NEWBERRY — Whether playing a partial game or a full nine innings, Chapin/Newberry American Legion baseball game found a way to get past Greenville Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.
Greenville defeated Newberry Tuesday night in round two playoff action but Chapin/Newberry was dialed in from the get-go in the continuation of a Monday home game postponed due to inclement weather.
Play resumed in the bottom of the fourth with Chapin/Newberry leading 5-1. C/N worked some two out magic as Peyton Spangler and Derrick Olenchuck singled to put runners on first and second.
Shortstop Justin Hawkins laced a shot up the middle to pick up two RBIs.
Catcher Duncan Crotwell battled and earned a walk and then first baseman Chad Davis singled to load the bases. But Greenville pitcher and Citadel player Kevin Dobbins retired the side with the bases juiced.
Zachery Ziesing took the mound the top of the fifth in relief of his brother, Gordon, who got the win.
C/N added a run in the bottom of the fifth.
With two outs, Danton Hyman doubled to right field and scored on a Spangler single, making the score 8-1.
Greenville scored one run in the ninth inning, making the final score 8-2 tying the series at one win per team.
Game 3 in of the best three of five series started about a half hour after Game 1. the end of the first game.
In Game 3, C/N sent MCHS product Danton Hyman to the mound and he battled for 6 1/3 innings. Hyman walked five, gave up five hits and struck out seven while holding a talented Greenville club to three runs.
The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth. Greenville scored one run on three singles, a walk and a sac fly. They added two more runs in the top of the seventh making the score 3-0.
Chapin/Newberry did not get on the board until the bottom of the seventh.
Olenchuck lead off with a double, moved to third on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice by Davis.
Davis then scored on a double off the wall by Landon Allison to cut the Greenville lead to 3-2.
But the Greenville pitching came through in the clutch in the eighth. Chapin/Newberry had runners on second and third with no outs, but big two strike outs ended the inning with those runners stranded on base.
Davis took the mound for the top of the ninth and set down the Greenville squad to give his club a chance in the final inning of play.
With their backs against the wall, Chapin/Newberry rallied in the bottom of the ninth.
Hunter Booth singled and advanced to third on a double by Davis.
Allison singled to short, scoring Booth.
Davis advanced to third on an errant throw to first allowed Davis to advance from first to third and then an aggressive call on the base paths paid off for C/N.
C/N third base coach waived Davis home and he slid in behind the catcher on a close play to score the winning run.
The team poured out of the dugout onto the field to celebrate the walk-off 4-3 victory.
Chapin/Newberry led the series 2-1 heading into Thursday night play. Results were unavailable at press time but C/N potentially could close the series out with a win at the Greenville Municipal Stadium.
If Greenville won Thursday night, both clubs would meet in the rubber match Friday night at 7 p.m. on Newberry College’s Smith Road Complex field.
Chapin/Newberry, the defending State Champions, would advance to the state tournament in Sumter’s Riley Park as part of an 8-team field. The tournament begins July 25.
Chapin-Newberry improved to 18-4 while Greenville dropped to 21-6 with the loss.
Newberry Mayor Foster Senn threw out the first pitch.