CHAPMANVILLE — All good things must come to an end.
The winning streak by the Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team was good while it lasted but it was bound to end.
Saturday, the Tigers saw that end as Class AA No. 4-ranked Chapmanville lost 6-1 to Class AA regional rival Wayne at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field on the second day of the Daffer Memorial Tournament.
The Tigers fell to 11-1 on the season with the loss. Chapmanville had beaten Capital 8-4 last Friday night on the first day of the Daffer tourney and finished 1-1 in tournament play. Nitro, which won 11-1 over Capital on Saturday, was 2-0 in the Daffer.
Mikey Perry pitched a complete game win for the Pioneers. Using an array of off-speed pitches and curveballs and helped along by Tiger batters swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, the crafty Perry tossed seven innings and allowed one run and six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
“Perry is a good pitcher and he mixes it up well,” Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis said. “He had a lot to do with it today but our hitting was brutal. It was by far the worst approach that we’ve taken all year. We were swinging at a lot of pitches that were over our heads. It was just a bad selection at the plate. I don’t know if our focus was totally here today.”
Ellis said his team must put the defeat behind them.
“We had a winning streak going but it’s over now and it’s time to get a new one. Hopefully, this will show these guys that they just can’t show up and beat everybody,” Ellis said. “Baseball is a funny sport and it’s a great sport because of that. Wayne just came out and they beat us. They put the ball into play, found the holes and moved the baserunners around. They just kicked our butts today.”
Wayne outhit Chapmanville 12-6. The Pioneers had three errors to just one for the Tigers.
Brock Dalton led the Tigers as he was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
Tristan Thompson, Brent Clay, Jordan Cook and Brady Cox each had a single. Chris Bailey drove in one run.
Austin Ellis was the starter and the pitcher of record for the Tigers. He went 2.1 innings and allowed five runs and seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Bailey then hurled 3.2 innings of relief and yielded one run and five hits with two walks, a hit batter and two strikeouts.
Alex Berry tossed the final inning and fanned two.
Wayne led 1-0 in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of DH Brad Sharpe.
It was 5-0 Pioneers after a four-spot in the third. T.J. Perry had an RBI double during the frame. Dakota McCloud and Luke Cassidy had RBI singles.
The Tigers scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth as Dalton reached after a bunt single to break up Perry’s no-hit bid, stole second, took third on a errant pickoff move and scored on Bailey’s groundout to second.
Wayne added a run in the sixth as Daniel Bloss singled and later scored on a wild pitch.
Cassidy, Bowen, Bloss and Cody Stiltner had two hits each for Wayne.
Chapmanville was scheduled to return to action with Monday’s Cardinal Conference game at Herbert Hoover.
The Tigers are then at Point Pleasant on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before hosting Van on Friday night at 6:30. CRHS then plays Moorefield on Saturday at noon in the Man High School baseball tournament.