American Legion Baseball Tournament

The S.C. American Legion Baseball Tournament set for the final week of July at Segra Park is shaping up to be a true Midlands affair.

Lexington Post 7, Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 and West Columbia Post 79 all advanced past the first round of the playoffs. They joined Richland Post 215 and Camden Post 17 in the second round which starts Monday.

As a fourth seed, West Columbia will open against Camden at Legion Field in the Lower State bracket. Post 79, which won the American Baseball Summer League title in 2020, defeated Horry Post 111 in the best-of-three first round series.

West Columbia rebounded from an 0-1 deficit to defeat Horry twice at Georgetown High School. The 14-1 victory in five innings in game three saw Newberry signee Aubrey Richardson of Brookland-Cayce drive in five runs and Airport’s Blake Palyok, and Corbin Wright and White Knoll’s Trey Gallegos each had two RBI for West Columbia.

John Norris struck out five, allowed five hits and held Horry scoreless through the first three innings for the win.

Post 17 had a first-round bye. Game two of the series is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at Brookland-Cayce High School. The winner of the series will open the state tournament against either Richland or Manning/Santee.

The League Four champion, which has all four playoff qualifiers in the second round, Post 215 had a first round bye and will open with game one at Heathwood Hall.

The other Lower State second round matchup has Chapin/Newberry travelling to James Island High School to face Charleston 147.

Winners of three state titles since 2013 and the 2015 American Legion World Series title, Chapin/Newberry defeated Sumter Post 15 in three games.

They took the deciding game by a 5-2 score.

"We talked to our guys last night about coming back and responding to adversity," Chapin/Newberry head coach Dylan Skinner said. "Adversity hit us last night. We didn't respond very well. But I was definitely proud of the way they came out today and they did an excellent job. We got out to a lead in the first inning and that was very important to us. But the whole time we're talking about responding to adversity, we've been mentally tough, and all the credit goes to them. They did an excellent job."

Chapin/Newberry will now head to James Island High School Monday for Game one against Charleston Post 147. Game two will take place Tuesday at Newberry College.

In the Upper State, Lexington Post 7 will open the second round at Lexington High School against Fort Mill Post 43. It advanced following a first round series win over Greenville Post 3.

Lexington broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with four runs to take the deciding game 5-1.

Keep up to date with the American Legion tournament at scalb.org.

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