By SETH STRINGER
NICEVILLE — When Doug Martin landed Christian Camacho from Auburn University, the NWF State skipper envisioned a dominant right arm in the rotation.
Based on his first start in Raider red, white and black, Camacho is living up to the hype of an SEC ace.
The 6-foot, 170-pound sophomore shut down Seminole State on Jan. 26 in Orlando, striking out seven and allowing just three hits and no walks over four scoreless innings.
Not only did it earn the 19-year-old the win in a 14-2 rout, it validated Martin's decision to make him the opening-day starter. A week later it also awarded Camacho the Florida College System Activities Association Pitcher of the Week.
Before coming to Niceville, Camacho posted a 2-3 record and 5.45 ERA spread over 12 appearances and eight starts for Auburn. The Illinois native allowed 42 hits over 36 1/3 innings and sported a 26:9 K:BB ratio. Opponents hit .296 against him.
Before that he was an ABCA/Rawlings third-team All-American who as a senior for Elk Grove High School went 12-1 with a 0.80 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 78.2 innings.
Now the sky appears to be the limit for Camacho, who will take the mound this weekend during NWF State's first homestand in the Max Bruner Classic. The Raiders play Enterprise State and East Mississippi in a pair of doubleheaders that start at 11 a.m. both days and conclude with a 5 p.m. first pitch in the nightcap.