MAN — The Chapmanville Regional High School softball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to come from behind and beat the homestanding Man High School Lady Billies 6-2 on Monday night at Man to improve to 12-8 on the season.
Chapmanville swept the season series with its county rival, also winning 7-6 earlier in the season at home over Man.
The Lady Billies (9-10) jumped out to an early two-run lead as Man scored two runs off Lady Tigers’ pitcher Cydnee Lambert in the bottom of the first inning.
Freshman Sidney Keffer got a single to get things started. The next batter reached on an error and senior Casey Albright delivered a two-run single to make it 2-0. That would be the only runs the Lady Billies would score off Lambert.
The Lady Tigers knotted the game up at 2-2 with a two-run homer off the bat of Shian Meeks as she took Man pitcher Madison Keffer yard in the top of the third inning.
Chapmanville then took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning off Keffer.
Hollie Carter reached on a one-out walk, took second and third on wild pitches and scored on an RBI single by Meeks for a 3-2 advantage.
Lambert then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Meeks to second before Lauryn Easterling ripped a double off the fence, just missing a homer, to score Meeks to make it 4-2.
The Lady Billies tried to rally in the bottom of the fifth as Hannah Harvey led off the frame with a single. Hunter Harvey moved her over to second with a bunt but Lambert then fanned Kelli Grimmett and Sidney Keffer to end the threat.
Both team went out quickly in the sixth inning.
The Lady Tigers got two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning off Keffer to take a 6-2 lead.
Meeks led off with a walk. Lambert hit into a fielder’s choice for the first out and Easterling then singled to put runners on second and third. Savannah Wiley then hit a sac fly pop out to score a run to make it 5-2. Samarah Hurst then laced an RBI single to give CRHS a 6-2 lead.
Lambert then got Man out in order in the bottom of the seventh inning as Hanna Harvey grounded out and Hunter Harvey and Grimmett both popped up as the Lady Tigers came away with a hard fought win.
The Lady Tigers were led by Meeks as she was 2-for-3 with a homer and single and three RBI.
Easterling was 2-for-4 with single and a double off the top of the fence while Hurst went 3-for-4 with three singles.
Lambert picked up the win, going the distance and striking out seven batters and giving up three walks and scattering four hits. Madison Keffer suffered the loss.
Both teams played an error-free game.
Chapmanville was also slated to play at Scott on Monday night. The Lady Tigers were scheduled to host Sissonville on Tuesday night before hosting county rival Logan on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
CRHS then plays at Herbert Hoover on Thursday and at Sherman on April 28. Chapmanville has another road game on April 30 at Poca.
The Lady Billies were slated to host Fayetteville on Tuesday in a doubleheader. Man then hosts Scott on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. before going to Tug Valley on Thursday at 5:30. Van comes to Man on Friday.