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Madison 11-12-year-old Little League All-Star Aaron Epling gets a fist-bump in Friday's 6-5 loss to Morgan County in the first round of the state tournament at Chapmanville.
Madison 11-12-year-old Little League All-Star Aaron Epling gets a fist-bump in Friday's 6-5 loss to Morgan County in the first round of the state tournament at Chapmanville.
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CHAPMANVILLE — The Madison All-Stars surely made it interesting.

Down 5-0 after three innings, Madison eventually scored a run and tied it in the fourth with four runs but the Morgan County All-Stars plated one run in the top of the sixth inning to walk away with a 6-5 win over Madison on Friday night during the first day of competition at the 11-12-year-old State Little League Tournament at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.

Madison (0-1) is scheduled to finish off Pool D action on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Worthington. Madison needs a win in order to advance to play in Monday’s quarterfinals.

Madison entered the state tournament as the District 2 champions with an unbeaten record. Madison had beaten Mullens, 12-2, for the district championship.

Morgan County (1-0) won it in the sixth as Brady Sipe led off with a single off Madison relief pitcher Aaron Adkins. Colby Farris then had a bunt single and Sipe later scored on a wild pitch.

Madison tried to mount another comeback in the last half of the sixth as D.L. Bowman was safe on an error and Carter Lyles was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with nobody out.

Morgan County relief pitcher Cameron King then recorded three straight outs to notch the win. He pitched two innings and struck out three.

Sipe started for MC, going 3.1 innings and allowing no runs and one hit with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter.

Cole Morris came on in the fourth and lasted just 2/3 of an inning as he yielded two runs and one hit with one strikeout and one hit batter.

Anthony Clark then entered in Madison’s four-run fifth but walked three batters and gave up a two-run single by Adkins, which cut Morgan County’s lead to 5-3.

King then took to the mound for MC as Madison’s Hayden Miller walked with the bases loaded to make it a 5-4 ballgame. Kobe Abbott then had an RBI fielder’s choice to tie it at 5. King then got Aaron Epling to strike out and got Isaac Miller to pop out to first base.

Miller was Madison’s starting pitcher. He tossed 2.1 innings and gave up two runs and one hit with one strikeout and no walks.

Lyles then pitched 1.2 innings and allowed three runs on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Adkins then fired the last two innings and was the pitcher of record.

Morgan County sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the third inning, plating five runs to take a 5-0 lead. Four of the runs came home on wild pitches by Madison pitchers. Another run scored on an error with a dropped ball at the plate as pitcher Lyles fielded a ground ball and then wheeled home to try and cut down a runner.

Morgan County went down in order in the fourth and fifth innings.

Madison trimmed it to 5-1 in the fourth as Trey Johnson singled and later came around on a wild pitch.

Madison was held to only three hits in the game. Miller had a one-out single in the first inning but was cut down at second trying to steal.

Morris, Clark, Sipe and Farris had one hit each for Morgan County. Derek Statler led the way as he was 2-for-3 with a single in the third and an infield single in the sixth.

Both teams committed three errors.

Morgan County is the District 6 runner-ups.

Milton 10,

Mullens 0

CHAPMANVILLE — It started out very promising for the Mullens 11-12-year-old All-Stars.

Mullens got back-to-back singles by Logan Miller and McQuade Canada to start off its state tournament game with District 1 champion Milton on Friday evening at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.

But then Milton pitcher Jed Ward got three straight outs to end the inning.

It was all downhill from there for Milton, which cruised to a 10-0 win in four innings. The game was stopped due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Ward was the starting and winning pitcher for Milton.

Canada was tagged with the loss for Mullens, which went 3-1 in last week’s District 2 tourney and advanced to state as the district runner-up team by virtue of a 10-4 win over host Chapmanville.

No further information was available on the game.

Mullens (0-1) is scheduled to return to state tourney pool play on Sunday at 4 p.m. against Central Greenbrier. Mullens needs a win in order to advance. Milton was set to take on Central Greenbrier on Saturday at Tracy Vickers Field.

* In other state tournament action on Friday at Chapmanville, Bridgeport won 8-1 over Mountaineer in Pool A. Martinsburg also beat Elkins 12-1 in Pool A and Hurricane downed Huntington League 2, 10-3, in Pool C.

* Six more pool play games were scheduled to be played on Saturday in Round 2 action: Elkins vs. Mountaineer; Martinsburg vs. Bridgeport; Milton vs. Central Greenbrier; Summersville vs. Hurricane; Beckley vs. Huntington League 3; and Morgan County vs. Worthington.

On Sunday, Madison is scheduled to play Worthington at 5 p.m. at Tracy Vickers Field in the Pool D finale.

In Pool C on Sunday, Summersville squares off with Huntington League 3 at 2 p.m. at the CRHS softball field and Hurricane takes on Beckley at 3 p.m. next door at Tracy Vickers Field.

In Pool B on Sunday, Mullens does battle with Central Greenbrier at 4 p.m. at the CRHS softball diamond.

Pool A games on Sunday have Martinsburg facing off with Mountaineer at 1 p.m. at Tracy Vickers Field and Bridgeport playing Elkins at 6 p.m. at the Chapmanville softball field.

The top two teams from each pool are set to play in the four state quarterfinal games on Monday.

On Tuesday night, the two state semifinals are set to be played at Tracy Vickers Field.

The state championship game is then slated for Wednesday night, also at Tracy Vickers Field.

The winner moves on to play in the Southeast Regional tourney at Warner Robins, Ga., for the right to advance to play in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., in August.

Sunday’s Madison game is slated to be broadcast by Logan radio station WVOW radio 101.9 FM.

Sunday’s Huntington League 3 game at 2 p.m. will be carried by WVRC 930 AM out of Huntington. The game will also be streamed at www.supertalk941.com/listen. You can also download the app at supertalk941.com for I-Phones or Android phones.

Chapmanville is hosting its first State Little League Tournament since 2006 when the league jointly hosted the tourney with the Logan Little League as half of the games were played at Tracy Vickers Field and the other half were played at Logan’s Paul Hale Field.

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