NEWBERRY — In the second round of the playoffs, Chapin-Newberry (C-N) Post 193/24 defeated Camden three games to one to advance to the state tournament on July 22 in Sumter.
Chapin-Newberry has swept three games from Goose Creek in the first round.
In the first game on July 12, C-N outscored Camden 8-4 for the victory. C-N scored six runs in the sixth inning to secure the win. Jordan Beatson was the winning pitcher, pitching eight innings, yielding seven hits, striking out 10, with no walks and one earned run.
Logan Folk won the save with no walks, one strikeout, and one walk. Taylor Wiggins completed the battery for both pitchers.
Leading hitters for C-N were Will Kroske and Price Alexander (two RBI’s) with two hits each. The team had 10 hits, four walks, and eight strikeouts.
In game 2 on Thursday, Tristan Smaltz (8 2/3) earned the win, yielding no runs, striking out seven with two walks. Saving the game was Bryan Helms, getting the final out. Taylor Wiggins completed the battery for both pitchers.
Leading batters for C-N were Ward Hacklin with three hits (including a home run), Robert King and Andrew Livingston with two hits each. The four RBI’s were by King, Hacklin, Livingston, and Preston Farmer. C-N mustered only four runs on 10 hits, four walks, and six strikeouts.
In game 3, Camden fought back with an 8-6 win by sealing the victory with four runs in the top of the eighth. They needed only eight hits to C-N’s 10 hits for the victory.
Pitching for C-N were Kyle McCary, Jeb Fulmer and John Steven Trammell with Fulmer taking the loss. McCary pitched seven innings, yielding seven runs, striking out four and walking two. Chandler Todd completed the battery for all three pitchers. Camden had only eight hits compared to 13 by C-N.
Leading batters for C-N were Robert King with three hits, Preston Farmer had two, Will Kroske had two and Ward Hacklin had two (one home run.) Chandler Todd had a hit with two walks and Hacklin had two RBI’s.
Game 4 (held in Camden) was a 9-6 victory for C-N. The game was not too close until Camden scored four runs, two in the eighth and two in the ninth. C-N could muster only nine hits compared to the 12 by Camden.
Pitching for C-N were Trey Huber (4.2 innings), Preston Farmer (four innings), and Bryan Helms (0.1). Huber earned the win, giving up seven hits, two earned runs, striking out five and walking only three batters. Farmer gave up four hits, two earned runs, five strikeouts, and three walks. Helms gave up one hit. Completing the battery for all three pitchers was Taylor Higgins.
Leading hitters for C-N were Ward Hacklin and Trey Kinard, with two hits each.
Chapin-Newberry has qualified for the 8-team SC State Tournament to be played July 22 in Sumter. The winner of this tournament will move on to the Regional Tournament in Asheboro, N.C.