NEWBERRY — Chapin-Newberry American Legion was awarded a bye into the State Tournament in Sumter, which begins July 25, and will not play any second round games this week.
The state committee determined that with an odd number of teams remaining in the Lower State bracket after the first round, the team with the best record would be awarded a bye directly into the state tournament, which will be played in Sumter. Chapin-Newberry ended its regular season at 18-0.
Chapin-Newberry American Legion traveled to Dalzell-Shaw on July 7 for the second game in the best three of five state playoff series.
Lefty Danton Hyman had a big night at the plate and on the mound. He shut down Dalzell-Shaw for five innings, giving up no hits and no runs, before being relieved by Josh Haney in the sixth. Hyman (3-5) started the “hit parade” in the top of the third and it didn’t stop until Chapin-Newberry had 23 hits and 21 runs in a 10-run rule seven innings.
Landon Allison had a big night at the plate (3-4) falling just short of the cycle with a walk, a single, a triple and a homerun.
Chapin-Newberry scored four runs in the third and two in the fourth before sending 15 batters to the plate in the fifth and scoring 11 runs on 10 hits making the score 17-0.
Dalzell-Shaw scored a solo homerun in the sixth and one run in the seventh. Chapin-Newberry plated four additional runs in the seventh making the final score 21-2.
Leading hitters were Hyman 3-5 (2b); Allison 3-4 (3b-hr); Crotwell 3-5 (3b); Burton 3-5 (2b); Young 2-2 (2b). Allison lead the team with four RBIs and Hyman and Crotwell each had three RBIs.
On July 8 Chapin-Newberry hosted Dalzell-Shaw in game three of their best of five series and came away with an 8-1 victory. Tristan Smaltz pitched six strong innings for the win striking out five while only yielding three hits and one earned run. Leading hitters for Chapin-Newberry with two hits apiece were Justin Hawkins, Blake Smith, Peyton Spangler and Landon Allison.