Irmo-Chapin beats Orangeburg Post 4 6-5

2013-06-15T00:19:00Z Irmo-Chapin beats Orangeburg Post 4 6-5By THOMAS GRANT JR., T&D Senior Sports Writer The Times and Democrat

A perfect record and sole possession of first place in American Legion League 8 for Orangeburg Post 4 was “Shook” up Friday at Mirmow Field.

T.J. Shook’s tiebreaking, two-out RBI double in the top of the ninth allowed Irmo-Chapin Post 193 to defeat Orangeburg 6-5. It was the first loss of the season for Post 4 (4-1), which also saw its streak of three consecutive games won by one run come to an end.

Despite rallying three times to tie the game, Orangeburg could not overcome two lingering problems – fielding errors and stranded baserunners. A pair of miscues resulted in two runs scored for Irmo-Chapin and Post 4 hurt its comeback chances by leaving nine runners on base.

The game ended with Chris Sweatman, who was seeing his first action in a week, striking out with the bases loaded. Afterwards, a frustrated Post 4 head coach Frank Leysath promised “changes” in the lineup ahead of tonight’s game at Dalzell-Shaw.

“We’re not that good that we can make errors, leave people on base,” he said. “We left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. All we needed was a base hit. A base hit and we win the ballgame. But you know, we won the first game 7-1 and the following games all by 1-run. So tonight, we got beat by one run.”

Both teams posted a run in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Irmo-Chapin capitalized off a throwing error by third baseman Kodi Jamison to jump on the board with an RBI fielder’s choice by Zach Ziesing.

Meanwhile, Orangeburg drew two walks and used a double steal to get Dakota Way across homeplate before Cameron Huddleston was tagged out.

Another Post 4 miscue in the top of the second enabled Post 193 to reclaim the lead. After giving up two hits and a walk to load the bases, starting pitcher Evan Graves uncorked a passed ball which allowed Gordon Ziesing to cross home plate safely and make it 2-1.

Post 4 had a similar rally in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game. With the bases loaded, Way drew a two-out walk to force in Zach Massengale from third base.

Post 193 reclaimed the lead again in the top of the third. After Justin Hawkins’ leadoff double, he moved to third on Ryan Stockmire’s single and scored on a fielder’s choice at second base.

A leadoff walk issued by Graves in the fourth ended his evening and he was replaced by Reese Blankenship. Irmo-Chapin had runners on second and third with one out when Jamison’s throwing error on a potential putout at home plate allowed Post 193 to extend its lead to 4-2.

Stockmire added an RBI single to put Orangeburg in its deepest hole of the season.

Orangeburg cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff single by Way resulted in Irmo-Chapin replacing starter Zach Ziesing with Cole Morris, who promptly walked Will Gee.

As Way stole an uncovered third base, catcher Tyler Grubbs’ throw scattered into the outfield and allowed him to race home. With two outs, Michael Gartman’s groundball rolled under Shook’s glove at third base and allowed Gee to score.

Gee played a central role in tying the game a third time in the seventh. He hit a 1-out single off Morris, advanced to second and eventually scored on two passed balls.

The game remained tied until Shook made amends in the ninth when he belted a 0-2 pitch over Huddleston in leftfield to score Hawkins from second.

Now locked in a three-way tie with Dalzell-Shaw and West Columbia, Leysath said Orangeburg cannot continue to expect to overcome the same mistakes in each game.

“You can’t give up runs and expect to win,” he said.

Contact the writer: tgrant@timesanddemocrat.com or (803) 533-5547. Follow Grant on Twitter@TandDSports.

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  1. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - June 18, 2013 6:40 am
    Thanks for Aaron's stats. He is truly a giant in baseball. I never got to see him play in person but I did see George Brett and the great Yaz in about '76 in Kansas City.

    And anyone who hasn't seen the movie 42 about Jackie Robinson's life should not miss it. So much more than baseball. Excellent movie about an unassuming Civil Rights leader. (And both "Mr. and Mrs. Robinson" are South Carolinians!)
  2. ccpsinsider
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    ccpsinsider - June 15, 2013 10:22 pm
    "On the field, blacks have been able to be super giants. But, once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again."

    – Hank Aaron
    Aaron continues to hold many of baseball's most distinguished records today, including runs batted in (2,297), extra base hits (1,477), total bases (6,856) and most years with 30 or more home runs (15). He is also ranked one of baseball's Top 5 players for career hits and runs. For more than two decades, Aaron held the record for most career home runs (755), surpassing Babe Ruth's home-run record on April 8, 1974. Barry Bonds broke the record on August 7, 2007, when he scored his 756th home run in San Francisco.
    Aaron was a natural ballplayer who did not enhance his ability with steroids. May Aaron live long enough to see his record restored when steroid boys are stripped of the title.
  3. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - June 15, 2013 3:43 am
    Did anyone get to go see Hank Aaron throw out the first pitch at the Blowfish game Wednesday night? I wanted to go so badly, but couldn't make it. I remember Aaron breaking Ruth's homerun record like it was yesterday! I guess that's how kids feel about that fellow that broke Aaron's record... let's see, what was his name??? Yes, I am biased.
  4. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - June 15, 2013 3:40 am
    Great picture! A moment frozen in time.
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