The last six years the Wildcats and Tigers were Class AA sectional foes and the rivalry seemed to intensify.
But Logan and Chapmanville are no longer in the same sectional as the Cats have moved back up to the Triple-A level this spring for the first time since 2002.
That doesn’t mean the rivalry will cool off any, however.
Chapmanville and Logan will renew the series tonight at 7 p.m. at Logan High School’s Roger Gertz Field.
Logan, which went 27-9 last season and went on to win the Class AA state championship, took four out of five games last season against the Tigers.
The Cats won 13-4 and 4-3 over Chapmanville during the regular season, then lost 11-0 at home to the Tigers in the sectional tourney to come to within one game of elimination. Logan then rallied back to beat Chapmanville by 11-1 and 8-5 scores to claim the sectional title.
It was a replay of the 2007 sectional in which Chapmanville was up a game on Logan in the double-elimination tourney, then lost two in a row to the Wildcats to see its season come to an end.
Logan bested Chapmanville and Scott all six years it was in the Class AA sectional and have won nine straight section crowns dating back to 2000.
The Wildcats are coming into the game fresh off Monday’s 4-3, nine-inning win at Winfield.
Logan (13-5) scored the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth with senior catcher Cody Vinson’s RBI double to score Timmy Rein.
Todd Fleming started on the hill for the Cats, pitching 5-1/3 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts. Ronnie Abbott was then credited with the win in relief. He went 3-2/3 innings and fanned four while allowing just one hit.
Vinson was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI. David Brown was also 2-for-4.
Josh Wilson went 2-for-5. Rein, Ross Easterling and Shaun Wagner all had a hit.
Logan outhit Winfield 10-4.
Chapmanville comes into the game with Monday’s 11-8 Cardinal Conference loss at home to Sissonville.
Caleb Toparis started on the mound for the Tigers, which dropped to 12-8 overall and 5-4 in the league. Toparis went two innings and gave up four runs (three earned) and four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Josh Easterling then hurled four innings and yielded seven runs (six earned) with three walks, two hit batsmen and two strikeouts.
Cliff Hall pitched an inning and fanned one.
Craig Johnson was 2-for-3 with a double for the Tigers.
Zac Gresham was 2-for-4 and Jordan Banks added a double. Hall, Easterling and Jordan Kirk all singled.