CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The secret to Chapmanville’s softball team over the years has really been no secret.
When you look back at Chapmanville’s six state championship teams, longtime Lady Tigers’ coach Ronnie Ooten has stuck to a winning three-part formula.
One, have a dominant ace pitcher with another arm or two waiting in the wings if needed. Having one pitcher is usually not enough, espcially in the state tournament where there is a 14-inning per day rule and you factor in the possibility that you might have to fight your way out of the loser’s bracket, hence the 2016 Chapmanville Lady Tigers.
Two, be strong up the middle defensively with a good catcher, shortstop and second baseman and center fielder.
Three, have three or four big sticks in the lineup to make contact, put the ball in play and drive in runs.
Chapmanville Regional hopes all of this holds true and the Lady Tigers are able to bring home their seventh state crown.
Action is set to begin for the defending Class AA state champion Lady Tigers on Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. as Chapmanville (23-3) is scheduled to take on Herbert Hoover (24-5). Wyoming East (23-4) and Oak Glen (22-8) open the tourney at 9:45 Wednesday morning.
The two losers meet at 4:45 on Wednesday with the two winners locking horns around 7 p.m.
An elimination game is then set for 9:45 a.m. on Thursday with the state championship game to follow at 2:15 p.m.
CRHS is hoping to repeat as state champs for the first time since 2009-10.
“Our fingers are crossed and hopefully we can win another one,” senior shortstop Hollie Carter said.
Senior third baseman Carley Cook said…
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