Athlete of the Week: MB’s Bodge puts team over self

mbbase-5pitchMyrtle Beach High senior Cameron Bodge is no stranger to pitching no-hitters. What he is unfamiliar with – and most proud of – is his team being a state championship contender.

Bodge threw a no-hitter for the second straight season on March 31 in a 4-0 victory at Wilson to help the No. 3-ranked Seahawks remain undefeated in Region 7-4A play. In genuinely unselfish form, Bodge shares the credit with his teammates.

“It takes more than the pitcher to get a no-hitter, and I had a lot of help,” said Bodge, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week. “I had a good defense behind me and good offense. That’s what I like about this team. Everybody works together to help the team.”

Bodge wears a few hats to help the Seahawks – part-time pitcher and infielder, full-time hitter and leader. The latter role has been critical this season for a young Seahawks team that is loaded with talent but light on playoff experience.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a team this good,” Bodge said of the Seahawks, who are 11-5 overall and 6-0 in the region. “We won the region my sophomore year, but we didn’t have what this team has. This group has really good chemistry.”

Bodge is a key element in the Seahawks’ chemical composition, joining a rock-solid pitching staff that has recorded four shutouts this season. He also makes up a talented lineup of hitters and fielders that have Myrtle Beach one win away from clinching the region title.

Ironically, Bodge might not be the best pitcher in his family, and maybe not even second. His father was also a star pitcher in high school, and his sister, Carly Grace Bodge, is an ace for the Lady Seahawks softball squad. Their mother may be in the best shape since she spends so much time racing back and forth between both diamonds to see the siblings play.

That trek could get even more exciting as both teams approach the postseason. After another week of play in the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic, a national tournament that should help the Seahawks get ready for the playoffs, Myrtle Beach can clinch the region crown April 18 at Marlboro County, or in the regular-season finale against rival North Myrtle Beach on April 21.

After that, the sky is the limit for this rising Seahawks squad. But Bodge plans to help his young team take the trip one step at a time.

“We still need one more,” Bodge said when asked about wrapping up the region crown. “That’s one of our goals to win the region, but we want to see how far we can go. This is my last year so it would be great to go out (with a state title).”

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