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Skyhawks rally to defeat Tigers in nine innings

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

CHAPMANVILLE No. 3 seed Scott rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat second seed and Class AA No. 8 Chapmanville, 9-6, in nine innings Monday night in the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 tournament at Ted Ellis Field.

Scott advances to face top-seed Logan, who was an 11-1 winner over Wayne, on Thursday at Roger E. Gertz Field.

Chapmanville will face fifth-seed Mingo Central in an elimination game at Ted Ellis Field on Wednesday.

Griffin Miller and Luke Knight each had three hits and drove in two runs while Hunter Null had three hits and Cooper Martin two hits and two RBIs for the Skyhawks.

Scott, who was no hit through four innings by Chapmanville starter Evan Plumely, plated three runs in the fifth inning and scored a single run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before plating three runs in the ninth inning.

Austin Light singled leading off the fifth inning for Scott as part of a three-run fifth that cut a four-run deficit to one, 4-3, after five innings.

Light’s single was one of six straight hits in the inning. Null, Landon Stone, Knight, Martin, and Miller followed with singles. Stone, Martin, and Miller had run-scoring singles in the inning.

Scott tied the contest at 4 in the sixth when Knight singled to score courtesy runner Carter McClung.

Will Thompson’s single in the seventh gave the Skyhawks a 5-4 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh inning.

Chapmanville tied the contest in the bottom of the seventh when Adam Mullins scored on a passed ball to tie the contest, 5-5, sending it to extra innings.

Miller doubled to score Martin giving Scott a 6-5 lead before Trey Butcher’s solo home run evened the contest at 6 sending the game to the ninth inning.

Knight’s single in the top of the ninth scored Null and gave Scott a 7-6 lead.

Martin followed with a sacrifice fly and Knight scored on a wild pitch to give the Skyhawks a three-run lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Chapmanville loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Dylan Grant got Jacob Topping to ground into a double play securing the win for Scott.

Tyson Thompson had three hits including a double and drove in two runs while Butcher had two hits including a triple and a solo home run for Chapmanville.

Farley had one hit and one RBI while Brody Dalton, Will Kirkendall, Evan Plumley, Talan Thompson and Topping each had one hit for the Tigers.

Kirkendall suffered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk in 1 1/3 innings.

Plumley started for Chapmanville and allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Farley allowed one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.

Dalton tossed 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed one run on three hits with a walk and a punchout. Topping pitched 2/3 innings in relief of Kirkendall. Topping allowed two runs on one hit while walking three and fanning one.

Stone and Thompson had one hit and one RBI while Light had one hit for the Skyhawks.

Miller picked up the win after allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three and walking one in two innings of relief. Null started for Scott and allowed four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work.

Dylan Grant pitched one inning to record the save. Grant did not allow a hit and walked one batter. Brady Carrico walked the only two hitters he faced.

Chapmanville falls to 17-9 and had its five-game winning streak snapped. The Tigers will return to action Wednesday evening at home against Mingo Central in an elimination game.

Scott improves to 9-13 and will travel to Logan Thursday evening to face the top-seed Wildcats, who are ranked second in Class AA, in the winners bracket of the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 tournament.

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