Chapin’s six seniors are looking to go out in a blaze of glory in the Class 3A state softball playoffs.
The veteran Eagles open the District III tournament at home against Camden as the No. 1 seed. It is the fourth straight year Chapin has been a No. 1 seed since Jason Jolley took command of the flagging program in 2008. But the goal of reaching the state championship series has yet to be achieved. The Eagles won district titles in Jolley’s first two seasons and reached the final round of the Upper State tournament in 2009. Last season, the Eagles were banished in the district final.
Chapin brings a 20-3 season record into postseason play.
Taylor Morgan is the Eagle star in the circle (15-2, 1 save, 0.40 EA, 168 strikeouts in 85 innings) and at the plate (.446, 16 R, 23 RBI, 4 HR), but she has plenty of support from the likes of Natalie Harper (.448, 29 R, 19 BB), Addy Schelble (.446, 30 R, 22 RBI), Whitley Martin (.371, 29 R, 19 RBI), Lindsay Harris (.375, 13 R, 11 RBI) and Alyssa Blakenship (.464, 17 R).
Camden (5-18) had a tough season, but the Bulldogs finished fourth in Region 6 to make the cut after failing to qualify a year ago.
Airport (16-6) is the No. 2 seed in Region VI and hosts Darlington in a first-round game, while Brookland-Cayce (12-13) is the No. 4 seed in District V and travels to face Hartsville. Airport finished second behind Chapin in Region 5 and was the only team to beat the Eagles in conference play, but two losses to archrival B-C cost them a chance for at least a share of the title.
The once mighty Bearcats enter the state playoffs with their lowest seed in memory and are in real danger of finishing with a losing season for the first time since 1984. This will be the last go-round for senior Chandler Terrapin, a six-year varsity starter and the last player linked to the glory days.