Lady Tigers survive in Class AA sectional
by Paul Adkins
MADISON — Heading into last night’s Class AA sectional softball tournament game at Scott, it was do or die time for the Chapmanville Regional High School Lady Tigers.
Chapmanville lost 1-0 to No. 4-ranked Scott on Tuesday in the first game of a best-of-three game series at Madison.
A win in Game 2 would force a winner-take-all championship game on Thursday night.
A loss would mean the end for the Lady Tigers.
The defeat on Tuesday dropped Chapmanville to 13-16 on the season. It was the second time the Lady Tigers had lost to Scott this year after a regular season split.
Ally Brown led Scott (18-8) to the sectional tourney win as she shut out Chapmanville in seven innings of work within the pitching circle. Brown allowed just four base hits.
Brown and Kellian Strange each had hits for Scott.
Lauryn Easternling and Brandi Brooom each had hits for Chapmanville.
The Lady Hawks scored their only run in the fifth inning.
Each team committed an error.
Talya Berry, a senior hurler, pitched for Chapmanville and allowed just one hit.
The winner of the Scott-Chapmanville series would then move on to play Wayne in the Class AA regional semifinals next week.
The Pioneers, the defending Class AA state champions and ranked No. 3 in the state, wrapped up their sectional title on Tuesday night with a 10-0 win over Mingo Central in five innings.
Wayne is now 24-6 on the season. Jessie Rowe pitched a two-hitter in the win. Emily Thompson and Tasha Maynard had two hits each for Wayne. Kasey Endicott belted a home run.
Mingo Central closed out its season with a 6-21 record. The Miners eliminated Tolsia with a 13-5 win earlier in the day in five innings.
Kiearia Hammond was 3-for-4 at the plate for Mingo Central. Kristyn Johnson had three hits.
Kerrie Lahoda was 3-for-3 to lead Tolsia.
* Chapmanville forced Thursday night’s winner-take-all sectional championship game by beating Scott 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Class AA section tourney at Madison.
Senior pitcher Talya Berry tossed a one-hitter for Chapmanville (14-16). She struck out three, walked none and hit one batter.
Jennifer Miller was the losing pitcher for Scott (18-9). She fanned five and walked none, while giving up four base hits.
The Lady Tigers tied the game 1-1 in the fourth inning with senior catcher Hanna Wooten’s sharply hit infield RBI single to second base. Berry singled and her courtesy runner Addy Lucas later scored as she stole third and went home as the Scott catcher’s overthrow went for an error.
Scott scored its only run in the third as Sara Browning was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Chapmanville error.
Allyson Johnson had the Lady Hawks’ only hit of the game — a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth.
Shian Meeks added a double for Chapmanville. Caitlin Elkins had a single.
Chapmanville and Scott are scheduled to play a decisive Game 3 of the Class AA sectional tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Scott’s Lick Creek Park in Madison.
“It feels good to win but I feel bad about last night because we outhit them 4-1,” Chapmanville coach Ronnie Ooten said. “We gave them a run tonight on a bad throw. Talya has pitched great the last two games. The kids have played hard. We’ve got some young kids that are still making some mistakes but we’ve got another day to try.”
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