Runs proved a precious commodity Friday afternoon, April 19 because the pitching and defense were solid as host Camden Hills and visiting Medomak Valley renewed their longstanding high school athletic rivalry, this time in the spring on the baseball diamond.

When the dust had settled, Windjammer Connor Graffam (no runs on a hit, walk, 8 strikeouts for the complete-game win) had outdueled Panther counterpart Ryan Ripley (2 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, strikeout in 6 innings) to give the hosts a 2-0 early-season victory.

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Camden Hills, playing its first home game of the spring, improved to 1-1, while Medomak Valley fell to 0-2 on the young campaign.

Friday's game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Windjammers scratched out two runs.

Camden Hills finished with seven hits and no errors, while Medomak Valley had one hit and one fielding miscue.

Catchers Alex Crans of Camden Hills and Ollie Brown of Medomak Valley both called strong games to keep their pitchers focused and on task.

Leading the Windjammer offensive attack were Connor Hart with two hits and Chandler Crans, Alex Crans, Coleman Powers, Henry Laurita and Caleb McFarland (double) all one.

For the Panthers, Kerry Madden had the lone hit, that of the infield variety in the third inning.

The only scoring in the tightly-contested affair came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Powers singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a sacrifice bunt by Laurita. Powers scored on an infield groundout by Joe Chamberlain. Pennington was hit by a pitch, stole second and third and crossed the plate on a hit by Hart.

Graffam fanned the side in the third inning and he retired the side in order in five innings of the seven frames. The only base runners the visitors had were Madden on a hit in the third and Ripley on a walk in the seventh.

Camden Hills manufactured several scoring threats, including in the first stanza when Hart and Chandler Crans reached on hits. Three more Windjammers reached base in the second as Ben Rollins and McFarland walked and Laurita had a hit.

Ripley had one inning when he retired the side in order, but often had to work out of trouble.

Medomak Valley also turned a double play in the game, from shortstop Micah Williamson to second baseman Colton Spear to first baseman first baseman Josh Lee.

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