CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville and Logan high school softball teams seem to be headed in opposite directions.
Chapmanville Regional, winners of 11 straight games, improved to 24-4 on the season with Tuesday’s 8-0 Senior Night win over Logan at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.
Logan lost its seventh game in its last eight outings and dropped to 14-14.
The game was stopped in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Chapmanville gained a season series sweep over Logan, also taking a 13-5 victory on March 25 on the road.
Just as it has done all season the Lady Tigers’ potent one-two punch of solid pitching and a hard-hitting offense did the Lady Cats in.
Right-hander Kenzie McCann notched the complete game win for Chapmanville as she tossed five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits while striking out six and walking none.
Logan’s Hana Sedlock was tagged with the loss within the circle. She was relieved by Steph Curry in the fifth. Sedlock allowed six runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Chapmanville, which is scheduled to close out the regular season on Thursday at Tolsia, opens play in its best-of-three Class AA sectional series with Scott next Tuesday at home. Possible regional games against Wayne and Sissonville are yet ahead as Chapmanville hopes to reach the state tournament for the first time in five years.
So far so good for the Lady Tigers, which have put together an outstanding season.
“I hope this continues. We’re playing some good ball,” Veteran Lady Tigers’ softball coach Ronnie Ooten said. “We also played some good ball last night. We’ve got a good bunch of kids. I hate Senior Night because that means you are losing some good players.”
Chapmanville honored its two senior players — starting catcher Savannah Wiley and starting shortstop Shian Meeks.
Wiley and Meeks, who are both headed to play collegiate softball at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan, have had fantastic seasons. Going into the game, Meeks was hitting .421 with six home runs and 41 RBI. She has 13 round-trippers for her career. Wiley has a .418 batting clip with five homers (seven for her career) and 31 RBI.
“They’ve been starters for four years and it’s going to be hard to replace them,” Ooten said. “We’ll just have to move on.”
Ooten said anytime you can beat Logan it’s a good win.
Class AAA Logan will be headed back down to Double-A ball next year and will also be rejoining the Cardinal Conference along with Nitro and Winfield. CRHS, Logan and Scott could also be comprising its old Class AA sectional, which was played for five years in the 2000s.
“This is a big win for us,” Ooten said. “Anytime you beat Logan it’s a big win I don’t care if they are down are up or whatever. It’s a big rivalry. We went down to Riverside last night and got down two runs then we started to crush the ball. I don’t know if they made us mad or what. We hit it pretty good here today, too. I feel sorry for (Logan coach) Randy (Robinette) being down some because he does a good job of coaching. They will be back in our section and our conference next year.”
First baseman Hollie Carter led the Chapmanville bats as she was 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBI. McCann, the Lady Tigers’ leadoff batter, went 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI.
DP Jada Freeman was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Third baseman Grace Belcher had Chapmanville’s other hit.
Hannah Vance doubled for Logan. Curry and first baseman Lara Elkins both singled.
Coach Robinette said his team just couldn’t get anything going.
“Once you get behind it’s tough to come back. We gave up some runs on errors,” he said. “We’re going through a lot of problems now. (Kelsey) Ward is hurt and we also have some other personnel problems. We’re just trying to weather the storm and do the best that we can. We will play who shows up to play and we are what we are now.”
Chapmanville made it 1-0 in the bottom of the first as left-handed hitting McCann led off with a slap single to the opposite field in left and scored on Carter’s slap single.
In the third, Meeks singled and scored on Freeman’s opposite field single to left center to make it 2-0.
The Lady Tigers tacked on four more runs in the fourth. Two came home on Carter’s two-run triple. Meeks also had a sharply hit RBI single down the left field line. The last run scored on Freeman’s deep sacrifice fly to the centerfield warning track.
Chapmanville then ended the game early with two runs in the fifth. The game winner was Carter’s walk-off, RBI single. McCann had made it 7-0 with an RBI groundout to the mound.
Logan was scheduled to host Wyoming East on Wednesday. LHS goes to Man on Thursday and Sherman on Monday in the regular season finale.
The Class AAA sectionals are set to be played beginning next Tuesday at St. Albans. Nitro and St. Albans play the opener and Logan takes on the winner of that game. The double elimination tourney continues next Wednesday.
The CRHS softball team won 12-2 on Monday night at Quincy.
Wiley led Chapmanville as she was 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles. McCann and Carter were both 2-for-4. Alli Harless, Meeks, Freeman, Karah Little, Kara Browning and Belcher had hits.
The Logan Lady Cats lost 7-6 on Monday night at home to Westside.
Curry was 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Lady Cats. Sedlock had a double, while Napier and Khyra Wright each had a hit and two RBIs. Mahoghani Patton also had a hit. Jaden Oney had one RBI.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).