CHAPMANVILLE — Chapmanville Regional High School’s Lady Tigers Invitational softball tournament has made a name for itself over the years.
Host Chapmanville usually brings in some of the top teams from the region and this year is no exception.
Defending state champions Hurricane (Class AAA) and Sissonville (Class AA) highlight the list of participating teams, as well as host Chapmanville (7-1) and county teams Man (6-0) and Logan (3-3).
This year’s multi-game tournament was scheduled to get underway on Thursday and will conclude on Saturday.
Chapmanville Regional’s Ronnie Ooten Field as well as the Chapmanville Middle School softball diamonds, will be used again this year.
“Buffalo and Ritchie County dropped out,” Lady Tigers’ coach Ronnie Ooten said. “But there’s still a lot of great teams. We’ve got Sissonville and they are the defending Double-A state champs. We’ve also got Hurricane, the Triple-A state champs, as well as James Monroe and Point Pleasant. Man’s in it and they are going to be very good this year. Everyone is going to be playing tough games.”
Chapmanville was slated to open tourney play with Thursday night’s contest against Lincoln County. CRHS then plays Hurricane on Friday at 6:45 p.m. and Point Pleasant on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Man Lady Billes was set to begin play in the tournament with Thursday’s game against the Poca Dots.
The Lady Billies will continue to see action at Chapmanville on Friday at 5 p.m. vs. Westside and at 8:30 p.m. against Class AA defending state champion Sissonville.
On Saturday, the Lady Billies wrap up their stint in Chapmanville as they take on Mingo Central at noon and Nicholas County at 4 p.m.
The Logan Lady Cats take on Riverside on Friday at 4 p.m., and Poca on Saturday at 2.
Ooten said there’s some late additions.
“We’ve also picked up Spring Valley and they are coming,” he said. “They are tougher than nails. Cabell Midland will also be sending their JV team. They are going to be playing Sissonville and Point. Spring Valley and Cabell Midland’s JV team will be coming to fill in for Buffalo and Ritchie County. We’re happy and proud that they are coming.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).