CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Regional High School softball team has rode the arm of Kenzie McCann all the way to Vienna.
McCann, Chapmanville’s junior pitching ace, tossed yet another shutout on Tuesday night as the Lady Tigers blanked Point Pleasant, 3-0, at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field to wrap up another Region 4 championship and state tournament berth.
Chapmanville (23-3) is scheduled to open play in the Class AA state tourney next Wednesday, May 24 against Herbert Hoover (24-5) at Jackson Memorial Park in Vienna.
Oak Glen and Wyoming East are the other 2A state tournament teams.
The Lady Tigers are looking to win back-to-back state titles.
McCann has been superb for Chapmanville this season.
With Chapmanville’s offensive firepower and run production down from last year’s heavy hitting team, which hit 30 total home runs, the Lady Tigers have had to scratch together wins this season.
Except for a few hiccups everything has worked out for the Lady Tigers.
CRHS coach Ronnie Ooten said McCann has been brilliant this season. McCann tossed a 1-0 complete game shutout at Point Pleasant on Monday in Game 1 of the best-of-three regional series.
“She’s thrown two super ballgames,” Ooten said. “The girls are really hungry so I hope that they are hungry enough to get them another one (state championship).”
McCann said the Lady Tigers have had the goal all season of making it back to the state tournament.
“It feels great,” she said. “It think that we are all ready to get to our goal. You could tell. Tonight we really didn’t celebrate. It was just another step. This is what we’ve been talking about all year.”
Chapmanville has surrendered just 22 runs all season long.
In the post-season, the Lady Tigers have outscored their opponents 21-1.
The only run given up was back in the sectionals in a 12-1 win over Logan. Chapmanville also beat Lincoln County (1-0) and Logan (4-0) in sectional tourney play.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my defense,” McCann said. “They were behind me every game. Every pitch. I thank them for that.”
One of those losses this season was a 7-3 setback at Hurricane, a Triple-A team which has also advanced to the state tournament and is also looking to win a second straight state title.
McCann smiled when asked about that game, which was billed as “The Battle of the State Champions.”
Hurricane blitzed Chapmanville in that one, in a game that was played at Hurricane. The Skins’ Katie Adams, the State Player of the Year, and a Marshall University recruit, led the way as she was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI.
“Yeah, we’re just going to scratch that one out,” McCann joked about the Hurricane game. “Let’s just pretend that that one didn’t even happen. But I wish them the best too. I play with a lot of those girls. So I hope they get another state title just like we do.”
After sectional play, McCann was 16-3 on the mound with one save and a 0.92 ERA. She had hurled 114 innings and allowed just 15 earned runs and 57 hits. McCann had 131 strikeouts, 13 shutout wins, one no-hitter and one perfect game. She had issued just 21 walks on the season.
Chapmanville’s only other two defeats this season were to Man (2-1) and Winfield (7-1).
The Lady Tigers were 33-6 last year.
2017 Chapmanville Regional High School
Softball Schedule (23-3, 13-1):
March 23: *at Herbert Hoover, W 5-1
March 24: *at Mingo Central, W 14-0
March 25: Spring Valley, W 11-0
March 27: *at Sissonville, W 12-1
March 28: *Poca, W 5-2
March 29: at Westside, W 10-0
March 30: *Wayne (Lady Tigers Invitational), W 10-0
March 31: Buffalo (Lady Tigers Invitational), W 9-0
April 4: Man, W 6-0
April 5: *Wayne, W 8-0
April 10: *at Scott, W 15-0
April 11: *at Poca, W 3-0
April 12: at Hurricane, L 3-7
April 13: *Sissonville, W 9-0
April 14: at Lincoln County, W 7-0
April 15: *Scott, W 11-0
April 17: at Man, L 1-2
April 18: *at Wayne, W 5-1
April 21: *Herbert Hoover, W 1-0
April 25: *Logan (Senior Night), W 1-0
April 26: *Winfield, L 1-7
May 3: vs. Logan (Class AA sectionals at Chapmanville), W 12-1
May 5-8: vs. Lincoln County (Class AA sectionals at Chapmanville), W 1-0
May 9: vs. Logan (Class AA sectional finals at Chapmanville), W 4-0
May 15: at Point Pleasant (Class AA regional finals), W 1-0
May 16: Point Pleasant (Class AA regional finals), W 3-0
May 24: vs. Herbert Hoover (Class AA state tournament), 9:45 a.m.
*Cardinal Conference game
regional title games since 2000 (8-4):
2000: Man 1, Chapmanville 0 (at Chapmanville)
2003: Winfield 2, Chapmanville 1 (at Madison)
2004: Chapmanville 4, Point Pleasant 1 (at Wayne)
2005: Herbert Hoover 2, Chapmanville 0 (at Madison)
2007: Chapmanville 3, Winfield 1 (at Chapmanville)
2009: Chapmanville 6, Herbert Hoover 0 (at Chapmanville)
2010: Chapmanville 4, Herbert Hoover 0 (at Herbert Hoover)
2011: Chapmanville 4, Poca 0 (at Chapmanville)
2015: Sissonville 10, Chapmanville 0 (at Chapmanville)
2016: Chapmanville 6, Sissonville 3 (at Sissonville)
2017: Chapmanville 1, Point Pleasant 0 (at Point Pleasant Game 1)
2017: Chapmanville 3, Point Pleasant 0 (at Chapmanville Game 2)
Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner.