It could be a classic.
Thursday night’s Class AA Region 4 championship game between Chapmanville Regional (28-5) and Sissonville (26-7) could be just that.
The Lady Tigers, which routed Wayne 9-1 in last week’s regional semifinals, are scheduled to play at Sissonville in a 6 p.m. clash with the winner moving on to play in the state tournament, set for May 25-26 at Vienna.
During the regular season, Chapmanville lost twice to Sissonville, the defending state champions, as the Indians won 3-0 and 4-3.
“We had two good ballgames with them,” Lady Tigers’ coach Ronnie Ooten said. “We need to get back to being focused like we used to be. We were focued when we played Logan. We just have to go up there and play well.”
Ooten said it’s a shame the loser of the game will see their season come to an end. He said he’s in favor of the WVSSAC expanding the state tournament field to eight teams in future years.
“I’m on the rules committee and I’m going to try to ask them to do something because here we go,” Ooten said. “One of us won’t be going (to the state tournament). We can play with anybody up there and that’s a proven fact. But here, one of us will not be going. One of us will be sitting at the house and they should be there.”
Sissonville advanced with last week’s 16-4 win at Herbert Hoover.
“This feels really good,” Sissonville coach Niki Gross told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Hoover is our big rival but now we have an even bigger game next week. We can’t just settle with this and have to be prepared.”
Sissonville is led by an array of players, including Kendal Parkins and Alexee Haynes.
Parkins had two hits and drove in four runs for Sissonville against Hoover, while Haynes was 4-for-5 with three RBI. Taylor Casto was also 4-for-5, while Jenna Thomas had three hits and Reagan Johnson two.
“The bats were hot tonight,” Gross said. ‘If we could keep that going, it would be incredible. I’m very proud of the girls. We seem to have close games against Hoover but tonight we come wide open.”
The Indians had defeated a tough Poca team two games to one to claim the sectional title. Sissonville won 4-1 in Game 3 as Haynes tossed a four-hitter and hit a home run.
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 was 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.
2016 Chapmanville Regional High School
Softball Schedule (28-5, 12-2):
March 18: Mingo Central, W 10-0
March 21: Tolsia, W 26-0
March 22: Poca, W 5-1
March 23: Herbert Hoover, W 9-8
March 24: at Logan, W 13-5
March 26: Scott, W 8-0
March 28: at Sissonville, L 0-3
March 29: Sherman, W 10-0
March 31: Lincoln County (Lady Tigers Invitational), W 6-1
April 1: Hurricane (Lady Tigers Invitational), L 4-8
April 2: Point Pleasant (Lady Tigers Invitational), L 4-6 (10 innings)
April 4: at Lincoln County, W 8-4
April 5: at Wayne, W 16-7
April 6: at Man, W 9-0
April 11: at Scott, W 8-0
April 12: at Poca, W 8-3
April 13: Sissonville, L 3-4
April 14: vs. Weirton Madonna (at Best of the Best Buffalo), W 7-4
April 14: vs. Ritchie County (at Best of the Best Buffalo), W 11-1
April 16: vs. Ritchie County (at Best of the Best Buffalo), W 8-0
April 16: vs. Wirt County (at Best of the Best Buffalo), W 13-1
April 16: vs. Weirton Madonna (at Best of the Best Buffalo), W 9-1
April 18: Wayne, W 6-0
April 19: Man, W 2-0
April 20: at Mingo Central, W 16-0
April 21: at Herbert Hoover, W 8-0
April 25: at Riverside, W 12-2
April 26: Logan, W 8-0
April 28: at Tolsia, W 18-0
May 3: vs. Scott (Class AA sectionals at Chapmanville), W 15-0
May 4: vs. Scott (Class AA sectionals at Chapmanville), W 19-0
May 10: South Charleston, L 0-8
May 12: vs. Wayne (Class AA regional semifinals at Chapmanville), W 9-1
May 19: at Sissonville (Class AA regional final), 6 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).