CHAPMANVILLE — There’s not a whole lot of three-sport athletes anymore in high school sports.
What little there are, not many are big contributors to each of the three teams.
Chapmanville Regional High School’s Brady Cox has bucked that trend.
Last fall, the 6-foot-5 Cox finished out his high school football career at Chapmanville as he caught 48 passes for 746 yards and scored eight touchdowns for head coach George Barker’s Tigers. Recently, Cox was named to play in the North-South All-Star Game and had signed on to play collegiate football at West Virginia State.
In the winter, Cox was the starting center for Allan Hatcher’s Chapmanville Regional basketball team. He averaged 10 points a game and helped lead the Tigers to the state tournament for the first time ever.
This spring, Cox, Chapmanville’s starting left fielder, has started to get into a groove.
Last week, he had the game-winning RBI against Herbert Hoover.
Then on Monday night, Cox had a career night as he slammed two home runs and drove in all five of Chapmanville’s runs as the Tigers scored a 5-2 win at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field over arch-rival Scott in the first game of a best-of-three Class AA sectional series.
Cox came into the game with just one homer on the season.
Now with three, he tripled that total in just two swings of the bat.
Cox first went yard in the bottom of the second as he clubbed a two-run homer off Scott starter Alex Miller just to the left of the scoreboard.
His second homer was an even bigger bomb as he drilled a Miller pitch to left field on a straight line about 25 feet to the left of the foul pole. It was a three-run shot and that broke a 2-2 stalemate.
Brady knocked in a bunch with the five RBI on the night. He ended up 3-for-3, also beating out an infield single in the fourth inning with hustle right out of the batters box.
Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis said he was glad to see Cox come through.
“Brady had two big knocks,” Ellis said. “He hit both of those well. The last game he got the game-winning hit against Hoover and he stepped up for us today. Like I said the other game someone different steps up for us each game. Fortunately, Brady stepped up and did it today. Tomorrow, maybe someone else will step up.”
Chapmanville improved to 25-5 on the season with the win while Scott dropped to 9-21. The Tigers went to Madison on Tuesday night in Game 2 and hoped to finish off the Skyhawks in two. If not, Game 3 is set to be on tap on Wednesday night in Chapmanville.
The Skyhawks came to play and had upset on their minds.
Cox dashed any hope of that with his second dinger of the evening.
“It’s a rival game and a tournament play and they are going to come and get after it,” Ellis said. “We didn’t play that well today offensively. We got good counts to hit on all day but we had weak swings. It was a bad day at the plate but we’re fortunate to get out of here with a win. We’re happy to get a win but we’re not happy with our effort.”
Left-hander Trey Dalton pitched the complete game win for the Tigers. He went seven innings and allowed two runs and three hits with four strikeouts. He walked three and hit two batters.
“He didn’t have his best stuff today,” Ellis said. “He battled. He pitched well but he didn’t have his best stuff. Scott came to play. They were making plays.”
Miller suffered the loss for Scott. He also hit two batters and walked three over 5.2 innings of work. Former Tiger catcher Scottie Thompson, who started at shortstop for Scott, got the final CRHS out.
Leadoff man Andrew Prince had two of Scott’s hits. He drove in a run with and RBI single in the fifth. Landon Napier then tied it 2-2 with an RBI groundout to short. Cody Harvey had Scott’s other hit.
Tristan Thompson, Brock Dalton, William Copley and Chris Bailey all singled for the Tigers.
Chapmanville and Scott were scheduled to play in Game 2 of the sectionals on Tuesday in Madison.
A win by the Tigers advances CRHS to the regional semifinals, possibly against Wayne. The Pioneers have beat Chapmanville in the regional tourney the last two years.