CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Little League All-Stars pushed itself one step closer to the District 2 championship game with Monday afternoon’s 10-0 win in four innings over Tug Valley at Chapmanville’s own Tracy Vickers Field.
Chapmanville, a 12-2 winner over Welch on Sunday on the first day of the tournament, improved to 2-0 in the double-elimination tourney.
Chapmanville was scheduled to play Madison on Tuesday night. Tug Valley (0-1) was slated to take on Mingo County rival Matewan (0-1) on Tuesday in an elimination game. Man (1-1) also was set to take on Omar (0-1) on Tuesday in another elimination game.
The Chapmanville all-stars got superb pitching in Monday’s game against Tug Valley as Caleb Whitt and Will Kirkendoll combined to toss a no-hitter. The game was stopped after four innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Whitt went 1.2 innings, striking out four and hitting one batter.
Kirkendoll fired the last 2.1 innings, fanning four and hitting two batters.
Both pitchers didn’t issue a single walk.
Down 2-0 in the top of the second inning, Tug Valley threatened to score as Connor Lackey led off the frame by getting hit by pitch by Whitt.
After two strikeouts, Kirkendoll then hit Elijah Fluty and Haskel Horn to load up the bases with two outs.
Kirkendoll then struck out Kaleb Tomblin to end the threat.
Tug Valley didn’t have another baserunner the rest of the game.
Chapmanville had jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning as Whitt had an RBI single and special courtesy runner Jett Baisden scored on a wild pitch from Tug Valley starter Dakota Ooten.
The Chapmanville All-Stars then plated three runs in the last half of the second to make it 5-0. All came home on catcher Brody Dalton’s three-run, bases loaded triple to left.
In the third, Chapmanville pushed four more runs across home plate to increase the lead to 9-0. The big blow was Kirkendoll’s two-run double to left. Trey Butcher also had an RBI single up the middle.
In the fourth inning, Chapmanville ended the game early as Jordan Hayes reached base safely on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Zac Hall and Isaac Deskins pitched in relief for Tug Valley.
Butcher was 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI for Chapmanville. Kirkendoll went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Talan Thompson, the younger brother of former Chapmanville all-state baseball standout Tristan Thompson, added a hit.
Ian Plumley also had a hit for Chapmanville.
District 2 9-10-year-old
Little League Tournament
at Tracy Vickers Field, Chapmanville
Tuesday, June 30 games:
Chapmanville vs. Madison, late
Omar vs. Man, late
Matewan vs. Tug Valley, late
Wednesday, July 1 games:
6 p.m., 8 p.m., TBA
Thursday, July 2 games:
Losers’ bracket game, TBA, 6 p.m.
District championship game (winner advances to state tourney), 8 p.m.
Friday, July 3 game:
District runner-up game (winner advances to state tourney), 6 p.m.
Monday, June 29 results:
Chapmanville 10, Tug Valley 0
Logan 10, Pineville 0
Man 10, Welch 4
Sunday, June 28 results:
Chapmanville 12, Welch 2
Logan 19, Man 0
Pineville 31, Omar 0
Madison 14, Matewan 1
Saturday, June 27 results:
District 2 standings
Tug Valley 0-1