Chapin took command in Region 4-3A softball on Monday, downing second-place Lugoff-Elgin 2-1 behind the pitching of freshman Taylor Martin.
By completing the sweep of the Demons, the Eagles (12-2, 5-0) now have a two-game lead in the loss column over L-E (9-3, 6-2). Chapin has three region games on tap this week against Lower Richard at home tonight, Chester at home on Thursday and a Friday outing at Fairfield Central. If Jason Jolly’s team wins out this week, it will earn the region’s No. 1 state playoff seed, no matter the outcome of games early next week against Lower Richland and A.C. Flora.
Martin, who is now 7-0 with an ERA of 0.30, limited Lugoff-Elgin to three hits and no earned runs on Monday, striking out six with two walks. The emerging right-hander also had a save in the 3-0 Chapin win over the Demons on April 3, and fired a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over A.C. Flora in the region opener on March 19.
The Eagles managed to score single runs in the first and third innings. In the top of the first, Martin struck out, but reached base when the third strike eluded the L-E catcher. Martin then raced home on a double down the left-field line by junior Brittany Barr. Senior Chelsea Frick got things started by drawing a walk. Martin followed with a sacrifice bunt. Frick then dashed home with the game winner on a clutch two-strike, two-out double to center field by freshman Whitley Martin.
In the first meeting with L-E, Barr and Martin combined on a one-hit shutout. Barr got the starter, pitched five innings and got the win. She allowed one hit, fanned four and issued no walks. Martin pitched two perfect innings in relief with five strikeouts to pick up the save.
Frick had the only RBI in the game, driving home Josie Hayes with a single in the third inning. Chapin’s first two runs came in the second when Frick singled and Lauren Barton walked and both eventually scored on passed balls.