PINEVILLE — Pineville scored seven runs in the first inning and went on to beat Chapmanville, 22-3, in four innings on the first day of the Coach Pitch All-Star tournament at Pineville on Saturday.
The teams, made up of 7-8 year-olds, start in pool play and the top teams in each pool move on to elimination rounds.
Chapmanville scored a run in the top of the first to take its only lead of the day at 1-0.
The home team was able to make consistent contact throughout the game.
Kaleb Lambert had an RBI single to center during the big first inning.
After retiring Chapmanville in order in the second, the Pineville squad added four more runs. Those included inside-the-park home runs by Zach Hunt and Braxton Morgan.
“We hit the ball, we caught the ball and we played hard,” said Pineville coach Craig Cook.
The Logan County squad put runners on first and second with none out in the third but could not push a run across.
Konnor Fox hit a grounder and came around to score in the Pineville third.
A Kaylee Ellis ground ball brought two more in.
Pineville had six in the third overall and extended its lead to 17-1.
Chapmanville pushed across two runs in the fourth to make it 17-3.
Fox hit the ball hard to center in the bottom of the fourth, and Lindsey Mullins had an RBI as Pineville added to its margin.
When the score reached 22-3, the game was called because it was no longer mathematically possible for Chapmanville to win.
“I thought all the kids played well,” said.
Pineville was scheduled to play Matewan on Sunday evening.
Matewan fell to Madison in the first game of the tournament Saturday morning.
Oceana fell to Logan in the evening game. Logan also has wins over Oceana (17-0) and Baileysville (17-5) so far in the tourney.
The 9-10 year-olds and 11-12s will play their all-star events at other sites in the weeks ahead.