By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
April 29, 2014
Logan and Chapmanville’s baseball teams split on Saturday during the final day of the Ed Carter Invitational at St. Albans High School’s Loftis Field.
The Logan High School Wildcats won 11-5 over Class AAA sectional rival and host St. Albans in the fifth-place game as Logan (12-7) finished 2-1 in the tourney.
The Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers lost 9-8 to Class AAA George Washington in the consolation game. The Tigers, ranked No. 5 last week in the Double-A poll, were 1-2 in the tourney — all against Triple-A opponents. Chapmanville is now 17-5 on the season.
Hurricane, which beat Chapmanville 11-1 in Ed Carter tourney play last Friday, won the championship with an 11-1 victory over Winfield.
In the Logan-St. Albans game, the Wildcats led the Red Dragons 3-0 after one and a half innings before St. Albans plated three in the last half of the second inning and one in the third to grab a 4-3 lead.
The Cats then exploded for three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to take an 11-5 lead. That’s the way the game stayed.
Logan outhit the Red Dragons 12-11. St. Albans committed three errors to one for LHS.
Josh Rein led the Logan bats as he was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI. Chase Preston went 3-for-5 with three runs knocked in. Zach Hanlon was 3-for-3, while Trace Butcher finished with two RBI.
Chase Burnette was the starting and winning pitcher for the Wildcats. Troy Burgess came on in relief in the sixth. Ryan Holstein, Logan’s third-string catcher, saw action behind the plate. Logan’s starting catcher, Z. Minnick, injured his leg earlier in the week in a home game.
Andrew Matthews and Chase Bishop each had a home run and two RBI for St. Albans and Mitchel Laton added two hits for the Red Dragons (9-11).
In the Chapmanville-GW game, the Patriots led 7-3 after three innings and 8-3 after four and held on to beat Chapmanville 9-8. The Tigers plated three runs in the top of the sixth and two in the seventh to make it close.
The Tigers outhit George Washington 14-12 but committed five errors to one for the Pats.
Trey Dalton was Chapmanville’s starting pitcher. He was relieved by Chris Bailey in the third and Austin Ellis in the fifth.
William Copley and Brent Bigley were each 3-for-4 at the plate for the Tigers. One of Bigley’s hits was a double. Bailey was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in. Jordan Cook was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Brady Cox was 2-for-4 for CRHS.
In the Ed Carter championship game, Class AAA No. 1 Hurricane improved to 14-4 with the 11-1 win over Winfield.
Three different Hurricane players hit home runs and HHS finished with nine extra-base hits. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Saturday’s game was the fourth straight time Hurricane had scored 11 runs.
Logan was slated to return to the diamond with Monday’s home game against Huntington. The Cats host Ripley on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Logan’s Roger E. Gertz Field and go to Scott on Thursday at 7 before hosting Winfield on Friday at 7.
Chapmanville was set to play at Wayne on Monday. The Tigers then play at rival Scott on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before hosting the Poca Dots on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Ted Ellis Field. On Saturday, CRHS goes to 3A Point Pleasant in a 3 p.m. ballgame.
Man 2 (11 innings)
Buffalo beat the Man baseball team on Saturday afternoon at Buffalo as Bison freshman Connor Fields drove in the game winning run with a double in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Aaron Lewis struck out 17 batters in 10 innings of work and Laythen Good and Brad Harris each added two hits for the Bison.
Braden Griffin recorded 10 strikeouts in seven innings and blasted a two-run homer to lead the Hillbillies (11-6), ranked No. 10 in the state in Class A last week. Jacob Adkins pitched in relief in the eighth and was tagged with the loss.
Cameron Simpson was 2-for-5 for Man. Noah Maynard went 2-for-5 with a double.
The Billies were scheduled to host Belfry (Ky.) on Monday. Man then hosts Tug Valley on Tuesday in a 6 p.m. doubleheader. The first game is the continuation of an earlier game this season at Naugatuck which was suspended due to lightning and rain. Man was leading the Panthers 7-0 in the third inning.
Man then hosts Mount View on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Billies play at Sherman on Thursday and host Liberty Raleigh on Saturday.
Pikeview, 3-2, 10-0
It was a sweep on Saturday at the Logan High School softball complex as the Class AAA No. 2-ranked Lady Cats won two games over Pikeview in a doubleheader.
Logan improved to 20-3 on the season with 3-2 and 10-0 wins over the Panthers.
No further details were available on the games.
Logan was scheduled to host Man on Monday. Then on Tuesday, the Lady Cats host Sherman at 5:30 p.m. before going to Wyoming East on Wednesday. On Thursday, Logan has a home makeup game with Class AAA sectional foe Nitro before closing out the season on Friday night at home against county rival Chapmanville.
All games have 5:30 p.m. starting times.
Herbert Hoover 10,
Last Thursday at Falling Rock, the Herbert Hoover High School softball team was a 10-0 winner over Chapmanville Regional.
The Huskies improved to 19-4 on the season and won their seventh straight game. Hoover has gone 13-1 over its last 14 games.
Chapmanville dropped to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the Cardinal Conference.
Herbert Hoover swept the season series with the Lady Tigers also taking an 11-6 win at Chapmanville earlier in the season.
CRHS closes out the regular season this week with five away games. Chapmanville was at Sherman on Monday night, then travel to Poca on Wednesday, to Lincoln County on Thursday, to Logan on Friday and then to Tolsia on Saturday.
The best-of-three Class AA sectional tournament with Scott begins on Tuesday, May 6 at Chapmanville. Game 2 is May 7 and Game 3, if necessary, is set for May 8.