Chapin’s rewards for winning the Region 5 baseball and softball championships are No. 1 playoff seeds and home field advantage as long as the wins keep coming in the District 5 tournament.
The baseball team secured the baseball pennant on the last day of the regular season and carries a 16-5 record into the postseason. The Eagles advanced to the Elite Eight last season and a similarly protracted playoff run is the expectation again.
Chapin’s standout player is Cole Lee, who headlined the pitching staff with an 8-0 record and a 1.15 ERA and led the team in batting (.436), RBI (19) and home runs (3). Not far behind is Taylor Alvarez (3-2, 2.57 ERA, .360 batting average, 16 R).
The Eagles drew Wilson in the opener.
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Jason Jolley’s softball team (19-3) went 12-0 on the way to the Region 5 pennant and hopes to take the next step in the playoffs after falling in the Upper State final.
The key in the quest is the pitching of junior Taylor Morgan, who shared duty in the circle last season but will have to carry the load this time around. Morgan set the tone of the season with a one-hit shutout with 18 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over at the time top-ranked Brookland-Cayce in the 5-3A opener in early March.
Morgan carries a 14-3 record into the playoff hunt with a 1.35 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 93 innings of work.
The team offensive leaders include Savannah Frick (.442, 17 R, 16 RBI), Sam Boland (.433, 25 R, 25 RBI), Addy Schelble (.362, 30 R, 13 RBI), Morgan (.340, 14 R, 17 RBI), Whitley Martin (..338, 23 R, 17 RBI) and Natalie Harper (.318, 27 R).