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Making the grade

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — It was a big test for Chesapeake, and the Lady Panthers passed.

Facing the defending Class AAA state champion Huntington Lady Highlanders on Tuesday, Chesapeake remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win.

“Huntington had a good team. Their pitcher had some trouble in the first inning and we took advantage of it,” said Chesapeake coach Aaron Rice.

“We had good pitching and good defense and that was a difference.”

The pitching came from Allison Chapman who scattered eight hits, struck out six and walked one.

Chesapeake got all its runs in the first inning on just one hit.

Chapman and Sarah Mayo walked and Sidney Boyle singled to load the bases.

Courtney Heffner was hit by a pitch to force home Chapman. Mayo and Boyle each came around to score on wild pitches.

Kiara Chappelle homered in the bottom of the first and the Lady Highlanders added a run the seventh.

Huntington scored a run to make it 3-2 and had runners at first and third with two outs, but Chapman struck out the next batter to end the game.

Boyle went 2-2 and Mayo 1-3 for all of the Lady Panthers’ hits.

Chesapeake (21-0) hosts Green on Thursday.

Chesapeake 300 000 0 = 3 3 1

Huntington 100 000 1 = 2 8 0

Allison Chapman and Courtney Heffner. Ashley Davis, Kiara Chappelle (5) and Ashley Byrd. W-Chapman (6-K, 1-BB, 2-ER). L-Davis (4-K, 3-BB, 1-HBP). HR-Huntington: Chappelle. Hitting-Chesapeake: Sarah Mayo 1-3, Sidney Boyle 2-2; Huntington: Chappelle 2-2, Ashley Byrd 1-3, Marah Motley 1-3, Sizemore 2-3, S. Jones 2-3.