CHAPMANVILLE — The Man 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars made a statement on Tuesday with a 6-3 win over host Chapmanville in the double-elimination District 2 Tournament at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
It was a key win for Man (1-0), which put itself into the winner’s bracket and a matchup against Madison (1-0) on Wednesday night. The Man-Madison winner was set to move on to Friday night’s 6 p.m. championship game against either Mullens or Pineville.
Madison blanked Welch 17-0 on Monday night to advance.
Chapmanville (0-1) fell into the loser’s bracket and a contest against Welch (0-1) on Wednesday night.
Man busted lose with a four-run first inning in Tuesday’s game against Chapmanville and led 6-0 after five.
Chapmanville plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and made a ferocious comeback but it was too little too late.
Man’s Jason Thomas then came in to put out the fire and record the save. With runners on second and third and one out, he got Isaac Dixon to pop out to first base. Man then ended the game in dramatic fashion as Braxton Manns ripped a deep fly ball to left which had two-run double written all over it. Man left fielder Jacob Frazier, however, made a leaping, full-extension catch near the warning track to preserve the 6-3 win.
Thomas had jumpstarted Man in the top of the first inning as he drilled a two-run homer beyond the center field fence off Chapmanville starter Dillon McCormick to make it a 4-0 ballgame.
Man’s Ryan Cozart led off the game with an infield single. Gage Mullins walked and Casey Hurley followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0. The run ended up being the game-winner as Man led throughout the game.
Man pitcher Dylan Privett then knocked in a run with an RBI groundout to second to make it 2-0 ahead of the two-run homer by Thomas.
The Man All-Stars then added a run off McCormick in the top of the third as Mullins led off with a double off the center field wall, then later scored from third as Privett hit into a double play as Man upped the margin to 5-0.
It was 6-0 in the fifth as Mullins led off by reaching base safely on a Chapmanville error, took second and third on wild pitches and then scored on Privett’s RBI double to right field which one-hopped the fence.
Chapmanville then made it interesting in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Garrett Richard led off with an infield single and Braxton Browning was safe on a Man error. Chase Berry then followed with an RBI single to make it 6-1.
Browning then scored on another Man error as the lead was trimmed to 6-2.
After Trey Pancake’s strikeout, Tanner McGraw’s RBI double to center cut the lead in half at 6-3.
Thomas was then able to get the final two outs to end the game.
Privett was the starting and winning pitcher for Man. He went 2.1 innings and allowed no runs and one hit with five strikeouts and one walk.
Hurley relieved Privett in the third and pitched 1.2 innings, yielding no runs and two hits.
Ryan Cozart then went 1.1 innings and gave up three runs and three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Thomas then went the last 2/3 of an inning, giving up one hit and notching the save.
McCormick was the starting and losing pitcher for Chapmanville. He went 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Chapmanville used five pitchers in the game. Richard went 1.2 innings and gave up no runs and one hit with three strikeouts and no walks.
Chase Berry then lasted only 1/3 of an inning and yielded one run and one hit with one walk.
J.D. Ferrell then went 2/3 of an inning and allowed no runs and no hits with two strikeouts and one hit batter. Pancake closed out the last inning on the mound for Chapmanville and gave up two hits and no runs.
Man outhit Chapmanville 9-6.
Mullins was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Hurley was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Thomas was 1-for-2 with the two-run homer.
Privett had a two-run double for Man. Nate Vest, Frazier and Cozart all added singles.
For Chapmanville, Trey Pancake, McCormick, Colby Collins and McGraw all doubled. Richard and Berry singled.
Man had two errors in the game to Chapmanville’s one. Chapmanville turned two double plays in the game.
Man is managed by Bobby Cozart. The coaches are Jason Mullins and Byron Griffin. The league president is Mack Paynter.
Chapmanville is managed by Bryan Mahaffey. The coaches are A.J. Ball and Jim Pancake. The league president is Tim Motto.
The District 2 Tournament is scheduled to continue on Thursday as Tug Valley (0-1) plays either Madison or Man at 6 p.m. The 8 p.m. game has either Mullens or Pineville taking on Welch or Chapmanville.
On Friday at 6 p.m., the district championship game is set to be played. The 8 p.m. contest is the loser’s bracket semifinals. The loser’s bracket final, set for Saturday, is also set to be played.
The district championship and runner-up are slated to advance to the 11-12-year-old Little League baseball state tournament, which is slated to begin on Friday, July 18 at Chapmanville. State tourney games are scheduled to be played at Tracy Vickers Field and next door at Chapmanville Regional High School’s Ronnie Ooten Field.
Depending on Wednesday night’s results, Man and Chapmanville could meet again in the double-elimination tourney.