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April 30, 2013

Chapin beats Union County in baseball playoffs

Eagles move on in Class 3A with 10-inning, 4-1 victory Tuesday

Chapin couldn’t muster any offense for six innings, but when it had to, it did.

The Eagles scored one run in the seventh inning and three in the 10th en route to a 4-1 victory against Union County on Tuesday night.

Chapin advances to travel to face Walhalla on Wednesday, while the Yellow Jackets’ season ends.

“These guys just made up their mind they were going to be tough. They were going to score a run or two and get us back in it,” Chapin coach Scott McLeod said.

With the score tied at 1 in the 10th, Chapin’s Chandler Engle doubled to lead off the inning, and after a ground out, scored on pinch hitter John Wolfe’s slow roller to short.

Engle beat the throw home to give Chapin its first lead.

Barrett Charpia provided some breathing room for the Eagles moments later, driving in two with a two-out single to center.

Union County went down in order in the bottom of the frame to end the game.

Brandon White earned the win for Chapin, pitching all 10 innings in the victory.

“He pitched 10 innings, and he was just lights out. That’s the only reason we were in the ball game,” McLeod said. “Pressure doesn’t bother him; he thrives on pressure.”

Union County took the early lead in the third inning, jumping ahead 1-0 without recording a hit.

After a pop out to start the inning, Larecus Hughes and Dustin West reached on errors before Quay Cooper and Juwuan Rice were hit by pitches. Rice was hit with the bases loaded, scoring Hughes.

Chapin tied the game in the seventh — what would have been the Eagles last at-bat.

Anthony Gonzales singled to right to start the inning, and after Brett Auckland walked, scored on a RBI single to center by Bradon White.

Hughes got out of the inning with a line-out double play and strikeout.

Hughes was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing one run in eight innings.

“Larecus has been a senior leader for us all year. Every time he steps on the mound our chances of winning are higher because he’s out there,” Union County coach Tommy Petty said.

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