The Chapmanville and Man 11-12-year-old Little League baseball all-stars are hoping to make a return trip to the state tournament and make a better showing than they did last summer.
Both teams are scheduled to play in this week’s 11-12 District 2 tourney at Pineville.
With only five teams in the tourney — down from six last year and with the district champion and runner-up advancing — Chapmanville and Man seem to have a good shot at making it to state.
Other than Man and Chapmanville, Madison, Welch and host Pineville are set to take part in the District 2 tournament which is scheduled to get under way on Saturday. The top two teams advance to play in the 11-12-year-old Little League state tourney at Martinsburg beginning July 20.
The 11-12-year-old tourney is scheduled to begin on Saturday as Welch plays Madison at 2 p.m. at the Pineville Little League Field. County rivals Man and Chapmanville then meet at 4 p.m.
The district tournament continues on Sunday as the losers of the first two games are set to face off at 2 p.m. The winner of the Welch-Madison game then takes on Pineville at 4 p.m. The host Pineville team was awarded a first-round bye.
Then on Monday, a winner’s bracket game is set to be played at 6 p.m. Then at 8 p.m., the championship game is scheduled to take place with a state tourney berth on the line.
On Tuesday, a game will be played at 7 p.m. to determine the District 2 runner-up and the second state tourney representative.
Man and Chapmanville each advanced to last year’s state tourney at Beckley.
Man, which was making its first trip to the 11-12-year-old state tournament since 1969, finished 3-1 in District 2 play, advancing to state with a 14-0 mercy-rule win over Mullens at the Welch Little League Field.
Chapmanville won last year’s district title and finished 3-0 in pool play after knocking off Man 10-0 as pitchers Chris Bailey and Alex Berry combined for a no-hitter. Bailey struck out 15 batters in 5.2 innings of work.
However, at the state tournament, both Chapmanville and Man struggled as the teams were outscored 47-4 in its first four games.
Chapmanville went 0-3 in state tourney pool play with an 8-1 loss to Princeton in the opener, a 7-0 defeat to host Beckley and a 6-0 loss to Man. The game with Man was stopped in the third inning and with Chapmanville trailing 5-0 the game was called after two lengthy rain delays. Chapmanville agreed to halt the contest and Man was officially awarded a 6-0 victory via forfeit.
Man was 1-2 in the state tournament last season with a 10-2 loss to Beckley in the opener and a 22-1 defeat at the hands of Princeton in the second game.