CAMDEN – On Tuesday, for a second straight night, the Orangeburg Post 4 American Legion baseball team scored multiple early runs to take a lead on Camden Post 17.
And for the second straight night Camden answered and took the win.
In game two of the three-game League 3 series, Camden rose to the occasion on its home diamond at Legion Field, taking a 10-6 win.
Post 4 led 2-0 after the first inning, 3-0 after the second, and 4-0 after the third. But Post 17 answered with two runs apiece in the bottom of the third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to grab the victory.
It was a tough finish for an Orangeburg team that watched a 5-0 lead give way to a 5-5 tie on Monday night before losing to Camden, 7-6, in 13 innings of play.
“Last night, 20 runners left on base and five errors; we were lucky the score was 7-6, plain and simple,” Orangeburg head coach Frank Leysath said. “Tonight, we go up 4-0 and I’m thinking our guys do a good job of getting up.
“But, somewhere in the middle of the game we die. We just don’t play a complete nine innings. It’s perplexing to me.”
Post 4 fell to 8-6 overall, 5-6 in League 3 play. Camden moved to 6-4.
Orangeburg plays again on Friday at Sumter’s Riley Park against Wallace (N.C.) at 4 p.m., before playing at the same location on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Pitt County (N.C.).
On Tuesday, Post 4 got its first four runs off of starter Nick Stokes, who went two-and-one-third innings, allowing four hits and four walks against one strikeout. But, reliever Bradwin Salmond pitched four-and-two-thirds innings for Camden to pick up the win, collecting five strikeouts against four hits.
Orangeburg starter Robert Lewis went five-plus innings, allowing 13 hits and two walks as Camden scored six runs. Reliever Blake Huddleston came on in relief, getting outs against the first three batters he faced to leave two runners stranded in the sixth. Huddleston finished with just two hits allowed and one strikeout among the 16 batters he faced.
For Orangeburg, Hagen Mott went 2-for-5 with a run scored; John Connor went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base; and Robert Kirkland went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
For Camden, Brock Robinson went 3-for-6 with two runs scored; Josh Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored; Will Abbott went 1-for-2 with a double and run scored; Salmond went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored; and Stokes went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Orangeburg jumped ahead with two runs after two outs in the first inning, as Shane Hanks earned a walk and Mott followed him with a single. Seth Chestnut then plated Hanks with a single to left field, before a bases-loaded walk by Justin Ridgeway plated Mott.
Jordan Rickenbaker got a one-out single in the top of the second, before taking two bases on a wild pick-off attempt. Hanks then plated Rickenbaker with a sacrifice flyout to center field.
Connor got on with a one-out single in the top of the third, before stealing third and later scoring on a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Vance Holden.
Salmond helped his team’s cause with a two-run single in the bottom of the third, plating Nick Butler and Will Abbott.
Then, in the fifth, Salmond singled in Hernandez, before scoring himself on a Stokes’ single.
In the sixth, Hernandez plated with a single, before Nick Butler scored on a sacrifice flyout to tie the game.
Hernandez, a UNC-Wilmington signee who didn’t play on Monday night, then put his team up 8-4 with a two-run single in the seventh, plating Cam Holley and Robinson.
Post 4 got two runs back in the eighth, as Kirkland doubled home Chestnut and Connor.
But, Camden’s two final runs came in the bottom of the eight, thanks to a hit-by-pitch, two walks and Orangeburg’s fourth error of the game.