CHAPMANVILLE — It’s a 3-peat.
The Bridgeport 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars won the state championship for the third straight year with Friday night’s 12-2 victory over Morgan County at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
The game was stopped after four innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Emily Riggs picked up the win for Bridgeport while Anthony Clark suffered the loss.
Bridgeport, which finished 5-1 in state tourney play, now moves on to the Southeast Regional Championships, beginning Aug. 2 at Warner Robins, Ga.
Bridgeport will represent West Virginia for the third straight year and is scheduled to play in Pool A with state championship winners from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Bridgeport is set to open Southeast Regional play on Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. against Florida. Then on Aug. 2 Georgia is on the slate for a 4 p.m. game. Pool play ends on Aug. 5 with a game against North Carolina.
Elimination round games are then set to be played on Aug. 6 and 7.
The regional champ moves on to play in the upcoming Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., against regional winners from around the country and the rest of the world.
For Morgan County, the team’s state tournament journey came to an end with a 3-2 record.
MC, however, dented the scoreboard in the top of the first inning off Riggs as Clark ripped a solo home run to right center field, giving Morgan County the 1-0 early advantage.
Bridgeport then wasted little time as they would take the the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs to grab a 3-1 lead. The big blow was a two-run homer off the bat of Ben Mossburg.
Both teams went scoreless in the second inning of play.
Bridgeport then exploded in the third inning, sending 12 batters to the plate, scoring five runs to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The key hit was a two-run homer by Nick Stalnaker. Riggs also helped her own cause with a two-RBI double during the scoring outburst.
Morgan County plated its final run of the game in the top of the fourth inning off Riggs as Clark led off with a single and later scored an a sacrifice bunt to make it 8-2.
Bridgeport then scored three runs in the last half of the fourth inning to end the game early.
Stalnaker got a one out walk followed by hit from Mossburg. Drew Harbert then loaded the bases for Bridgeport.
Trent Tucker popped up for the second out, but Ryan Knapp was then able to rip an RBI single to make it 9-2 and then Cody Thomasik got a bases loaded double in the gap for three RBI’s thus halting the game at 12-2 due to the 10-run mercy rule as Bridgeport would claim the West Virginia State 11-12-year old title once again.
Riggs finished the game with six strikeouts and no walks and gave up four hits and just two runs for the win.
Bridgeport outhit Morgan County 11-4 and didn’t commit any errors. MC had two errors in the game.
The beat goes on for baseball-rich Bridgeport, which also won the 9-10 and 10-11 state titles this summer.
Bridgeport had advanced to the championship game with Thursday night’s 15-2 semifinal win over Milton.
Logan native and 2011 America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. sang the National Anthem before the game.
Former Chapmanville High School baseball coach and Chapmanville Athletics Hall of Fame member Ted Ellis threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
11-12 State Little League Tournament
Friday, July 25 game (State championship game):
Bridgeport 12, Morgan County 2
(Bridgeport wins state title, advances to Southeast Regionals at Warner Robins, Ga.)
Thursday, July 24 game (State semifinals):
Bridgeport 15, Milton 2
Wednesday, July 23 games (State semifinals):
Morgan County 15, Central Greenbrier 5
Milton vs. Bridgeport, ppd. rain
Tuesday, July 22 games (State quarterfinals):
Milton 12, Hurricane 10
Bridgeport 10, Worthington 0
Monday, July 21 games (State quarterfinals):
Morgan County 8, Martinsburg 2
Central Greenbrier 6, Summersville 2
Sunday, July 20 games (pool play):
Martinsburg 5, Mountaineer 1
Bridgeport 18, Elkins 0
Central Greenbrier 5, Mullens 0
Summersville 5, Huntington League Three 2
Hurricane 3, Beckley 2
Worthington 6, Madison 5
Saturday, July 19 (pool play):
Martinsburg 9, Bridgeport 4
Mountaineer 4, Elkins 3, 7 innings
Central Greenbrier 13, Milton 10
Hurricane 17, Summersville 1
Beckley 9, Huntington League Three 8
Worthington 7, Morgan County 0
Friday, July 18 games (pool play):
Martinsburg 12, Elkins 1
Bridgeport 8, Mountaineer 1
Milton 10, Mullens 0
Summersville 8, Beckley 2
Hurricane 10, Huntington League Three 2
Morgan County 6, Madison 5