By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
June 28, 2014
MAN — The championship is in the bag.
The Man 7-8-year-old Coach Pitch All-Stars wrapped up the District 2 championship with Saturday morning’s 20-10 win over Madison in the finals at Man’s Tommy Keffer Field.
Man closed out the weeklong tourney with a 6-0 record.
Madison finished 4-1.
The game was halted in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule as Madison was mathmatically unable to come back from the 10-run deficit.
Man had advanced with Friday night’s 28-9 semifinal win over Welch. Madison moved on with a 17-4 victory over Tug Valley in the semifinals.
The Man All-Stars avenged last year’s loss to Madison in the Coach Pitch championship game at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
Madison took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Hunter Hull had a two-run single and Aden Savage had the other RBI single.
Man then scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. Bradley Brown drove in both runs on a groundout.
Madison then sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the second inning of play, scoring four runs to grab a 7-2 lead, thanks to three Man errors.
However, Man battled back in the bottom of the second inning, plating five runs to tie it up 7-7. Hunter Gibson got things started with a triple. Caden Dickerson then drove him home on a fielder’s choice to make it 7-3. James Scites later rapped a two-run inside-the-park homer to make it 7-5. Bradley Brown then reached on an error and Bo Thomspon ripped a double. Drake Veres then delivered a triple to clean the bases and tie it up at 7.
Man then held Madison scoreless in the top of the third. The Man All-Stars then came back in the bottom of the third in pushed six runs across to make it 13-7. With two outs, Jayden Brumfield reached on an error and Braxton Messer came up with an RBI single to make it 8-7. James Scites then delivered an RBI single to up the margin to 9-7. Brown, Thompson, Veres and Jacob Bartram then followed with RBI hits as Man led by six runs.
Madison added three runs in the top of the fourth inning to trim the deficit to 13-10 with the big hit being a two-run single by Hunter Flores.
Man then continued to crush the baseball, sending nine batters to the plate and taking a 17-10 lead with a four-run fourth. Gibson led off with a triple and scored on Braden Compton’s RBI fielder’s choice. Messer then smashed a solo inside-the-park homer to increase the margin to 15-10. Scites then drilled a triple and Brown knocked him in with an RBI single. Veres followed with an RBI double as Man led 17-10.
Man then held Madison again scoreless in the top of the fifth as Thompson made two good plays at third base.
The Man All-Stars then plated three runs to make it a 20-10 ballgame, thus halting the game due to the mercy rule.
Compton reached base on a one-out error. Brumfield then singled and Messer ripped a two-run triple to make it 19-10. Brown then ended the game with a walkoff RBI single as Man won 20-10.
MAN — The Man 7-8-year-old Little League All-Stars reached Saturday morning’s District 2 championship game with a 28-9 mercy-rule win over Welch in the semifinal round at Man’s Tommy Keffer Field on Friday evening.
Man (5-0) was scheduled to play Madison (4-0), which downed Tug Valley, 17-4, in Friday night’s other semifinal.
Madison and Man played in last year’s District 2 Coach Pitch championship game at Chapmanville with Madison coming out on top.
In Man’s semifinal win, Man led only 11-8 in the top of the third inning but then sent eight batters to the plate and scored six runs to grab a 17-8 advantage. The big blow was a three-run, inside-the-park home run by Drake Veres.
Bradley Brown, Bo Thompson, Jacob Bartram, Braden Compton and Jayden Brumfield all had RBI singles in the frame.
Man then held Welch scoreless in the bottom of the third inning and turned a double play.
The Man All-Stars then sent nine batters to the plate and broke the game wide open, scoring seven more runs to take a commanding 23-8 advantage.
Veres, who had been on fire for the last three games, ripped his second inside-the-park home run in the game, while Bartram added a homer of his own. James Scites added a double and Braxton Messer and Jayden Brumfield added singles.
Welch could manage only one run in the bottom of the fourth inning off Man’s defense. Kaden Osborne had an RBI single in the inning to make it 23-9.
Man then put the game away in the top of the fifth inning, scoring five more runs to halt the game due to the mercy rule.
Man had three triples in the game — one each by Thompson, Veres and Hunter Gibson. Kaden Dickerson ended the game with a walk-off RBI single.
Tug Valley 4
MAN — The Madison All-Stars mercied Tug Valley, 17-4, in Friday night’s semifinals at Man to reach Saturday’s District 2 championship game.
Tug Valley, the No. 2 seed in Pool A, closed out the tournament with a 2-3 record.
Madison took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before Tug Valley closed the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the second.
Madison (4-0) then added five runs each in the second and third innings to grab a commanding 13-2 lead and never looked back.
Leading the way for Madison was Owen Adkins, who was 4-for-4 with a triple. Austin Light went 3-for-4 with a triple, while Hunter Noel was 4-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run.
Adin Savage was 4-for-4 and Cooper Vent and Luke Knight were both 3-for-3 for the Madison All-Stars.
Tug Valley’s Adam Slone had a triple and scored a run while Isiah Deskins was 2-for-3 with a double.
MAN — The Man 7-8-year-old Coach Pitch Little League All-Stars knocked out county rival Chapmanville with a 27-14 win on Thursday night at Man’s Tommy Keffer Field.
The win clinched Pool A for Man, which has a 4-0 record.
Welch also claimed Pool B with a 26-7 win over Welch on Thursday night.
Chapmanville closed out 2-2 and in a three-way tie with Tug Valley (2-2) and Pineville (2-2) in second place. Tug Valley advanced to Friday’s semifinals via tiebreaker rule. TV was set to play Madison in one of Friday’s two semifinals while Man was slated to play Welch.
In Thursday’s game, Man’s Jacob Bartram blasted a three-run inside-the-park home run and Drake Veres smacked a two-run homer as Man easily defeated Chapmanville.
Man jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI triple off the bat of James Scites. Bradley Brown and Drake Veres had sac-fly RBI’s.
Chapmanville answered with four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-3 lead. The big blow was a two-run single by Andrew Farley.
Man then sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the second frame, scoring five runs to take the lead back for good at 8-4. The big hit was a two-run triple by Veres. Man then held the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the second.
Man broke the game open in the top of the third stanza, scoring eight times to make it 16-4. The big hit was the two-run, inside-the-park home run by Veres. Thompson also added a two-run single.
Chapmanville scored three runs in the bottom of the third to make it 16-7. Farley had a two-run single during the frame.
Man then added five more in the top of the fourth to take a 21-7 lead. Thompson hit a bases loaded, three-run triple in the inning.
Chapmanville battled back and sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five times to make it 21-12. Farley had a clutch two-run double in the frame.
But Man continued to crush the baseball, batting around once again in the top of the fifth, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring six times to take a commanding 27-12 lead. Bartram had the big hit in the inning — a three-run, inside-the-park homer for Man.
Chapmanville managed just two runs in the bottom of the fifth frame but it was too little too late as the Man All-Stars would mercy Chapmanville in five innings by the score of 27-14.
District 2 Coach Pitch
Tournament at Man
Pool A Standings
*Tug Valley 2-3
Pool B Standings
Sandy River 0-3
*Clinched spot in semifinals
Friday’s games (semifinals):
Man 28, Welch 9
Madison 17, Tug Valley 4
Saturday’s game (championship game):
Man 20, Madison 10
Saturday, June 21:
Madison 20, Mullens 1
Tug Valley 23, Pineville 22
Welch 20, Sandy River 2
Man 19, Delbarton 4
Sunday, June 22:
Chapmanville 20, Tug Valley 19
Madison 22, Welch 8
Mullens 16, Sandy River 15
Man 19, Pineville 8
Monday, June 23:
Pineville 23, Chapmanville 22 (7 innings)
Tug Valley 18, Delbarton 7
Tuesday, June 24:
Pineville 13, Delbarton 3
Welch 25, Mullens 8
Wednesday, June 25:
Chapmanville 16, Delbarton 11
Man 14, Tug Valley 6
Thursday, June 26
Madison 26, Sandy River 7
Man 27, Chapmanville 14