On a steamy, humid Wednesday summer night at the Brookland Cayce High School, Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 held off West Columbia Post 79 9-8.
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Chapin/Newberry struck early, scoring their first run in the first inning off an RBI fielder’s choice by Davidson Pitts They added another run in the second inning with a RBI single by Paul Taylor.
Meanwhile, West Columbia couldn't get anything consistent going, leaving two runners on in the second and switching pitchers in the third.
Chapin/Newberry broke things open in the third inning. They put together a pair of RBI doubles by Pitts and JP Hornick and a two-run single by Al Farmer to go up 6-0.
West Columbia finally gets on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. After Kennedy Ramsey reached on a walk, he advanced to third base on a throwing error and scored on John Allen Forrester’s sacrifice fly.
The game turned into Home Run Derby in the fourth inning. Blake Martin hit a leadoff homer to make it 7-1, but Conner Wood answered with a two-run homer over the leftfield fence in the bottom half of the inning to make it 7-3.
Michael Lindler answered with a solo home run to extend Chapin/Newberry’s lead to 8-3 in the sixth inning. After Pitts singled, he stole second, moved to third base on a passed ball and scored on Chris Wise’s sacrifice bunt.
West Columbia fought back in the sixth inning to make it close. Wood connected on his second, two-run homer and Trey Gallegos followed Jordan Gibbs’ single with a home run to cut the deficit to 9-7.
West Columbia led off the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles. With two outs, Gibbs hit an RBI single and Andrew Stephens drew a walk to load the bases.
Reliever Ryan Barnett got Gallegos to ground out to end the game. The win improved Chapin/Newberry to 6-3 overall, 3-2 in League Four and they face Richland Post 215 at 7 p.m. Thursday at Heathwood Hall.
West Columbia (7-4, 2-2) travels to Aiken Thursday at South Aiken High School.
Jayden Carnahan drove in both runs for Lexington in the non-league matchup.
Post 7 (4-3, 3-1) will play host to Camden in another non-league matchup at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lexington High School.
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