Pineville, Madison advance to final


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



Pineville and Madison each scored wins on Sunday in the District 2 11-12-year-old Little League Baseball Tournament at Logan’s Paul Hale Field.

Pineville won 2-0 over Man, while Madison was a 4-2 winner over host Logan.

Pineville is 1-0 in the double-elimination tournament heading into Monday’s action, while Madison is 2-0. Madison is 2-0 after beating Chapmanville 2-0 on Saturday on the first day in the tournament.

Man has a 1-1 mark. The Man All-Stars took a 2-0 victory over Tug Valley on Saturday. Logan also has a 1-1 record with Saturday’s 22-0 win over Welch.

In Sunday’s Pineville/Man game, Pineville pitcher Tanner Whitten tossed a no-hitter in the win. He struck out 14 batters over six inning, striking out the side in the first three innings with nine straight K’s.

A.J. Gore pitched for Man and was saddled with the hard-luck loss.

The game was scoreless through five innings.

In the sixth, Pineville won the game in dramatic fashion as shortstop Garrett Mitchell ripped a walk-off, game-winning two-run homer. Also scoring was center fielder Tucker Cook who had drawn a walk.

Mitchell finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate. Tanner Whitten, catcher Jacob Howard and third baseman Nathan Parsons all singled.

Man threatened in the fifth inning as Andrew Cozart drew a two-out walk but was left stranded.

Back in the fourth, Man’s Colton Miller was safe on an error to lead off the inning but two strikeouts and a Jayden Brown groundout to second base ended the inning.

Man went out in order in top sixth inning before Pineville won it in the bottom of the sixth.

In the Logan/Madison game, Logan’s Carson Cook led off the game with a home run to put his team on top 1-0.

Madison then responded with three runs in the bottom of the first and one in the second and went on to win 4-2.

Cook also had a single for Logan. Chad Burnette doubled and Korbin Bostic also had a single.

Trent Short was the starting and winning pitcher for Madison.

Dylan Grant hit a home run for Madison in the first inning and also had two singles as he went 3-for-3 on the day. Short slammed a two-run shot in the first.

Dylan Stowers, Alex Epling and Griffin Miller all singled for Madison.

Man was scheduled to face the winner of the Chapmanville/Welch game on Monday night. Logan and Tug Valley were also slated to meet in an elimination game.

On Tuesday, the District 2 championship game is already set as Pineville is scheduled to square off with Madison at 6 p.m. The winner advances to the upcoming 11-12 state tournament at Bridgeport.

On Wednesday, the two remaining teams are set to face off in the winner’s bracket final. The winner of that game will also advance to state.

Chapmanville also was slated to play Welch on Sunday but no score or statistics were available.

The 11-12 state tourney begins July 22 at Bridgeport.

* In the 9-10-year-old Little League State Tournament over the weekend at Tygarts Valley, the Man All-Stars won 12-4 over Central Greenbrier last Friday night, then lost 8-5 on Saturday to Martinsburg in a winner’s bracket game.

Man was slated to face Madison on Monday in an elimination game. Madison, the District 2 champions, lost a 10-9 nailbiter to Bridgeport on Saturday in the second round after receiving a first-round bye.

Barboursville and Martinsburg have already advanced to the Final Four round.

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District 2 Little League Baseball

11-12-year-old Tournament

at Paul Hale Field, Logan

Saturday, July 9 games

Man 2, Tug Valley 0

Logan 22, Welch 0

Madison 2, Chapmanville 0

Sunday, July 10 games

Pineville 2, Man 0

Madison 4, Logan 2

Chapmanville vs. Welch

Monday, July 11 games

Man vs. Chapmanville or Welch, 6 p.m.

Logan vs. Tug Valley, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12 games

Madison vs. Pineville (championship game), 6 p.m.

Winner’s bracket game, TBA

Wednesday, July 13 game

Game TBA

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By Paul Adkins

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