CAYCE —West Columbia gave Chapin/Newberry all it could handle through eight innings Wednesday night but with the score tied at three, C/N use a breakout top of the ninth to turn a nail biter into a 10-4 victory.
Danton Hyman kept C/N close as he pitched six and two thirds innings, striking out nine, while walking just one. He allowed two hits and one earned run.
Chapin/Newberry got him some early run support in the top of the second.
Lead off batter Landon Allison hit a shot over the center field fence for a solo home run.
Chad Davis singled and moved to third on a Jared Harmon double.
Davis scored on a Duncan Crotwell single, making the score 2-0.
West Columbia answered in the bottom of the second by scoring a run on two errors.
The score remained 2-1 until the top of the seventh.
Derrick Olenchuck hit a home run over center field fence to give C/N a 3-1 lead over West Columbia.
And just like the last game C/N played at BC Field with West Columbia, the bottom of the eighth was deadly. The first two batters singled putting runners on first and second.
A wild pitch advanced the runners to third and second.
It looked as if C/N would escape the inning unscathed after a strike out and ground out.
But Brooklyn Cayce worked a little two out magic to get back into the game.
With runners on second and third, the next batter walked.
The C/N pitcher threw a wild pitch with the bases juiced and two runs scored to tie the game at three. After a single, the go ahead run advanced to third but C/C induced a ground out to get out of the inning tied 3-3.
Then, in the top of the ninth with their backs against the wall, Chapin/Newberry responded by scoring seven runs.
Hawkins, Hyman, Holton, and Allison walked consecutively to score the go ahead run.
Davis followed with a double to drive in two runs.
Zackary Ziesing was hit by a pitch and Pitts walked, scoring another run.
Duncan Crotwell then hit a triple to left field, scoring three runs.
West Columbia tried for another rally but the C/N pitching of Patrick Yoder, Derrick Olenchuck and Zackary Ziesing held them to one run in the bottom of the ninth and C/N won 10-4.
C/N overcame some walks and wild pitches as well as some stranded base runners to improve its record to 12-2.
C/N left 12 men on base despite producing eleven hits.
Leading hitters were Duncan Crotwell (2-5, triple), Danton Hyman (2-5), Landon Allison (1-2, home run), Chad Davis (3-4, two doubles) and Jared Harmon (1-2, double).
The win moves Chapin/Newberry had two regular season games left on Thursday, June 26, against Columbia NE and Monday, June 30, against Orangeburg. Playoffs begin July 7.