Lady Tigers end skid with 10-0 win over Miners
by Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — Losing streaks are something the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team is not accustomed to.
After getting outscored 33-3 in its last four games — all losses — the Lady Tigers took out their frustrations on former sectional foe Mingo Central on Tuesday night at home as Chapmanville blasted the Miners 10-0.
The game was stopped after three innings due to the 8-run mercy rule.
Talya Berry pitched a no-hitter for Class AA No. 10-ranked Chapmanville, which improved to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the Cardinal Conference. Berry went all three innings and allowed no runs and no hits with six strikeouts and two walks. She also helped her own cause at the plate as she had two singles.
Chapmanville was coming off a pair of losses last Saturday at Class AAA Lincoln County where the Lady Tigers lost 6-0 to the host Lady Panthers and were routed 13-1 by 3A state power Cabell Midland in the second game. Before that, Chapmanville lost games to Herbert Hoover (4-0) and sectional rival Scott (10-2).
The Lady Tigers swept the season series with new Cardinal Conference team Mingo Central, which fell to 0-9 on the season. Chapmanville won 18-0 earlier in the season at the Miners’ home diamond in Delbarton.
Chapmanville moved its record to 5-0 all-time against Mingo Central.
The Miners have never scored on Chapmanville in the five losses. Last year, the Lady Tigers won 21-0 over Mingo Central in the Class AA sectional tourney and took 18-0 and 16-0 wins during the regular season.
Mingo Central was coming off a pair of league losses at Poca on Saturday as the Miners lost to the Dots 5-3 and 15-1.
Cydnee Lambert also carried a big stick in Tuesday night’s game as she had a triple. Brandi Broom doubled. Lauryn Easterling was 2-for-2 with a double.
Chapmanville was scheduled to open play in its own Lady Tigers Invitational tourney with Wednesday night’s game against Class AA No. 2-ranked Ritchie County at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.
The Lady Tigers then host Nicholas County on Friday at 9 p.m. in tourney play before closing out on Saturday with an 11 a.m. contest against James Monroe and a 7 p.m. game vs. Lincoln County.
Chapmanville is then scheduled to play the Lincoln County Panthers again next Monday night at home. The Lady Tigers then go to Class AAA Point Pleasant on April 11 before taking part in the Best of the Best tourney at Buffalo.
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