MADISON — Before the evenly matched Chapmanville and Scott high school baseball teams began the best-of-three game Class AA sectional tournament most thought it would be close.
The teams had split during the regular season in a pair of nail-biters.
It could very well go a full three games.
No one thought it would take a full 12 days to play it.
The Chapmanville Regional-Scott baseball sectional did go a full three games and went down to the last at-bats as the Scott Skyhawks claimed the sectional crown with Friday night’s thrilling, see-saw 9-8 victory over the Tigers at the Scott High School baseball field in Madison.
It was a wild sectional tourney to say the least.
There were rain delays, rain outs, rain suspensions, oh, and some pretty darn good baseball.
But in the end it was Scott (18-15) which came out on top, winning its first sectional baseball title in many years.
Chapmanville, which saw its string of four straight sectional titles come to an end, saw its season come to a close at 22-9.
The Tigers, winners of the 2011 state championship, was trying to make it back to the Class AA regional semifinals where Chapmanville was hoping to get a rematch with Wayne — a team which eliminated the Tigers in last year’s region semifinals.
Instead, it will be Scott hosting Wayne (12-15) in Tuesday night’s regional tourney.
Chapmanville began the day down 1-0 in the sectional series with the Skyhawks but forced a winner-take-all championship game after downing Scott 9-5 in Game 2 of the sectional tourney on Friday night.
Friday’s opener was the completion of Thursday’s contest at Chapmanville’s Ted Ellis Field in which Chapmanville was leading Scott 9-1 in the fourth inning before the game was suspended due to rain.
When action picked up on Friday in the fourth inning at Madison, Scott rallied for four runs but still came up short.
Then in the nightcap, the Skyhawks took care of business and sent the Tigers packing with the one-run win.
Scott won it in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With the score tied 8-8, the Skyhawks began to rally with two outs on Chapmanville relief pitcher Tristan Thompson.
Leadoff center fielder Devin Bayer got it started with a walk. Justin Toler then singled and Chapmanville following by electing to intentionally walk power hitter Forrest Spurlock to load the bases and set up force outs at all the bases.
But then it was Cody Blevins who came up big. Blevins won the game as he delivered an RBI single to right field, leading Scott to the sectional championship.
It’s believed to be Scott’s first sectional baseball crown since the 1990s.
The Skyhawks have been snake-bitten for years in the sectional tourney over the last decade plus.
The last four years from 2009-12, Chapmanville had won the sectional title.
From 2003-08, Scott played in a three-team Class AA section with Logan and Chapmanville. Logan won the sectional crown every year and went on to take 2A state titles in 2005 and 2008 before moving back up to Triple-A in 2009.
In the early 2000s, Scott played in a three-team sectional with Chapmanville and Sherman and the Tigers generally had the upper hand then. Chapmanville went on to the state tourney in 2001 with a 30-5 record in former head coach Ted Ellis’ last season at the helm.
But this year, the sectional title finally belongs to the Skyhawks.
Justin Toler was the winning pitcher in relief for Scott. He hurled three innings of relief and allowed two runs and three hits with one strikeout and one walk. Spurlock started but was pulled in the second inning due to apparent shoulder problems. Blevins then fired then next three innings, giving up four runs and five hits with one walk and no strikeouts. Spurlock gave up two runs and two hits with one strikeout in one full inning.
Senior Dustin Conley started for Chapmanville. He went four innings and yielded four runs and six hits with one walk, one hit batter and three strikeouts.
Chapmanville then turned to sophomore left-hander Trey Dalton, who started in Thursday’s rain-suspended game. Dalton was ineffective this time, however, as he faced three batters and gave up three hits with two of them scoring.
Thompson then went the final 2.2 innings as he allowed three runs and four hits with two strikeouts, three walks and one hit batsman.
Down 4-2, Chapmanville plated four big runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 6-4 lead. A sacrifice fly with the bases loaded off the bat of Adam Dingess trimmed the Scott advantage to 4-3.
Brock Dalton then put the Tigers on top with a two-run double to make it 5-4 CRHS.
William Copley then lifted a sac fly to center, scoring another run, as Chapmanville jumped on top 6-4.
Scott would come back.
The Skyhawks would tie it 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth. Cody Brown’s RBI single cut the Tiger lead to one. Dylan Brown then had a sac fly to right to tie it up.
Chapmanville went back on top in the see-saw battle in the top of the sixth as Brady Cox walked, stole second and scored on Brock Dalton’s RBI double to the right center field wall as the Tigers regained the lead 7-6.
Scott then had a two-spot in the last half of the sixth to make it an 8-7 ballgame in favor of the Skyhawks. Colton Hammond’s RBI single to left tied it. Brown then put Scott ahead with his sac fly to center.
Chapmanville fought back in the top of the seventh and staved off elimination for the moment. Copley got it started with a leadoff double. Down to its last out, sophomore catcher Scottie Thompson then came up with a huge RBI double to right to tie it up 8-8.
Conley flew out to center for the final out.
Scott then came up to bat and won it in the bottom of the seventh.
Chapmanville went up 1-0 in the first with Copley’s home run to left.
Scott then went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the first with Spurlock’s solo shot and Brown’s RBI single.
After a sac fly to center by Brent Clay in the top of the second Chapmanville had tied it 2-2.
Scott went up 4-2 in the bottom of the third with Brown’s two-run single up the middle.
The Skyhawks outhit the Tigers 14-10 for the game.
Brown was 3-for-3 with five RBI to lead Scott. Justin Toler was 2-for-5, while Spurlock was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Blevins was 2-for-3 with one RBI and scored four runs. Hammond was 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI. Andrew Prince, batting in the No. 9 hole, was 2-for-3.
Chapmanville was led by Copley, who was 3-for-3 with a double and a homer. Dalton was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Scottie Thompson went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Conley was 2-for-4. Clay had a single and an RBI. Dingess also knocked in a run.
Scott ended up taking the season series 3-2 over Chapmanville. The two teams split during the regular season with each team winning at home.
In Friday’s completion of the rain-suspended game from Thursday night, Chapmanville held on to win 9-5 over the Skyhawks in Madison.
Scott made it interesting by plating two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth but fell short to the Tigers. Spurlock and Blevins had back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth. In the sixth, both came home on Prince’s two-run single to center.
Chapmanville pitcher Tristan Thompson then closed the door on Scott in the seventh. He pitched two innings and gave up no runs and two hits while notching the save. He fanned three and walked one.
Trey Dalton was the starter and winner on the mound. Dalton did all of his pitching on Thursday in Chapmanville. He went four innings and allowed no runs and four hits with four strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter. Nick Brumfield then came on to pitch one inning in relief but was ineffective as he gave up three runs and five hits.
Cody Brown was the starter and loser for Scott. He pitched just one inning and was tagged for seven runs and five hits with two strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.
Alex Miller then pitched the last five innings.
Chapmanville outhit Scott 13-11 in the game which spanned two days.
Scottie Thompson led the way as he was 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Copley was 3-for-4, while Tristan Thompson was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. First baseman Bigley was 2-for-3 with a three-run double and three RBI.
Conley added a single. Clay had an RBI single. Cox also drove in a run.
The Skyhawks were led by Spurlock who was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Blevins was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Hammond was 2-for-4 and Prince 2-for-2 with two RBI. Bayer, Cody Brown and Garrett Castle added singles for Scott.
Chapmanville jumped ahead 4-0 in the bottom of the first on Thursday night at Ted Ellis Field. Tristan Thompson drove in two of those runs with a two-run double.
In the bottom of the second, the Tigers made it 9-0 with a five-spot. The big blow was a three-run, bases loaded double by Bigley. Scottie Thompson had an RBI double and Clay a run scoring single.
Spurlock’s RBI single in the third put Scott on the scoreboard as the Skyhawks trailed 9-1.
The game was then suspended by rain in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out and a 1-2 count to Cox.
Both teams packed up and went home and agreed to finish the tourney on Friday in Madison.
They got the tournament in just in the nick of time.
The WVSSAC rules state that a sectional baseball tournament had to be complete by Saturday.
The Chapmanville and Scott sectional baseball tourney was plagued by rainy weather and postponements.
Game 1 way back on May 6 was suspended in the third inning with Chapmanville leading 2-0 over the Skyhawks at Madison. After rainouts on May 7 and May 8, action resumed on May 9 as Scott rallied back to win 5-4 over the Tigers.
Game 2 was then set for May 10 at Chapmanville but the game was rained out again. Playing last Saturday, May 11 was not an option either as it was Chapmanville’s prom night.
Then came the WESTEST.
Chapmanville and Scott could have played Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday as beautiful sunny weather and temperatures in the 70s and 80s were enjoyed all across southern West Virginia.
No games, however, were allowed to be played during the WESTEST, so Game 2 was moved to Thursday.
Rain again, suspended play but the two teams were able to finish up on Friday at Madison.
Chapmanville Regional High School
2013 baseball schedule (22-9)
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 16-17: Scott (sectionals), W 9-5
May 17: at Scott (sectionals), L 8-9