CHAPMANVILLE — After suffering its first loss of the season at the hands of Class AA defending state champion Sissonville on Monday, the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team got back on track with Tuesday’s 10-0 win at home over Sherman.
Chapmanville, now 7-1 overall, took down the Tide in four innings as the game was called due to the mercy rule.
Kenzie McCann pitched a one-hitter for the Lady Tigers, striking out seven and walking one over four innings.
Senior shortstop Shian Meeks led Chapmanville’s 12-hit attack as she was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.
Third baseman Grace Belcher ripped a two-run homer for Chapmanville. First baseman and No. 9 hitter Kerston Kennedy also had a big game as she was 2-for-2 with a double.
Katelynn Jenkins suffered the loss within the pitching circle for the Tide.
It was a nice bounce-back win for the Lady Tigers, which lost 3-1 on the road at Sissonville the night before in Cardinal Conference action.
Sissonville beat Chapmanville 11-0 in last year’s Class AA regional championship game. The two teams look to be headed for another collision course in this year’s regional tourney for the right to play in the state tournament in Vienna.
“It was a great win. We bunted well and hit well,” CRHS coach Ronnie Ooten said. “We just had a real flat game on Monday night at Sissonville. We didn’t hit that well. That girl for them (Kendal Parkins) threw a heck of a game. We have a good ballclub and we’ve got good depth. You’ve only got nine positions and you can’t play them all but they have been real accepting of their roles. I hate to sit anybody out but you have to.”
Chapmanville got on the board in the bottom of the second as Meeks singled, took second on an errors and scored on left fielder Karah Little’s RBI single to center.
Then in the third, CRHS plated five runs to take a 6-0 lead.
Chapmanville sent nine batters to the dish during the outburst.
The big blows were Meeks’ bases loaded, three-run double to left and Belcher’s two-run homer to left center.
Ooten said Belcher has been crushing the ball so far this season.
“The other night she hit one over the scoreboard and it landed in the grade school parking lot,” he said. “She’s a stud hitter but Monday night she struck out three or four times. She was just overtrying and had her weight a bit too much on her front foot.”
Ooten said Meeks needed to have a breakout game. She also had an RBI double in the fourth inning.
“She needed that and we needed that out of her,” Ooten said. “She had been struggling with the bat a little bit but we all have. It’s not just been one kid. We’ve hit the ball pretty well up until last night and we’ve faced different style of pitching.”
Chapmanville ended the game early with Little’s two-run, walk-off double. She was 2-for-3 with three RBI for the game.
Kara Browning added a single for the Lady Tigers. McCann and Hollie Carter each had bunt singles. Right fielder Malorie Kennedy also singled.
Sherman’s only hit was a one-out single in the top of the fourth by Sydney Seagroves.
Chapmanville returns to action with this weekend’s annual Lady Tigers Invitational at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field and also the Chapmanville Middle School diamonds.
The Lady Tigers host Lincoln County on Thursday at 7 p.m., then host Hurricane on Friday at 6:45 and Point Pleasant on Saturday at 10 a.m.
County teams Logan and Man are also in the tournament.
“We’ve got Lincoln County, Hurricane and Point Pleasant on Saturday,” Ooten said. “I worry about it being Spring Break because these kids sleep all day long.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).