Chapin Baseball Off to a Hot Start

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Chapin, S.C.- Chapin Varsity Baseball opened their season with a preseason tournament from February 27th to the 29th against Lugoff-Elgin and Dreher. Chapin won their opening games 7-5 and 6-4. The game against Dreher counted as a non-region game despite Dreher being a member of Region IV-3A alongside Chapin.

Chapin now looks towards another deep run in the state tournament after reaching the Upper State title game last season. The Eagles have a deep history in baseball, including 10 state titles, but have not won a state title since 2002. However, they face tough competition in region from AC Flora, who was eliminated in the playoffs by the Eagles last season while seeking a fourth consecutive championship.

“I look forward to… being able to play for a region championship and for state [championship]. We have a good team and a lot to look forward to,” said Kale Rhame, a junior outfielder.

Preparing for tough teams, such as AC Flora, requires preparation.

“Our coaches make us work on the things we struggle with,” said Rhame.

“[Our coaches] make sure we are physically and mentally prepared,” said Tucker Rister, a senior.

In order to compete for a championship, Chapin will need to have success in all aspects of the game.

“We need to stay healthy and get good innings from our pitchers. We also need to keep hitting the ball well and getting big hits in big situations,” said Rhame.

The Eagles look to capitalize off of their hot start and live up to their high expectations as region play approaches.