Chapmanville's Luke Price rounds third and heads home during a game against Logan on April 12, 2023 at Roger E. Gertz Field. Knight had three hits and scored four runs Tuesday night in the Tigers 12-6 win over county rival Man (File photo courtesy of Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography).
Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
MAN Luke Knight had a leadoff homerun and Andrew Farley added a three-run shot in Class AA No. 1 Chapmanville's 12-6 win over county rival and Class A No. 5 Man Tuesday night at William Tootie Carter Field.
Knight was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, four runs scored and a leadoff solo home run on the game's second pitch while Farley homered for the third straight game. Farley's three-run home run in the third inning proved to be the game winner, giving Chapmanville a 5-4 lead that they would never relinquish.
Man erased an early 1-0 deficit with four runs in the second inning to take a 4-1. Cam Gerace started the four-run second inning with a run-scoring single to tie it at 1. Hunter Gibson scored on a throwing error to give Man a 2-1 lead and Jace Adkins added a sacrifice fly and Bo Thompson an RBI double to complete the scoring for the Hillbillies.
Thompson and first baseman Kaden Dickerson combined for six of Man's nine hits on the evening with Thompson going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one driven in and Dickerson 3-for-4 with one RBI.
Man starting pitcher Brayden Compton retired Corey Johnson and Knight to start the third inning, but Talan Thompson singled and stole second and Brody Dalton was intentionally walked with two outs.
Center fielder Trey Butcher singled on a 1-2 pitch to score Thompson cutting the Tigers deficit to 4-2 and Farley followed with a towering three-run home run that landed in the tennis courts giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead.
Chapmanville pushed across three runs in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 8-4. Butcher reached on an error allowing Knight and Dalton to score and Joey Canterbury added an RBI fielder's choice in the three-run fifth.
That would be more than enough run support for starting pitcher Johnson, who allowed five runs - two earned - on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked three, struck out one and hit one to his record to 3-0 on the year.
Compton (0-1) took the loss for Man after allowing eight runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three, walked two and issued two intentional walks.
John McCoy and Dickerson singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth for Man. Following a Colton Miller sacrifice fly, Gibson delivered a sacrifice fly to center field scoring McCoy to make it 8-5.
A single from Compton and a two-out to Gerace loaded the bases for Braxton Messer, but AJ Motto got Messer to pop up to first baseman Farley to end the inning.
Dalton hit a two-run double in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead 10-5.
Thompson doubled and scored on an error in the bottom of the sixth to make it 10-6 as Man loaded the bases for the second consecutive inning, however, Ian Plumley got Compton to strike out swinging to end the sixth.
Chapmanville pushed across two runs in the seventh as Braylon Moore came around to score on Knight's single, his third hit of the evening, and Dalton's single scored Knight giving Chapmanville a 12-6 lead.
Dalton was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, two runs scored, a double and two intentional walks. Butcher was 1-for-4 with one RBI and Moore and Thompson each went 1-for-3 and drove in a run and Canterbury had one RBI for Chapmanville.
Motto allowed one run on two hits and walked three in one inning of relief and Plumley recorded his third save of the season after pitching 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief with one strikeout.
Cam Gerace was 1-for-3 with one RBI, Compton and McCoy each finished 1-for-3 while Adkins and Gibson each drove in a run for Man.
Chapmanville (14-2) won its ninth straight game while Man (9-7) lost for the seventh time in its last 11 games.