CHAPMANVILLE — It was a big weekend for the Man High School girls’ softball team at Chapmanville Regional High school’s Lady Tigers Invitational.
The Lady Billies went 3-1 overall in the tournament and improved to 10-1 on the season.
Man began tourney play last Thursday with a 10-2 loss to Poca, then blanked Westside 11-0 on Saturday. The Lady Billies finished up play on Sunday with wins over Nicholas County (10-1) and Mingo Central (10-0).
Nicholas County 1
The Lady Billies wrapped up their weekend at the Chapmanville tournament with Saturday evening’s 10-1 win over Nicholas County.
Man wasn’t able to dent the scoreboard until the third inning with second baseman Savannah McCormack’s RBI single to centerfield. Sydney Keffer followed that up with an RBI single to left to make it 2-0.
After a quiet fourth inning, the Lady Billies blew it open for good, scoring five runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth.
Nicholas County’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning as senior Kinley Coleman was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a one out double off the bat of freshman Olivia Stear.
McCormack led Man as she was 4-for-4. Keffer was 2-for-4.
Also adding quality at bats were juniors Grace Cline and Hunter Harvey, along with sophomores Tori Doty and Emilee Walker.
Walker also pitched the win, striking out six batters in six innings, allowing two hits and issuing two free passes. Nicholas County’s Anna Brown suffered the loss.
Mingo Central 0
The Lady Billies started off with a convincing 10-0 win over Mingo Central on their final day of the Chapmanville tournament on Saturday.
It didn’t take Man long to cash in on Mingo Central’s four errors in the first inning as the Lady Billies plated two easy runs.
Man then capitalized on control issues from the Lady Miners’ combined pitching efforts of Kara Lester and Madison Ooten by scoring seven more runs to open up a 9-0 lead after just two innings of play.
The game sealer came as senior shortstop Emilee Toler led off the third inning with a walk, advanced on a hit by catcher Sydney Keffer and stole home to end the game in a three-inning mercy.
Man’s Hunter Harvey was 2-for-2 in the game, while Keffer was 2-for-3. Senior Savannah McCormack was 1-for-3. Junior pitcher
Haylee Daniels notched the three-inning, error-free win, allowing one hit, striking out one and issuing two free passes.
Man made easy work of the Westside Lady Renegades at the Chapmanville tournament on Friday with an 11-0 win.
The game was stopped after three innings due to the mercy rule.
It was very much a replay of the Man season opener with Westside as the Billies plated two runs in the first, then seven in the second and finally closing it out with two runs in the third to end it early.
Grace Cline was the bright spot for the Lady Billies as she was 3-for-3 at the plate, including back-to-back two-run homers — one of which cleared the parking lot to the ajoining field at Chapmanville Middle School’s softball complex.
Keffer also had a big game as she was 3-for-3 with a trio of singles.
Also contributing offensively for Man was Emilee Toler and Cydnee Lambert, who were each 1-for-3 and Hunter Harvey, who went 2-for-2.
Man freshman Chelsie Vance and Allie Meade each added hits.
Emilee Walker was the starting and winning pitcher for Man, striking out five, walking two and allowing two hits. Junior Rachel Goode took the loss on the mound for Westside.
Man opened play in the Lady Tigers Invitational with last Thursday’s 10-2 loss to the Poca Dots.
The Lady Billies were outhit 12-6.
Poca struck first, scoring two runs in the first, four in the second and one in the third.
Cydnee Lambert went 2-for-3 for Man, while Allie Meade was 2-for-2. Grace Cline and Chelsie Vance each had singles.
Poca pitcher Jasmine Luikart got the win as she gave up six hits, striking out two and walking one.
Haylee Daniels suffered the loss as she yielded six hits. She fanned one and walked one. Lambert came on to pitch in relief, going three innings and yielding six hits with one walk.
Man also committed 2 errors in the game to Poca’s one.
* The Man softball team began the day last Thursday with a 1-0 win on the road over homestanding Scott at Madison.
The Lady Billies plated a run in the top of the fifth inning to get the win.
Man could have scored more runs but stranded baserunners in five of the seven innings, included a bases loaded threat in the fourth.
In the fifth inning, Man pitcher Emilee Walker led off with a single over the glove of Scott shortstop Claudia Nelson. Man shortstop Emilee Toler then got the lone RBI of the game when she doubled to left to score courtesy runner Shauntae Miller.
It was all the Lady Billies would need.
Also adding hits for the Lady Billies were Grace Cline, Chelsie Vance and Allie Meade.
Walker got the win going seven innings, striking out nine and allowing four hits and one walk. Kaila Craddock suffered the loss for the Lady Hawks.
Man is scheduled to travel to Wyoming East for a Tuesday ballgame at 5:30 p.m. Man then hosts Chapmanville on Wednesday for another 5:30 p.m. game before traveling to Logan on Thursday night.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).