NEWBERRY — Chapin/Newberry American Legion started a home winning streak Friday night behind the strong seven innings pitched from Eric Holton.
He scattered seven hits across those innings, striking out five and walking three.
Holton helped himself at the dish, going 3 for 5 with a double and a home run.
Jack Huggins came in as relief in the eighth inning and finished the 9-3 victory.
The Newberry club scored early and often, plating runners in every inning but the fourth. In the fourth, three runners were left on base.
Chapin/Newberry set the pace in the first inning. Danton Hyman walked, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored on a sac fly to center by Chad Davis.
Kendall Pitts led off the second inning with a single and stole second. Jared Harmon walked and Hyman singled up the middle to score Pitts.
In the third inning, Holton blasted a solo home run over the left field fence to put Chapin/Newberry up 3-0.
Orangeburg Post 4 scored two runs in the top of the fourth making the scored 3-2. Their only other run was scored in the seventh.
C/N’s Chad Davis started the fifth with a single and stole second. Landon Allison walked and Duncan Crotwell singled scoring Davis. Justin Hawkins singled loading the bases; but, the runners were left stranded on a pop fly.
Chapin/Newberry scored two runs in the sixth, two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, making the final score Chapin/Newberry 9 - Orangeburg 3.
The Chapin/Newberry team has eighteen young men on the roster and the majority are high school graduating seniors or rising seniors.
Andrew Livingston, one of the younger members of the team, was asked “As a first time player for American Legion, how has the experience been?”
He said, “The games are a lot longer (9 innings as opposed to high school 7 innings) and it’s one of the best teams I have ever had the opportunity to play on.”
C/N had 15 hits (Hyman 2-4, Olenchuck 2-4, Davis 1-4, Holton 3-5 (2b;hr), Allison 2-4, Pitts 1-3, Crotwell 2-3, Hawkins 2-3).
With a 2-0 record, Chapin/Newberry plays again Monday, June 2, at Newberry College against West Columbia. First pitch is at 7 p.m.