CHAPMANVILLE — If you are a high school softball fan Chapmanville is the place to be this week.
That’s when the Chapmanville Regional High School softball team is scheduled to host the Corey “Bird” Price First Responders Lady Tigers Invitational tournament.
The 15-team tourney begins on Wednesday and runs until Saturday at Chapmanville Regional’s Ronnie Ooten Field and the two softball diamonds at Chapmanville Middle School.
The host Lady Tigers, 3-5 and ranked No. 10 in the state in Class AA, are scheduled to open the 15-team tourney on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Ritchie County. The Ritchie County Rebels are 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AA.
Chapmanville then plays Nicholas County (1-0 and ranked No. 7 in the state in Class AA) on Friday at 9 p.m. before playing a pair of games this Saturday against James Monroe (5-0 and ranked No. 5 in the state in Class AA) at 11 a.m. and Lincoln County at 7 p.m. The Lincoln County Panthers are currently 8-2 and ranked No. 2 in the state in Triple-A.
County teams Logan and Man are also in the field.
Several of the top ranked teams across the region and state are slated to play in the tourney, inlcuding Buffalo, Chapmanville, Herbert Hoover, Hurricane, James Monroe, Lincoln County, Logan, Man, Nicholas County, Pikeview, Poca, Point Pleasant, Ritchie County, Sissonville and Wahama.
Class AAA Hurricane (8-1) is fourth in the state in this week’s coaches poll. Hoover (2-1) is first in Class AA.
Buffalo (7-1), the two-time defending Class A state champions, enter the tournament ranked No. 1.
The Lady Tigers Invitational begins with two games on Wednesday as Poca takes on Ritchie County at 5 and CRHS plays Ritchie County at 7 p.m. at the Chapmanville Regional High School softball field.
Action picks up on Thursday with two more games at the CRHS field as Man takes on Ritchie County at 5 p.m. and Lincoln County battles with Ritchie County at 7 p.m.
A total of nine games are scheduled to be played on Friday.
At the CRHS field, Herbert Hoover is set to play Point Pleasant at 5 p.m. Logan battles with Lincoln County at 7 and host Chapmanville takes on Nicholas County at 9.
On Friday at Chapmanville Middle School’s Field 1, Nicholas County plays Pikeview at 5 p.m., Buffalo squares off with Sissonville at 7 and Hurricane battles with James Monroe at 9.
Three games are set to be played on Friday at Field 2 at the Chapmanville Middle School Softball Complex beginning with the Poca vs. Wahama game at 5 p.m. Man plays Wahama at 7 and Lincoln County is set to play Sissonville in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
A total of 12 games are scheduled to be played on Saturday in the Lady Tigers Invitational.
Five games are slated to take place at CRHS beginning with the Chapmanville-James Monroe contest at 11 a.m. Hurricane battles with Sissonville at 1 p.m., while Logan takes on Poca at 3. Herbert Hoover is set to play Hurricane at 5. Chapmanville and Lincoln County face off at 7 p.m. in the nightcap.
On Saturday at the CMS Field 1, four games are to be played, including: Herbert Hoover against Logan at 11 a.m.; Buffalo vs. Wahama at 1 p.m.; James Monroe against Point Pleasant at 3; and Nicholas County vs. Point Pleasant at 5.
Three games are on tap at CMS Field 2 on Saturday, including: Man against Poca at 11 a.m.; Man vs. Pikeview at 1 p.m. and Buffalo against Pikeview at 3.