburg.
Post 4 sent 13 batters to the plate in its 5-run second inning at-bat. Camden answered with 10 batters coming to the plate in its 4-run sixth inning at-bat.
Orangeburg helped out with 3 errors in the final 5 innings, as Camden helped its own cause with a 2-run home run by Winston Dyer just inside the right field foul pole in the third inning, along with a 2-run homer from John Lanier over the right-center wall in the sixth inning.
"You can't make mistakes on routine plays at this level; if you do, teams will make you pay," Post 4 head coach Dukes Isgett said. "It's not just one thing, it's everything — fielding, pitching, hitting and base running. We started hitting the ball well, but then it went away. Camden has some ballplayers and a lot more college guys than we have.
"That makes a difference, but we didn't give up and we won't in game three on Wednesday. We just have to regroup and get after it."
Orangeburg was led offensively by 2-hit nights from Noah Bearden and Will Rickenbaker. Bearden went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored. Rickenbaker went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Andrew Isgett was 1-for-4 with a 2-run single. Nicholas Lawson was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Hanks Avinger and Heston Thompson each pitched 2-and-2-thirds innings for Orangeburg, with Avinger shouldering the loss. He gave up 6 hits and 5 earned runs against 2 strikeouts, leaving the mound for first base with Post 4 down 6-5. Thompson picked up 3 strikeouts moving from first base to the mound, but gave up 4 hits and 4 earned runs. John Mack, Joshua Edwards and Skye Foster each pitched in relief roles late for Orangeburg.
Camden got 6 innings of 8-hit and 2-strikeout pitching from southpaw starter Heath Stokes, who allowed just 3 earned runs to get the win. Bradwin Salmond came on to close things out in the seventh, initiating two groundouts and a popout to end the game.
For Post 17, Dyer went 2-for-3 with a home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Lanier went 2-for-5 with a double, home run, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Salmond went 3-for-5 with a triple, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Jake Laffin went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Da'Avion Sumpter went 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored, while Khyree Miller went 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored.