CHAPMANVILLE — Dustin Conley did just about all that he could do.
He just didn’t get any support.
Conley, the Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team’s flamethrowing right-hander, pitched one heck of a game on Thursday night at home against Sissonville but the Tigers scored no runs behind him.
The end result was a 1-0 victory by Sissonville in eight innings up on the hill at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field.
Chapmanville saw its four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 12-9 overall and 6-4 in the Cardinal Conference. Sissonville improved to 7-15 overall with the upset victory.
Conley went all eight innings on the mound for the Tigers, allowing just one run and four hits to go along with his 16 strikeouts and three walks.
Sissonville left-hander Eli Mooney notched the win in the pitcher’s duel as he fanned 11 and hit two batters over eight innings while allowing no runs and scattering seven Chapmanville hits.
After seven scoreless innings, the Indians plated the only run of the game in the top of the eighth.
Zach Null led off by drawing a walk. He then stole second and reached third on a wild pitch with one out. J.R. Stricklen then bounced a grounder to Chapmanville second baseman Tristan Thompson. Null broke for home and scored standing up as Thompson throw to catcher Jordan Cook didn’t make it in time.
That was the only run the Indians would need.
Chapmanville’s Tyler Collins was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the eighth but Mooney was able to get Thompson to fly out to center to end the game.
Tigers’ coach Eric Ellis said his team just couldn’t give Conley any run support.
“We’ve been waiting on Dustin to pitch that way all year long. He stepped up and threw us a good one but we just didn’t give him any help,” Ellis said. “He had good pop, his curve ball was good and that’s what he’s capable of. He threw a heck of a ballgame but we just didn’t hit. We had opportunities and had a big opportunity late in the game but had back-to-back strikeouts. You have to put the ball into play and we didn’t do it.”
The Tigers had numerous chances.
In the bottom of the fourth, Thompson had an infield single and stole second but was stranded with two outs.
In the fifth, Tyler Cox smashed a hard two-out single up the middle, stole second and took third on the catcher’s overthrow to the base but was left there as Cook was robbed of a base hit when Sissonville first baseman Stricklen dove to his right to stop the grounder and then raced to touch the bag.
In the sixth, Chapmanville had its best chance as Jordan Banks singled and Collins followed by singling with one out. The runners were left at second and third after a wild pitch and stolen base by pinch-runner Tyler Neil as Mooney got two straight strikeouts to end the threat.
The Tigers also had a chance to win it in the last half of the seventh as Cox singled with two outs and took second as the pickoff attempt throw at first base was dropped by Stricklen and rolled near the fence. Cox was left there, however, as Cook grounded out to first.
Cox and Banks were each 2-for-4 at the plate to lead CRHS.
Dominic Walker, Leighton Baldwin, Andy Minsker and Mooney had one hit each for the Indians.
Ellis said his team has to work to get better.
“Our pitching is coming around and that’s positive but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.
The Tigers are scheduled to return to action with Saturday’s 4 p.m. game against Mingo Central at the old Gilbert High School baseball diamond.