The Man High School softball team split in its two most recent games.
The Lady Billies won 1-0 on Tuesday at Wyoming East after getting shut out 2-0 at county rival Chapmanville on Monday night.
In the Wyoming East game at New Richmond, it took a leadoff double off the bat of sophomore right fielder Madison Paynter, followed by wild pitches in the third inning to give the Lady Billies their only score.
That’s all that Man would need as the Lady Billies improved to 16-4.
Wyoming East was able to scatter three hits over seven innings but were unable to put any offense together for scores.
Paynter went 2-for-3 for the Lady Billies with two doubles. Seniors Emilee Toler and Cydnee Lambert also added singles in the winning effort.
Emilee Walker notched the win on the mound, striking out 11, giving up three hits and walking three. Freshman Holly Brehm got the loss for the Lady Warriors. She struck out 11, walking one and allowed four hits.
In the loss to Chapmanville at the Lady Tigers’ Ronnie Ooten Field, in took CRHS two innings to get on the scoreboard as sophomore third baseman Grace Belcher led off and was hit by a pitch. Left fielder Karah Little then advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt before sophomore Mallory Kennedy got a single to right field and pushed across Belcher for the RBI.
After a quiet third and fourth innings, the Lady Billies rallied in the top of the fifth as senior first baseman Lambert led off with a single to left.
Paynter then reached on an error before freshman Chelsie Vance made it to first on a bunt single.
Man was unable to capitalize and left all three runners stranded.
In the bottom of the fifth, Chapmanville plated their second and final run on a solo homer by Senior catcher Savannah Wiley.
It was nothing doing after that as both sides were sat down in order.
The Lady Tigers finished the contest with four hits coming off the bats of Wiley, Kennedy, Shian Meeks and Alli Harless.
Man had one hit each from Lambert and Vance.
Sophomore Kenzie McCann got the win for Chapmanville, striking out nine and allowing two hits. Man junior Haylee Daniels suffered the hard fought loss, striking out four, allowing four hits and giving three walks.
The Lady Billies were scheduled to host Westside on Thursday before traveling to Mount View on Saturday.
Chapmanville (20-4) was scheduled to play at Mingo Central on Wednesday but no score or statistics were reported to the Logan Banner. CRHS played at Herbert Hoover on Thursday and host Logan next Tuesday.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).