NEWBERRY — The season has been extended for the Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball team after an ineligible player protest against Greenville was upheld Monday.
The defending state champions will head back to Sumter after a 3-2 series victory over Greenville last week in game 5.
Chapin-Newberry is now 19-5 overall on the season. The team travels to Sumter on Friday for a team orientation and cookout.
State tournament play begins at Riley Park on Saturday and continues through Wednesday.
The eight teams playing for the state championship are:
Upper State: (1) Inman, (2) Chapin/Newberry, (3) Rock Hill, (4) Spartanburg
Lower State: (1) Florence, (2) Camden, (3) Sumter, (4) Hartsville, Georgetown or Manning to be determined by a play in this week.
Chapin-Newberry squares off Saturday at 1 p.m. with a 25-8 Sumter team.
Three other games will be played on Saturday: a 9:30 a.m. contest of Inman vs #4 in lower state, a 4:30 p.m. game of Rock Hill versus Camden and an 8 p.m. contest between Florence and Spartanburg.
Four games will be played Sunday. The winners and losers of the Sumter versus Chapin-Newberry and Florence versus Spartanburg games will face each other on Sunday. The losers will play at 1 p.m. and the winners square off Sunday at 8 p.m.