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Top ranked Wildcats rally, defeat county rival Tigers to stay unbeaten


CHAPMANVILLE Garrett Williamson’s two-out, two-run single capped a four-run seventh inning rally to lift Class AA No. 1 Logan to a 7-4 win at Chapmanville Monday night at Ted Ellis Field to stay unbeaten.

Chapmanville put two runs on the the board in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, 3-3, after Logan plated three two-out runs in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.

The game wouldn’t stay tied for long as the Wildcats put up a four-spot an inning later. Carson Kirk opened the inning with a walk and stole second before reliver Brody Dalton struck out Korbin Bostic.

After an intentional walk to Dawson Maynard, Dalton got Jake Ramey to fly out to center field before Williamson’s two-run single gave Logan a 5-3 lead.

Williamson would score on a pass ball and Konner Lowe scored on a Dalton balk to finish the scoring for the Wildcats in the seventh.

Chapmanville loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh getting a run off Wildcat reliever Chase Burnette, but Logan coach Kevin Gertz went to Maynard for the final two outs.

Maynard gave up pair of singles to Will Kirkendall and Dalton, whose two-out single cut the Logan lead to 7-4, but Tyson Thompson to ground into a fielders choice forcing Kirkendall at third for the final out.

Dalton and Kirkendall combined for six of Chapmanville’s eight hits with Dalton driving in two runs on the evening. Tyson Thompson had one hit and one RBI, Talan Thompson had a single and Plumley an RBI for the Tigers.

Chapmanville led 1-0 after one inning on Dalton’s RBI single scoring Kirkendall.

That is how the game would stay through 5 2/3 innings with the Tigers leading the Wildcats, but with two out in the sixth inning, pinch runner Cole Blankenship scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 1-1.

Following a walk to Aiden Slack, who eventually took second on a defensive indifference, Ryan Roberts blooped a single into right field scoring Lowe and Slack for a 3-1 Logan lead.

Jacob Topping was prenominal on the mound for the Tigers, keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard until they finally broke through in the sixth inning.

Topping, a junior lefty who picked off two Logan runners, allowed three runs on six hits, struck out five walked, walked three and hit one batter in six innings of work. Dalton allowed four runs on two hits, two walks and one strikeout in one inning and was tagged with the loss.

Jared Burnette matched Topping pitch for pitch, tossing 5 1/3 innings before exiting the game in the sixth inning. He allowed three runs on four hits, struck out four and walked two.

Chad Burnette got the win in relief. He pitched one inning allowing one run on one hit and walked two. Maynard nailed down the save for the Wildcats after allowing two hits in 2/3 innings with one strikeout.

Lowe had four hits for Logan including a pair of doubles. Roberts and Williamson each had two-run singles and Bostic and Maynard both singled for the Wildcats.

Chapmanville falls to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Cardinal Conference with the loss. The Tigers will host Poca Tuesday evening at Ted Ellis Field.

Logan improves 8-0 overall and 8-0 in the Cardinal Conference. The Wildcats return home Tuesday evening to host sectional rival Scott at Roger E. Gertz Field.

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