Camdenton began their 2017 season hosting Eugene and Blair Oaks in doubleheader action Saturday afternoon. The Lakers cruised by the Eagles 15-2 in five innings and fell to the Falcons 9 to 5.
It did not take the Camdenton bats long to awaken in the first matchup as the Lakers quickly jumped out to an 11-0 lead after two innings of play and did not look back. Parker Stidham, Nolan Morierty and Garrison Twitchell paced the offense with three RBIs each, Dylan McGuire and Brogun Betta knocked in two more each and Haiden Randall and Nathan Pasley brought in the other two runs. The Lakers recorded 11 hits as a team.
Meanwhile on the mound, the arm of Betta got the job done for Camdenton as he pitched four innings giving up two runs on three hits while waking one and striking out seven.
In the second contest of the afternoon, things started off well for the Lakers as they built a 1-0 lead after the first inning. However, Blair Oaks took the lead right back adding four runs over the next four innings. Camdenton managed to put together a productive fifth inning that saw four runs cross the plate to go back up 5 to 4, but the Falcons stayed hot offensively and added five more runs over the final two innings.
Camdenton collected 10 total hits with Stidham, Randall, Morierty and Pasley picked up a single RBI each. Camdenton pitcher Cameron Rhoades was billed with the loss after throwing for two and one-third innings giving up four runs on six hits while striking out three. Stidham started the game on the mound where he tossed three innings allowing three runs on three hits and struck out four.
Camdenton (1-1) will host their Highway 54 neighbor Eldon in a lake area showdown on Monday at 4:30 p.m.