The Chapmanville 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars stayed alive in the state tournament with Monday’s 23-13 slugfest win over Braxton County at Petersburg.
Chapmanville improved to 2-1 in the state tourney and were scheduled to face off with Jefferson on Tuesday. Jefferson advanced with a 7-6 victory over Barboursville in the loser’s bracket.
Braxton County, received a first-round bye and previously lost 10-0 to Hedgesville, was eliminated from the tourney with an 0-2 record.
Chapmanville won the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as Levi Bailey ripped a three-run, walk-off home run to give Chapmanville the 10-run margin and to end the game early due to the mercy rule.
Isaac Dixon had seven RBI for the game, with a pair of bases loaded, three-run doubles and also an RBI double.
Chapmanville scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and led 8-1. Dixon’s first three-run double was the big blow.
Braxton County cut it to 8-4 with three runs in the top of the second inning but Chapmanville plated two more in the last half of the frame to go on top 10-4. Chris Samson supplied both runs with a two-run homer.
BC plated three in the top of the third to come to within 10-6 but Chapmanville then scored nine big runs in the last half of the inning to make it 19-7. Dixon had another three-run double in the frame. Trey Pancake batted twice in the inning and had two RBI singles. Dixon also batted twice and also had an additional run-scoring double.
Braxton County scored four in the top of the fourth to pull to within 19-13, then held Chapmanville scoreless in the bottom of the fourth.
Chapmanville’s four-spot and Bailey’s homer then put a halt to the game, which lasted two and a half hours to to a lightning delay and a short halt in action due to ground work on the mound.
The Chapmanville All-Stars also took advantage of several issued walks and errors by BC.
In Bracket A, Bridgeport advanced to the state championship game with Monday’s 13-7 victory over Central Greenbrier.
Also on Monday, the Milton All-Stars lost 16-4 to Mountaineer. Fairmont was scheduled to play Mountaineer on Tuesday night in the loser’s bracket. The winner was to play Central Greenbrier.
In Bracket B, Hedgesville is scheduled to face off with Capital Midwestern in the semifinals.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).