Camden’s James Mitchell (22) reacts after ripping a bases loaded, 3 RBI double, to give his team a 3-2 lead.

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ball21-121x130The Camden Blue Devils put it all together, solid defense, great pitching and timely hitting, tonight at Camden Yards and defeated the East Syracuse Minoa Spartans by a score of 7-4 in the opening round of the 2014 Section III Class “A” baseball tournament.

Senior right hander, Tyler Kimball, went 5 – 2/3 inning on the mound, allowing 2 runs, on 5 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 4, to earn the win.

Scott Graham came on in the sixth and shut ESM down for the final 1 – 1/3 innings.

The Devils also turned two, inning killing double plays in the field, as part of a stellar defensive performance behind their senior ace.

Tyler Kimball (5) had everything working on the hill tonight and got a huge win in what will be his final high school start at Camden Yards. Congrats kid!

Ninth seeded East Syracuse Minoa got a quick, early lead, when Matthew Barbini and Brandon Breen started the game with back to back singles.

After Greg Fingar grounded into a third to first double play, Nick Cesarini roped a double to left center, scoring Breen and giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

ball21-121x130Fingar was solid early on the mound for the Spartans, setting the Blue Devils down 1-2-3 in the home half of the first.

ESM made it 2-0, in the top of the second, when Danny Williams led off with single and went to second on a walk to Jeff Loder.

Darren Dunnewold grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, pushing Williams to third. A passed ball to Matt Hunter scored Williams and the Spartans took a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the second inning.

A first baseman that can dig out a low throw to first makes his coach happy. As well as his pitcher, shortstop, third baseman, the groundskeeper, the concession manger, etc. etc. Camden’s Nick Musachio is THAT first baseman.

The game remained 2-0 until the bottom of the 3rd, when Camden took the lead for good.

ball21-121x130Scott Graham got things started with a 1 out single, followed by a base on balls to Ryan McCarthy. Then, with two away, Camden loaded the bases when Fingar walked Austin Littler.

Two pitches later, Camden’s James Mitchell hammered a Fingar offering to deep right center field, clearing the bases and giving Camden a 3-2 advantage. 

After a scoreless top of the fourth inning, Camden poured it on in the bottom of the inning.

Garrett Mitchell and Scott Graham each had singles and Ryan McCarthy doubled in the big fourth inning for Camden, which plated four more runs, to make it 7-2.

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Camden’s Garrett Mitchell (7) follows a line drive into left field, along with ESM catcher Jeff Loder.

East Syracuse Minoa added two runs in the top of the seventh. It may have been more, had it not been for a perfect, relay throw from Camden right fielder, Garrett Mitchell, to second baseman, James Mitchell, who gunned out ESM’s Greg Fingar at third, who was trying to stretch a double to a triple, for the second out of what was becoming a big inning for ESM. 

ball21-121x130The Spartans could not manage another run and the 8th seeded Blue Devils went on to win this one by a score of 7-4.

The win improves Independent Camden to (12-9) on the season. ESM finished the year at (10-11).

Along with James Mitchell’s big blow, Scott Graham and Garrett Mitchell had two hits apiece for Camden.

Greg Fingar took the loss for ESM, working 4 innings, allowing 7 runs on 5 hits, allowing 5 walks and striking out 4. 

Camden will now move on to play at top seeded Watertown, on Saturday at 11 a.m.


Camden 7 East Syracuse Minoa 4

                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7     R

ESM                  1 1 0 0 0 0 2     4

Camden              0 0 3 4 0 0 X     7

Camden’s Tyler Kimball and Austin Littler enjoy a laugh after tonight’s 7-4 Section III Playoff win over East Syracuse Minoa. Kimball and Littler have been battery mates forever and tonight’s game marked their final game as varsity baseball players at Camden Yards.