Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
CHAPMANVILLE, WVa Helped by a six-run fourth inning, Chapmanville opened the 2022 season with an 11-6 victory over the visiting Belfry (Ky) Pirates Monday evening at Ted Ellis Field.
Five hitters registered at least two hits, while the Tigers collected 13 hits.
“We had good competitive at bats,” Chapmanville coach Josh Rakes said. “We worked counts, we stayed in it, and we worked their pitchers a lot.”
Chapmanville (1-0) fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Noah Brown started the scoring for Belfry (1-2) with a two-out run scoring single to left field scoring Isaiah Stanley. Devin Jude followed with a line drive double to left field to plate Ashton Deskins and Brown.
The Tigers responded with three unearned runs in the bottom of the first taking advantage of an error and a dropped third strike to tie the contest.
Trey Butcher led off with a single, stole second and scored on throwing error to make it 3-1. Tyson Thompson singled to center to score Brody Dalton and cut the deficit to 3-2, and Talan Thompson singled to center scoring Tyson Thompson to tie the game, 3-3, after one inning.
“Our offense responded, and when we got the three back in the bottom of the first, I felt like we started the game over,” Rakes said.
Chapmanville took the lead for good in the bottom of the third when Andrew Farley scored on a pass ball to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead after three innings of play.
In the fourth inning, Chapmanville put the game out of reach by taking advantage of four Belfry errors to plate six unearned runs.
Brody Dalton scored on an error by the second baseman to start the scoring giving Chapmanville a 5-3 lead. Jacob Topping drew a bases loaded walk to score courtesy runner Eli Surgoine to make it 6-3. Butcher’s two-run single scored Tyson and Talan Thompson to increase the lead to 8-3. Topping scored on an error by the shortstop making it 9-3 and Butcher scored on a fielding error by the second baseman to round out the scoring in the fourth.
Belfry plated three runs in the top of the fifth as Jude came through with his second two-run double of the evening to plate Stanley and Steven Banks to trim the deficit to 10-5. Moments later Jake Varney scored on a wild pitch to bring the Pirates to within four, 10-6, after four and half innings.
Tyson Thompson scored on a pass ball in the bottom of fifth to give Chapmanville an 11-6 lead.
Evan Plumley started for the Tigers and gave up three runs in the first inning but settled down to hold the Pirates scoreless over the next three innings to pick up the win.
“He gave up three early, left some balls in the middle of the plate, but he knew what he was doing,” Rakes said. “I am proud of the way he came back the next three innings and shut them down and put up zeros.”
Plumley allowed three earned runs on four hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked two before giving way to Topping in the fifth.
“Evan is our work horse, and I got a lot of confidence in Evan,” Rakes said. “Evan has been around and pitched a lot of baseball for us.”
Topping allowed three runs on two hits while striking out six and walking three in two innings of work. Ian Plumley pitched a scoreless inning allowing three hits and striking out one for the Tigers.
Belfry used four pitchers in the contest. Parker Hall started and worked into the third inning. Hall suffered the loss after allowing four runs, but only one earned, on seven hits, striking out five and walking just one. Jonah Adkins tossed 1 1/3 innings allowing five unearned runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Banks allowed two runs on two hits. He struck out three and walked two in 1 1/3 innings of work. Nick Runyon allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings and struck out two.
Jude had three hits and drove in four runs for the Pirates with a pair of two-run doubles. Brown had two hits and one RBI. Adkins had a double and Banks and Stanley each had a single.
Butcher had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored twice to lead Chapmanville’s 13-hit attack. Tyson Thompson had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in a run while Talan Thompson had two hits, scored one run and drove in one. Dalton had two hits and scored two runs while Topping had one hit and one RBI and Adam Mullins singled.
“I think we got a good flow with our lineup,” Rakes said. “The guys that are setting the table are doing their job.”
Chapmanville left 13 runners on base, 10 of which were left in scoring position. The Tigers left the bases loaded in the second and fifth innings and left two runners on base in the first, third and fourth innings.
“It’s good and bad, we get the runners on and that is something we need to work on,” Rakes said. “I felt like we had a little bit of momentum and could have possibly put it away earlier.”
Chapmanville is scheduled to travel to Poca Wednesday evening for a Cardinal Conference showdown with the Dots.
“Don’t know much about, and hopefully the weather holds up, but we are looking forward to playing Wednesday,” Rakes said. “We played pretty poorly on opening day last year, and if I am not mistaken, we got beat 24-3.”
Belfry 3 0 0 0 3 0 0- 6 9 7
Chapmanville 3 0 1 6 1 0 x- 11 13 0
Hall, Adkins (3), S. Banks (4), Runyon (5) and Jude. E. Plumley, Topping (5), I. Plumley (7) and Ta. Thompson. Top hitters- B: Jude 3-4, double, 4 RBI; Brown 2-4, RBI; Stanley 1-3, 2 runs, Adkins 1-2, double. C: Butcher 3-3, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Ta. Thompson 2-4, RBI; Ty. Thompson 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; Farley 2-5, double; Dalton 2-5, 2 runs.