MAN — The Chapmanville Middle School baseball team traveled down the road to county rival Man on Tuesday looking to even the score.
Man had beaten the Tigers earlier in the season.
Not this time.
It ended up being a dogfight of a game.
In the end, Chapmanville Middle came out on top, defeating the Pioneers 9-5 in a 10-inning contest at the Man baseball field.
Conner Mullins started the game for the Tigers and went 4.2 innings. Mullins struck out six Pioneer batters, allowed four hits, walked two and had one hit batsman. He was relieved by Adam Vance who threw 1.1 innings. Vance struck out two, walked one and allowed two hits.
Joshua Zigmond then finished it off for the Tigers. Zigmond threw the remaining four innings in the marathon matchup as he struck out five batters, allowed two hits and had no walks.
In the top of the first, Noah Dingess led off with a base hit but was stranded at second as the Tigers failed to cross the plate.
The Pioneers were first to score when they plated one run in the bottom of the second as J. Frye hit a single and then scored on a single by D. Goodman.
In the top of the fourth Dylan Brown drew a walk, stole second and moved to third on a pass ball. With two outs and Brown on third, Noah Dingess hit the ball back to the pitcher and reached first on the error, scoring Brown and bringing the score to 1-1.
Man failed to score in the bottom of the fourth.
Chris Bailey was the first batter up in the top of the fifth for CMS. With a one-and-one count Bailey stroked a line drive homer over the left center fence, bringing the score to 2-1.
But the Pioneers fought back.
In the bottom of the fifth, with one out and one strike, T. Blair answered with a homer, bringing the score to 2-2.
The Tigers failed to score in the top of the sixth but the Pioneers, plated two. N. Collins had a base hit. A. Ghent reached on a Tiger error, scoring Collins. T. Blair’s base hit scored A. Ghent.
It was then do or die for the Tigers, as they were behind by two with their last chance at the plate.
With two outs, Conner Mullins reached on an error and Adam Vance drew a walk.
Timothy Bigley, pinch hitting, reached on another Pioneer error.
The bases were loaded with two outs with the lead-off man, Noah Dingess, stepping to the plate.
Dingess then rifled a hit down the left field line scoring Mullins and Vance, tying the score at 4-4.
The Pioneers failed to plate any runs in the bottom of the seventh as the game headed for extra innings.
The eighth and ninth innings warranted no additional scores from either team.
In the top of the 10th and the game tied 4-4, Austin Bledsoe drew a walk to get things started for the Tigers.
Man intentionally walked Bailey for the second time in the game, placing runners at first and second.
Zigmond then stepped in and singled to center scoring Bledsoe and Bailey.
Conner Mullins then hit a liner and scored Zigmond.
Noah Dingess followed by hitting a blooping ball behind second to score Mullins, bringing the score to 9-4 in favor of Chapmanville.
The Pioneers did not go down without a fight in the bottom of the 10th.
J. McCoy started off with a base hit, followed by a hit by D. Goodman that scored McCoy, but it was not enough as the Tigers turned a double play to end the game.
CMS Coach Dwight Dingess said he was thrilled with his players.
“They worked hard and fought all the way to the end,” Coach Dingess said.
Dingess said Man’s Coach Carter “does a fantastic job with his kids and always has them ready to play ball.”
The Tigers pounded out 12 hits on the night.
Noah Dingess was 4-for-7 with four singles. Bailey went 2-for-3 with a single and a home run. Zigmond, Devin Hensley and Conner Mullins had two singles each.
“I am proud of these kids,” Coach Dingess said. “Noah was up seven times and hit the ball solid all seven times. Chris, Conner, Joshy and Devin all had great nights at the plate. Ryan Craddock hit some lined shots that were caught but he looked good in the box tonight.”
T. Blair hit a homer and a single for the Pioneers. J. McCoy hit two singles, as did D. Goodman. S. Chapman and N. Collins also singled for the Pioneers.
The Man pitchers were J. McCoy and Laugherty.
The Tigers are scheduled to travel to Poca on Wednesday for a conference matchup.