Tigers back on top in Class AA section

By Paul Adkins padkins@civitasmedia.com

May 15, 2014

MADISON — After a one-year hiatus the Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team is back on top.

Back on top as the Class AA sectional champs.

The No. 3-ranked Tigers improved to 26-5 and advanced to the regional tournament with Tuesday’s 8-5 victory over Scott at Madison.

With the win, Chapmanville took the best-of-three-game sectional series two games to none over the Skyhawks (10-21).

The Tigers had opened sectional play on Monday with a 5-2 win over Scott at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field.

Chapmanville is 4-0 against the rival Skyhawks this season, also winning 3-0 and 10-1.

Last year, Scott defeated the Tigers for the sectional crown two games to one. Chapmanville had been the section champions for four straight years from 2009-12.

The Tigers now carries a nine-game winning streak into the regional semifinals where Chapmanville is slated to take on Wayne on May 26. The regional finals are set for May 28.

Chapmanville had to rally to beat Scott on Tuesday night as the Skyhawks scored five runs in the last half of the first and led 5-1.

The Tigers tied it with a four-spot in the top of the third and tacked on three runs in the fifth to pull out the win.

Chapmanville outhit the Skyhawks 13-5.

Nick Brumfield was the Tigers’ starting pitcher but was ineffective. He was relieved by freshman Chris Bailey in the first inning and Tristan Thompson in the sixth. Bailey pitched 4.2 innings of long relief and rescued the Tigers. Thompson pitched another inning and the two combined to strike out 13 and allow only one hit. Bailey had eight Ks.

Thompson ended up closing the door on Scott as he fanned five batters out of the seven he faced.

He did so quickly.

As a nasty thunderstorm was on its way to Madison, Thompson went into hurry-up mode so the Tigers could get the game in before the rain came.

Last year’s sectional tourney was delayed several times due to rain and the WESTEST.

Not this time.

At the plate, Thompson and William Copley were each 2-for-4 for Chapmanville. Jordan Cook also had two hits. Copley also had an RBI. Brent Bigley had a double and Bailey a home run.

All five of Scott’s base hits came in the five-run first. Two came on a two-run single by Dylyn Brown. Two more came home on a two-run double by Alex Miller.

Bailey’s two-run homer past the centerfield fence gave the Tigers a boost in their four-run third.

In the fifth, Chapmanville went ahead with two runs via wild pitches. Brock Dalton then provided some insurance with an RBI single.

A moment of silence was observed before the start of the game for the two miners killed on Monday night in Boone County — Eric D. Legg of Twilight and Gary P. Hensley of Chapmanville.