The Chapmanville Tigers were cruising along in their game on Wednesday night at Lincoln County.
Down a half dozen runs, the Panthers made it interesting.
Lincoln County still fell short as the Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team beat the Panthers, 9-6, on the road at Hamlin in a game between Class AA sectional rivals.
Chapmanville, which improved to 13-5 on the season with the non-conference win, led 1-0 after one inning, then exploded for six runs in the second to grab a 7-0 lead. With two more in the third it was 9-0.
The Panthers, though, found new life late in the game, plating two runs in the last half of the sixth and four more in the seventh.
Chapmanville outhit Lincoln County 12-11 in the game. The Tigers committed three errors to two for LCHS.
Starting and winning pitcher Conner Mullins helped his own cause as he was 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI.
Josh Zigmond was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Noah Dingess was 2-for-5 with a triple and one RBI. Adam Vance went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Chase Berry was 1-for-3 with a run knocked in. Cole Ferrell also had a hit for the Tigers.
Mullins pitched six innings and allowed six runs (two earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts and one walk. JD Ferrell tossed the seventh inning and allowed two runs and fanned one while picking up the save.
Justin Pauley was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Panther bats.
Cody Roach was the starting and losing pitcher. He went just two innings and gave up eight runs (three earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks. Eli Kirkendoll pitched five innings of relief, yielding one earned run on five hits with one strikeout and one walk.
The Tigers were scheduled to have a return game with the Panthers on Thursday night in Chapmanville. CRHS then hosts Poca on Friday at 6 p.m. and travels to play the Poca Dots on Saturday at 2:30.
Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner.