NEWBERRY — Chapin/Newberry shook off a rain delay and overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat the visiting Columbia NE squad 9-8 Monday night.
Chapin/Newberry pitched by committee. Zackary Ziesing started and pitched two scoreless innings.
Pat Yoder pitched the third and fourth innings and Jared Harmon pitched the fifth.
Danton Hyman returned to mound for the first time after breaking his thumb in the first game of the season and pitched the sixth inning. Landon Allison pitched the seventh.
Columbia NE took the lead in the top of the third by scoring two runs.
Chapin/Newberry answered in the third with one run.
Lead off batter Hunter Booth walked and moved to second on a single by Andrew Livingston.
Danton Hyman singled up the middle loading the bases for Duncan Crotwell who hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Booth.
Chapin/Newberry took a commanding lead in the bottom of the fourth by adding a six spot to the score board.
Jared Harmon started the inning with a single and Booth moved him to third on a double. Hyman laced a ground ball past second base to score Harmon.
Crotwell was hit by pitch and Peyton Spangler singled, scoring Booth and Hyman. Landon Allison reached base on an error and scored Crotwell.
Jake Bickley hit to deep right field for a triple, scoring Spangler and Allison.
Columbia NE got back into the game, adding three unearned runs the top of the fifth. Yoder walked, advanced to second and reached third on a pass ball.
On a double steal, Yoder scored and Livingston reached second. Crotwell was hit by pitch and Spangler reached on an error loading the bases. Allison walked scoring Livingston.
Chapin/Newberry needed the insurance run because Columbia NE scored three runs in the sixth making to cut the lead to 9-8.
Hitters were Hyman 2-4, Spangler 1-4, Harmon 1-3, Booth 2-3, Livingston 1-3, and Bickley 1-3 (triple).
Chapin/Newberry record improves to 5-1 and holds the number one spot in League 8.
Chapin/Newberry has three road games, June 10 at Lexington and June 11 and June 16 in Orangeburg, before they return home June 17 to play at the Smith Road Complex.