CHAPMANVILLE — As the season progressed, reaching the state tournament seemed like it was an attainable goal for the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team.
It still is and that goal is there for the taking.
Chapmanville (27-4) jumped over the first hurdle in the quest to make it back to Vienna as the Lady Tigers swept Scott last week, 15-0 and 19-0 to easily win the sectional title.
Hurdle two is Thursday night as the Lady Tigers are scheduled to face Wayne (9-13) in the Class AA regional semifinals. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Chapmanville Regional’s Ronnie Ooten Field.
Chapmanville is the heavy favorite over Wayne — a team it has beaten twice this season by 16-7 and 6-0 scores.
With a win over the Pioneers, the Lady Tigers would likely travel to Sissonville next Tuesday, May 17, for a Region 4 title game showdown with the two-time defending state champion Indians (21-5) for the right to play in the state tourney.
Chapmanville lost twice to Sissonville in a pair of close games, falling 3-1 at home and 4-3 on the road.
The Lady Tigers had a tuneup game on Tuesday night at home against South Charleston.
CRHS is looking for its first state tournament berth since 2011.
Several Lady Tigers have had huge seasons.
First baseman Hollie Carter leads the team with a .472 batting average. She has 23 RBI and a .641 slugging percentage.
Senior shortstop Shian Meeks has had a big season as well with a .460 average, 10 home runs and 54 RBI. She has a .920 slugging percentage and a grand slam this spring against Logan.
Sophomore pitcher Kenzie McCann is batting .437 with 21 RBI, 26 stolen bases and a .563 slugging percentage.
Senior catcher Savannah Wiley is batting .411 heading into the Wayne game with five homers, 36 RBI, 28 stolen bases and a .767 slugging percentage.
Third baseman Grace Belcher, a first-year CRHS player, has a .346 average with eight home runs, 27 RBI and a .716 slugging percentage.
Kara Browning has a .363 average with three homers, 24 RBI and a .637 slugging average.
Jada Freeman (.293, 1 HR, 16 RBI), Karah Little (.301, 23 RBI) and Alli Harless (.295, 15 RBI) also have had successful springs.
McCann, Chapmanville’s pitching ace, is 24-4 on the mound with 198 strikeouts and just 29 issued walks in a 156-inning worksheet. She has 11 shutout wins, five no-hitters and three perfect games.
Harless (3-0) and Freeman have also pitched for CRHS.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).