Protest over possible ineligible Greenville player could extend season

Last updated: July 21. 2014 10:46AM - 507 Views
By Ann Threatt For The Newberry Observer

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NEWBERRY — Chapin-Newberry lost two Legion playoff games to Greenville Post 3 last week, losses that in all likelihood eliminated them from the state tournament unless a protest filed by Chapin-Newberry is ruled in their favor.

Game 5, which was played Friday in Newberry, was played under protest by Chapin-Newberry due to player eligibility issues.

The protest was to be decided no later than Monday. Scenarios include Chapin-Newberry could lose the protest; Greenville forfeits game 5; or Greenville forfeits the entire series. At press time, the decision on the protest had not been made.

On Thursday, Chapin-Newberry let a 7-1 lead over Greenville Post 3 slip away in the seventh inning in game four of the second round of state playoffs.

Greenville scored five runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to tie the game. A lead-off walk , a single and a throwing error scored the winning run for Greenville in the bottom of the 12th inning for a final score of 9-8.

Clinton’s Peyton Spangler pitched for Chapin-Newberry. He was relieved in the seventh inning by Gordon Ziesing (Dutch Fork).

After leaving runners stranded in the first and second innings, Chapin-Newberry got the hit parade going in the top of the third.

Hyman lead off with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Spangler.

Derrick Olenchuck doubled, scoring Hyman. Chad Davis singled and scored Olenchuck. Landon Allison singled and Hunter Booth walked.

With ducks on the pond, Harmon fired a singled into left field, sending Davis and Allison across the plate.

Eric Holton singled and sent Booth and Harmon home. Hyman got his second hit of the inning and sent Holton to second. A ground out ended the inning with six posted on the scoreboard.

One run was added in the seventh and eighth innings. Hawkins led off with a single in the top of the seventh. Davis doubled and Hawkins scored on a sac fly by Allison.

Hyman led off the eighth with a single, moved to second on a single by Olenchuck and scored on a single by Allison.

Chapin-Newberry left runners on base in the 10th and 12th innings.

The loss tied the three of five series at two each and forced a deciding game five played July 18 at Newberry College.

In the final game of the series, right hander Jack Huggins got the start and pitched 3.1 innings. He faced 19 batters, struck out five, walked two, gave up six hits and four runs (2 earned). He was relieved in the third by Patrick Yoder who pitched 5.2 innings.

Yoder faced 24 batters, gave up three hits, walked three, struck out five and gave up two earned runs.

Chapin-Newberry scored its only run in the bottom of the first inning.

Danton Hyman led off with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Spangler laid down a perfect bunt for a hit. Olenchuck scored Hyman and moved Spangler to third on a single up the middle.

Davis hit a fly ball to deep right field. Spangler tagged up and headed home to be tagged out on a perfect throw from the right fielder to the catcher. With two outs, a fielder’s choice retired the side with just one run.

Greenville answered by scoring a run in the top of the second on a walk and two base hits.

The game remained tied until the top of the fourth. Greenville led off with a home run over the right field fence. A walk, and two hits later, the bases were loaded. An error scored two more runs making the score 4-1.

Greenville did not score again until the top of the ninth. Two walks, a single and a sacrifice fly allowed two runs to score , for the 6-1 final.

Chapin-Newberry struck out only two times but the club was held to seven hits for the night, one of the lowest numbers of the season.

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