Bailey, Chapmanville’s starting catcher, broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single to left in the bottom of the fifth inning.
It ended up standing as the Lady Tigers beat Poca 1-0 and broke back above .500 with an 8-7 record on the season. Bailey had both of Chapmanville’s hits as she also doubled to the right centerfield fence in the third.
Allison Evans pitched the shutout win for Chapmanville as she hurled seven innings and allowed no runs and two hits with 14 strikeouts, two walks and a hit batsman.
Chapmanville was able to bounce back from Wednesday night’s error-plagued 3-2 loss at Sherman.
Lady Tigers’ coach Ronnie Ooten was glad to get the win but was displeased with his team’s lack of focus at the plate and in general.
“If we don’t go to the plate and be more aggressive we’re not going to get any better,” Ooten said. “When you’ve got two strikes on you you have to protect the plate.”
Ooten said Bailey has provided his team with some spark of late.
“She got both of our hits. She’s struggled all year but she’s stepped up,” he said. “But our so-called hitters have gone down. Some of them have gone flat on me and just aren’t hitting the ball with any authority for some unknown reason.”
Evans got behind on some of the Poca batters but managed to finish off the shutout. The Dots loaded the bases in the third with two outs but Evans got Jordan Biarra to hit into a force out to end the threat.
“She needs to step up and challenge the hitters. We don’t need to nit-pick. You’ve got to challenge them,” Ooten said about Evans.
Miranda Linville was the tough-luck loser on the mound for Poca. She pitched six innings and allowed one run and two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Poca got a bunt single from Mika McGrew in the third and a two-out single from Morgan Ball in the sixth.
Evans got Poca out one-two-three in the seventh to complete the win.
Chapmanville right fielder Brittani Lowe made two nice seventh-inning grabs back-to-back to end the game.
The Lady Tigers are scheduled to return to action this weekend at the Cabell Midland Sluggerfest tourney – Chapmanville’s second straight tournament in as many weekends. The Lady Tigers were the 2A division runner-ups last weekend at the Best of the Best Tournament at Buffalo.
Chapmanville will improve to 9-7 on the season before even stepping onto the diamond on Friday at the Sluggerfest as Capital has dropped out of the tourney, giving the Lady Tigers a forfeit win.
CRHS will then take on 3A Spring Valley on Friday at noon in the tournament opener and is then set to take on 3A University on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the last pool play game.
The Lady Tigers return home on Monday to play both Scott and Sherman beginning at 5 p.m.