ORANGEBURG — The American Legion regular season ended for Chapin-Newberry in a rarity in baseball — a tie. The June 30 road game against Orangeburg, ironically was a make up for a June 11 rain out.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth and the score tied 1-1, the game was stopped because of lightning.
The field was declared unplayable after more than an inch of rain fell in less than 30 minutes.
The game would have resumed at that point on July 1 in Orangeburg, but since the game had no implications on Chapin-Newberry’s playoff status, a decision was made to forfeit the game and not make a third trip to Orangeburg.
The tie technically was recorded as a loss in the official standings, so Chapin-Newberry finishes the regular season with a 13-3 record and are League 8 regular season champions.
Head Coach DJ Roberts said he was proud of how the team competed and came together throughout the season to win the league championship in the regular season.
“We have a lot of fun together and enjoy playing for each other, which is very important to our success. I am happy that we clinched the number one seed for the playoffs, which was our first goal … but we still have a lot of work to do,” Roberts said.
Part of that work includes building off last Thursday’s performance, a shut-out win over Columbia Northeast.
After the 8-0 win, Chapin-Newberry ran its record to 13-2.
Stellar pitching by Gordon Ziesing (Dutch Fork) and great defense combined to ensure Columbia never had a runner advance beyond first base. Ziesing pitched seven innings and faced twenty five batters.
He gave up four hits, struck out four and issued no walks on his way to a shutout. Newberry’s Patrick Yoder and Jake Bickley pitched innings 8 and 9. Yoder allowed one hit. Bickley faced three batters and had two ground outs and a fly ball to end the game.
Chapin-Newberry scored two runs in the first.
Derrick Olenchuck doubled, Duncan Crotwell and Justin Hawkins were hit pitches and Danton Hyman followed with a two-RBI double.
Four more runs were added in the third. Olenchuck reach first on an error, Crotwell singled and was moved to third by Hawkins. A double by Eric Holton drove in three runs.
Landon Allison walked and Chad Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the second time in the inning.
Kendall Pitts hit a sac fly to center field to score one more run making the score 6-0.
Chapin-Newberry added one run in the fourth and again in fifth for the 8-0 final.
Leading hitters were Olenchuck 2-5, Crotwell 2-4, Hyman 2-4.
The first round of playoffs begins July 7 at Newberry College at 7 p.m.
Chapin-Newberry will be facing the fourth place seed in League 6.
The series will be best 3 of 5 with alternating home/away with games scheduled Monday through Friday as necessary. Newberry County Recreation, Little League, and Dixie Youth players who wear their uniforms will be admitted for free.