With Chapin/Newberry leading 4-0, American Legion tournament game suspended

Chapin/Newberry’s Aaron Copeland collides with the Sumter Post 15 player covering first base. He safely reached base on a throwing error.

By Thomas Grant Jr. 
Clinching a third trip to the American Legion Southeast Regional will have to wait a day for Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24.
Heavy rainfall and lightning suspended Wednesday’s state American Legion winner’s bracket contest at Spirit Communications Park. Chapin/Newberry held a 4-0 lead over Sumter Post 15 in the Top 5th inning.
The game will resume at 5 p.m. Thursday with Chapin/Newberry at bat with 1wo outs and the bases loaded. Post 193/24 had pounded out nine hits and got RBI from Ward Hacklen, Preston Farmer, Tanner Folk and Will Kroske.
Starting pitcher Jonathan Bickley held Sumter scoreless through four innings. Because of rules concerning pitch count and number of appearances during a 3-day period, he’s expected to miss the reminder of the state tournament.
The loser of Thursday’s resumed game will face defending state champion Florence Post 1 at 7 p.m. in an elimination game. Florence (31-7) scored five runs in the Bottom 7th to stun Gaffney Post 109 7-6.
Gaffney scored six runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead over Florence. After scoring in the bottom half of the inning, Post 1 rallied to tie the game in the seventh and won on Lex Tuten’s walkoff RBI single
Whoever wins not only advances to Friday’s 4 p.m. final. It will also join the other finalist as qualifiers for the Southeast Regional starting Aug. 8 at McCary Park in Asheboro, N.C.
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