The Lady Tigers Invitational at Chapmanville this week will feature nine softball teams that were ranked in the state coaches association preseason poll.No. 2 Logan and No. 4 and defending state champion Lincoln County from Class AAA, No. 2 Chapmanville, No. 3 Scott, No. 4 Sissonville, No. 6 Herbert Hoover and No. 10 Point Pleasant in AA and top-ranked Buffalo and No. 3 Man in Class A are in the field of the three-day tournament, which begins Thursday at Chapmanville High School and Chapmanville Middle School fields. (See Page 2B for schedule.)Some of the marque matchups including Logan-Sissonville and Man-Herbert Hoover on Thursday; Chapmanville-Buffalo and Logan-Point Pleasant on Friday and Ritchie County-Logan; Ritchie County-Chapmanville, Hoover-Buffalo, Scott-Lincoln County, Point Pleasant-Lincoln County and Point Pleasant and Man on Saturday.nn
MU SPORTS: Thor Meeks had two hits, including a home run and three RBIs as the Marshall baseball team held on to a 12-10 win over Liberty on Sunday in Beckley. Andrew Dundon had two hits and two RBIs for the Thundering Herd (11-16).Softball coach Shonda Stanton picked up career win number 400 as the Thundering Herd completed a weekend sweep over UTEP with an 8-0 win on Sunday at El Paso, Texas. Former Chapmanville standout Andi Williamson tossed a three-hitter with six strikeouts for Marshall.
The Herd took a pair of victories on Saturday, winning 7-5 and 7-6. nn
STATE BASEBALL WINS: West Virginia State struck for three runs in the top of the ninth as it earned a comeback 7-5 win at Concord on Sunday.Andrew Pickering was 5-for-6 for the Yellow Jackets and Bill Smith III launched a solo home run. Zach Cloxton homered for the Concord.nn
WVU BASEBALL LOSES: The Mountaineers yielded nine unearned runs as St. John's earned a 14-6 win over WVU on Sunday in Jamaica, N.Y.Ryan McBroom doubled twice and scored two runs for West Virginia (12-18 overall, 1-5 Big East).nn
HATFIELD-MCCOY SHOOTOUT: Basketball teams interested in competing in next year's Hatfield-McCoy West Virginia-Kentucky Shootout should contact tournament director Mark Whitt at 304-235-0370.