CHAPMANVILLE — The Madison All-Stars proved to be the dominant team in this week’s 11-12-year-old Little League Baseball Tournament at Chapmanville.
They were able to wrap up the District 2 championship with Friday night’s 12-2 win over Mullens in the finals at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
With the win, Madison advanced to play in this week’s Little League State Tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Friday at Chapmanville. The 14-team tourney is set to be played on two diamonds in Chapmanville — Tracy Vickers Field and next door at Ronnie Ooten Field, the home of the Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ softball team.
Pool play is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both fields.
The top two teams in each of the four pools then advance to Monday’s single-elimination tourney. The state quarterfinals are Tuesday with the semifinals set for Wednesday and the championship game set for Thursday.
The state champion advances to the Southeast Regional at Warner Robins, Ga.
Madison, which also played in last year’s 11-12 state tourney, finished district play with a 3-0 record and outscored its opponents 41-2. Madison also scored wins over Welch (17-0) and Man (12-0).
Mullens, having the benefit of drawing a first-round bye in the seven-team tournament and only needing an 11-4 win over Wyoming County rival Pineville on Tuesday night in order to advance to the finals, was just one more win away from reaching the state tourney.
Mullens, however, was no match for Madison which pounded out 11 hits in the rout.
Carter Lyles was the starting and winning pitcher for Madison. He went the distance in the mercy-shortened four-inning game, allowing only two runs and two hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
Mullens starter McQuade Canada was tagged with the loss. He pitched one full inning, yielding three runs and three hits. Matt Caldwell then only lasted 1/3 of an inning in relief and yielded five runs and five hits. Logan Miller then closed the game out for Mullens.
Caldwell was 2-for-2 at the plate for Mullens.
Isaac Miller was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead Madison. Aaron Adkins was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Aaron Epling, D.L. Bowman and Corey Cooper each had a hit and a run knocked in for Madison. Lyles, Hayden Miller and Evan Sayer had one hit each.
Mullens led 1-0 in the top of the first inning and scored an unearned run off Lyles as Repass reached base safely on a Madison error and scored on Caldwell’s RBI single.
Madison took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first as Isaac Miller doubled and scored on Bowman’s RBI single and later came home on an error, one of five errors committed in the game by Mullens.
Madison then broke it open with a six-spot in the second inning to make it an 8-1 ballgame. Cooper, Epling, Miller and Adkins had RBI singles during the frame.
Mullens cut it to 8-2 in the third as Chase York reached base safely on a dropped third strike and later came around on a Madison error.
It was 9-2 in the bottom of the third as Miller drove in a run with an infield single.
Madison then ended the game earlier due to the 10-run mercy rule with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
CHAPMANVILLE — The Mullens 11-12-year-old All-Stars ended Chapmanville’s dreams of playing in the state tournament on their home diamond with Saturday morning’s 10-4 win over the host team in the District 2 Tournament at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
Mullens (2-1) will join Madison in this week’s state tourney at Chapmanville.
With Chapmanville and Man both eliminated, there will be no Logan County representative in the 11-12 state tourney.
McQuade Canada was the star for Mullens on Saturday as he pitched a complete game win on the mound and also hit a home run. Canada went all six innings and gave up four runs and six hits while striking out 11, walking one and hitting one batter.
At the plate, Canada was 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI.
Dylan Repass was 2-for-3 with one RBI for Mullens, while Matt Caldwell was 2-for-3. Mason Houch went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Logan Miller, Colby Sadzewicz and Cameron Woodrum also had hits. Sadzewicz and Ross had one RBI each.
Chapmanville was led by Garrett Richard, who was 3-for-3 at the plate. Chase Berry had an RBI single. Trey Pancake and Dillon McCormick each had an RBI double.
Richard was the starting pitcher for Chapmanville. He went 1.1 innings and yielded four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk. J.D. Ferrell then pitched 3.1 innings in relief and allowed four runs on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Braxton Manns and Braxton Browning finished out on the hill for C-ville.
Chapmanville jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning.
Richard led off with with an infield single, then scored as Browning struck out and reached base safely as the Mullens catcher dropped the third strike and then threw wildly to first. McCormick then put Chapmanville on top 2-0 with an RBI double.
In the bottom of the first, Mullens answered with two runs on RBI singles by Repass and Ross.
Mullens went on top 4-2 in the top of the second inning. Woodrum led off with a single and was replaced on the basepaths by pinch-runner Nate Hurley. Hurley then scored as Chapmanville tried to turn a double play on a ground ball by Miller.
Another run came home on Canada’s RBI double down the left field line.
Chapmanville manager Bryan Mahaffey then went to the bullpen, pulling starter Richard in favor of Ferrell. Ferrell then got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam by striking out two batters to end the threat.
Mullens went up 5-3 in the bottom of the third with Canada’s RBI single up the middle.
The lead increased to 6-3 in the last half of the fourth as Ross walked and later scored on Houck’s RBI single to right field.
Chapmanville then cut the Mullens lead to 6-4 in the top of the fifth as Richard doubled to the right field wall and scored on Berry’s RBI single to center.
Canada then ripped a solo homer to left in the bottom of the fifth to give Mullens a 7-4 cushion. Mullens tacked on another with Sadzewicz’s infield RBI single to up the margin to 8-4, its largest lead of the game up until that point.
But Mullens wasn’t done as the lead swelled to 9-4 as Caldwell singled and scored on a wild pitch. Sadzewicz then made it 10-4 as he scored himself on a wild pitch. Mullens plated all four runs with two outs.
Canada then struck out the side in the sixth inning to preserve the win and the state tourney berth.