CHAPMANVILLE — When the Man 11-12-year-old All-Stars beat Chapmanville 6-3 on Tuesday in the District 2 Little League Baseball Tournament at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field there was a feeling the two teams might meet again.
That possibility could come true.
Man lost 12-0 to Madison on Wednesday night in tournament play, while host Chapmanville advanced with a 9-1 win over Welch in the winner’s bracket.
That dropped Man (1-1) down to Thursday night’s loser’s bracket game with Tug Valley. Chapmanville (1-1) was set to face off with Pineville (0-1) in Thursday night’s other loser’s bracket game.
Given wins by Man and Chapmanville on Thursday and the two teams would meet again on Friday at 8 p.m. in the loser’s bracket semifinal.
Madison’s win over Man on Wednesday put the team in Friday’s 6 p.m. District 2 championship game against Mullens (1-0), which knocked off Wyoming County rival Pineville on Tuesday night. Madison carries a 2-0 record into the finals, also winning 17-0 over Welch on Monday night.
A win on Friday puts Madison into next week’s 11-12 State Tournament, also to be played at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field as well as Chapmanville Regional High School’s softball field next door.
The loser’s bracket final is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. That team will also advance to the 14-team state tournament, along with the District 2 champion.
The state tourney begins on July 18 with eight pool play games to be played. Pool play continues on July 19 and July 20 with single-elimination tourney play beginning on July 21 at Chapmanville.
Host Chapmanville wasted little time against Welch, plating eight runs in the first inning and then coasting to a 9-1 win.
Chapmanville sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning.
Chase Berry put Chapmanville on top 1-0 with an RBI single off Welch starting pitcher Amare Brown. Braxton Browning’s RBI triple made it 2-0. Two more RBI triples off the bats of Trey Pancake and Isaac Dixon, increased the lead to 4-0. Dixson’s three-bagger went off the left field fence.
Chapmanville then added four more runs to make it an 8-0 ballgame. Berry added another RBI hit during the inning. Three more runs scored on Welch errors.
Welch scored its only run of the game in the top of the fourth as Matt Thompson walked, stole second and later came home on a Chapmanville error. Thompson was the only Welch baserunner of the game.
Berry was Chapmanville’s starting and winning pitcher. He went two innings and recorded six strikeouts. He struck out the side in both the first and second frames.
Chapmanville used four pitchers and the quartet ended up combining for a no-hitter over six innings.
Garrett Richard then fired 1.1 innings, giving up one run and no hits with three strikeouts and one walk. He struck out the side in the second inning.
Pancake then pitched 2.1 innings and fanned four. J.D. Ferrell then struck out the last Welch batter to end the game in the sixth.
Brown went just one inning and yielded eight runs on six hits with four walks and a hit batter.
Thompson came on in the second and settled down as he tossed four innings and allowed just one run and two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Berry led Chapmanville at the plate as he was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Colby Collins was 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the fifth which made it 9-1 Chapmanville.
Tanner McGraw added a double for Chapmanville. Ethan Stollings also came off the bench to get an infield single.
In the Man-Madison game, Madison pitchers Isaac Miller and Carter Lyles combined to toss a no-hitter in the four-inning game. Miller went three innings and struck out five. Lyles hurled the final inning, fanning three and walking two.
Man’s only two base-runners were back-to-back walks to Gage Mullins and Casey Hurley in the bottom of the fourth inning. Both were stranded there, however, as Lyles fanned two to end the game.
Miller and Aaron Adkins were each 3-for-3 to lead Madison. Miller had three RBI while Adkins drove in one D.L. Bowman was 1-for-3 with three RBI and hit a two-run homer in Madison’s five-run first inning.
Aaron Eplin was 2-for-2 with a triple. Lyles also had a hit and an RBI. Hayton Miller added an RBI double. Carte also had a single and Bailey Adkins had one RBI.
After the first-inning five-spot, Madison made it 6-0 in the second with Isaac Miller’s RBI single.
Madison then blew the game wide open in the third by plating six runs to up the margin to 12-0. Isaac Miller, Lyles and Aaron Adkins each had RBI singles in the inning.
Man used four pitchers in the game. Hurley started and was the pitcher of record. He was relieved by Ryan Cozart in the first inning, Mullins in the third and Dillon Morris, also in the third.
Tug Valley carried an 0-1 record heading into Thursday night’s game with Man. TV lost 7-4 to Pineville on Monday in the double-elimination tourney.
Man and Chapmanville did indeed advance to Friday night’s District 2 semifinals as each recorded wins on Thursday evening in the 11-12-year-old tourney at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
Man won 4-1 in the first game over Tug Valley, while host Chapmanville prevailed 12-1 in the nightcap over Pineville.
Man (2-1) and Chapmanville (2-1) are set to face off on Friday night at 8 in a District 2 elimination game. The winner will face either Madison (2-0) or Mullens (1-0) on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a state tournament berth on the line. The Madison-Mullens game is set for Friday at 6 p.m. and will be the District 2 championship game. The winner of that game will also advance to the state tourney.
Chapmanville ended Thursday night’s game with Pineville in the fifth inning with pitcher Chase Berry’s walkoff two-run homer. The game was then halted due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Berry pitched the complete game win, hurling five innings and allowing just one run and two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. Berry was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and three RBI.
Garrett Richard was 3-for-4 for Chapmanville with a double and one RBI. Isaac Dixon was 2-for-2 with a triple and one run knocked in.
Pineville closed out tourney play with an 0-2 record.
In the Man-Tug Valley game, the Man All-Stars were led by pitcher Casey Hurley, the younger brother to former Man High School baseball standout Travis Hurley. Casey Hurley pitched a complete game six-inning win as he struck out 14 batters and allowed just one run and two hits.
Ryan Cozart had two hits for Man, which scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning after spotting Tug Valley a 1-0 lead.
Tug Valley was ousted from the tournament with an 0-2 record. Ethan Varney and Hunter Crum each had a hit.
Dakota Vance was the starting and losing pitcher for TV. He went just 1/3 of an inning and gave up three runs and three hits with one hit batter. Varney then went the last 4-2/3 innings and yielded one run and four hits with five strikeouts.