NEWBERRY — After a late game loss to West Columbia Friday night, where West Columbia scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth, Chapin-Newberry showed no mercy on Columbia Northeast in a Saturday doubleheader at Newberry College.
In Friday night action, Chapin-Newberry gave up four runs in the bottom of the eighth and lost to West Columbia 4-3.
Dutch Fork hurler Eric Holton threw seven scoreless innings striking out eight, hitting one batter and issuing one walk. The eighth inning was West Columbia’s inning, as Holton walked two batters putting runners on first and second and the tying run at the plate.
Clinton’s Landon Allison was called to the mound to face the top of the order for West Columbia. The first batter singled loading the bases and he next batter hit a high chopper to the pitcher for an RBI ground out. The third batter blasted a base clearing three-run homer over the right field fence, making the score 4-3.
Chapin-Newberry first score was in the third. Danton Hyman lead off with a single and scored on a Duncan Crotwell double.
The second run was scored in the fourth. Justin Hawkins and Derrick Olenchuck walked and moved to third and second on a perfectly placed sac bunt by Holton. Hawkins scored on a pass ball and Olenchuck moved to third. Kendall Pitts walked placing runners on the corners. A strike out ended the inning.
The third run was added for Chapin-Newberry in the fifth. After a strikeout, Crotwell hit his second double of the day. He moved to third on a single by Peyton Spangler and scored on a sac fly to right field by Hawkins.
With their team down by one in the top of the ninth, the led off batter flied out. Hyman singled reaching first. The game ended on a double play by West Columbia.
Chapin-Newberry vs. Columbia NE — Game 1: 17-1
Mid-Carolina lefty Danton Hyman got the afternoon off to a solid start while he was on the mound for Chapin-Newberry. He gave up three hits, one run and issued one walk in four innings. Patrick Yoder pitched the fifth and final inning.
Columbia NE scored its only run in the top of the first.
Chapin-Newberry wasted no time calling the bats to action, plating one run in the first to answer Columbia NE’s run.
Lead off batter Peyton Spangler singled up the middle and was picked off first base for the first out of the inning. After a ground out to first by the second batter, Justin Hawkins hit a shot to left field for a double.
Danton Hyman was hit by a pitch and Duncan Crotwell scored Hawkins on a hard hit ball to short. The side was retired with two men on base.
Thirteen Chapin-Newberry batters went to the plate in the second inning. Landon Allison started the inning with a single. Jake Bickley, Jared Harmon and Spangler reached base on errors and scored Allison. Derrick Olenchuck doubled scoring Bickley and Harmon. Hawkins doubled scoring Harmon and Spangler. Hyman was hit by a pitch for the second time.
Eric Holton reach base on an error loading the bases. Allison walked scoring Hawkins. Bickley hit into a fielder’s choice scoring Hyman. Harmon singled up the middle and scored Holton. The side was retired after plating nine runs making the score 10-1.
The third inning saw 11 batters come to the plate and seven runs scored. Lead off batter Olenchuck walked and Hawkins singled. Hyman reached on an error and Crotwell singled, scoring Olenchuck.
The base runners moved up a base on a balk, scoring Hawkins. Allison, Harmon and Spangler all walked which scored Hyman and Crotwell. Olenchuck singled, scoring Allison and Harmon. Spangler scored on a passed ball to Hawkins who stuck out to end the inning.
The mercy rule ended the game after five innings.
Chapin-Newberry vs. Columbia NE — Game 2: 11-1
Chad Davis allowed three hits over four innings and did not walk a batter. He allowed one run on the evening but then he was relieved in the fifth by Newberry High’s Jake Bickley, who retired the side 3 up, 3 down. He struck out the first batter and induced the next two batters to ground out to second baseman, Andrew Livingston.
The defense behind Davis was strong. Jack Huggins robbed a sure double from Columbia NE with a diving catch at third and a strong throw to first. Bickley turned a 3-6-3 double play when he fielded a ground ball to first and threw a shot to Hawkins at second, who returned a bullet to Bickley at first. This was Chapin-Newberry’s fourth double play in its last three games.
Chapin-Newberry scored six runs in the first. Lead off batter Spangler singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Olenchuck. Spangler eventually scored on throwing errors. Hawkins walked and Hyman doubled, scoring Hawkins. Crotwell reached on an error that scored Hyman and Crotwell scored on the same play’s throwing errors. After Jack Huggins singled, Bickley, Harmon, Spangler and Olenchuck walked to plate two additional runs.
Columbia NE scratched across one run in the second but Chapin-Newberry answered as Hyman walked and stole his way around the bases to home.
Crotwell and Holton were issued free passes. Huggins hit a double to left field to score Crotwell and Holton. Harmon singled to score Huggins. Chapin-Newberry scored its last run in the third on a led off double by Hawkins and a single RBI by Holton. The 10-run mercy rule was called to end the game after five innings.
Chapin-Newberry’s record improves to 10-2 and continues to lead League 8. The last regular season home game is at 7 p.m. June 23 at Newberry College.