CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team picked up a win on Monday night but it wasn’t your normal Tiger victory.
Chapmanville didn’t have to throw a single pitch or swing the bat even once.
They won via forfeit.
Despite morning rainshowers, Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field was ready to go and ready for play on Monday night.
There was just one problem.
The Tigers’ opponent, Pike Central (Ky.) wasn’t coming across the Tug to West Virginia.
“They pretty much called and said, ‘We’re not coming,’” Chapmanville coach Eric Ellis said. “We’re counting it as a forfeit. We were going to play.”
The forfeit victory improved Chapmanville to 18-6 on the season. The Tigers are ranked this week No. 10 in the state in the Class AA media poll.
With Monday’s win, Chapmanville is now 8-1 over its last nine games and 10-2 in its last 12 contests.
The Tigers were scheduled to return to action with Tuesday night’s Cardinal Conference game at Sissonville. The Tigers beat the Indians just last week by a 2-0 score at home.
CRHS then goes to Herbert Hoover on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest before closing out the regular season on Friday at home with a 6 p.m. doubleader against Mount View. The Mount View game will also be Senior Night for the Tigers.
Hoover, ranked No. 1 in the league and in the state, brings a 21-2 record into the game. The Huskies were handed their second loss of the season with Monday’s 7-6 setback at home to Point Pleasant. The only other loss was a 12-4 defeat at Poca on April 19. Hoover routed Chapmanville earlier in the season 18-1 on the road.
Next week, the Tigers begin a best-of-three game Class AA sectional tournament series with the rival Scott Skyhawks. The teams split in two meetings this season. Scott won 6-5 at home and lost 10-8 to the Tigers at Ted Ellis Field.