NEWBERRY — The Chapin/Newberry American Legion baseball team bounced back from a June 4 loss to Lexington to defeat Orangeburg Post 4 9-7.
Newberry High product Pat Yoder started his first game for Chapin/Newberry. Using a 3/4 arm slot to give Orangeburg a different look, Yoder pitched six innings and gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, one hit batter and struck out one.
Orangeburg plated three unearned runs while Yoder was in the game.
For the first two innings, Chapin/Newberry loaded the bases but ended the inning with those ducks still on the pond.
In the bottom of the third, Chapin/Newberry scored their first two runs. Peyton Spangler walked and Justin Hawkins sat dead red on a 3-1 count. Hawkins hit a moon shot over the center field fence.
After a ground out to second, Kendall Pitts singled up the middle and Hunter Booth walked.
Orangeburg changed pitchers and the side was retired stranding two on base.
Chapin/Newberry scored two more runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
In the fourth, Danton Hyman and Peyton Spangler singled and Hawkins walked to load the bases. Landon Allison hit a full count sac fly to center field, scoring Hyman and Spangler on an errant throw.
Booth was issued a walk in the fifth and Duncan Crotwell stroked a double to center field scoring Booth. Jake Bickley plated Crotwell with a single to left.
In the bottom of the sixth Hawkins led off by going over the left field fence. Allison and Pitts followed with singles.
With runners on first and second, Crotwell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Allison.
Chapin/Newberry scored its last run in the seventh. Hyman singled to right field and scored on a double Hawkins hit to right centerfield.
Orangeburg was held scoreless until the top of the fifth when three unearned runs were scored.
Andrew Livingston relieved Yoder in the seventh and eighth and Jared Harmon closed things out in the ninth.
By then Orangeburg had scored one run in the seventh and three in the eighth to climb back into the game.
The defense behind Harmon slammed the door on thoughts of a rally, though.
Orangeburg led off the top of the ninth with a ground out to short. The next batter was issued a walk, placing the tying run at the dish.
Harmon induced a ground ball to short and the game ended on a 6-4-3 double play.
First time legion coach Douglas Roberts was asked about his team after the game.
“I am proud of Pat Yoder for how he competed on the mound, he showed a lot of heart,” he said. “Justin Hawkins had an incredible game. It’s a pleasure to coach a player with such talent and who plays the game the right way. From top to bottom, I am pleased with how hard all of my players played and we had a great team win.”
Leading hitters for Chapin/Newberry were Danton Hyman 3-5, Peyton Spangler 2-4, Justin Hawkins 4-4 (2-hr; 2b), Landon Allison 1-4, Kendall Pitts 2-5, Duncan Crotwell 1-2 (2b), and Jake Bickley 2-4.
With a 4-1 record, Chapin/Newberry has a four game slate this week.
They face Columbia-Northeast on June 9 for the first time this year, on June 10 travel to Lexington and June 11 they visit Orangeburg. Chapin/Newberry returns home June 13 to face Columbia-Northeast for the second time.