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Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
CHAPMANVILLE Jacob Topping had three hits, scored two runs and drove in four and the Class AA No. 8 Chapmanville Tigers defeated Mingo Central 12-2 in five innings Wednesday night in the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 tournament at Ted Ellis Field.
The second-seeded Tigers advance to face fourth-seed Wayne in an elimination game Thursday evening at Ted Ellis Field.
Topping finished 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in runs with a three-run double in the first and a run-scoring single in the fifth.
Trey Butcher had two hits including a double, scored twice and drove in two runs while Talan Thompson had two hits, one of which a double, scored twice and drove in one for Chapmanville.
Braylon Moore tossed five innings of four-hit baseball allowing two unearned runs and finished with six strikeouts and one walk on just 77 pitches to earn the win.
The Tigers wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard first plating five runs in the first inning to jump out to a 5-0 lead after one inning. Tyson Thompson singled to score Butcher with the first run of the game and from there Chapmanville added a sacrifice fly from Will Kirkendall before Topping’s three-run double closed the scoring for the first inning.
Chapmanville plated two more runs in the second inning as Brody Dalton tripled to score Talan Thompson to make it 6-0. Dalton scored on a passed ball to increase the Tigers lead to 7-0 after two.
Mingo Central got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the third inning. The Miners scored their first run on an Aiden Dove groundout to cut it to 7-1 and got a run-scoring double from Tyler Ooten to close the gap to 7-2.
Chapmanville added a run in the bottom of the third on a double from Butcher to plate the eighth run of the contest for the Tigers giving them an 8-2 lead after three.
Chapmanville scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to envoke the run-rule getting run-scoring singles from Topping, Butcher and Talan Thompson to make it 11-2.
The final run came across on a passed ball as Butcher scored from third to give Chapmanville the mercy rule victory.
Ooten, the Miners starter, took the loss after allowing 12 runs in 4 1/3 innings. Ooten gave up 10 hits, struck out two and walked five.
The Miners, who finish the season with a record of 8-18, got a double and one RBI from Ooten. Dove had the other RBI for Mingo Central, who also got a double from Tyler Mitchem as well as one hit and one run scored from KJ Smith and one hit from Dylan Vance.
Dalton had a triple and one RBI while Tyson Thompson doubled and drove in one run for Chapmanville, who got a hit from Andrew Farley and an RBI from Kirkendall.