Rain suspends Game 1 of sectionals
by Paul Adkins
MADISON — At least they tried.
The Chapmanville and Scott high school baseball teams attempted to get in Game 1 of the best-of-three Class AA sectional tournament on Monday night at the Scott High School baseball field in Madison but the contest was suspended after two innings due to steady rain.
Chapmanville was leading 2-0 after two and the game was scheduled to be picked up on Tuesday at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field. Game 2 was then scheduled to follow.
Both games, however, were rained out and are scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Chapmanville.
A sweep by either the Tigers or the Skyhawks and the sectional title would be decided. A split would force a winner-take-all championship game on Thursday night at Scott.
Chapmanville went into the tourney with a 21-7 record. The Tigers, ranked No. 8 in the state in Class AA, were looking for a fifth straight sectional title.
Scott, a veteran team, entered the sectionals with a 15-14 record. The Skyhawks and Tigers split during the regular season in two meetings.
In Monday’s rain-shortened game, Chapmanville scored a run in the first inning and one more in the second.
In the top of the first inning, the Tigers made it 1-0 off Scott starting pitcher Dylan Brown as William Copley and Brent Bigley each singled and catcher Scottie Thompson followed with a two-out RBI single to right field.
In the second, the Tigers made it 2-0 as Brady Cox had an infield single, stole second, took third on a bounce out to the mound by Adam Dingess and scored on Brock Dalton’s RBI single to center.
Senior right-hander Dustin Conley was pitching for Chapmanville. He had three strikeouts in two innings of work and allowed a first-inning single to Cody Blevins and a leadoff double in the second by Cody Brown.
Conley got out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning as Colton Hammond flew out to right and Chapmanville right fielder Dingess then fired a strike to the plate to double off Devin Bayer who was trying to score on the fly ball. Conley came into the game with a 5-4 record and 3.16 ERA.
Both teams attempted to get in both games on Tuesday night, however, rain was in the forecast again. It’s also expected to rain on Wednesday night.
If all else fails, the weather is expected to improve on Thursday and Friday with temperatures in the mid 70s and only a minimal chance of isolated thunderstorms.
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