MAN — The Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team shut out the Man Hillbillies Wednesday night 4-0 at Man’s Dr. Juan Nordelo Field.
Chris Bailey and Alex Berry combined for a three-hit shutout and struck out 16 Billies on the way to victory.
Chapmanville, tied for No. 1 in the state in Class AA this week with defending state champion Bridgeport, improved to 12-1. Man’s struggles continued as the Billies dropped to 2-9.
The lone earned run of the game was a solo homer by Bailey off Man lefty starter and losing pitcher Jake Adkins.
The Tigers got all the runs they would need in the top half of the first inning, scoring two unearned runs.
Noah Dingess and Bailey both reached with one out walks.
Berry then hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out, moving both Dingess and Bailey into scoring position. Josh Zigmond then hit a grounder to shortstop but a throwing error proved costly as both Tigers scored to give CRHS a 2-0 advantage. Adkins then retired Josh Bazzilla for the third out on a grounder.
Bailey’s homer over the right centerfield fence then made it 3-0.
Man had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the third off Bailey by loading the bases with no outs. Freshman Zack Cook led off with a single followed by infield singles by Dylan Goodman and Chase Harvey to load the bases.
Bailey then struck out the two, three and cleanup batters in order, fanning Kenny Jo Adkins, Cameron Simpson and cleanup hitter John Thomas Keffer to halt the rally.
The Tigers added another insurance run in the top of the fifth inning off Adkins.
Jacob Dingess reached on a double. Adkins then tried to pick off Dingess at second and a throwing error moved Dingess to third. Noah Dingess then hit a ground ball to the right side, scoring Dingess to give the Black Attack a 4-0 lead.
Bailey then struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth inning, fanning Cook, Harvey and Kenny Jo Adkins for the second time.
Berry led off with a single in the top of the sixth inning off Adkins but Adkins picked Berry off at first base and then got Zigmond to fly out and then fanned Tyler Shannon to end the frame.
Bailey walked Simpson to start the bottom of the sixth inning. He then struckout Keffer and Seth Chapman, then walked Tyler Blair but then fanned pinch hitter Nick Albright to end the inning.
Dylan Goodman came in the game for the Billies for Jake Adkins to start the top of the seventh inning and got Adam Vance to ground out and then struck out Conner Mullins for the second out. He then walked Jacob and Noah Dingess but got out of the jam by getting Bailey to fly out.
Berry came in to relieve Bailey and fanned all three batters he faced to preserve the win.
Bailey struck out 13 batters and allowed just three hits while walking three.
Jake Adkins suffered the loss, going six innings and giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits while fanning six and walking four.
The Tigers played at Tolsia on Thursday night and host Poca on Friday at 6 p.m.
Man was slated to play at Greater Beckley Christian on Thursday and host Buffalo on Friday at 4 p.m.