A pair of berths in the state American Legion baseball tournament starting July 26 is up for grabs for four Midlands teams.
Lexington Post 7, West Columbia Post 79, Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 and Camden Post 17 all open play in two Best-of-Five series starting Monday. Lexington will play host to West Columbia at Roscoe Frye Field for Game 1, while Chapin/Newberry faces Camden Post 17 at Newberry College.
The winners of the 2 respective series will advance to the opening round of the eight-team, double elimination state tournament to start at a site to be determined. Days three through five of the tournament are scheduled to take place at Segra Park.
Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 and Camden Post 17 both swept their respective opening round series. Chapin/Newberry routed Richland Post 215 19-5 at Heathwood Hall in game three, while Camden ended Lower Florence’s season with a 11-1 win in five innings at South Florence High School to complete the sweep.
Chapin/Newberry (9-5) won both meetings against Camden (11-3) during the regular season by the scores of 12-1 and 8-1 and have won five straight games.
In the other series, Lexington is coming off a first round bye earned after winning the three-way tiebreaker with Chapin/Newberry and Camden. West Columbia completed a Best-of-Three series with Aiken Post 26 which went the distance.
The host team won the first two games before West Columbia routed Aiken 14-4 in five innings of the deciding contest at South Aiken High School.
Lexington (10-4) and West Columbia (7-8) split the two regular-season meetings, each winning at home.