Camdenton took on Ozark Conference foe Springfield Central in the regular season finale Wednesday night and being the final game of the regular season, it also marked the last time Laker seniors would play at their home park.

Camdenton took on Ozark Conference foe Springfield Central in the regular season finale Wednesday night and being the final game of the regular season, it also marked the last time Laker seniors would play at their home park.

Good thing Camdenton took care of business in a 10-0 shutout over the Bulldogs to allow the seniors to walk off the field one last time on a high note.

“It was really good to come out and win in five innings 10-0,” Camdenton senior Dylan Thompson said. “It is kind of sad playing here for the last time, but it is a good group of guys and we are excited for Saturday.”

The Lakers (14-9, 5-4 Ozark Conference) will take on Sedalia Smith-Cotton (14-9) in the first round of the Class 5 District 9 Tournament that day at 10 a.m. No matter how it goes, Thompson won’t forget his days in the purple and gold.

“It has meant a lot,” the senior said of playing in the program. “The coaches are great, teammates are great and I’ve made a lot of life-long friends. I won’t forget it.”

After a scoreless first inning, Camdenton broke the deadlock with three runs in the second against Springfield Central and added a pair of runs in the third and fourth before closing the night out with another three runs in the fifth to end it.

Camdenton clearly did not struggle to generate runs after Bulldog pitchers threw 15 walks, but the Lakers still put the bat on the ball. Riley Stidham led the way with two of the team’s three hits including a three-RBI triple in the fifth to end it while Andrew DiBello provided the other hit and an RBI and Ethan Folks also collected an RBI.

“It is really good to see everyone get locked in, take good pitches, hit the balls they needed to hit and hopefully we can do the same on Saturday and keep rolling,” Thompson noted.

Meanwhile, pitcher Jack Welsh kept the Bulldogs quiet with five shutout innings allowing just three hits and four walks while striking out 10.

Now, it is do or die time for Camdenton and Thompson said it will be business as usual as they prepare for their battle with the Tigers of Smith-Cotton.