NEWBERRY — On June 23, Chapin-Newberry hosted Lexington at Newberry College’s Smith Road Complex.
Prior to the beginning of the game, a special Quilt of Valor presentation was made to World War II veterans Chester Hawkins and Joe Welborn by Anne Mixon, coordinator for the SC Quilts of Valor.
Tristan Smaltz took the mound for Chapin-Newberry and tossed six innings. He faced 25 batters, struck out seven, issued three walks, gave up five hits and no runs. Trey Huber came on in relief in the seventh inning and completed the shut out.
Chapin-Newberry’s first scores came in the bottom of the first. Justin Hawkins doubled and scored on Ryan Stoudemire’s single. Landon Allison singled moving Stoudemire to second and Duncan Crotwell singled scoring Stoudemire.
Four more runs were plated in the bottom of the second. Andrew Livingston, Zack Ziesing and Danton Hyman singled loading the bases for Peyton Spangler who singled plating Livingston and Ziesing.
Stoudemire singled up the middle and scored Spangler. The hits kept coming in the bottom of the third. Leadoff batter Kevis Burton reached base on an error. Livingston and Ziesing singled. Burton scored on a pass ball and Hyman scored Livingston on a sac fly. After three innings, Chapin-Newberry led 8-0.
A scary moment occurred in the top of the sixth when Chapin-Newberry catcher, Duncan Crotwell was hit in the head with a bat on the batters back swing. Crotwell was relieved by Blake Smith and taken to Newberry Hospital for evaluation. The report from his grandparents was that he had a concussion and no signs of bleeding or a fracture. After several days rest he should be ready to play again.
The last two runs were scored in the sixth and seventh innings. J-Hawk hit a sky-high bomb over the left field fence for a solo home run in the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh Delshun Young and Ziesing walked and Hyman singled scoring Young for the winning run. The final score was Chapin-Newberry 10, Lexington 0.
Leading hitters for the team were Ziesing 3-3; Hyman 2-4; Hawkins 2-4 (HR, 2b); Stoudemire 2-4; Livingston 2-3
Wednesday, June 25, Chapin/Newberry traveled to Airport High to play West Columbia. With the threat of storms all around, Chapin/Newberry created a storm of their own with twenty one hits that included three doubles, a three run homerun and a grand slam homerun. A shutout, no hitter hurled by Ryan Huggins was closed out in the seventh inning with the crack of thunder and a final score of 21-0.
For the second time in less than a week, Ryan Huggins was game-on. He faced 18 batters, struck out seven, and walked one.
Chapin-Newberry scored quickly in the first plating four runs. Hyman lead off with a bunt-single and moved to second on a pass ball. Two outs later Stoudemire singled scoring Hyman, Allison reached on an error and Smith singled scoring Stoudemire. Burton singled scoring Allison and Smith.
After a scoreless second, the third started with a pop. Smith doubled and scored on Burton’s single. Livingston was hit by a pitch for the second time and Ziesing walked. Hyman and Hawkins singled with two RBIs each.
Stoudemire reached on an error and Allison doubled picking up an RBI. At his second at bat in the third inning, Smith went yard and scored three additional runs. The score after three was 13-0.
No runs scored the fourth and fifth. The sixth brought ten batters to the plate and saw four cross the dish. In the seventh the leadoff batter, Ziesing, walked, Hyman singled and Spangler walked loading the bases for Hawkins who hit his second grand slam in less than a week. Stoudemire followed with a double. The final score was Chapin-Newberry 21, West Columbia 0.
Leading hitters were: Hyman 4-6; Hawkins 3-6 (2B, HR); Smith 4-5 (2b, HR); Yoder 2-2 (2b).
The last regular season game will be June 26, at Orangeburg. Playoffs begin July 7 with the first game at home and the opponent has not been determined.