CHAPMANVILLE — It’s been another fine season for the Chapmanville Regional High School baseball team and several players have been key to the Tigers’ success.
Heading into Thursday’s Class AA sectional tourney game at home against Scott, the Tigers were ranked No. 10 in the state and sported a 21-8 record.
Trailing 1-0 in the best-of-three series to Scott (17-14), a win on Thursday night would force a winner-take-all sectional championship game on Friday night at the Scott High School baseball field in Madison.
The Class AA sectional tourney was delayed several times last week due to rain and then was halted due to the WESTEST which was conducted Monday through Wednesday across Logan County.
Going into last night’s game, Brent Bigley was leading Chapmanville regulars with a .448 batting average with five doubles and 10 RBI with 13 hits in 29 plate appearances. Bigley missed part of the season due to injury.
Brent Clay, another player who missed part of the season because of injury, was batting .406 with two doubles and nine RBI.
Shortstop Tristan Thompson, a sophomore, has also had a good season as he was hitting .390 with six doubles, 17 RBI and 23 total base hits — tied for tops on the team. Thompson also leads the team with eight stolen bases. His 17 RBI’s are ranked No. 1 on the team as well.
Center fielder Brock Dalton checked in with a .377 average with one home run, 16 RBI and three doubles. Dalton has 23 hits on the season — tied for first on the squad.
Third baseman/pitcher Dustin Conley had a .365 batting average with 10 RBI three doubles and 19 total base hits.
William Copley has a .339 average with nine RBI, four doubles and a triple.
Catcher Scottie Thompson is batting .338 with 15 RBI and two doubles.
Austin Ellis is also above .300 with a .304 average in 16 plate appearances.
Junior left fielder Brady Cox sports a .302 average with eight RBI, three doubles and three triples.
Right fielder Adam Dingess is batting .289 with six RBI, four doubles and a triple.
Several of Chapmanville’s reserves — Jacob Dingess (.714), Trey Dalton (.636), Chase Roberts (.583), Alex Berry (.500), Jordan Whitt (.400), Joe Zigmond (.400), Josh Bazzilla (.333) and Josh Eldridge (.273) — all have good batting averages in limited plate appearances.
Brock Dalton and Cox are a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. Tyler Neil, often used this season as a courtesy runner, is 5-for-5.
On the mound, junior right hander Nick Brumfield is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA — the best among Chapmanville’s starters. Brumfield has started six games and has nine total appearances as he has thrown 35.1 innings and has allowed just seven earned runs and three walks while striking out 33.
Senior right-hander Dustin Conley is 5-4 with a 3.02 ERA. He’s tossed 53.2 innings and has yielded 18 earned runs with 57 strikeouts and 18 issued walks.
Lefty Trey Dalton has a 3-2 record and 1.83 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 17 walks in a 34.1-inning worksheet.
Austin Ellis is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA as he has thrown 13 innings and has yet to allow a single earned run. He has struck out 16 batters and walked none.
Scottie Thompson has tossed 6.2 innings and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He’s fanned eight and walked three.
Berry also has a 0.00 ERA. He’s 0-0 and has pitched five innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Roberts is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA as he has tossed 10 innings and has allowed three earned runs with seven strikeouts and five walks.
Tristan Thompson is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA. He’s thrown 16 innings and has yielded nine earned runs to go along with his 24 strikeouts and six walks.
Chapmanville’s team ERA is just 2.28 while its opponents have a 8.78 ERA. The Tigers have a .331 team batting average. Opponents are hitting only .200 this season against CRHS pitching.
Chapmanville is 16-2 so far this season at home, 5-5 on the road and 0-1 on neutral sites. The Tigers finished 8-6 in Cardinal Conference play.
Scott at Chapmanville, susp. rain
CHAPMANVILLE — Thursday evening’s Scott at Chapmanville Class AA sectional tournament baseball game at Ted Ellis Field was suspended by heavy rain and lightning in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Tigers leading the Skyhawks 9-1.
The game will be made up on Friday at a time to be determined later.
Scott (17-14) leads Chapmanville (21-8) 1-0 in the rain-plagued best-of-three sectional tourney which began last week and has been delayed several times due to inclement weather and also the WESTEST.
The Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning off Scott starting pitcher Cody Brown. Chapmanville then chased him off the mound in the second with five more runs.
Scott scored its only run in the top of the third off Chapmanville starting pitcher Trey Dalton.
Chapmanville went up 2-0 in the first with Tristan Thompson’s two-run double. He later scored on an error. The Tigers made it 4-0 with a bases loaded sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Brady Cox.
In the second, Chapmanville increased its lead to 7-0 with first baseman Brent Bigley’s bases clearing, bases loaded three-run double down the left field line. Scottie Thompson’s RBI double to right field made it 8-0. Brent Clay’s RBI single past third base and into left field upped the margin to 9-0.
Scott’s Forrest Spurlock had an RBI single in the top of the third.
The game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out and no one on base with Cox facing a 1-2 count.
The Tigers had 10 hits before the rain came and the umpires called for the tarps. Bigley was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles. William Copley was 2-for-2 with two singles. Scott had four hits.
Trey Dalton, a left-hander, struck out the side in the top of the first inning and had four punchouts over four innings. He had issued one walk and hit one batter.
Chapmanville Regional High School
2013 baseball schedule (21-8)
March 21: Mingo Central, W 17-0
March 22: Point Pleasant, W 9-5
March 23: Van, W 14-1
March 29: Tolsia (DH), W 7-2, W 11-1
March 30: at Ripley, L 1-11
March 30: at Ravenswood, L 10-7
April 3: Man, W 6-0
April 4: at Belfry (Ky.), W 8-0
April 6: at Clay County, W 8-0
April 8: at Scott, L 5-6
April 9: Poca, L 1-3
April 12: Capital (Daffer tourney), W 2-1
April 13: Wayne (Daffer tourney), W 9-2
April 15: Herbert Hoover, L 1-18
April 16: at Van, W 18-0
April 18: Scott, W 10-8
April 22: Sherman (DH), W 10-0, W 10-0
April 23: at Mingo Central, W 16-2
April 25: Sissonville, W 2-0
April 26: Clay County, W 9-4
April 27: at Poca, L 2-4
April 29: Pike Central (Ky.), W 7-0 (forfeit)
April 30: at Sissonville, W 3-1
May 1: at Herbert Hoover, L 0-3
May 3: Mount View (DH), W 16-4, W 14-1
May 6/9: at Scott (sectionals), L 4-5
May 16: Scott (sectionals), 9-1 (4) susp. rain
May 17: at Scott (sectionals, if necessary), TBA