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Tigers stave off elimination, defeat Wayne 2-1


Chapmanville's Trey Butcher (9) congratulates teammate Luke Knight after Knight scored a run in an earlier contest against Logan on April 26, 2023 at Ted Ellis Field (Photo courtesy of CKG Graphics).


Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

CHAPMANVILLE Luke Knight’s second-inning bases loaded single gave the top seed Chapmanville Tigers a lead they would not relinquish, as the Tigers starved off elimination in the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 tournament with a 2-1 win over the fourth seed Wayne Pioneers at Ted Ellis Field on Friday evening.


With the win, Chapmanville improved to 25-5 on the year. Wayne, who lost to Chapmanville, 9-5, on Tuesday, finished the year with a 16-16 record.


Joey Canterbury’s single to left field to start the second inning, was followed by a single to right field by Jacob Topping and a walk to Braylon Moore to load the bases for the Tigers.


Following a line out off the bat of Eli Surgoine, Knight lined a single to right to score Canterbury for a 2-1 lead.


Andrew Farley and Ian Plumley make the lead stand up as they combined on a four-hitter. Farley was the winning pitcher after allowing one run on three hits with three walks and one strikeout. Plumley earned the save after tossing three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, struck out two and walked one.


Wayne led 1-0 after one inning when Levi Cassidy scored on Brady Dyer’s groundout.


The Tigers tied it in the bottom of the first inning when Knight scored on Trey Butcher’s sacrifice fly.


Logan Prater suffered a tough loss on the mound for Wayne. He allowed two runs on five hits, four in the first two innings, struck out four and walked two in six innings.


Austin Porter was 2-for-4 at the plate for Wayne. Cassidy was 1-for-3 with a run scored, Levi Queen finished 1-for-3 and Dyer went 0-for-3 with one RBI for the Pioneers.


Knight went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run for Chapmanville. Brody Dalton was 1-for-3 with a double, Canterbury 1-for-3 with a run, Topping finished 1-for-3 at the plate and Butcher was 0-for-2 with one RBI for the Tigers.


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