Injuries took their toll on the Camdenton High School baseball team in 2012. Still, the Lakers trudged their way to a winning record with a combination of veterans and varsity newcomers filling out the lineup. Here's a season recap, and a lookahead to next season.


Injuries took their toll on the Camdenton High School baseball team in 2012. Still, the Lakers trudged their way to a winning record with a combination of veterans and varsity newcomers filling out the lineup.

Here's a season recap, and a lookahead to next season.

Highlights
The Lakers' best performances came in two weekend home tournaments. CHS won the Camdenton Wood Bat Tournament March 30-31 with victories over East Carter, Reeds Spring and Warsaw.

Next month as a co-host in the Central Bank Tournament, Camdenton lost 10-6 to Rock Bridge in the title game after winning its pool.

The Lakers also got a rare victory over Kickapoo, beating the Chiefs in extra innings at home April 26.

Offense
With its top slugger Jon Manning already sidelined before the season started, Camdenton's offense was forced to adjust. Seniors Austin Martin and Robbie Hoffman had good springs at the plate. They set the table for middle-of-the order hitters Cory Simpson and Dylan Hymes. Jordan Muff was sound defensively at second base.

Sophomore Tyler Cunningham developed more after starting as a freshman and should be a vital piece for the Lakers the next two seasons.

Underclassmen like Shayne Cook, Oliver Thompson and Jake Decker were moved up to the varsity from the JV. Starting spots will be open in the outfield and infield.

Pitching
Hoffman, Jake Ikerd and Andrew House led the Lakers in innings pitched.

They'll all graduate, but Camdenton (14-12 overall, 3-6 Ozark Conference) does return capable arms in Simpson, Hymes and Kyle Rizer to go with three-year starting catcher Jake Voorhees.

Outlook
Camdenton will lose a couple of its top hitters and three experienced arms. Injuries gave young players some unanticipated at-bats. The offense shouldn't suffer too much; the question will be who fills out the starting rotation.

CHS season recap
March 19 @ Eldon    L 7-0
March 26 vs. Bolivar    W 15-8
March 27 @ Richland    W 16-5
March 30 vs. East Carter     W 5-1
March 31 vs. Reeds Spring W 8-1
March 31 vs. Warsaw    W 3-0
April 2 vs. Helias Catholic     L 5-0
April 3 @ Glendale    L 5-2
April 5 @ Waynesville     W 7-6
April 10 vs. West Plains     W 3-1
April 12 @ Lebanon    L 12-4
April 16 @ Eugene    W 8-4
April 17 vs. Rolla        L 7-1
April 19 vs. Parkview     L 19-9
April 20 vs. Farmington     W 9-6
April 20 vs. Jefferson City     L 10-9
April 21 vs. Harrisonville     W 10-7
April 21 vs. Rock Bridge     L 9-6
April 26 vs. Kickapoo     W 3-2
April 27 @ Warsaw    L 8-5
May 2 vs. Marshfield    W 3-1
May 3 @ Hillcrest        L 6-1
May 8 @ Versailles    W 11-1
May 9 vs. Joplin        L 11-1
May 12 vs. West Plains    W 4-3
May 14 vs. Helias Catholic    L 10-0