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Chapmanville Regional High school softball's Caitlin Elkins slides under the tag of the Mingo Central pitcher in Thursday night's win over the Miners at home.
Chapmanville Regional High school softball's Caitlin Elkins slides under the tag of the Mingo Central pitcher in Thursday night's win over the Miners at home.
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CHAPMANVILLE — Eleven was the lucky number on Thursday night at Chapmanville in the CRHS baseball and softball team’s home games with Mingo Central.


In the softball game, the Chapmanville Regional High School Lady Tigers plated 11 runs in the bottom of the second inning and went on to defeat Mingo Central 12-2.


Across Crawley Creek Road just minutes later lightning struck again in the baseball game at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field as the Tigers had an 11-run second inning — also against Mingo Central — in a 14-0 win over the Miners.


The Chapmanville baseball team played a doubleheader and also won 12-1 over Mount View in the nightcap.


The CRHS baseball squad is now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Cardinal Conference play. The Lady Tigers are 2-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.


Chapmanville’s girls had opened the season with a 12-0 win over Tolsia.


The Lady Tigers had no problem against Mingo Central.


After a scoreless first inning, Chapmanville’s Shian Meeks tagged the Miners’ pitcher for a two-run homer in the second — a line shot which cleared the left field fence. The homer sparked Chapmanville’s 11-run outburst.


Chapmanville freshman Faith Bell also had a big hit during the frame with a two-run double.


Hope Kirk also doubled in the game for Chapmanville.


Caitlin Elkins, Samarah Hurst and Hollie Carter added singles for the Lady Tigers.


Meeks was also the starting and winning pitcher in the game which was stopped in the top of the third. She allowed two runs and three hits with seven strikeouts.


Mingo Central, down 12-0 after two innings, scored two runs in the top of the third after a pair of doubles.


Chapmanville coach Ronnie Ooten said he was glad to get the win but his team still has a long ways to go.


“We’re young and inexperienced but it’s time to grow up,” Ooten said. “We’ve still got a long ways to go and we are heading toward the meat of our schedule. We need to hit the ball better. That’s been our nemesis over the last 10 years.”


The CRHS softball team was scheduled to host Herbert Hoover on Friday. On Monday, the Lady Tigers host county rival Man in another 5:30 p.m. contest. The Lady Tigers and Lady Billies have only played each other sparingly over the last decade or so.


Chapmanville then goes to Mingo Central next Tuesday before hosting the annual Lady Tigers Invitational April 3-5.


Chapmanville is set to play Sherman on April 3 at 9 p.m. in tourney action.


Then on April 4, CRHS faces James Monroe at 5 p.m.


On April 5, Chapmanville plays Pikeview at 1 p.m. and Richwood at 5.


A total of 18 teams are in the tournament and all three softball diamonds in Chapmanville will be used.


* Across the street at the baseball field it was more of the same as Chapmanville rolled over Mingo Central and Mount View in a doubleheader sweep.


Just like their softball counterparts, the Chapmanville baseball team used an 11-run second to pound on the Miners.


And just like the Lady Tigers, the CRHS baseball squad had a big home run during the frame to fuel the scoring spree.


It was Brent Bigley who supplied the two-run homer for the Tigers, which made it 9-0. Bigley’s shot — just like the homer hit by Meeks in the softball game — went over the left field wall.


Chapmanville also had a two-run triple off the left field wall by William Copley during the frame to make it 6-0.


Brock Dalton’s RBI triple upped the margin to 7-0 ahead of Bigley’s blast.


It was later 10-0 after an RBI double to center by Jacob Dingess. An RBI single off the bat of pitcher Austin Ellis pushed the lead to 11-0.


Chapmanville banged out 12 hits in the win to two for the Miners.


Dalton was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Bigley was 2-for-3 with the homer and two RBI, while Dingess and Ellis were each 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI as well.


Leadoff man and shortstop Tristan Thompson was 1-for-3 with two RBI.


Andrew Bias was 1-for-1 with an RBI for the Tigers. His hit was a double.


Mingo Central only had two hits for the game but each went for extra bases as Michael Dotson and Thomas Harrison each ripped out a double.


Ellis was the starter and winner on the hill for the Tigers. He went two innings and allowed one hit with five strikeouts and no walks.


Chris Bailey then pitched an inning and fanned three with one walk.


Nick Brumfield then came in for an inning and struck out two.


Joe Zigmond fired a scoreless fifth to end the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule. He sat down two batters on strikes.


Kenny Allen was Mingo Central’s starting and losing pitcher. He went 1.1 innings and allowed 11 earned runs and nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Caleb Spencer pitched the last 2.2 innings and yielded one earned runs and three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.


Mingo Central arrived late for the game which didn’t start until 6:30 p.m. The game was played in good weather as the game time temperature was 63 degrees under cloudy skies.


The Tigers then roared to a 12-1 win over Mount View in Thursday’s nightcap to finish the twinbill sweep.


Chapmanville outhit the Knights 6-1 and took advantage of five Mount View errors. The Tigers had one error.


CRHS pitchers Trey Dalton, Alex Berry, Thompson and Tyler Shannon combined on the five inning one-hitter.


The lefty Dalton started and went two innings. He allowed no runs and no hits with one walk and six strikeouts.


Berry pitched the third and fanned three.


Thompson then fired a scoreless fourth and also struck out the side.


Shannon allowed one run and one hit in the top of the fifth inning while fanning two.


The Tigers scored six runs in the first and five in the second to grab an 11-0 lead. One more CRHS run was plated in the fourth to up the margin to 12-0. Mount View scored its only run in the top of the fifth as the 10-run mercy rule was envoked.


Ellis paced the Tiger attack as he was 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBI.


Thompson was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Copley went 1-for-2 with one RBI, while Brock Dalton was 1-for-3 with one RBI.


Bailey, Chapmanville’s DH, also had a hit.


Thompson had two stolen bases.


The Tigers, which had opened the season with Tuesday night’s 21-0 home win over Tolsia at a snowy Ted Ellis Field, were slated to host Ripley on Saturday, weather permitting. CRHS hosts Belfry (Ky.) on Monday at 5:30 p.m. before going to Man on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. contest. Then on April 2, the Tigers host Class AA sectional rival Scott at 6:30 p.m.


 
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