NEWBERRY —Behind the stalwart pitching of Gordon Ziesing, Chapin/Newberry American Legion won the first game of a best of five series with Greer, 12-2 Monday night.
Ziesing faced twenty nine batters, struck out six, walked two, hit two, gave up six hits and two runs (one earned).
The pitching and great defense retired Greer in order for the first three innings. A 1-3 double play in the fourth and a 3-6-1 double play in the fifth shut down scoring threats.
Good pitching, solid hitting, great defense and a large home town crowd jump started C/N to take the lead in the first bookend that early lead by closing out the game on a walk off double by Danton Hyman in the seventh.
Greer scored one run in the sixth on three hits. A second run was added in the seventh with two free passes and an error.
As they have done all season, Chapin/Newberry took control early.
In the first inning Peyton Spangler singled and moved to second on Justin Hawkins’ single.
A passed ball advanced the runners and Danton Hyman’s single up the middle scored Spangler.
Duncan Crotwell then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Hawkins.
C/N added two more runs in the second.
Eric Holton and Kendall Pitts walked and Derrick Olenchuck hit into a fielder’s choice. Spangler singled, scoring Holton and Olenchuck.
Then, Hyman lead off the third with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.
Right fielder Eric Holton doubled to the left field gap to score Hyman.
In the bottom of the fourth, lead off batter, Kendall Pitts, walked and Derrick Olenchuch singled.
Spangler laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to third and second.
Hawkins walked loading the bases for Hyman who singled to score Pitts.
Crotwell again came through with a sacrifice fly to center field to scored Olenchuck, making the score 7-0.
Chapin/Newberry was shut out in the fifth and sixth innings but finished the game off in the seventh.
Lead off batter, Landon Allison, singled and Holton walked.
Chad Davis singled to score Allison. Olenchuck walked and Spangler singled.
Davis got caught in a pickle at third for the second out of the inning.
With runners on first and second, Hawkins hit a long fly ball that bounced off the top of the wall in left field for a double to score two runs.
Hyman ended the game with a walk off double to left field, scoring Hawkins.
The mercy rule was enforced ending the game with a final score of 12-2.
Leading hitters for Chapin/Newberry were Olenchuck (1-4), Spangler (3-3), Hawkins (2-3), Hyman (3-4), Allison (1-4), Holton (1-2), and Davis (1-3).
The second game in the best of 5 series was played in Greer, Tuesday July 8 though the score was unavailable at press time.
Game three is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 at the Smith Road Complex. Games four and five will be played if necessary.
For game one, Dale Eargle, the new Post 24 Commander threw out the ceremonial first pitch.