Four Lady Tigers hitting over .400


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



Chapmanville third baseman Grace Belcher tosses to first base in the Lady Tigers’ win at Sissonville last week.


Kenzie McCann fires one to the dish.


CRHS coach Ronnie Ooten talks to his team.


The Lady Tigers huddle up.


Catcher Savannah Wiley makes a catch in foul territory.


Kenzie McCann slaps out a hit.


Kenzie McCann pitches to a Sissonville batter.


VIENNA — The Chapmanville Regional High School softball team brings a heavy hitting team to Vienna at this week’s state tournament with four batters eclipsing the .400 mark.

Chapmanville (29-5) is set to open play in the double-elimination Class AA state tourney on Wednesday at 10 a.m. against Oak Glen at Jackson Memorial Park.

Petersburg and James Monroe are the other two state tourney teams.

“We have hitters up and down the order. We have talked about that all season long,” longtime Lady Tigers’ coach Ronnie Ooten said. “If this player don’t hit, then the next player will hit.”

Senior shortstop Shian Meeks leads the team with a .453 batting average with 10 home runs and 55 RBI. She has a .896 slugging percentage and has stolen 16 bases.

First baseman Hollie Carter has a .449 average with 26 RBI, 29 steals and a .612 slugging percentage.

Sophomore pitcher Kenzie McCann, Chapmanville’s leadoff hitter, has a .432 batting average with 21 RBI, 28 stolen bases and a .568 slugging mark.

Senior catcher Savannah Wiley brings a .408 batting average to the state tournament with six homers and 39 RBI. She has a .779 slugging percentage. Wiley hit the go-ahead and eventual game-winning two-run homer in Chapmanville’s 6-3 Region 4 championship game win at Sissonville last Thursday.

“We got a few girls from Scott and that helped us a lot,” Wiley said. “We have played really well this year.”

Meeks said the Lady Tigers will be fine just as long as the bats stay hot.

“I’m excited. If we can keep hitting well I think we can do it,” Meeks said.

Several other CRHS players have turned in fine seasons as well.

Third baseman Grace Belcher is hitting .371 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 19 steals and a .775 slugging percentage.

Outfielder Kara Browning has a .343 average with three home runs, 24 RBI and 13 steals.

Designated hitter Jada Freeman is batting .278 with one homer, 17 RBI and one stolen base.

Second baseman Alli Harless has a .301 average with 15 RBI and 10 steals.

Outfielder Karah Little has a .286 slip with 23 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

As a team, the Lady Tigers have hit 29 home runs this season which is believed to be a school record.

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State Softball Tourney Schedule

VIENNA — The high school softball state tournament is set from Jackson Park in Vienna for Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 (and a rain date of Friday, May 27, if needed).

CLASS AAA

Wednesday, May 25

Game 1: 9:30 a.m. — Wheeling Park vs. Hurricane

Game 2: (30 minutes after completion of game 1) —Musselman vs. Ripley

Game 3: 4:30 p.m. — Loser of game 1 vs. Loser of game 2

Game 4: (30 minutes after completion of game 3) — Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2

Thursday, May 26

Game 5: 9:30 a.m. — Winner of game 3 vs. Loser of game 4

Championship: 2:00 p.m. — Winner of game 4 vs. Winner of game 5

Championship game No. 2 (if necessary)

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CLASS AA

Wednesday, May 25

Game 1: 10 a.m. — Oak Glen vs. Chapmanville

Game 2: (30 minutes after completion of game 1) — Petersburg vs. James Monroe

Game 3: 5 p.m. — Loser of game 1 vs. Loser of game 2

Game 4: (30 minutes after completion of game 3) — Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2

Thursday, May 26

Game 5: 10 a.m. — Winner of game 3 vs. Loser of game 4

Championship: 2:30 p.m. — Winner of game 4 vs. Winner of game 5

Championship game No. 2 (if necessary)

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CLASS A

Wednesday, May 25

Game 1: 9:45 a.m. —Wheeling Central vs. Williamstown

Game 2: (30 minutes after completion of game 1) — Moorefield vs. Man

Game 3: 4:45 p.m. — Loser of game 1 vs. Loser of game 2

Game 4: (30 minutes after completion of game 3) — Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2

Thursday, May 26

Game 5: 9:45 a.m. — Winner of game 3 vs. Loser of game 4

Championship: 2:15 p.m. — Winner of game 4 vs. Winner of game 5

Championship game No. 2 (if necessary)

Chapmanville third baseman Grace Belcher tosses to first base in the Lady Tigers’ win at Sissonville last week.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Tuesday-Grace-Belcher-toss-CMYK.jpgChapmanville third baseman Grace Belcher tosses to first base in the Lady Tigers’ win at Sissonville last week.

Kenzie McCann fires one to the dish.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Tuesday-Kenzie-McCann-pitches-CMYK.jpgKenzie McCann fires one to the dish.

CRHS coach Ronnie Ooten talks to his team.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Tuesday-Ronnie-Ooten-speaks-CMYK.jpgCRHS coach Ronnie Ooten talks to his team.

The Lady Tigers huddle up.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Tuesday-Lady-Tigers-huddle-CMYK.jpgThe Lady Tigers huddle up.

Catcher Savannah Wiley makes a catch in foul territory.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Tuesday-Savannah-Wiley-catches-pop-up-CMYK.jpgCatcher Savannah Wiley makes a catch in foul territory.

Kenzie McCann slaps out a hit.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Sunday-Kenzie-McCann-bat-on-ball-CMYK-1.jpgKenzie McCann slaps out a hit.

Kenzie McCann pitches to a Sissonville batter.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Sunday-Kenzie-McCann-pitches-to-batter-CMYK-1.jpgKenzie McCann pitches to a Sissonville batter.

By Paul Adkins

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(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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