So who says baseball is boring?
There was high drama on Wednesday night at Scott High School’s Skyhawk Field as homestanding Scott scored a dramatic 15-14 win over Class AA No. 2-ranked Chapmanville in 10 innings to win the sectional championship series two games to none.
The end result was a shocking upset as Chapmanville, a team that had lost only three games during the regular season and had easily swept Scott 16-6 and 6-2, saw its season come to a close at 23-5.
The Tigers had hoped to make a return trip to the Class AA state tournament in Charleston but that’s not going to happen. Last year, Chapmanville won 30 games and lost in the state title game to Bridgeport, 5-0.
Then on Tuesday night in Chapmanville, the Tigers got into a hole by being upset 7-6 by Scott in Game 1 of a best-of-three game series at Ted Ellis Field.
Chapmanville still had hoped to rally back with two wins and advance anyway.
Scott, however, had another ideas as the Skyhawks improved to 16-13 with the sectional title game victory. With the win, Scott also advances to the upcoming Class AA regional semifinals against Wayne.
Chapmanville certainly had its chances but simply could not hold on in Game 2.
The Tigers led the Skyhawks in the top of the seventh and also held leads twice in extra innings in the marathon game which lasted three hours and 33 minutes.
Scott trailed 14-13 going into the bottom of the 10th but rallied to plate two runs off Chapmanville pitcher Josh Zigmond to win it.
In the 10th, Scott tied it 14-14 then came up with the game winner with Caden Buckner’s walk-off, RBI single to right center.
It was a crushing blow to the Tigers and a stunning end to the spring campaign for Chapmanville, which had dominated its opponents during the regular season.
Earlier in the top of the seventh it appeared as if the Tigers would win and force a Game 3.
Chapmanville trailed 10-8 but leadoff centerfielder Jacob Dingess pulled the Tigers to within one with an RBI single.
His brother Noah Dingess then stepped up and ripped a two-run, go-ahead homer to right field as Chapmanville went on top 11-10.
Two batters later, Chris Bailey crushed a solo homer off Scott relief pitcher Nathan Kuhn as CRHS led 12-10.
Scott then responded in a wild bottom of the seventh and forced extra innings as Buckner’s RBI single made it 12-11 and Prince later stole home on a crazy play as the gutty Skyhawks tied it at 12.
Scott looked to win it and had the bases loaded but Zigmond got Garrett Napier to ground out to end the inning.
After a scoreless eighth, Chapmanville pulled ahead 13-12 in the top of the ninth as Zigmond singled and his courtesy runner Andy Bias later scored on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of senior shortstop Alex Berry.
The Tigers looked to close out the win in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Scott again scored a run to tie it at 13 and move the game into the 10th. A couple of errors by Chapmanville led to the run.
CRHS committed six errors in the game to Scott’s seven. Both teams had 15 hits.
Zigmond was the starting and losing pitcher for CRHS. He began the game on the mound but didn’t last the first inning as Scott plated eight runs. Berry pitched five plus innings in relief, giving up two runs and four hits with five walks and a hit batter.
Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis, in an rare event in baseball, then turned to Zigmond to come back into the game in relief in the sixth inning.
Kuhn was the winning pitcher in relief for Scott. Freshman Carter Lyles was the starter. He went just two innings and yielded seven runs on four hits with one walk and one hit batter. Freshman Peyton Brown then went 4.1 innings out of the bullpen, allowing four runs and five hits with two walks, one hit batter and one strikeout.
Jacob Dingess, playing his last game with the Tigers, was 5-for-7 at the plate with a home run and four singles and two RBI.
Noah Dingess went 2-for-7 with a double, a homer and three RBI. Zigmond was 2-for-6 with one RBI, while Bailey was 2-for-6 with a homer and one RBI.
Berry was 1-for-5 with one RBI. DH Josh Bazzilla was 1-for-4, while Tyler Shannon was 1-for-6 with one RBI. Conner Mullins was 1-for-4 with a single.
Kuhn was 3-for-6 with a grand slam home run and four RBI to lead Scott. Prince was 2-for-6 with a double and one RBI, while Buckner went 4-for-7 with four singles and two RBI. Easton Cook was 2-for-5.
Nathan Ramsey was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Adam Epling was 1-for-7, while Austin Wheatley was 1-for-6 with a two-run single. Garrett Napier went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The Tigers led 3-0 in the top of the first with the big blow being a solo homer by Noah Dingess.
The Skyhawks then sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and chase Zigmond off the mound the first time with an eight-spot. The big blow was Kuhn’s grand slam to center which made it 8-3. Wheatley had a two-run single to left during the frame to tie it up.
Chapmanville then began to chip away at Scott’s lead.
In the second, Jacob Dingess hammered a solo homer to left as the lead was cut it 8-4.
Then in the top of the third, CRHS plated three more runs, inching to within 8-7. One came home on an RBI groundout by Mullins.
In the fourth, Chapmanville tied it 8-8 with Shannon’s RBI fielder’s choice.
Scott then loaded the bases in the fifth and went back on top 9-8 with Ramsey’s sacrifice fly to center to score courtesy runner Isaac Miller.
The lead swelled to 10-8 in the sixth as Buckner singled, Cook doubled and Garrett Napier later drew a bases loaded walk to force in a run.
Chapmanville then plated four in the top of the seventh to take a 12-10 lead — a lead that would not hold.
Wednesday’s game was the final prep contest for Chapmanville’s senior players — Jacob Dingess, Bias, Berry, Jerry Ferguson, Bazzilla, Shannon and Chris Nelson.
Changes are in store next season for CRHS baseball.
This was possibly Chapmanville’s last year in a sectional with longtime rival Scott. It had first appeared as if CRHS would play in a three-team sectional in 2017 along with Scott and Logan.
Now, reportedly, it could be a Class AA all-Logan County sectional with Chapmanville, Logan and Man taking on each other for a true county championship.
Next school year, Logan heads back down to 2A from the Triple-A ranks, while Man High School is moving up to Double-A from Single-A.
Chapmanville hasn’t played rival Logan in baseball since its 35-3 state championship season of 2011.
Logan will also be joining the Cardinal Conference next season along with Nitro and Winfield and will presumably take on the Tigers in a home-and-home regular season series for the first time in six years.
Scott is being tabbed to play in a new three-team sectional next year with Lincoln County and Mingo Central although nothing yet has been made official. Class AAA Lincoln County is heading down to 2A status next school year.
2016 Chapmanville Regional High School
Baseball Schedule (23-5, 10-3):
March 22: Tolsia, W 21-1
March 24: at Mingo Central, W 18-1
March 26: Mount View (DH), W 13-0, W 23-1
March 29: at Poca, W 15-0
March 31: Lincoln County, W 13-3
April 1: at Sissonville, L 3-4
April 2: at Van, W 11-1
April 5: Scott, W 16-6
April 8: Ambassador Christian Academy, W 11-4
April 8: Point Pleasant, W 7-6
April 12: at Herbert Hoover, W 10-8
April 13: at Man, W 4-0
April 14: at Tolsia, W 16-1
April 15: Poca, L 2-12
April 16: at Belfry, Ky., W 11-6, W 11-3
April 18: Sissonville, W 6-5
April 19: at Lincoln County, W 17-5
April 21: at Scott, W 8-2
April 23: Wayne, L 0-14
April 26: at Wayne, W 4-3
April 29: Roane County, W 3-1
April 29: Independence, W 6-2
May 4: Man, W 3-1
May 6: Mingo Central, W 10-0
May 10: Scott (Class AA sectionals), L 6-7
May 11: at Scott (Class AA sectionals), L 14-15 (10 innings)
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).