CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Middle School baseball team made it a doubleheader sweep over Harts on Monday with 4-3 and 11-3 wins at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field.
In Game One, the Tigers’ Caleb Ellis was the starting pitcher for the Lions. He went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs and three hits with six strikeouts and five issued walks. He was relieved by Justin Brumfield, who finished the game, allowing one run.
Joshua Zigmond was the starting and winning pitcher for Chapmanville. He tossed a complete game, yielding three runs on one hit with seven strikeouts and no walks.
The Lions scored two of their three runs in the first inning when Tristan Browning reached first after being hit by a pitch. He then stole second and reached home on a base hit by Alex Baldwin. Caleb Ellis also reached base after being hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Tiger error. Baldwin had the only Lion hit and RBI in the game.
Browning scored the third and last run for the Lions in the top of the third when he reached on another Tiger error.
Zigmond was the first to score for the Tigers when he reached on an error by the Lions and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Ryan Craddock hit a double in the second inning but was stranded there.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Craddock and Conner Mullins walked and Adam Vance lined a shot to right to score Craddock. Austin Bledsoe hit a single that moved Mullins to third. Noah Dingess reached on a fielder’s choice RBI that scored Mullins, evening the score to 3-3.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Zigmond walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Mullins then scored Zigmond when his fly ball to center was dropped.
“I am glad to get the win but we are making too many fielding errors,” CMS first-year coach Dwight Dingess said. “Spring break has us a little out of rhythm but I am hoping we will be back on track soon.”
In the nightcap, Chapmanville’s Conner Mullins had a commanding performance on the hill to lead the Tigers to victory. The sixth-grader went the distance, allowing three runs and just one hit with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Coach Dingess said he was pleased with the performance by Mullins.
“He had great control tonight and I could not be happier with his level of play,” he said.
Kyle Browning threw three complete innings for the Lions. He allowed 11 runs on nine hits with one strikeout and three base on balls.
Tristan Browning pitched in relief and fanned three. He also had the only hit of the night for Harts.
Devin Hensley hit a triple in the second to start off the Tiger hitting attack. He then scored on a wild pitch. Austin Bledsoe and Conner Mullins were both walked. Adam Vance then came up with an RBI single to score Bledsoe.
Chaseton Ghee then drove in Mullins with an RBI groundout.
Noah Dingess then delivered an RBI single to left to score Vance to finish off the four-run first inning by the Tigers.
Zigmond then led off the bottom of the third with a walk and Hensley’s second hit of the night — a shot up the middle — put two runners on.
Hunter Long then stepped up with an RBI single before an RBI single to left by Mullins plated another run for the Tigers.
Vance and Dingess then followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
Then it was Dylan Brown who came up and ripped a two-run triple to complete the CMS scoring for the night.
“I was happy that we rapped out nine hits,” Coach Dingess said. “It was much better than the first game. Coach Michael Browning is a good friend of mine and anytime we play each other it is hard. Michael has been instrumental in getting the Harts program off the ground and they are making huge strides at building their program. All these kids have grown up together and care about each other. They will eventually filter to CRHS, where they can be one team and that will be an exciting time that we all are looking forward to.”