NEWBERRY — Rain caused game 1 of the Chapin/Newberry - Greeville American Legion Series to be postponed after the top of the fourth inning. Prior to that downpour the game was suspended thirty minutes for lightning.
Dutch Fork’s Gordon Ziesing retired the side on nine pitches Chapin/Newberry. Nine pitches, with ground outs to second and shortstop followed by a strike out.
Chapin/Newberry scored one run in the first. As rain fell, Peyton Spangler, Derrick Olenchuck and Justin Hawkins walked.
Spangler scored on a fly ball by Duncan Crotwell.
Chapin/Newberry led 1-0 at the end of the first.
In the bottom of the third, Danton Hyman lead off with a double to left field.
Spangler reached first on an error as the Greenville pitcher mishandled his bunt. Olenchuck walked, loading the bases. After two strike outs, Chad Davis laced a double to left field, scoring Hyman and Spangler.
Olenchuck scored and Davis advanced to third on a passed ball. Landon Allison walked and was caught in a pickle at first that allowed Davis to score from third.
Allison slid under the tag and was safe at second, but the 4-run third inning ended with a strikeout to strand him on base.
After a 30-minute lightning delay, Greenville scored in the top of the fourth. After Jordon Ford singled and stole second, Ryan Mason singled to score Ford.
The game was suspended after the top of the fourth with the score Chapin/Newberry 5 - Greenville 1.
Play resumes for Game 1 Wednesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. In that game C/N leads 5-1 going into the bottom of the 4th inning.
Game 3 follows as soon as possible after the end of Game 1.
The 50/50 raffle for game 1 will be drawn in the 7th inning as usual and all fans who paid for Game 1 will be admitted free for that game.
Game 2 will be played Tuesday as scheduled, July 15, at 7 p.m. at the old Greenville Braves Stadium on Mauldin Road in Greenville.
Robert Livingston IV with the Chapin/Newberry American Legion team said the group, “is obligated to keep the gate and be prepared to split with Greenville if this the 3rd and deciding game or if tonight is postponed to Thursday - and that is the final game.”
All fans must pay admission for Game 3, which immediately follows the completion of Game 1.
Senator Ronnie Cromer threw out the first pitch Monday night.
Mayor Foster Senn will throw out the first pitch for game 3 on Wednesday. All City and County Rec League players who wear their jerseys will be admitted free.