Bloodied Hurst leads Lady Tigers past Lady Hawks in nine
by Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — Samarah Hurst didn’t let a bloody nose take her out of the lineup in Chapmanville Regional High School’s softball clash on Thursday night at home against sectional rival Scott.
It’s a good thing, too.
Hurst helped the Lady Tigers to victory as Chapmanville won 4-3 in extra innings over the Lady Hawks at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.
With the score tied at 3, Hurst led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a leadoff triple to right field. Hurst then came home with the game-winning RBI off the bat of Shian Meeks on a sacrifice fly to center.
Chapmanville improved to 9-12 overall on the season and 4-4 in the Cardinal Conference.
The Lady Tigers, winners of three out their last four games, earned a season series split with Scott, which had blown out Chapmanville 10-2 on March 28 in Madison.
Scott dropped to 15-6. The Lady Hawks have been hot of late and are 10-2 in their last 12 games.
Chapmanville and Scott are to meet in a couple of weeks in a best-of-three Class AA sectional tourney series. The Lady Tigers have won the sectional title over Scott the last four years.
Hurst, one of the heroes in the win over the Lady Hawks, almost didn’t play.
A loose outfield ball during pregame warmups hit Hurst in the mouth, bloodying her nose and loosening one of her teeth.
Hurst, the starting third baseman for Chapmanville, was scratched from the lineup as head coach Ronnie Ooten moved Caitlin Elkins in from the outfield to third.
But in the second inning, Hurst’s nose had stopped bleeding and she told Ooten and his wife, assistant coach Barb Ooten, that she was good to go.
Hurst entered the game in the fourth and took over her usual third sack duties, moving Elkins back out to right field.
Senior pitcher Talya Berry was also huge for the Lady Tigers as she fired a complete game victory. Berry went all nine innings, allowing three runs and scattering eight hits. She struck out 11 and didn’t walk any. At the plate, Berry was 2-for-4 with a double.
Hanna Wooten was 2-for-4 with a double as well for Chapmanville. Lauryn Easterling and Savannah Wiley added singles for the Lady Tigers.
Meeks was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and the game winning RBI.
Emma Paris was 1-for-2 at the plate and also put down a sacrifice bunt to move over a runner.
Chapmanville has five scheduled games left in the regular season.
On Friday, the Lady Tigers were slated to go to Sissonville. Then on Monday, CRHS hosts Sherman in a 5:30 p.m. game before going to county rival Logan on Tuesday in another 5:30 p.m. contest.
Chapmanville then hosts Herbert Hoover on Wednesday and Poca on Thursday.
Lincoln County 8,
The Logan High School softball team dropped to 9-12 on the season with Thursday night’s 8-0 loss at Lincoln County.
Logan, 1-4 in its last five games, lost two out of three games to the Lady Panthers this season.
Lincoln County, a new Class AAA regional foe and a top-five ranked team in the state, upped its record to 19-6.
Amy Parsons doubled three times and knocked in three runs to lead LC. Kayla Jeffers doubled and had three RBI.
Faith Huffman pitched a one-hitter for the Lady Panthers in the five-inning game.
Hana Sedlock pitched for Logan.
Antonia Hill had the only hit for the Lady Cats.
Logan was scheduled to play at Shady Spring on Friday night. The Lady Cats then were slated to play a doubleheader at Buckhannon-Upshur on Saturday.
Logan hosts Chapmanville on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and goes to Man on Wednesday in another 5:30 p.m. first pitch.
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