West Virginia state baseball tournament set for play Thursday
HUNTINGTON -- The three-month high school baseball season comes down to just nine games in Charleston over three days this week.
The West Virginia State Baseball Tournament gets underway Thursday and runs through Saturday's championship games in Class AAA, Class AA and Class A teams.
Thursday's action will feature the Class A contests with Region IV champion Gilmer County taking on Region II champion Notre Dame in the first contest at 4:30 p.m. Following that game Man (Region III) will take on St. Marys (Region I).
Gilmer County (25-10) defeated Buffalo, 10-5, in the Region IV championship and has a six-game win streak. Notre Dame (26-6) has won 11 in a row.
Man (19-11) defeated Greenbrier West in the Region III championship game. St. Mary's (29-2) hasn't lost this season against a Class A opponent.
Friday's morning action in Class AAA starts with Hurricane (27-7), the Region IV champion, taking on Region II's Washington (23-4) at 10 a.m. The Washington Patriots have won 14 in a row and have allowed more than four runs just once during that streak.
The following contest puts Region I champ Wheeling Park (20-6) against Riverside (19-12).
In Friday's evening session, the Class AA tournament gets underway at 5 p.m. with Chapmanville (29-6) taking on Bridgeport (30-6). Chapmanville has won 12 of its last 13 games. Bridgeport has just one loss to a Class AA foe. Fairmont Senior (22-7) will meet Indepedence (26-7) in the nightcap.
Saturday's championships start at 10 a.m. with Class A. Class AAA will get underway 45 minutes following the completion of the Class A awards ceremony while the Class AA game will follow 45 minutes after the Class AAA awards are complete.