CHAPMANVILLE — Chapmanville and Man lived to play another day.
The Chapmanville and Man 11-12-year-old All-Stars fought back with wins in the loser’s bracket on Thursday night in the double-elimination District 2 Little League Baseball Tournament at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
Man downed Tug Valley, 4-1, in Game 1.
Then in Game 2, host Chapmanville scored a 12-1 victory over Pineville.
Man and Chapmanville were scheduled to meet on Friday night in a rematch of Tuesday night’s game which was won by Man 6-3. Chapmanville and Man each carried 2-1 records heading into the contest. Madison (2-0) played Mullens (1-0) in the championship game on Friday night.
Tug Valley and Pineville closed out tourney play at 0-2.
In the Man-Tug Valley game, Man spotted Tug Valley a 1-0 lead after one-half inning as TV’s Ethan Varney led off with a single and then scored on Hunter Crum’s RBI single.
Man then answered in the bottom of the first with three runs, chasing Tug Valley starting pitcher Dakota Vance off the mound after just 1/3 of an inning.
Man’s Ryan Cozart got it started with a single. Gage Mullins then singled and pitcher Casey Hurley was hit by a pitch to load up the bases.
Dylan Privett then lofted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Cozart to tie it up 1-1. Then it was a two-run double off the bat of Jason Thomas which put Man on top for good, 3-1.
Man added another run in the top of the third as Privett singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on another Tug error as the lead increased to 4-1.
That was it for the scoring.
Man’s Hurley cruised along on the mound, firing a complete game, six-inning win. He allowed just one run and two hits with 14 strikeouts and no walks. After a slow start in the first inning, Hurley recorded eight straight strikeouts during one stretch as a struck out the side in the second and third innings.
Hurley, the younger brother to former Man High School baseball and basketball standout Travis Hurley, retired the last 16 batters he faced, getting Tug Valley out in order in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Cozart was 2-for-3 at the plate for Man. Mullins, Hurley, Privett, Thomas and Jacob Frazier had one hit each for Man.
Varney pitched 4.2 innings in relief for Tug Valley and settled the game down after Vance’s rocky first. Varney allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
In the Chapmanville-Pineville game, Chapmanville ended the game via mercy rule with pitcher Chase Berry’s walkoff, two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. The game was halted due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Berry finished 2-for-4 at the plate with the home run, a double and three RBI. Berry also pitched a complete game win on the mound as he tossed five innings and allowed just one run and two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Garrett Richard led Chapmanville at the plate as he was 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Center fielder Isaac Dixon was 2-for-2 with a triple and one RBI.
Braxton Browning had a hit and an RBI for Chapmanville. Ethan Stollings had a two-run double. Trey Pancake also doubled as did Tanner McGraw. J.D. Ferrell added a single. Colby Collins had an RBI.
Chapmanville jumped on top 3-0 after one inning. Berry had a two-run double during the frame.
In the third, Pineville plated its only run as Dalton Bishop had a bunt single and later scored to trim the C-ville lead to 3-1.
The Chapmanville All-Stars then answered with four runs in the bottom of the third to make it 7-1. Stollings had a two-run double in the inning while Richard rapped out an RBI double of his own.
Five runs in the fifth by Chapmanville then ended the game. Dixon’s RBI triple made it 8-1. Braxton Manns reached base safely on an error and later scored to make it 9-1. Browning’s RBI groundout to second upped the margin to 10-1. Berry’s two-run shot to center then sent Pineville packing.