Chapman picks up road win over Spartanburg

                   Justin Bledsoe makes first start on the mound of 2017 season


Chapman Head Baseball Coach Steven Fusaro talking with Upstate Prep-Cast after the Panthers victory over Spartanburg at historic Duncan Park.

Duncan Park – Spartanburg, South Carolina                                                                          Justin Mathis     March 2017

On Wednesday night, Josh Bledsoe made his first start of the 2017 season for Chapman as they clashed with Spartanburg in a midweek non-region contest for both clubs. When the dust settled, Chapman claimed a 7-1 victory over Spartanburg.

Bledsoe was limited to one inning of work with a pitch count restriction, but only needed 11 pitches to get through the frame, yielding just a one out single.

"We got a big shot in the arm getting our ace (Bledsoe) back tonight for one inning," Chapman head coach Steven Fusaro said. "It was nice to have him out there. I think our guys were really excited about (his return to the mound)."

Austin Parr entered the game and tossed five solid innings, giving up an unearned run to Spartanburg on a throwing error in the bottom of the second, which gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

In the next half inning, Chapman responded with a two-RBI triple to the wall in center by Kane Fisher and an opposite-field RBI single by Bledsoe, which put the Panthers ahead 3-1.

"(Parr) has been exceptional," Fusaro added. "I think he’s thrown 12 or 13 innings now on varsity and hasn’t given up a (earned) run. I thought we battled, too – (Spartanburg pitcher RJ) Dantin is a heck of an arm. We let Dantin dictate the tempo on us and the terms of the game. We talked about focusing in on our approach… once you get one guy hitting, the rest of the guys start believing.

The Panthers tacked on a run in the fifth and three more in the seventh to provide the final margin.

Chapman (6-0) will now prepare for a home game in Region III-3A play on Friday, March 24th at 7:30 PM against Mid-Carolina. Spartanburg (3-4) will host Northwestern on Friday at 6 PM.