CHAPMANVILLE — Down 8-0 it seemed hopeless for the Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team on Monday night at home.
But the Tigers rallied to defeat Class AA No. 9-ranked Sissonville Indians 9-8 at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field.
Chapmanville, rated No. 5 in this week’s statewide poll, improved to 15-3 overall and 6-2 in the Cardinal Conference with the win. The Tigers swept the season series with the Indians, also taking a 7-4 victory at Sissonville earlier in the spring.
CRHS committed five errors early in the game as Sissonville (10-6) built its lead on the Tigers and starting pitcher Nick Brumfield.
The Tigers then tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run double by Jordan Cook. Chapmanville then won it in the bottom of the seventh as junior shortstop Tristan Thompson tripled to right centerfield and Brock Dalton came up with the winner on a sacrifice fly.
Freshman pitcher Chris Bailey came on in the fourth inning and earned the win in relief.
Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis said it was a great win for his team.
“We fell behind but it was a gritty performance as we hung tough and we found a way to win,” Ellis said. “We were hitting the ball well early but we were hitting it right at people. I told them to keep it up and we eventually kept hitting the ball and we were able to find the gaps. It was a big win in the conference because it keeps us alive. Hoover is first and we are second and we can’t afford another league loss.”
Chapmanville was scheduled to get back into action on Wednesday night as the Tigers were slated to host the Tolsia Rebels in the continuation from an earlier game this season in which CRHS was ahead 5-0 in the first inning before play was stopped due to rain.
Tolsia called Coach Ellis on Tuesday morning and forfeited the game resulting in a 7-0 win and another Chapmanville win as the Tigers improved to 16-3 overall and 7-2 in the conference on the season.
The Tigers had beat the Rebels 21-0 in the season opener on March 25 at home at a snowy Ted Ellis Field.
CRHS is back into action at the Ed Carter Tournament in St. Albans this weekend. The Tigers face 3A Hurricane on Friday at 1 p.m. before playing the host Red Dragons at 4. Chapmanville then returns to St. Albans on Saturday to face an undetermined foe.
St. Albans 4
ST. ALBANS — The Logan High School softball team picked up a big win over Class AAA sectional opponent St. Albans with a come-from-behind 10-4 victory on the road on Monday.
Junior Aarron Ward carried a big stick as she was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. She also was the starting and winning pitcher as she went seven innings and allowed four runs and three hits.
Hana Sedlock also added two hits for the Lady Cats, which improved to 16-2 on the season.
Senior Hannah Kolovich was 2-for-5 at the plate with a double. Kiana Hill was 2-for-3 with one run knocked in. Summer Collins also drove in two runs.
Haili McCown had a double and two RBI to pace St. Albans (10-13).
Logan was also helped along by the Red Dragons, which committed five errors. The Lady Cats didn’t have any.
The Lady Cats trailed 4-0 after one inning of play but then plated one run in the fourth, four in the fifth, one in the sixth and four more in the seventh inning to turn the game into a rout.
Logan was coming off a 2-2 showing last weekend at the Best of the Best Tournament at Buffalo.
LHS was scheduled to play at George Washington on Tuesday. Logan then plays at county rival Chapmanville on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. before hosting Lincoln County on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Scott on Friday in another 5:30 game. On Saturday, Logan hosts Pikeview in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the Logan Softball Complex.
— Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of The Logan Banner.