Lady Tigers sweep Poca Dots on Senior Night
by Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — The senior class of the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team went out in style on Thursday night.
The Lady Tigers swept past Poca 8-0 and 12-2 in a home doubleheader on Senior Night.
It was the last time Chapmanville’s senior class will play a game at home at the friendly confines of the Lady Tigers’ Ronnie Ooten Field.
Chapmanville’s five seniors — Tayla Berry, Emma Paris, Brandi Broom, Hanna Wooten and Haley Mays — were honored prior to the first game.
Berry, Paris, Broom and Wooten were freshmen members of Chapmanville’s 2010 Class AA state championship team. Mays joined the team this spring as a first-year senior player.
The seniors played a big part in Thursday night’s erasing of the Dots.
Berry tossed a no-hitter within the circle in the first game, striking out nine and walking two. She also went 1-for-2 at the plate. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 8-run mercy rule.
Paris, Chapmanville’s No. 2 hurler, was the starting and winning pitcher in Game 2 as she fanned three and walked none in the four-inning game.
Wooten, the Lady Tigers’ starting catcher, was 2-for-3 in the second game, while Berry went 3-for-3. Broom also had a hit.
First baseman Lauryn Easterling was 2-for-3 at the plate in the nightcap. Samarah Hurst, Hope Kirk, Shian Meeks and Savannah Wiley also had hits for the Lady Tigers.
Easterling, Cydnee Lambert and Kirk had hits for Chapmanville in the opener.
Poca was led by Natalie Parkins, who was 3-for-3 in the second game.
Chapmanville’s quartet of starting seniors played a big part in the Lady Tigers success on the softball diamond over the last four years.
All were given their 2010 freshmen softball jerseys prior to the twinbill.
With the graduation last year of Chapmanville’s twin sisters Allison and Jenna Evans, Berry took over the No. 1 pitching role this spring for the Lady Tigers and has done an admirable job.
Berry has hit eight home runs in her prep career and has been Chapmanville’s primary designated hitter when not inside the pitching circle. Just a few days ago, Berry ripped a monster 250-foot home run in Chapmanville’s 8-1 win at arch rival Logan.
As a freshman, Berry had a key double in the Lady Tigers’ 3-1 win over Ritchie County in the 2010 Class AA state championship game at Vienna. Ritchie County had forced a winner-take-all final by blanking Chapmanville 4-0 in the championship round.
Berry helped lead the Lady Tigers to the state tournament in 2011 but CRHS was ousted with a 1-2 record. Chapmanville was beaten last year in the Class AA regional semifinals by eventual state champ Wayne. Berry hit .350 last season with a home run and was 2-2 on the hill.
Wooten has alternated between center field and catcher in her Chapmanville softball career.
Two years ago in a sectional tourney game at Scott, Wooten famously broke an aluminum bat in two on a base hit. Wooten hit .260 last year for the Lady Tigers.
Broom has been good with the bat and the glove for Chapmanville, being used mostly in left field. Last year, she hit .372 and finished with 35 base hits — second best on the team.
Paris stepped into the No. 2 pitching role this season for CRHS and has done a good job.
Chapmanville’s seniors have led the team to an 84-42 record, three sectional championships and two state tourney berths in four seasons.
The Lady Tigers were 25-14 in 2010 in their back-to-back state championship season. Chapmanville then went 23-8 in 2011 and 24-6 in 2012.
With Thursday night’s two wins, Chapmanville now stands at 12-14 overall and 5-5 in the Cardinal Conference. Poca dropped to 7-17, 4-10.
CRHS is scheduled to close out the regular season on Monday at Sissonville.
Class AA sectional tournament play is then scheduled to begin on Tuesday as Chapmanville is set to play at Scott in a 5:30 p.m. contest. Game 2 in the best-of-three series is then set for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. A winner-take-all Game 3 would then be played on Thursday if necessary.
Chapmanville split with Scott this season, losing 10-2 at Madison and then coming back to win 4-3 in nine innings at home.
The Lady Hawks are 17-8 going into post-season play. Scott has not won the sectional crown since 2008.
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