CHAPMANVILLE — Another year and another regional championship game for the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team.
The Lady Tigers head into familiar territory on Thursday night as Chapmanville (28-5) is scheduled to play at defending state champion Sissonville (26-7) in the Class AA Region 4 title game.
Game time is set for 6 p.m.
The winner moves on to next week’s state tournament in Vienna while the loser will see its season come to an end.
The Lady Tigers have lost twice to Sissonville during the regular season by 4-3 and 3-0 scores.
For Chapmanville, its the second straight trip to the regional final. Last year, the Lady Tigers lost 10-0 in five innings to the same Sissonville Indians in the Region 4 title game.
The 2011 season was the last time the Lady Tigers made it to state, following a 4-0 victory over Poca in the regional championship game.
Chapmanville was ousted by Wayne in the regional semifinals in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Chapmanville is 5-4 in regional title games since 2000. The Lady Tigers have won five state championships since 1999 with AA crowns taken in ‘99, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
The Lady Tigers are 4-1 in their last five regional title games, also winning 3-1 over Winfield in 2007, 6-0 over Herbert Hoover in 2009, 4-0 over Hoover in 2010 and the win over Poca five years ago.
Chapmanville and Sissonville expects to be another barnburner.
Flip a coin.
The Lady Tigers are coming off last week’s 9-1 victory over Wayne in the regional semifinals. Sissonville advanced with a 16-4 victory at Herbert Hoover.
Chapmanville has made it this far by the strength of sophomore pitcher Kenzie McCann and its hard-hitting offense.
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.
Four Lady Tigers are hitting better than .400.
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.
McCann, Chapmanville’s slap-hitting leadoff batter, 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.
Coach Ooten said his team has played outstanding ball this spring.
“I’m proud of them,” Ooten said. “It’s been a great season. Overall, this might be the best hitting team that we’ve had when they get it in their heads that they can hit. We’ve got two or three girls that are struggling right now but they will come around because they can hit. They’re hitters. From top to bottom we’ve got people that can hit the ball.”
Sissonville has been very solid as well with four players of its own eclipsing the .400 batting average mark.
The Indians are led by Alexee Haynes, who is batting a hefty .604 with seven home runs.
Karli Pinkerton (.535), Taylor Casto (.426) and Reagan Johnson (.410) are also above .400. Kendal Parkins (.394) and Abbey Jordan (.392) have also had fine seasons.
Haynes has a team-leading 53 RBI. Jordan has 35, while Casto and Parkins have 31 each.
Casto also has four home runs and Parkins has three.
In addition, Haynes has 17 doubles and six triples. Pinkerton has 20 doubles and three triples. Parkins has 14 doubles and Casto has four triples so far this season. Pinkerton also leads the team with 15 stolen bases.
On the mound, Parkins is 16-6 with a 2.68 ERA and 132 strikeouts. Haynes has a 0.92 ERA and 73 K’s.
regional title games since 2000:
2000: Man 1, Chapmanville 0 (at Chapmanville)
2003: Winfield 2, Chapmanville 1 (at Madison)
2004: Chapmanville 4, Point Pleasant 1 (at Wayne)
2005: Herbert Hoover 2, Chapmanville 0 (at Madison)
2007: Chapmanville 3, Winfield 1 (at Chapmanville)
2009: Chapmanville 6, Herbert Hoover 0 (at Chapmanville)
2010: Chapmanville 4, Herbert Hoover 0 (at Herbert Hoover)
2011: Chapmanville 4, Poca 0 (at Chapmanville)
2015: Sissonville 10, Chapmanville 0 (at Chapmanville)
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).