Chapmanville falls to Bridgeport, 3-1
CHARLESTON -- Chapmanville had its chances Friday evening, but mistakes and missed opportunities proved costly in a 3-1 loss to Bridgeport in the Class AA baseball state semifinals at Appalachian Power Park.
With the win, Bridgeport advances to the championship game where the Indians will meet Independence at about 4 p.m. Saturday. It is the Indians' first state finals appearance since 2010 when they were in Class AAA.
Independence beat Fairmont Senior, 11-6.
"It's good to be back. It's been four years since we've been there," Bridgeport coach Robert Shields said. "Personally, this was a goal that they set from last year's team that lost to Fairmont Senior. They've reached that goal and now they have one more step -- to try to win it all."
The game's biggest play came in the bottom of the fifth inning as Chapmanville looked to cut into a two-run deficit.
Chapmanville loaded the bases with two outs and Brock Dalton ripped a single to right field to score Jordan Cook. However, Bridgeport's A.C. Caldera came up firing and nailed Chapmanville's Brady Cox at the plate to end the inning and preserve the 2-1 lead for Bridgeport.
"I'm glad he sent him because when A.C. threw that ball, I knew it was going to be a strike at the plate," Shields said.
Bridgeport used the momentum to plate another run in the top of the sixth inning.
With two outs in the sixth, Hunter Fain reached base on an error and pinch-runner Max Doddrill stole second base. Anthony Bonamico ripped a single to left-center field to score Doddrill as an insurance run.
All three of Bridgeport's runs came with two outs.
"This team has the resiliency to score runs with two outs," Shields said. "They don't fret very much."
It was more than enough for Bridgeport pitcher Tyler Skidmore, who went the distance. Skidmore allowed six hits and one earned run while striking out eight and walking two.
Chapmanville pitcher Trey Dalton took the hard-luck loss. He went six innings and allowed six hits and three runs -- zero earned -- while walking four and striking out five.
Chapmanville's season ends at 29-7.
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Skidmore and Fain. Dalton, Thompson (7) and Bailey.
Hitting: (B) Smith 2-4; A. Bonamico RBI. (C) Cox 2-3; Dalton 2-3, RBI.