The Chapmanville Middle School baseball team traveled to Poca last Friday night and came away with a 9-3 win.
Chris Bailey started for the Tigers, throwing five complete innings, striking out eight, walking three and hitting two batters while allowing only three base hits. He was relieved by Josh Zigmond who threw the final two innings. Zigmond allowed one hit and struck out three to complete the pitching effort for the Tigers.
Chapmanville combined for 14 hits on the night.
Bailey led the way at the plate for the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a home run. He was followed by Hunter Long who had a single and a double.
Noah Dingess, Conner Mullins, Adam Vance and Austin Bledsoe hit two singles each.
Devin Hensley also had a single for CMS.
Tigers’ coach Dwight Dingess said it was a big win for his team.
“Everything seemed to come together,” he said. “All the hard work the kids have been putting in is starting to pay off. I could not be happier with our performance at the plate. The homer by Chris Bailey was huge. We are starting to hit the pitches we need to, instead of the pitches our opponents want us to swing at.”
The Dots had five hits on the night. Bubba Hill and Luke Frampton hit two singles each and Carson Cottrill added a single.
CMS 13, Duval 4
On Saturday the CMS Tigers honored their eighth-graders prior to the start of the game with the Duval Yellow Jackets in a 13-4 win at Ted Ellis Field by the Orange and Black.
CMS Coach Dwight Dingess said it was a bittersweet day at the ballpark.
“Our eighth-graders mean so much to the team and to me,” he said. “I hope we have done our best to prepare them for their next level of play and wish them all the best for the future.”
Those honored were: Chris Bailey, Dylan Brown, Ryan Craddock, Chaseton Ghee, Hunter Long, Caleb Maynard and Alex Oxley.
Chapmanville closed out the regular season in grand fashion as the Tigers banged out 16 hits in the onslaught.
Craddock led CMS with three hits, including a pair of doubels. Noah Dingess also had three hits — all singles. Josh Zigmond hit an inside-the-park home run and added a single. Bailey clubbed a triple and a double. Conner Mullins hit two singles and Hunter Long, Oxley and Ghee each added a single respectively.
“We are going to miss our eighth-graders next year and are proud of what they have brought to our team,” Coach Dingess said. “I want to thank them for their effort and dedication.”
With the win CMS ended up as the top seed going into the Black Diamond Conference tournament. CMS is slated to play the winner of the Harts-Duval play-in game.