NEWBERRY — The Junior and Senior American Legion teams played a doubleheader on July 5 at the Newberry College Smith Road Complex.
This was the first game in a best of three for District Champions for the Juniors to qualify for the state tournament in Socastee.
In the first game, the Juniors lost to Union 4-3 in a game that had many plays that were less than desirable, on both teams. Newberry scored its three runs in the second and fourth innings. Union took advantage of Newberry’s errors and scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Union had nine hits throughout the game, with Samuel Brannon going 3-for-4 and Anthony McLaren and Princeton Hunter getting two hits each. Newberry could only squeeze out six hits, with Preston Farmer going 2 for 3.
Jacob Wicker hit a triple, Chase McCarley had a double, and Adam Kesler and Al Moore hit a single. Both teams stranded seven men on base. Q. Morman pitched all seven innings for Union and Preston Farmer pitched 5.33 innings for Newberry with Wesley Livingston pitching the final 1.67 innings.
On July 7, the Juniors traveled to Union for the second game of the three-game series. Union scored seven runs in the second inning and led by as much as 9-2 until the “Redmen” came alive in the sixth inning. They tied the game with five runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.
Union was held scoreless in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings by the superb pitching of John Steven Trammel (the Iron Man) while getting a hit and a walk in three at bats during this span.
Adam Kesler and Collins Remion contributed two hits each of Newberry’s nine hits as compared to 10 hits for Union. Union was led at the plate by the following with two hits each: Samuel Brannon, TT Kershaw, and Trey Parks, who also had three RBI’s.
This game eliminated Newberry’s American Legion Juniors for the year, but the one-run loss in Union proved that they never gave up. The Juniors record was 8-5.
In the second game of the July 5 double-header, the Seniors defeated Hartsville 11–1 in seven innings, with Ryan Stoudemire handling the 3rpitching duties. Stoudemire allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk over the seven innings.
On July 6, the Seniors traveled to Hartsville where they lost their first game in the playoffs. Hartsville beat Chapin-Newberry 8-2.
On July 7, the Seniors returned to their home field to take on Hartsville in the third game of a five game series. Chapin-Newberry struggled in the first three innings, allowing Hartsville to score three runs. However, in the fourth inning, the Seniors took charge of the field and ended up scoring 12 runs.
Kyle McCrary started on the mound going six innings. Peyton Spangler came in and pitched two innings. Corey Stone came in to pitch the final inning.
On July 8, the Seniors again traveled back to Hartsville to end the first round of the playoffs with a 10-3 victory.
Chapin-Newberry Senior American Legion team advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Seniors will host Camden at 7 p.m. Monday in a best of five game series at the Newberry College Smith Road Complex.