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Tigers six-run first inning too much for Hillbillies to overcome

Brody Dalton takes a swing during Chapmanville's win at Scott on April 26. Dalton hit two home runs and drove in three runs in the Tigers 12-2 six inning win over county rival Man on Monday night (Photo courtesy of CKG Graphics).

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

CHAPMANVILLE A six-run first inning set the tone for Class AA No. 2 Chapmanville as the Tigers completed a season sweep of their county rivals defeating Class A No. 9 Man, 12-2, in six innings Monday night at Ted Ellis Field.

The six runs were more than enough runs needed for Chapmanville to capture its 21st win of the season. The Tigers improved to 21-4 while the loss dropped the Hillbillies to 13-10 after starting the season with a 5-0 record.

Joey Canterbury got the win after tossing five innings for Chapmanville. Canterbury allowed two runs on three hits, struck out five, walked six and hit two. Brody Dalton pitched one inning of relief and struck out two.

Dalton and Jacob Topping had a big night at the plate for the Tigers as they combined for four hits and six RBIs. Dalton was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a two-run home run, two runs and three RBIs while Topping was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs.

Canterbury helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Eli Surgoine went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Man starting pitcher Brayden Compton, lasted just 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits, and walked one batter in a losing cause. Hunter Gibson tossed five innings of relief and allowed six runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

After Canterbury retired Man in the top of the first inning, Chapmanville wasted very little getting on the scoreboard as they plated six runs on six hits in the first inning to jump on top of the Hillbillies 6-0.

Luke Knight singled and advanced to third on an error by the first basemen and came around to score on Talan Thompson’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

Dalton followed Thompson’s sacrifice fly with his first home run, a solo shot over the left center field fence, to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Trey Butcher scored on Canterbury’s double to extend the Tigers lead to 3-0.

Topping’s first double of the game scored Farley and courtesy runner Eli Messer, to make it 5-0 and Topping came around to score on Surgoine’s two-out run scoring single to put the Tigers out in front 6-0 after one inning.

Man got on the board in the fourth inning when Cam Gerace singled to score John McCoy to cut the deficit to 6-1 before Dalton answered with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to give Chapmanville am 8-1 lead.

Bo Thompson’s RBI groundout in the fifth inning plated Gibson and brought Man to within six runs, 8-2, however, the Tigers answered with two runs in the bottom of fifth.

Topping led off the inning with his second double and came around to score on Surgoine’s RBI single for a 9-2 lead. Surgoine stole second and scored on Knight’s single to give the Tigers a 10-2 lead after five.

Chapmanville plated two runs in the sixth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule. Canterbury’s single plated Butcher giving the Tigers an 11-2 lead and Topping’s RBI groundout scored Farley with the game ending run.

Knight was 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI, Farley went 1-for-3 with two runs and Braylon Moore had one hit in three at bats for the Tigers.

Thompson was 0-for-2 with one RBI and Butcher went 0-for-2 but scored two runs in the Chapmanville victory.

Gerace was 1-for-3 with one RBI at the plate for the Hillbillies while Jace Adkins and Gibson each went 1-for-2 and Thompson had one RBI.



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