NEWBERRY — Chapin-Newberry relied on the hot bat of Peyton Spangler and the arms of the Ziesing brothers to squeak by with a 3-2 win over West Columbia on Tuesday.
Spangler had three of the team’s five hits with Danton Hyman (1-5) and Kendall Pitts (1-4) as the other two hitters for the club.
Gordon Ziesing battled heat and humidity but logged seven innings of work. Gordon struck out six and scattered nine hits while hitting one batter. He allowed two runs.
After the seventh, Zackary Ziesing came on in relief to for the final two innings for the save.
Zackary struck out two and worked out of jams, from hitting one batter and walking another, to preserve the victory.
As has been the team’s habit of late Chapin-Newberry scored early.
Spangler singled in the bottom of the first, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.
After Derrick Olenchuck, Landon Allison reached first on a passed ball on a third strike which scored Spangler.
Chapin-Newberry added another run in the third when Spangler singled, Hawkins walked and Olenchuck laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to third and second.
Spangler hit a fly ball to left center field that drove in Allison.
Chapin-Newberry added its third run in the bottom of the fifth.
Olenchuck walked and stole second, stole third and stole home making the score 3-2.
Though they managed nine hits, West Columbia scored only two runs thanks to a few defensive gems by C/N and to the Ziesing brothers’ ability to pitch in damage control mode.
In the first inning with runners on first and second and two outs the Lexington lead runner advanced on a single to center. He then broke a Cardinal rule of baseball when he made the final out of the inning at the plate as the runner tried to head home.
Instead of home plate, the runner found himself caught in a pickle and was tagged out by the catcher, Hunter Booth.
The current standings in League 8 are: Chapin Newberry 8-1; Lexington 6-4; Orangeburg 5-6; Columbia NE 3-5; West Columbia 2-8
Chapin-Newberry finishes out the week with the two Columbia teams. On Friday, June 20, C/N travels to Brooklyn Cayce High to face West Columbia for the second time this week.
On Saturday, June 21, Chapin/Newberry will play a double header against Columbia NE at Newberry College. The first
game will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the second game will begin thirty minutes after the first game ends.
Next week Chapin-Newberry plays second place Lexington on June 23 at Newberry College; travels to Columbia NE on June 24; travels to West Columbia on June 25; and to Orangeburg on June 30 to finish the regular season.
First round of playoffs begins July 7.