Defending American Legion World Series champion Chapin-Newberry jumped to a 6-1 lead over visiting Kershaw County and never looked back en route to a 12-3 win in Monday’s second round state tournament opener played at Newberry College.
Game two of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden with game three set for Newberry College on Wednesday.
Trailing 3-0 after three frames, KC got on the board in the fourth when Bradwin Salmond doubled and scored on a William Cobb single. C-N answered with three runs in its half of the frame to extend its lead to 6-1.
The 17ers would cut the deficit to 6-3 by scoring a pair of unearned runs in the seventh only to have the hosts pull away to a 12-3 advantage thanks to a six-run bottom of the seventh.
KC collected 10 hits in the defeat with seven of those coming off recent USC commitment Corey Stone, who worked the first six frames to earn the mound win. Josh Hernandez, Brock Robinson and Cobb had two hits each for the visitors.
Nick Stokes got the starting nod for P-17 and worked the first four innings before giving way to Ross Hough in the fourth. Parker Gogan came on to pitch a hitless eighth inning.