Everything about Chapin’s Monday night trip to Daniel for a Class 3A Upper State softball elimination game was misery.
Except for the outcome.
The Eagles endured a long, tedious drive to Central and a two and a half hour rain delay, but managed to keep the season going with a 10-4 win over the host Lions.
“Getting up there was an ordeal with all the detours and the traffic and we sat around for what seemed like forever before we finally got started,” said Chapin coach Jason Jolley. “It was still raining after eight o’clock, but both teams wanted to play and there is no way I want to have to drive back there (on Wednesday), so we played ball even though the field was soaked.”
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Chapin build a 6-2 lead through four innings without the benefit of a single hit.
“We had a six runs but no hits and only put the ball in play two times,” said Jolley.
Three walks and three wild pitches staked the Eagles to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The scenario was repeated in the top of the fourth – three walks, followed by three wild pitches.
Brittany Barr got the start in the circle for Chapin, but Jolley brought in Taylor Morgan in the bottom of the fourth when Daniel closed the gap to 6-4. Morgan dominated, striking out eight in a 3.2-inning relief stint.
Chapin (25-5) travels to face Blue Ridge on Wednesday. The survivor gets another crack at defending state champion J.L. Mann in the Upper State finale in Greenville on Friday.
The Eagles were guilty of nine errors in an 8-3 loss to the Patriots in the US opener on Saturday.