Civitas News Service
CHAPMANVILLE — It was one of those games where the final score really didn’t indicate what kind of game that it was.
The Chapmanville 7-8-year-old Coach Pitch Little League All-Stars beat Tug Valley 14-6 on Monday night to win its pool with a 3-0 record.
The game was much closer than that, though.
Chapmanville led Tug Valley just 7-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Chapmanville All-Stars then blew the game wide open by scoring seven runs to go up by eight.
Brody Dalton and Caleb Whitt got the fifth-inning rally started by ripping hard-smashing hits to the outfield which eventually went for back-to-back inside-the-park home runs which made the score 9-6.
Chapmanville would then tack on five more runs. The other big blow was a bases loaded, bases clearing, three-run double by Keldon Lucas which made it 13-6. Jacob Topping then added an RBI single to push the lead to 14-6.
Tug Valley was then retired in the top of the sixth inning. The team finished 1-2 in its pool and closed out tourney play.
Chapmanville outhit Tug Valley 17-9 for the game.
Lucas was 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI.
Topping was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Dalton was 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI. Caleb Whitt went 2-for-3 with a triple, a homer and three runs knocked in. Second baseman Hayla McGraw was 2-for-3 at the plate.
Jacob Blair, Brady Raines and Adam Mullins had one hit each for Chapmanville.
Josef Brammer, son of Chapmanville coach and former Logan High School baseball standout J.D. Brammer, drove in two runs.
Tug Valley catcher Karli Smith was 2-for-3 to lead her team.
Autumn Hall, Julian Vance, Conner Lackey, Dakota Ooten, Zach Hall, Elijah Fluty and Cody Crum all had one hit each for the Panthers. Hall’s hit was a triple. Ooten’s hit was a two-run double in the first inning which put Tug on top 3-0.
Chapmanville plated two in the first to cut the deficit to 3-2 and led 5-4 after two and 7-5 after three. After a scoreless fourth inning, Tug Valley plated a run in the top of the fifth to trim Chapmanville’s lead to 7-6. Tug scored with Crum’s RBI single which scored Ooten.
The win and Pool A clincher moves Chapmanville into one of the two District 2 semifinal games on Friday at 6 p.m. against an opponent to be determined later.