It was a championship weekend for the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team as the Lady Tigers captured the Class AA-A title in the Best of the Best Tournament at Buffalo.
Chapmanville (16-5) went 5-0 in the tournament, beating Weirton Madonna 9-1 on Saturday in the championship game.
The Lady Tigers had earlier defeated Madonna 7-4 on Thursday in preliminary play.
CRHS toppled Ritchie County 8-0 in Saturday’s semifinals. Chapmanville also beat Ritchie 11-1 on Thursday.
“We played good ball and I think we scored 17 or 18 runs today and gave up one,” Chapmanville coach Ronnie Ooten told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “We beat some really good ball clubs, including Ritchie County. It gives us a lot of confidence. We knew we had a shot at it but when you are playing good teams, anything can happen.”
Chapmanville is led by sophomore pitcher Kenzie McCann, one of the top hurlers in the state in any class.
“Kenzie is one heck of a pitcher,” Ooten told the Charleston paper. “She’s a battler. We have had some of the best pitchers in the state over the years and she is another. She is an up-and-comer and you feel real confident going into a game with her pitching.”
In Saturday’s finals, McCann pitched the six-inning win, allowing just three hits.
Chapmanville had 14 hits in the game. Savannah Wiley, Jada Freeman and Karah Little all doubled.
In Saturday’s victory over Ritchie County, McCann also pitched the win, tossing a one-hitter over six innings.
Hollie Carter and Freeman tripled for CRHS. Wiley and Kara Browning each doubled.
Chapmanville had 10 hits in the win.
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to host Wayne on Monday. On Tuesday, CRHS hosts county rival Man at 5:30 p.m.
The Logan High School softball team also participated in the Best of the Best and finished runner-up in the Class AAA division. The Lady Cats (13-8) went 3-2 in the tourney, eventually falling 10-0 to Hurricane (21-4) in the championship game.
Kelsey Ward was the starting and losing pitcher in the finals. She gave up 11 hits. Ward and Steph Curry both singled.
Logan committed six errors in the game.
The Lady Cats won over Lincoln County (8-7) and lost to Parkersburg South (6-4 in 11 innings) on Friday, then defeated Wheeling Park (7-5) and Musselman (7-6) on Saturday before losing to Hurricane in the title game.
Jayme Bailey, a Virginia Tech commitment, had two hits and drove in three runs to lead Hurricane.
“We played very well and the kids gave an outstanding effort. I’m very proud of them,” Logan coach Randy Robinette said. “We are turning the corner. Ward and (Monica) Mitchell are hitting pretty well. We just ran out of pitching and just sort of ran out of gas there in the finals.”
In Saturday’s semifinal win over the Musselman Applemen, Curry was the winning pitcher as she scattered six hits. Hana Sedlock picked up the save.
Mitchell had a home run, a double and five RBI. Brooklyn Queen and Sedlock each doubled and knocked in a run.
Musselman (18-3) had beaten Hurricane 10-1 earlier in the tourney.
In the win over Wheeling Park, Curry notched the victory within the pitching circle.
Mitchell slammed a home run and also had a single and two RBI. Chelsea Napier had a single, a double and four RBI. Curry singled and had one RBI. Sedlock also singled as did Hannah Vance and Jaden Oney, who also had an RBI.
Back on Friday against South, Sedlock was tagged with the loss as she struck out 12 and allowed 10 hits. Ward had three hits, including a double and two RBI. Mitchell doubled and knocked in a run.
Against Lincoln County, Ward scattered five hits and was credited with the win. Sedlock came in to get the save.
Ward had three hits, including a triple, a double and two RBI. Sedlock had a single, a double and four RBI. Mitchell doubled and drove in a run. Mahoghani Patton slapped two singles.
Logan was scheduled to play at Lincoln County on Monday night. LHS goes to Poca on Wednesday and then to Point Pleasant on Thursday.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).