Tigers put the chill on Point Pleasant
by Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — It was a quality win over a quality opponent.
The Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team squandered a seven-run lead in the seventh inning but still were able to hold off the Point Pleasant Big Blacks as the Tigers won 9-5 over the Class AAA team at a freezing cold Ted Ellis Field in Chapmanville on Friday night.
The victory improved the Tigers to 2-0 on the season. Chapmanville had opened with a 17-0 win over Mingo Central on Thursday night at home.
It was a good win over Point, which used to play in the Cardinal Conference with Chapmanville and won the league title last season before moving up in classification this year.
The Big Blacks have played in recent years in the state tournament and were the Class AA state runner-ups in 2008.
“Point Pleasant is a good program. They won the conference last year and they have seven starters back,” Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis said. “They are a really good team and they threw their number one guy at us. For our young group of guys this was a real big win for us this early in the season.”
Not only was it a quality win the Tigers also got a quality start and quality innings from junior starting pitcher Nick Brumfield.
Brumfield, a right-hander, pitched the win for Chapmanville as he went five innings and allowed two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Tristan Thompson then finished off the Big Blacks as he hurled two innings and gave up three runs and two hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
“That’s two games in a row that our starting pitchers gave us zero walks,” Ellis said. “When you throw strikes, work ahead of the count and play good defense you’ve got a shot to win. I thought that we did that tonight. He threw strikes and we played good defense behind him.”
With temperatures in the 30s for the game it wasn’t the best of conditions for the pitchers. Brumfield, however, took breaks between innings in Chapmanville’s heated clubhouse behind the dugout.
“We’ve been going back to the heater between innings to stay loose,” Ellis said. “We went a little bit longer tonight with him than we really wanted to but we’re short a couple of players tonight. One is sick. We were really worried about taking him out and splitting up our middle infield. But it ended up working out for us tonight and we made some plays.”
Chapmanville led 4-1 after one inning and that’s the way the game stayed until the last half of the fifth when the Tigers scored a run without the aid of a hit.
Thompson, Brent Bigley and Brady Cox led off the inning by drawing three straight walks by Point Pleasant reliever Nick Templeton. Adam Dingess then was hit by a pitch with one out, forcing in a run to up the margin to 5-1.
The Tigers then broke the game wide open in the sixth by plating four runs to make it 9-2. Thompson had the shot of the inning as he clubbed an RBI double which rolled to the left centerfield fence to make it 7-2. DH Brent Clay had a sacrifice fly to left to make it 8-2. Dingess then followed with an RBI infield single.
Point Pleasant chased Brumfield off the mound in the top of the sixth as Tylun Campbell led off with a solo homer to left center to cut it to 5-2. Jacob Gardner then singled but Thompson was later to get out of a bases loaded jam with no further damage done as he fanned pinch-hitter Levi Doolittle for the third out.
The Big Blacks made it 1-0 in the first as Evan Potter doubled home a run.
The Tigers then sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and scored four runs off Point starter Austin Toler.
Thompson tied it at 1-1 with an RBI single. Courtesy runner Tyler Neil then scored on a error to put CRHS on top 2-1. Austin Ellis was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 3-1. Brady Cox, the Chapmanville left fielder, then trotted home on a wild pitch as the Tigers led 4-1.
Both teams went scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings.
Toler was tagged with the loss for Point. He pitched five innings and yielded four runs and two hits with nine strikeouts, two walks and two hit batsmen. Potter also came on to pitch for the Big Blacks in the fifth.
Thompson led Chapmanville at the plate as the sophomore shortstop was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Leadoff man and centerfielder Brock Dalton and catcher Scottie Thompson each singled.
Point Pleasant outhit CRHS 8-5 but committed four errors to two for Chapmanville.
Alex Somerville and Gardner each had two hits for the Big Blacks.
Chapmanville was scheduled to return to action on Saturday afternoon at home against Van. The game was moved up from Monday night’s original date. A spring snowstorm is expected to hit Logan County on Sunday night and into Monday as significant snowfall accumulation is possible according to the Weather Channel.
So far, the cold start to the baseball season has not bothered the Tigers.
“It’s cold but we seem to like it. We’ve played well two nights in a row,” Ellis said.
Mingo Central 0
CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team opened the 2013 season with a 17-0 blowout win over Mingo Central at an ice-cold Ted Ellis Field in Chapmanville on Thursday night.
The game might have been played in temperatures in the mid-30s but the Tiger bats were hot as Chapmanville blanked the Miners.
Brock Dalton led the way as he was 2-for-2 with an inside-the-park home run and three RBI. Austin Watts slammed a two-run opposite field homer over the fence in right.
The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Senior right-hander Dustin Conley was the starting and winning pitcher for the Tigers as he went all five innings and allowed no runs and one hit with 13 strikeouts and no walks. Conley also singled at the plate.
Brent Bigley and Tristan Thompson were each 2-for-2 for CHRS. Bigley hammered out two doubles and drove in three runs.
Brent Clay added a double for the Tigers.
Scottie Thompson, Chase Roberts and Jordan Whitt each singled.
Joe May had the only hit for Mingo Central, which was a double.
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