Having an unplanned seven-day hiatus due to rainfall was not the only setback experienced by Orangeburg Post 4.
The schedule changes to make up for the three postponed contests have the American Legion League 8 frontrunners faced with a daunting task. Over the next six nights, Orangeburg will be in action five times as it looks to improve on its 4-0 record starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at home against Irmo-Chapin Post 193.
“Obviously, you’ve got a goal where you want to win all (five) of them,” Post 4 head coach Frank Leysath said. “But, winning (four out of five) we would be happy. We’re playing one game at a time. We obviously want to win all six, but from a realistic standpoint, I’d take (4-1) right now.”
Orangeburg caught a rescheduling break as Sunday’s game at Irmo-Chapin Post 193 was changed to June 23 in lieu of Father’s Day. With the busy stretch making up nearly half of Post 4’s remaining schedule, it could determine the team’s post-season fate and chances of claiming the League 8 title.
A positive Leysath sees from the revamped schedule is having four of the games at Mirmow Field, where Orangeburg has claimed three of its victories this season.
“Maybe that mystique of Mirmow Field…maybe that will help us,” Leysath said. “Friday night’s going to be big. Irmo-Chapin I think is very, very good from what I know about them and what I’ve heard about them.”
Orangeburg Prep’s Evan Graves will start at Mirmow Field tonight against Irmo-Chapin. Leysath hopes to utilize starter Zach Massengale during the 3-game homestand portion of the schedule starting Monday. The Barnwell native is 2-0 this season, both in complete game efforts.
“Really and truly, it’s probably up to us in our minds whether we’re going to make it or break it,” said Massengale following this past Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Columbia Northeast. “But, the way we’re playing right now, I’m pretty sure we’ll still be good.”
Post 4 will not have available Edisto’s Devin Fogle, who’s participating in the S.C. Baseball Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star Classic starting at 7 p.m. tonight at The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. Woodland’s Mike DeLee and Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s Landon Sandifer will join Fogle on the South 2-A/3-A team.
ORANGEBURG POST 4 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY – IRMO-CHAPIN POST 193 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY – at Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 (Thomas Sumter Academy) 7 p.m.
MONDAY - LEXINGTON POST 7 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY – WEST COLUMBIA POST 79 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY - DALZELL/SHAW POST 175 7:30 p.m.
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