Chapin stamped itself as a contender for the Region 5-3A baseball championship by pulling off a come-from-behind 4-3 win Friday at home against second-ranked and defending state runner-up A.C. Flora.
Seniors Robbie Assemany and Josh Miller filled the starring roles for the 10th-ranked Eagles, who improved to 6-2 overall, 1-1 in region matters. Assemany slugged a leadoff home run off Falcons reliever Alex Mitchell for the game-winning hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Miller went 3-for-3 and scored three runs, and had a stellar relief effort to pick up the mound decision.
“We was a big win for us,” said veteran Chapin coach Scott McLeod. “It was a very well played game by both teams, neither of which deserved to lose.”
Flora rally to take a 3-2 lead by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning off Chapin starter Taylor Alvarez, a sophomore who did not allow a hit in his first four innings of work. Drew Desmond got the Falcons on the board with a two-run single off Alvarez. James Newman then welcomed Miller with a two-out single to put Flora ahead, 3-2.
That was all the Falcons would get against Miller, who retired the next seven ACF hitters he faced - striking out the side in the seventh inning.
Chapin quickly responded to the Flora surge, knotting the score in the bottom of the fifth on a clutch, two-out RBI single by senior Stephen Melonas, who finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Assemany followed with his dramatic circuit shot in the sixth.
A.C. Flora, which has won eight straight region championships, fell to 5-3 overall, 2-1 in 5-3A.