Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
HAMLIN Andrew Farley drove in five runs and Brody Dalton had four RBIs as Chapmanville opened the 2023 season with a 21-3 five-inning thumping of Lincoln County Monday evening at Lincoln County High School.
Dalton, who was on the hardwood Saturday evening as Chapmanville won its third Class AA championship, hit a grand slam in the Tigers seven-run second and Farley had a three-run double as part of a 10-run fifth.
Chapmanville opened the scoring with a run in the first, plated seven in the second, two in the third and one more in the fourth before exploding for 10 runs in the fifth. Lincoln County scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning.
Chapmanville scored 21 runs despite just 10 hits. The Tigers took advantage of eight Lincoln County errors and 13 walks to plate 16 unearned runs.
Seven of nine starters for Chapmanville had at least one hit, 10 different Tigers scored at least one run while 10 players had at least one RBI.
That was more than enough run support for Corey Johnson, who pitched 4 2/3 innings of three-hit ball. Johnson allowed three unearned runs, struck out five, walked four and hit one batter. Allen Motto allowed one hit in 1/3 innings of relief work.
Trey Butcher had two hits, one RBI and scored four runs while Johnson had two hits to go along with one RBI. Joseph Canterbury and Talan Thompson each had a double and one RBI while Eli Surgoine doubled and Gunner Lucas, Braylon Moore, Ian Plumley and Eli Pridemore each had one RBI for Chapmanville.
Lincoln County’s Walker Kessel gave up eight runs- one earned – and three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Kessel struck out four, walked three and hit one. Kolten Taylor worked 2 2/3 innings allowing 10 runs- four earned – on six hits. Taylor struck out five but struggled with command walking eight and hitting two additional batters. Issac Byrd allowed three unearned runs on one hit in 1/3 inning of relief while walking two and striking out two.
Taylor had a double and two RBIs while Byrd had two hits, a double and drove in a run for the Panthers, who also got one hit from Kessel and one RBI from Brayden Starcher.
Lincoln County (0-2) will host Wayne Tuesday evening while Chapmanville (1-0) travels to Winfield.