CHAPMANVILLE — The road to Vienna is looking better and better for the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team.
The Lady Tigers are off to a fast 6-0 start to the season following Saturday’s 8-0 win at home over arch rial Scott.
Chapmanville, also 5-0 in Cardinal Conference play and bolstered by five former Scott players on this year’s roster, have outscored opponents 71-14 so far during the young season, including three shutouts.
The beat went on against the Lady Hawks.
Chapmanville plated four runs in the second inning and four more in the third.
Kenzie McCann tossed the shutout for the Lady Tigers as she struck out seven batters and allowed just one hit. Kaila Craddock was the starting and losing pitcher for Scott. She allowed eight runs and 10 hits while walking two and allowing two walks.
Grace Belcher, a Scott transfer, went 3-for-3 with two home runs and a double for Chapmanville as she played against her former team.
Kara Browning was also 3-for-3 with two doubles for CRHS. McCann helped her cause with a 2-for-3 plate performance.
Ali Harless, another former Lady Hawk, added a hit for Chapmanville. Jada Freeman also had a hit.
Craddock had Scott’s only hit.
Scott committed four errors to just one for Chapmanville.
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to hit the diamond on Monday at defending Class AA state champion Sissonville. Chapmanville then hosts Sherman on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
On Thursday, CRHS begins play in its own Lady Tigers Invitational with a 7 p.m. contest against Lincoln County.
Chapmanville then plays Hurricane on Friday at 6:45 p.m. and Point Pleasant on Saturday at 10 a.m. in tournament play.
County teams Logan and Man are also slated to take part in the Chapmanville tournament.
The Logan Lady Cats are scheduled to play Riverside on Friday at 4 p.m. and Poca on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Man Lady Billies are also in the Lady Tigers Invitational field, taking on Poca on Thursday at 5 p.m., Westside on Friday at 5 p.m. and Mingo Central and Nicholas County on Saturday at noon and 4 p.m. respectively.
Wyoming East 2,
The Logan High School softball team dropped to 2-3 on the season with Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 loss at Wyoming East.
Logan had just three hits for the game — a double by Monica Mitchell and singles off the bat of Brooklyn Queen and Taylor Napier. Queen also drove in the Lady Cats’ only run.
Kelsey Ward was the starting pitcher for LHS. She went four innings and was relieved by Hana Sedlock who tossed the final two innings and was tagged with the loss.
Logan had three errors for the game.
The Lady Cats host Sherman on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).