By Paul Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
July 15, 2014
CHAPMANVILLE — The 11-12-year-old State Little League Baseball Tournament begins on Friday at Chapmanville but there will be no local representation.
The Madison and Mullens All-Stars are the District 2 reps as Logan County teams Chapmanville and Man were ousted in last week’s districts, which were also played at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.
Man was eliminated with last Friday night’s 2-1 loss to Chapmanville.
The host Chapmanville All-Stars then advanced to play Mullens on Saturday morning for the right to play in the state tourney. Mullens, however, crashed Chapmanville’s party and denied the hosts a chance to play in the state tournament on their own field by winning 10-4.
Madison had already wrapped up the District 2 title and grabbed a state tourney berth with Friday’s 12-2 win over Mullens in the championship game.
So, there will be no Chapmanville and no Man in this week’s state tournament.
The 14-team state tourney, to be played at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field and also next door at the Chapmanville Regional High School softball field, is set to begin on Friday with pool play.
Pool play continues on Saturday and concludes on Sunday.
The top two teams from each of the four pools then are set to play in the state quarterfinals on Monday. The winners advance to play in Tuesday’s semifinals. The championship game is then scheduled to take place on Wednesday night.
Chapmanville closed out last week’s districts with a 3-2 record. Chapmanville lost 6-3 Man on July 8 in the opener, then won 9-1 over Welch on July 9 before prevailing 12-1 over Pineville on July 10. The 2-1 win over Man then put Chapmanville in Saturday’s matchup with Mullens.
Man closed out 2-2. After the opening win over Chapmanville, Man lost 12-2 to Madison on July 9 to get knocked down into the loser’s bracket. Man then won 4-1 over Tug Valley on July 10 and was ousted by Chapmanville last Friday.
Chapmanville hit .296 in last week’s district tournament as the team was 37-for-125 at the plate.
Leadoff man Garrett Richard led the way as he was 8-for-15 with two doubles and an RBI. Chase Berry was 6-for-14 in the tournament with six RBI, a home run and a double. Trey Pancake was 6-for-15 with four RBI, three doubles and a triple.
Braxton Browning was 3-for-16 with a triple and two RBI. Dillon McCormick went 2-for-10 with two doubles and an RBI. Tanner McGraw was 3-for-12 with three doubles. Isaac Dixon was 3-for-13 with two triples and two RBI.
Ethan Stollings was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Colby Collins was 2-for-7 with a pair of RBI and a double. J.D. Ferrell was 1-for-10 at the plate and Braxton Manns was 0-for-8.
Berry won two games on the mound during the districts. He pitched seven innings and gave up one run and two hits with 15 strikeouts and two walks. McCormick also picked up a win.
The Man 11-12-year-old All-Stars were 21-for-81 at the plate for a team batting average of .263 during the district tourney.
Casey Hurley and Dylan Privett were the leaders. Hurley was 5-for-10 at the plate with a homer and two RBI. Privett was 5-for-9 with three RBI and two doubles.
Ryan Cozart was 3-for-11, while Gage Mullins hit an even .300 as he was 3-for-10 with a pair of doubles.
Jason Thomas was 2-for-9 at the plate with four RBI, a home run and a double. Jacob Frazier was 2-for-8. Nate Vest was 1-for-8. Blake Griffin was 0-for-7 and Dillon Morris 0-for-8.
Privett and Hurley each picked up wins on the mound for the Man All-Stars. Privett pitched seven full innings and gave up two runs and four hits with 12 strikeouts and three walks in two appearances. Hurley tossed a total of 8-1/3 innings and yielded six runs and 10 hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks in three appearances.
The upcoming state Little League tournament is expected to give Logan County a bit of an economic boost as teams, their families and fans will be staying in area hotels and will be eating at area restaurants.
Madison has been placed in Pool D with Morgan County and Worthington.
The Madison All-Stars are scheduled to open state tourney play on Friday at 6 p.m. against Morgan County on Field 2. Madison then plays on Sunday at 5 p.m. on Field 1.
Mullens is in Pool B with Milton, the District 1 champion, and Central Greenbrier, the District 4 runner-up. Mullens is set to play on Friday at 5 p.m. against Milton on Field 1. Mullens then plays on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Central Greenbrier, also on Field 1.
The full state tournament schedule will be released in Wednesday’s Logan Banner print edition and online at: www.loganbanner.com.