American Legion playoffs head to round 2
A trio of Midlands teams will continue their quest for a spot in the South Carolina American Legion tournament taking place at Segra Park in Columbia.
Two of the teams will open on the road. Defending state champion Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 will travel to Stevens Field to face League 5 champion Greer Post 115 in Game one of the Best-of-Five series.
Chapin/Newberry (9-11) advanced after a 7-5 win over Easley Post 52 in the deciding game of the Best-of-Three Upper State series. A five-run rally in the top third helped Chapin-Newberry take an early lead. Jackie Stroud had the first of two, 2-run doubles in the third and fifth innings to lead Post 193/24.
The latter came after Easley cut the lead to 5-4. Wesley Livingston entered the contest and allowed just one run the rest of the way in relief of winner Nickie Demasi.
Lexington Post 7 swept its opening round Lower State series against Manning-Santee Post 68. After rallying for five runs to take a 8-7 victory at home, Lexington got a two-hit effort from Will Lott of Lexington High School to clinch the series with a 4-1 win at Monarch Field.
Up next for Lexington (10-13) is League 2 champion Florence Post 1 (27-3) with Game One starting at 7:30 pm at Legion Field in Florence. Game Two will take place Tuesday at the Lexington Sports Complex at Ballpark Road in Lexington.
All games can heard online by visiting http://lexingtongrizzlies.com/ .
Meanwhile, League III champion Camden Post 17 (15-5) will resume play after a first-round bye and face Orangeburg Post 4 (8-12) in a Best-of-Five Lower State series. Games one and three are set for Monday and Wednesday at Legion Field in Camden, with a Game five, if necessary, taking place there Friday.
Games two and four (if necessary) will take place at Mirmow Field in Orangeburg Tuesday and Thursday.