By CT McDonald
With the 3-1 win in last week’s best-of-five second round series, Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 heads to the American Legion Baseball (ALB) South Carolina State Tournament at Sumter this weekend.
At midweek Chapin/Newberry was set to play Inman at noon Saturday in Game Two of the first round of the state tournament at Sumter’s Riley Park. Post 193/24 will play as the Lower State No. 3 seed, and Inman is the Upper State No. 2 seed.
Florence is the top seed in lower state competition, Sumter, the host team, is seeded No. 2, and Horry is the No. 4 seed. The tournament’s upper state teams are top seed Rock Hill, No. 2 Inman, No. 3 Gaffney and No. 4 Fort Mill.
Last week’s best-of-five playoff series #2 against Camden Post 17 (Kershaw County) went four games before Chapin/Newberry (C/N) could claim victory and advance to the state tournament. Post 193/24 won the first game 8-4, then won the second 4-0, lost Game Three 8-6, and then took Game Four 9-6 to win the series.
In every game it was an inning of four runs or more that made the difference in the final count. In Game One Camden held a 3-2 lead before C/N scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-3. Camden scored an additional run in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome the six run disadvantage.
Game Two at Camden was scoreless until the top of the eighth inning when Chapin/Newberry recorded all four of its shutout runs against Post 17. Game Three saw a reverse in team scoring, but not the four run magic.
Chapin/Newberry led 6-4 going into the top of the eighth inning at the Newberry College Smith Road Sports Complex when Camden scored four runs to take the lead and then go on to also take the 8-6 win. But Post 193/24 rebounded in Game Four at Camden with, once again, a four-run inning in the top of the eighth to put it out of reach for Post 17.
C/N already had a 5-2 lead going into the top of the eighth, but added four runs to make it a steep 9-2 deficit for Camden to overcome. Camden answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth, but could not overcome the seven run deficit.
With that Chapin/Newberry has earned another shot at the state title, and beyond. The SC state tournament winner will advance to the Southeast Regional Tournament at Asheboro, North Carolina.
Starting Saturday, July 22, the SC State Tournament runs through Wednesday, July 26.