Season ends for Lexington, Camden advances, Chapin/Newberry headed to Game 5
The 2019 American Legion baseball season ended Wednesday at Legion Field for Lexington Post 7.
Lexington was shut out 10-0 in six innings by top-seed Florence Post 1. Starter Gregory Gainey held Post 7 to two hits and struck out seven in five and two-thirds innings of work to complete the three-game Best-of-Five series sweep and earn the team’s 30th win.
Lexington committed four errors in the contest and finished with a 10-16 record.
Up next for Florence (30-3) is a Lower State Best-of-Five series against Camden Post 17. Camden (18-5) completed a three-game following a 4-2 victory over Orangeburg Post 4.
Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24
A Game Five will take place Friday at Stevens Field to determine which South Carolina American Legion Upper State team will advance to the third round.
Defending state champion Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 (11-13) looked to close out the series Thursday against Greer Post 115 on its homefield at Newberry College. Getting a complete game effort from Joshua Fenton and collecting 11 hits, Greer (14-6) evened the series with a 7-2 victory.
A five-run, six-hit, two-inning against Chapin/Newberry starter Chase Hood was the difference in the contest for Post 115. Tyler Perry and Joseph Mershon each drove in two runs and Mershon, Clayton Wilson, J.T. Morris and Benjamin Thornton each had two hits to lead the offense.
Chapin/Newberry’s runs came in the second off an error and a RBI fielder’s choice by Brady Koosa. Trent Polly accounted for three of the team’s 10 hits.
Friday’s winner will face the Game Five winner between Greenwood or Rock Hill in the third round starting Monday. The latter series will be decided Friday as well in Greenwood.