Coastal league play will challenge Diamond 'Cats
More than a month remained in the school calendar when Camden County High baseball was eliminated from the Region 3-AAAAA tournament in mid-April. Bouncing back and playing deep into next May are motivating the Wildcats as they hit the diamonds this summer.
“This bunch has the mindset of getting us back in the playoffs,” said CCHS head coach Chuck Seymour, whose team closed 10-13 after falling to Richmond Hill.
“We’re going to have a bunch of younger kids that are going to fill some significant roles,” he said. “We’re going to have to create our own depth and get varsity experience at the same time.”
This summer, Camden will play again in the regional Coastal Prospects League, joining Wayne County, Glynn Academy, Richmond Hill, Brunswick, Ware, Statesboro, Effingham, Benedictine, Jeff Davis, Appling County and Coffee. Varsity and junior varsity teams will square off in doubleheader and single-game action during the week, and the Wildcats will have two practice days a week stacked on top.
The schedule will have as many as 15 to 18 games plus an all-star game and a league championship, dates which could boost that number to 20. Games at college campuses, plus a pro day and the Top 100 showcase in Statesboro this month should afford Wildcats looks from coaches at the next level, too.
According to Seymour, the summer is about improving, getting quality innings and at-bats, and rebuilding team chemistry and pitching depth. Camden making a larger impression next spring could be the product of younger ’Cats understanding now the importance of leadership and how much every pitch and every turn at the plate counts.
“For the ones who haven’t seen it, they get to see what varsity life is like,” he said.