SUMTER — Zach Ziesing pitched 61/3 solid innings, and the Irmo-Chapin Post 193 offense rapped out 12 hits and took advantage of seven Greenville Post 3 errors on Tuesday for a 16-6 victory in eight innings at the American Legion baseball state tournament at Riley Park.
With the victory, Irmo (23-3) is one win away from a state championship. Post 193 will face Florence Post 1 on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. If Florence wins, another game will be played roughly 1 ½ hours after the first game.
“It was just a marathon,” Irmo coach Kurt Seibert said. “It wasn’t a pretty game, but we did what we needed to do to win.
“I thought Ziesing did a great job keeping them off balance and throwing strikes. He was tough to hit for most of the night.”
Ziesing gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts, keeping the Generals at bay most of the night.
Brett Auckland led off the game with a single and took second a sacrifice bunt. Justin Hawkins walked, and Brandon White reached on an error to load the bases with one out.
Tyler Lancaster then came through with a 2-run single and took second on a throwing error that also plated White for a 3-0 Post 193 lead.
Hawkins made it 4-0 in second. Catcher Tyler Grubbs doubled to lead off and Barrett Charpia followed with a single and stole second to put two in scoring position with none down.
It appeared as if Post 3 starter Brandon Barber was going to get out of the inning, retiring the next two batters. But Hawkins singled home Grubbs to add another tally for Irmo.
Post 193 plated four runs in the top of the sixth despite a scary moment for Grubbs, the second batter of the inning. He was hit by a pitch in the face and lay on the ground for a few minutes. He left under his own power and was taken out of the game, but stayed at the ballpark for a while before being taken to a nearby hospital for stitches.
“He’s just got a busted lip,” Seibert said. “He’s doing fine. Hopefully, he’ll be back with us tomorrow. He took a ball off a bat yesterday in that same spot, so he may have reopened the injury.”
Charpia singled to load the bases, and Auckland lined a two-run single to chase Barber. Post 3 reliever Brandon Gibbs allowed two more runs to score on a passed ball and a wild pitch as Irmo took a 10-2 lead.