NEWBERRY — Not even a downpour could dampen the momentum of Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball Wednesday as the club overcame soggy field conditions to log a 13-1 win and sweep Greer 3-0 in playoff action.
As of 5:30 p.m. the infield at Newberry College contained a lot of water but by 8:15 p.m. the Newberry College grounds keeper had the field ready for Greer Post 115 and Chapin-Newberry Post 193-24.
Chapin-Newberry staked a strong claim to a sweep in the bottom of the second by sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs. Justin Hawkins led off with a single and scored from first on a single by Chad Davis.
Landon Allison walked and Jake Bickley singled, loading the bases. A walk issued to Peyton Spangler scored Davis and kept the bases loaded for Duncan Crotwell, who delivered a single up the middle to score Allison and Bickley. Derrick Olenchuck singled and scored Spangler.
In their second at-bats of the inning, Hawkins and Davis singled, scoring Crotwell and Olenchuck. Allison was issued another free pass. But the inning ended with ducks on the pond, as a batter flied out with the bases loaded.
Chapin-Newberry continued to pound out runs in the bottom of the third. Jared Harmon and Spangler walked. Olenchuck tripled on a hit to the right field wall, scoring Harmon and Spangler. Hawkins doubled, scoring Olenchuck; and Davis doubled, scoring Hawkins.
After three innings C/N led 11-0. Two more runs were added in the bottom of the sixth. Lead off batter Eric Holton walked. The next three batters — Bickley, Harmon, Spangler — each singled which scored Holton. Crotwell then singled to score Bickley.
Jack Huggins went five innings for Chapin-Newberry, facing 21 batters, striking out three, walking one and hitting one. Huggins did not allow an earned run. He was relived in the sixth by Patrick Yoder and the seventh by Hunter Booth and Peyton Spangler.
Greer scored its only run in the top of the seventh. The 10-run mercy rule ended the game in the seventh with Chapin/Newberry winning 13-1.
C-N 8, Greer 5 Tuesday night
GREER — Behind the gutsy pitching of Danton Hyman, Chapin/Newberry Post 193-24 took a commanding lead in the first round of the Upper State Playoffs by defeating Greer 8-5 and taking a 2-0 lead in the best 3 of 5 series.
When Hyman toed the rubber July 8 at Stevens Field in Greer, the lefty pitched six innings, facing 27 batters, walking four, while striking out 9. He allowed four hits and two runs, one of which was earned.
Greer pushed first runs of the game across the dish in the bottom of the third. Bryson Williams tripled to deep center and scored on a Tyler Crowe single. Ethan Bray walked and Crowe scored on an error, making the score 2-0.
Chapin/Newberry answered in the top of the fourth by scoring three runs. Peyton Spangler led off with a single and was moved to second by Justin Hawkins’ high hopper to third.
Spangler scored on a ground out by Danton Hyman. Duncan Crotwell walked and Hawkins scored on a dropped fly ball to center field. Chad Davis singled to score Crotwell. C/N took the lead 3-2.
After a three up three down fifth, Chapin/Newberry added two more runs in the sixth. Hyman walked. Crotwell singled moving Hyman to second. The first out of the inning came as Hyman was caught leaning and picked off at second.
Crotwell stole second and Landon Allison singled. Davis stroked a double to the leftfield gap and scored Crotwell and Allison giving C/N a 5-2 lead. C/N added another run in the seventh.
Derrick Olenchuck doubled to lead off the inning. Hawkins walked and Hyman singled scoring Olenchuck.
With a 6-2 lead, Chapin/Newberry called for a new pitcher, Zackery Ziesing. Facing Greer’s top of the order, he allowed a double and a single to put a runner in scoring position. After a fly out to short, Mike Urueta singled to score a Greer run.
Another run scored on a passed ball and the third run scored on a stolen base. Just eight batters later, Greer was within one run of tying the game.
C/N looked to get some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth but it took two-out magic to do it. After Davis walked with two outs, Hunter Booth laced a single to the left center field gap to score Davis. Booth then stole second and Olenchuck doubled to score Booth and make the final 8-5 score.
The three game sweep gives Chapin/Newberry some rest before they face Greenville in the second round of playoffs. Greenville won their first round with a three-game sweep of Clover.
Defending state champion Chapin/Newberry currently ranks third in the state and has home field advantage against Greenville, who ranks fourth.
The best-of-five series begins at 7 p.m July 14, at Newberry College. The winner earns a spot in the American Legion State Tournament in Sumter.