By Jerry Fekete Banner Correspondent
April 3, 2014
MAN — It was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night at Man High School’s Dr. Juan Nordelo Field as the Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team played the homestanding Man Hillbillies.
Chapmanville’s Tristan Thompson and Man’s Braden Griffin battled through six scorless innings before the Tigers scored three runs in the top of the seventh and eventually won 3-1 at Man.
Chapmanville, ranked No. 7 in the state in Class AA, stayed unbeaten at 5-0 while Man dropped to 2-1.
The Tigers broke the ice in the top of the seventh to chase Griffin off the mound in favor of relief pitcher Cameron Simpson, the younger brother of former Man standout and current West Virginia State University baseball player Jordan Simpson.
Chapmanville’s Jordan Cook led off the seventh innning with a single. Brent Clay then singled off Griffin to put runners at the corners.
Man coach Larry Vance then elected to bring in the freshman Simpson, who had the night before struck out the side to record a save in Man’s 9-8 win at River View.
Simpson, however, overthrew first base on a pickoff move and courtesy runner Brady Cox scored to make it 1-0 Tigers.
Thompson was then hit by a pitch and William Copley followed by laying down a perfect bunt for a base hit. Simpson then intentionally walked Brock Dalton to load up the bases. Adam Dingess followed with a sac fly to center, scoring two runners as a Man infielder held the ball too long, making it 3-0.
Simpson then struck out Chris Bailey to end the inning.
Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis then went to his bullpen with left-hander Trey Dalton. John Thomas Keffer led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and then Dalton fanned Mikle Scott Rowe and Kenny Joe Adkins.
Tyler Blair then singled home a run with two outs to make it 3-1 but Dalton closed the game out by getting Simpson to ground out.
Man committed five errors in the game. The Tigers didn’t have any.
The Tigers outhit the Billies 5-4. Dalton and Cook were each 2-for-3 to lead CRHS.
Bailey Beckwith and Griffin each doubled for Man. Blair and Simpson had one single each.
Thompson got the win on the mound as he went six innings and allowed no runs and three hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk. Dalton got the save.
Griffin fired six innings and allowed one earned run and five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. Simpson struck out one.
Man is slated to return to action on Thursday at Tug Valley in a 6 p.m. game. The Billies host Fayetteville on Friday at 6 p.m. and go to Valley Fayette for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.
Chapmanville was scheduled to host Scott on Wednesday night. The Tigers then have a four-game road swing — Thursday at Van in a 6:30 p.m. game, Saturday at Sissonville at 3 p.m., Monday at Belfry (Ky.) in a 5:30 p.m. contest and April 9 at Poca at 6:30.