SUMTER — Chapin-Newberry’s offense was shut down and shut out in its 6-0 loss to Sumter on Saturday at the American Legion baseball state tournament.
But no one would have guessed that on Sunday.
C-N batted around in four separate innings against Spartanburg Post 28 – collecting 20 hits in the process – and got six innings of 1-hit ball from starter Danton Hyman in a 17-0, 7-inning rout at Riley Park to stave off elimination.
Post 193/24 improved to 20-5 and will take on the Camden-Inman loser on Monday at 1 p.m. Spartanburg finished its season at 20-11.
“It feels good to come out and swing the bats the way we know we can,” Chapin-Newberry head coach DJ Roberts said. “I think we just had more energy today. We came out flat (against Sumter). But we switched some things up and I told our guys to go out and show we’re a good team.
“We’re not going down without a fight.”
From the third inning on, however, the game wasn’t much of one. C-N put up six runs in the third, three in the fourth and four more in the fifth and sixth innings. Post 193/24 had at least three hits in all but two innings, forcing Spartanburg to turn to five different pitchers to try to stop the bleeding.
“We’ve been pitching thin all summer, and that definitely hurt us these last two games,” Post 28 head coach Barry Keith said. “Our starters only made it a couple of innings, and that hurts when you’re already thin on arms. I’m proud of the kids because we made it this far and not many teams do. I’m sorry that they didn’t get to perform as well as they are capable of.”
Spartanburg’s calling card this season has been its offense, but Hyman was able to stymie Post 28’s bats all day. The left-hander allowed just a third-inning single to Luke Graves, striking out five and walking two over six frames.
“I was able to get all three of my pitches over for strikes, and when you can do that, it keeps the other team off balance,” Hyman said. “We’ve got a good pitching coach who called a good game and I had a great defense behind me.”
Hyman’s only trouble came in the third after C-N had taken a 6-0 lead. A leadoff walk and then an error put two men on with none out. But after a sacrifice bunt, Hyman struck out Grayland Fowler for the second out, walked Zack Pender and then got Graves to ground out to second to escape the inning with no damage done.
“The main thing was I just had to slow down and pitch,” Hyman said. “That’s the key. You have to just slow down and make your pitches.”
“That was huge,” Roberts said of the inning. “To preserve that lead and walk off with no runs across and get that momentum back was big. It allowed us to be able to add to our lead the next few innings.”
Hyman was also one of a number of offensive stars for the game, going 2-for-5 with three runs driven in. Derek Olenchuk collected three hits – including a 3-run homer in the fifth – and was on base four times.
Peyton Spangler, Eric Holton and Hunter Booth all had two hits with Spangler driving in three runs as well. Justin Hawkins had an RBI double in the third and Chad Davis had a 2-run single in the same inning as well.