NEWBERRY — Post No. 24 fielded its first American Legion team in recent years as the Chapin/Newberry American Legion opened the regular season May 27 against Lexington on Newberry College’s baseball field.
A large crowd was on hand to welcome American Legion Baseball back to Newberry.
The team returned to the area in style as Chapin/Newberry shut out Lexington 10-0.
Chapin Post Commander Tom Fincher and Newberry Post Commander Jim Talbot threw out the first pitches.
Gordon Ziesing was in command on the mound for Chapin/Newberry. Ziesing had six strikeouts, no walks and gave up just four hits in seven innings of play.
The 10-run mercy rule ended the game in the bottom of the seventh when Peyton Spangler got a hit up the middle to score Danton Hyman, the 10th run for the home team.
C/N’s first score was in the bottom of the third. Hyman led off with a single up the middle, moved to second on a Spangler ground out and scored on a Chad Davis double.
Three runs were scored the bottom of the fifth. Jack Huggins led off with a double to left field, moved to third on a balk and scored on a ground out by Hyman. With one out, Spangler, Justin Hawkins and Chad Davis singled loading the bases for Landon Allison who hit a sac fly to score Spangler. Eric Holton singled to score Hawkins.
C/N scored five additional runs in the fifth. Hunter Booth, Andrew Livingston and Hyman walked loading the bases for Spangler, who was also walked, scoring a run. Hawkins hit a triple to center field and scored Livingston, Hyman and Spangler. Allison singled scoring Hawkins and making the score 9-0.
Lexington threatened in the second and sixth innings, but a strike out and a double play ended the threats.
Leading hitters were Spangler 2-3; Hawkins 2-4 (3b); Davis 2-4 (2b); Booth 2-3; Huggins 1-2 (2B); Hyman 1-3; Allison 1-3; Holton 1-4.
The next game is May 30 at Newberry College when Chapin/ Newberry takes on Orangeburg. Local legend Billy O’Dell will be on hand to throw out the first pitch.