Andrew Farley (16) celebrates with teammates Luke Knight (3) and Brody Dalton (14) after the pair scored on Trey Butcher's double in the third inning of the Tigers 9-3 win over county rival and top-ranked Logan Wednesday night (Photo by Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography).
Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
LOGAN In a battle of the top two teams in Class AA, second-ranked Chapmanville set the tone early and scored multi-runs in three innings to defeat top-ranked Logan, 9-3, Wednesday night at Roger E. Gertz Field.
The Tigers (11-2) plated two runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and never looked back as they won for the sixth straight time.
Luke Knight reached on a throwing error to start the first inning and came around to score on Talan Thompson's RBI single to get the Tigers off and running. Thompson scored on Trey Butcher's RBI groundout to put Logan in an early 2-0 deficit.
The top three hitters in the Chapmanville lineup, Knight, Thompson and Brody Dalton, combined for eight of Chapmanville's 13 hits, drove in a run and scored six of the nine Tiger runs.
Butcher had one and drove in three runs, Andrew Farley added a two-run double and Joey Canterbury and Jacob Topping added run-scoring singles for Chapmanville. In all, eight of the Tigers nine starters had at least one hit and five of the nine drove in one or more runs.
Topping allowed three runs on seven hits striking out six and walking three in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win.
Down 2-0 in the second inning, Ryan Roberts got Logan (8-7) on the board with a run-scoring single double that brought home Aiden Slack with the first run of the game for the Wildcats to cut the deficit to 2-1 after two innings.
Chapmanville answered right back in the third inning with a two-run double from Butcher scoring Knight and Dalton giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
The Tigers put the game further out of reach in the fourth inning plating four two-out runs to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
Butcher, who had driven in three runs in his first two at-bats, was intentionally walked by Logan bringing Farley, who was 0-for-2 with one strikeout, to the plate.
Farley made Logan pay for its decision to walk Butcher by roping a two-out two-run double scoring Thompson and Butcher to make it 6-1. Canterbury and Topping closed out the scoring with a pair of run-scoring singles.
The Wildcats answered with a run-scoring single from Konner Lowe in the fifth inning to trim the deficit to 8-2.
Knight scored on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth to put Chapmanville ahead 9-2.
Logan loaded the bases in the sixth inning chasing Topping from the game after the senior exceeded the 110-pitch limit. Ian Plumley took over for Topping issuing a bases loaded walk to Dawson Maynard allowing Ivan Miller to score before getting Garrett Williamson to ground out to end the Wildcat scoring threat.
Plumley walked two and allowed no hits in 1 1/3 innings to close out the victory for Chapmanville.
Roberts had two hits and drove in one run and Miller had two hits including a double for Logan. Lowe had one hit and one RBI and Maynard had an RBI for the Wildcats, who also got one hit apiece from Williamson and Jake Ramey.
Maynard suffered the loss after allowing eight runs on nine hits and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings. Lowe allowed one run on three hits, struck out six and walked one in two innings and Roberts allowed one hit in 1/3 inning.