By Paul Adkins
MADISON — The Chapmanville 9-10-year-old All-Stars are only two wins from reaching the state tournament.
Chapmanville reached the District 2 semifinals with Monday night’s 10-0 win in four innings over Welch at the Madison Little League Field.
Chapmanville (2-1) was set to face Tug Valley (2-1) in one of the two semifinals on Tuesday night at Madison. The other semifinal pits Madison (2-0) against Pineville (2-0).
The Madison-Pineville loser and the Chapmanville-Tug Valley winner are set to meet on Wednesday night. The District 2 championship game is then set for Thursday night. The two teams automatically advance to play in the upcoming 9-10 state tournament.
Tug Valley advanced on Monday night with a 30-10 win over Mingo County rival Matewan.
Chapmanville wasted no time against Welch (0-2), plating five runs in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. Chapmanville then added two in the second and three the third inning. The game was halted in the fourth due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Right-hander Will Kirkendoll fired a four-inning, complete-game two-hitter for Chapmanville. He struck out seven and walked two.
Caleb Lawson was the starting and losing pitcher for Welch. He went 2.2 innings before reaching his 75-pitch limit. He yielded 10 runs and 11 hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Khaimini Vineyard relieved him in the third inning.
Chapmanville’s 11-hit attack was led by Brody Dalton, who was 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple and two RBI. Scout Adams was 2-for-3 with a double, while Caleb Whitt went 2-for-2 with two RBI.
Evan Plumley was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI for Chapmanville. Tyson Thompson, Jacob Toppings and Sam Leslie added hits for Chapmanville. Leslie also had an RBI.
Devon Burroughs rapped a double in the second inning which bounced on Madison’s Field Turf to the left field fence but was tagged out in a rundown as he tried to stretch it to a triple. Omarion Cummings had the other hit for Welch.
Plumley highlighted Chapmanville’s five-run outburst in the first inning with a two-run double. Whitt added an RBI single in the second. In the third, Dalton lined out a two-run triple.
Chapmanville was set to square off with Tug Valley on Monday night — a team it beat 20-11 on Saturday afternoon in the double-elimination tourney.
Tug Valley 30, Matewan 10
MADISON — The Tug Valley 9-10-year-old All-Stars rolled to a 30-10 win over Mingo County foe Matewan on Monday night in the District 2 tourney.
The victory moved Tug Valley (2-1) in Tuesday night’s semifinals against Chapmanville.
Matewan ended play in the district tourney with an 0-2 record. Matewan lost 25-7 to Pineville on Sunday at Madison.
Tug Valley trailed Matewan 4-3 after one inning but led 10-8 after two.
Then in the top of the third inning, TV pushed 15 runs across home plate to grab a commanding 25-10 lead.
Tug Valley scored five more runs in the fourth and put away Matewan in the bottom of the fourth to end the game early due to the mercy rule.
Alex Vance led Tug Valley at the plate as he had an inside-the-park home run, a double and a single. He was only a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
Justin Hall also had three hits with two doubles and a single.
Kobe Smith clubbed a double and also singled for Tug Valley.
Tanner Kirk had an inside-the-park homer and a single, while Nick Sartin had a double and Dakota Ooten a single.
Levi Watts also had two hits for Tug Valley.
Tyler Ooten had three hits to lead Matewan. Pitcher Kaeden Bolding, Hunter Collins, Lakyin Hinkle and Justin May had hits for Matewan.
Dakota Ooten was Tug Valley’s starting pitcher.
Hall got Tug Valley started with an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the second. Vance had an RBI double in the first inning for TV.
An RBI triple by Collins in the first inning got Matewan on the board. Tyler Ooten scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-3 Matewan after one but it was all Tug Valley after that.
Chapmanville 20, Tug Valley 11
MADISON — The Chapmanville 9-10 All-Stars broke open a close game with Tug Valley on Saturday in the District 2 tourney at Madison and walked away with a 20-11 win.
Chapmanville led only 9-5 after three innings and held onto a 12-11 lead after four before exploding for four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to put the game away.
Caleb Whitt had a triple and a single for Chapmanville. Evan Plumley had a double and a single while Jordan Hayes and Will Kirkendoll had two hits apiece. Jacob Blair also had a single.
Kobe Smith had a double and a single to lead Tug Valley. Levi Watts, Dakota Ooten, Alex Vance and Justin Hall all had hits for TV. Tug Valley 8, Wharton-Barrett 7
MADISON — Tug Valley beat Wharton-Barrett 8-7 in 9-10 District 2 play on Sunday at Madison.
The game was tied 3-3 heading into the last half of the third when Wharton-Barrett plated two to go on top 5-3.
It was 6-3 after four before Tug Valley tied it at 6 with a three-spot in the top of the fifth. Tug Valley scored two in the top of the sixth to grab an 8-6 lead. Wharton-Barrett managed to score one in the last half of the sixth but it was not enough.
Tug Valley ended the game in dramatic fashion by turning a nifty 1-4-3 double play.
Levi Watts, Alex Vance and Justin Hall led Tug Valley at the plate as each had a triple and a single. Cody Crum and Dakota Ooten added singles.
* In other District 2 9-10 action on Saturday at Madison it was Pineville over Welch, 20-7; and Madison over Wharton-Barrett, 11-1.
Wharton-Barrett finished the tourney with an 0-2 record.