Valley Girls hit seven home runs to bring home Championship on Father’s Day Weekend

With Father’s Day weekend temps hitting 90 degrees and the heat index pushing 100, the Valley Girls bats were just as hot.  The girls ended the weekend with a .439 team batting average and knocked seven balls out of the park by six different players.  Valley also had ten different girls hit a double as they earned their first Championship of the summer at the Battle in the Burg Tournament in Strasburg, Ohio.

The weekend started on Friday evening with a 10-0 mercy win over the Ohio Bulldawgs. Valley hit for a scorching team batting average of .583 and Maleah Stansbery hit her first career home run. The first of many for the weekend.

Courtney Beckley pitched a great game in the circle going four innings, allowing just one hit, one walked batter and had four strike-outs for the game as Valley nabbed another shutout victory. Their fourth of the summer.

Batting:

2B: Courtney Beckley, Shelby Ries, Abigail Riley, Mallory Wolf
HR: Maleah Stansbery
TB: Courtney Beckley 3, Jenna Stout, Shelby Ries 3, Maleah Stansbery 5, Mackenzie Kendrick 2, Abigail Riley 2, Mallory Wolf 2, Kallie McPeek, Lincoln Raymond
RBI: Courtney Beckley 2, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery 2, Abigail Riley
ROE: Courtney Beckley, Jenna Stout
FC: Mallory Wolf, Lincoln Raymond
HBP: Annette Weston
SB: Shelby Ries
CS: Annette Weston, Shelby Ries
Team LOB: 5
Pitching:

W: Courtney Beckley
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 53-37
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 2-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 13-14

The second game of the weekend was against a Pittsburgh Power team that came out swinging to put Valley in an early hole.  Up by five runs through one and half innings of play the Valley Girls started going to work.

The bottom of the second inning started with a single by Alli Edwards followed by a hard hit ball by Amber Peltz that caused the second baseman to miss handle the ball as she scurried on to first safely.  With runners at first and second, Annette Weston hit a double to the right center field gap that scored both Edwards and Peltz with no outs.

Weston was able to advance from second to home for the third run of the inning on back to back ground outs. Jenna Stout would end up with the RBI.

The top of the order came up and did their job in the bottom of the third inning. Shelby Ries laid down a beautiful drag bunt that she beat out the throw to first on. That was followed by back to back singles by Penelope Cantu and Zoe Johnson.  After a pop out, Edwards would hit a deep Sac-Fly to left field that scored Ries who was at third.

Peltz was able to deliver with a clutch hit up the middle that scored both Cantu and Johnson to give Valley a 6-5 lead that they were able to hold on to for the come from behind win.

Courtney Beckley would end up getting credit for the win.  She went three innings, gave up one hit and had five strike-outs.

Batting:

2B: Annette Weston, Mackenzie Kendrick
TB: Penelope Cantu, Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz, Zoe Johnson, Annette Weston 2, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery, Mackenzie Kendrick 2
RBI: Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz 2, Annette Weston 2, Jenna Stout
SF: Alexandrea Edwards
ROE: Penelope Cantu, Amber Peltz
Team LOB: 4

Fielding:

E: Amber Peltz, Zoe Johnson

Pitching:

W: Courtney Beckley
WP: Courtney Beckley, Mackenzie Kendrick
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 43-30, Mackenzie Kendrick 44-18
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 2-1, Mackenzie Kendrick 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 7-10, Mackenzie Kendrick 3-10

Valley would lose their first game of the summer in their third pool play game of the weekend. The game was against a solid Wicked Fastpitch team that came out swinging and took an early 3-0 lead that they did not let go of.

The final score would end up 6-2 and leave Valley 01 sitting with a 2-1 pool play record for the first time this summer.  The loss would put Valley in the number four overall seed heading into bracket play and a rematch with Wicked Fastpitch was on the horizon.

Batting:

2B: Zoe Johnson
HR: Alexis Renner, Alexandrea Edwards
TB: Alexis Renner 4, Alexandrea Edwards 4, Amber Peltz, Courtney Beckley 2, Zoe Johnson 2, Shelby Ries 2, Abigail Riley
RBI: Alexis Renner, Alexandrea Edwards
ROE: Annette Weston
Team LOB: 6

Fielding:

E: Zoe Johnson

Pitching:

L: Abigail Riley
HBP: Abigail Riley 2
WP: Abigail Riley 3
Pitches-Strikes: Abigail Riley 65-41
Groundouts-Flyouts: Abigail Riley 5-7
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Abigail Riley 16-26

Game one of bracket play was the rematch against Wicked Fastpitch the girls were hoping for. Valley came in Sunday morning focused and ready to go.  However, Wicked was able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning of play.

Valley took control of the game in the second inning and never looked back.  Over the next four innings of play Valley would outscore Wicked 10-2 and end the game with three home runs.  They scored three in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Valley ended the game with 12 hits and three home runs.  Weston and Peltz both got their first home runs of the summer and Renner got her third.  Beckley got the start and the win in the circle.

Batting:

2B: Zoe Johnson, Maleah Stansbery
HR: Alexis Renner, Amber Peltz, Annette Weston
TB: Alexis Renner 6, Amber Peltz 4, Courtney Beckley, Zoe Johnson 3, Annette Weston 5, Shelby Ries 2, Maleah Stansbery 2
RBI: Penelope Cantu, Alexis Renner 2, Amber Peltz, Zoe Johnson, Annette Weston 4, Maleah Stansbery
SAC: Penelope Cantu
SF: Penelope Cantu
Team LOB: 2

Fielding:

E: Amber Peltz

Pitching:

W: Courtney Beckley
WP: Courtney Beckley
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 81-53
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 3-10
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 14-26

The Valley Girls would face-off against their younger sisters in Valley Force 03, who have had a successful summer so far playing up an age group, in the semi-final game on Sunday.

Valley 01 came out hot and jumped on Valley 03 2-0 after one inning of play.  The inning started with back to back hits by Ries and Cantu that put both of them is scoring position.  Following a strikeout, Renner hits a gap shot to left center field that scores both Ries and Cantu.  Renner would advance to second on the throw home.  The inning ended with a strikeout and ground out to second.

Valley 01 would keep the pressure on by adding two more runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead.  Cantu got things going with a single to right field followed by a beautiful bunt by Johnson down the first base line advancing Cantu and avoiding a tag attempt to reach first safely.

Both Cantu and Johnson would advance on a pitch that found the backstop.  Renner would capitalize with runners in scoring position by delivering with another line drive shot to the left center field fence scoring both Cantu and Johnson.

Valley added two more in the top of seventh for a 6-0 win.  Valley 01 ended the game with 14 hits with four of those being doubles.  Renner would lead the Valley offensive attack going 4-4 at the plate with five RBI.

Kendrick was solid in the circle as she limited Valley 03 to five hits and zero runs.  She also had five strikeouts and walked one batter.  The shutout gave Valley their fifth of the summer.

Batting:

2B: Alexis Renner 2, Zoe Johnson, Shelby Ries
TB: Penelope Cantu 3, Alexis Renner 6, Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz 2, Zoe Johnson 3, Shelby Ries 3
RBI: Alexis Renner 5, Zoe Johnson
SAC: Annette Weston
FC: Amber Peltz
Team LOB: 7

Fielding:

DP: Alexis Renner, Mackenzie Kendrick

Pitching:

W: Mackenzie Kendrick
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 0-0, Mackenzie Kendrick 90-62
Groundouts-Flyouts: Mackenzie Kendrick 8-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Mackenzie Kendrick 18-26

The Championship game was played against Valley Force 02.  Another younger sister team to Valley 01 and the team hosting the tournament.  The game was tight throughout but Valley 01 was able to come away with a 5-2 win to grab the Championship.

Valley 01 would score one in the bottom of the first and another in fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead into the back half of the game.  Valley 02 kept fighting as they were able to get a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at two heading to the bottom of the sixth.

Edwards and Weston each got an RBI and Cantu scored from third on a wild pitch as Valley 01 scores three runs to take a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning.  That’s where the game ended as the Valley Girls were able to get out of the inning without giving up another run.

Courtney Beckley went the distance pitching all seven innings.  She allowed six hits, two runs, walked two batters and had two strike-outs.

Batting:

2B: Amber Peltz
HR: Zoe Johnson
TB: Penelope Cantu 2, Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz 3, Zoe Johnson 5, Annette Weston
RBI: Alexandrea Edwards, Zoe Johnson 2, Annette Weston
Team LOB: 3

Fielding:

E: Jenna Stout
DP: Penelope Cantu, Alexis Renner, Zoe Johnson, Jenna Stout 2, Shelby Ries

Pitching:

W: Courtney Beckley
WP: Courtney Beckley 3
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 93-63
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 10-6
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 16-27

For the weekend the girls produced 39 runs on 65 hits with 43 singles, 15 doubles and seven home runs on a .439 batting average.   36 of the 39 runs scored was the result of an RBI.

Leading the way for Valley this weekend was Ries with nine hits followed by Renner and Johnson who each had eight. Peltz had seven, Cantu with six and Beckley had five. Edwards, Weston and Stansbery each had four hits apiece.  Kendrick ended the weekend with three while Abigail Riley contributed two.  Jenna Stout, Kallie McPeek, Lincoln Raymond and Mallory Wolf all had a hit each.

Ten different girls hit doubles over the weekend.  Johnson led the way with three, Renner and Ries each had two.  Riley, Peltz, Weston, Beckley, Kendrick, Stansbery and Wolf each had one.

Six different girls hit a home run on the weekend.  Renner had two with Edwards, Peltz, Weston, Stansbery and Johnson each adding one.

Valley also had six girls that hit .500 or better for the weekend.  Renner and Johnson both finished at .571. Ries at .563 with Peltz, Beckley and Cantu at .500.

Beckley led the team in the circle as she had four of the teams five wins. She surrendered 16 hits, three earned runs, walked six batters and struck out 12.  Beckley would end the weekend with a 1.105 ERA and an opponent batting average of just .239.  Kendrick had the other win for Valley over the weekend as she pitched a complete game shutout.

The defense would end the weekend with five total errors for a team fielding percentage of .964.  Another good weekend of ball for these Valley Girls.

Valley takes a 14-1-1 record to North Ridgeville as they will compete for the USSSA Northern State Championship in a double elimination tournament. The games will be played at Shady Lanes Park.

Strasburg Championship Team Pic

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Valley’s 2-0-1 pool play start was cut short due to the rainy weather

For the second weekend in a row the Valley Girls were dodging rain drops but this weekend there were just to many of them and the rain won the battle.  Valley was able to get their three pool play games in before bracket play got cancelled at 7:30 on Sunday morning.  They battled to a 2-0-1 record and had the number one seed from their pool going into bracket play.

The first game on Saturday was against the Lady Diamonds.  Valley came out swinging in a big way when lead-off hitter Zoe Johnson blasted a home run on the third pitch of the game over the left center field fence.  Shelby Ries followed the long ball with a drag bunt that landed her on first safely.  The speedster Ries, steals second on the first pitch and then scored on an Annette Weston line drive to left center field.  Weston advanced to second on the attempt to get Ries at the plate.  Amber Peltz drilled a line drive to center field to score Weston in her first plate appearance of the summer.  The Lady Diamonds would get the next three batters out but trailed 3-0 after the first half inning.

Valley would have another big inning in the top of the fourth.  The inning started with fill-in player Mallory Wolf blasting a double off the left field fence to start the inning.  Wolf tagged and advanced to third on Johnson’s long fly ball to right center field.  Ries put a nice soft slap hit in play towards the short stop who decided to try and get the out at home but Wolf was just a little to quick as she slid home under the tag.  Ries proceeded to get her second and third steal of the game as she stole both second and third base.  Then scored on a passed ball.

Later in the inning, Alli Edwards would get her first career home run and it was a good one.  It cleared the right center field fence by about 30 feet.  Weston and Johnson, who was courtesy runner for the catcher Peltz, both scored on the homer.  The game ended with a 9-2 score and a 1-0 start to the weekend.  Courtney Beckley got the win in the circle.

Batting:

2B: Mallory Wolf
HR: Alexandrea Edwards, Zoe Johnson
TB: Alexandrea Edwards 5, Amber Peltz 3, Courtney Beckley, Zoe Johnson 6, Annette Weston 2, Shelby Ries, Mallory Wolf 2
RBI: Alexandrea Edwards 3, Amber Peltz, Zoe Johnson, Annette Weston, Jenna Stout, Shelby Ries
ROE: Abigail Riley
FC: Jenna Stout, Shelby Ries
HBP: Alexandrea Edwards
SB: Annette Weston, Shelby Ries 3

Team QAB: 14 (42.42%)
Alexandrea Edwards 2, Amber Peltz, Courtney Beckley 2, Zoe Johnson 4, Annette Weston 3, Abigail Riley, Mallory Wolf

Team LOB: 9

Fielding:

E: Alexandrea Edwards, Annette Weston
DP: Shelby Ries

Pitching:

W: Courtney Beckley
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 39-25, Mallory Wolf 47-28
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 2-4, Mallory Wolf 3-2
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 6-10, Mallory Wolf 7-11

Game two on Saturday wasn’t much of a game as the Valley Girls scored 19 runs on 19 hits and were on fire the entire game.  The final score was 19-0 and a 2-0 record for the weekend.  Fill-in player Abigail Riley pitched a great game and secured her first win for the team.

Batting:

2B: Courtney Beckley, Zoe Johnson 2, Annette Weston, Jenna Stout, Maleah Stansbery, Mallory Wolf
3B: Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz, Mallory Wolf
TB: Alexandrea Edwards 5, Amber Peltz 3, Courtney Beckley 3, Zoe Johnson 5, Annette Weston 3, Jenna Stout 2, Shelby Ries 2, Maleah Stansbery 2, Abigail Riley 2, Mallory Wolf 5
RBI: Alexandrea Edwards 3, Amber Peltz, Courtney Beckley, Zoe Johnson 3, Annette Weston 2, Jenna Stout 2, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery, Abigail Riley 2, Mallory Wolf 2
ROE: Zoe Johnson, Jenna Stout, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery
SB: Zoe Johnson, Annette Weston, Shelby Ries

Team QAB: 22 (57.89%)
Alexandrea Edwards 2, Amber Peltz 3, Courtney Beckley 2, Zoe Johnson 3, Annette Weston 2, Jenna Stout 4, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery, Abigail Riley, Mallory Wolf 3

Team LOB: 7

Fielding:

E: Annette Weston

Pitching:

W: Abigail Riley
Pitches-Strikes: Abigail Riley 47-31
Groundouts-Flyouts: Abigail Riley 5-3
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Abigail Riley 9-14

The third game ended up being the biggest challenge of the day as the Valley girls battled the Ohio Warriors Gold to a 6-6 tie after time expired.  Valley finally won a coin flip and were the home team for a change.

The game started with a lead-off infield single and a stolen base for the Warriors.  But that’s all the further the lead-off hitter would make it as Valley got out of the top half with a strike-out, a fly out to Weston in center field and a pop up to Ries at Short.

Valley put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead.  Ries got the inning started on a slap hit back at the pitcher that created an error and safe at first.  Ries then nabs her fifth steal of the weekend on the first pitch to advance to second.  Edwards got a shot right back up the middle to center field that scored Ries and Edwards hustled all the way around to third on the throw to the plate.  Alexis Renner, in her first at bat of the weekend hit a double over the center fielders head that scored Edwards and gave Valley a 2-0 lead.

The second inning was a quick one as the Warriors sent three to the plate and came away with three outs.  Valley also struggled in the second inning as they got one hit out of four plate appearances in the inning.  Maleah Stansbery had a two out line drive single to center field but was stranded at first.

The Warriors would tie the game up in the top of the third.  The inning started with lead-off walk followed by a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner into scoring position.  The Warriors would end the top half with two runs to tie the game before Valley would recapture the lead by the end of the bottom half 5-2.

The bottom half would start with Wolf getting a single to center field followed by a long fly out by Johnson.  Ries would then lay down a beautiful drag bunt to reach first safely and advance Wolf to second.  Edwards came to the plate and laid down a perfect push bunt that found its way between the charging third baseman and pitcher and past the short stop who was moving towards third for bunt coverage before the ball came to a stop in no mans land in shallow left field.  Wolf would score all the way from second, Ries made it to third and Edwards hustled her way down to second on the play.  Renner followed all that with an RBI ground out that scored Ries and moved Edwards to third base who would score on a passed ball for the third run of the inning.

The Warriors came right back and scored three in the top of the fourth and one more in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead.  Valley could not answer in the fifth as they got out of the inning just a few minutes before the time limit would expire.

The Valley defense would produce a one, two, three out inning in the top of the 6th.  Now heading to the bottom of the sixth, it was Valley’s last chance to capture another win.  Valley needed one to tie and two for the win.

The inning would start with Edwards hitting a hard shot to left center that netted her a double, but being the aggressive base running team that Valley is and some miscommunication between her and Coach Johnson at third, she got picked off coming into third.  Valley’s aggressive base running also cost them another run in the fifth inning as Wolf tried to make it home on a passed ball that didn’t quite make it far enough away from the catcher.  She would get tagged out sliding into home.

With a little help from the Warriors defense, Valley was able to get a run in the sixth to tie the game but nothing more.  The final score ended with a 6-6 tie.  Beckley would get the no decision tie in the circle.

Batting:

2B: Alexis Renner, Alexandrea Edwards
TB: Alexis Renner 2, Alexandrea Edwards 4, Courtney Beckley, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery 2, Mallory Wolf 2
RBI: Alexis Renner 2, Alexandrea Edwards 2
SAC: Shelby Ries
ROE: Annette Weston, Jenna Stout, Shelby Ries
HBP: Alexis Renner
SB: Shelby Ries
CS: Mallory Wolf

Team QAB: 11 (36.67%)
Alexis Renner, Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz, Courtney Beckley 2, Zoe Johnson 2, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery 2, Mallory Wolf

Team LOB: 6

Fielding:

E: Zoe Johnson

Pitching:

WP: Courtney Beckley
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 88-60
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 5-10
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 16-29

For the weekend Valley would score 34 runs on 42 hits while only giving up 8 runs on defense.  They had 27 singles, 10 doubles, three triples and two home runs. 30 of the 34 runs scored was the result of an RBI.  Valley would end the weekend with a team batting average of .447 and eight stolen bases.

After struggling to find gaps last weekend, Edwards came out in a big way this weekend and hit the ball all over the field.  She led the team in several categories this weekend starting with an impressive .889 batting average, eight hits, five singles, eight RBI, .900 OBP, 1.556 SLG and 2.456 OPS.  Edwards also hit her first career home run this weekend.

Valley ended with six other girls hitting .400 or better.  They were Mallory Wolf at .714, Johnson at .545, Renner and Peltz at .500 with Beckley and Ries both ending with a .400 average.  Every girl that came to the plate this weekend netted at least one hit.  Behind Edwards eight hits was Johnson with six, Wolf with five, Peltz, Weston, Beckley and Ries all had four, Stansbery with three, Riley with two and Renner and Stout each had a hit.

Eight different girls hit a double over the weekend.  Wolf and Johnson each had two with Edwards, Renner, Weston, Beckley, Stout and Stansbery each with one.  Edwards, Peltz and Wolf each had a triple while Johnson and Edwards both hit a home run.

Every Valley Girl that came to the plate this weekend also had at least one RBI and a run scored.  Leading the way was Edwards with 8 RBI, Johnson with four, Weston and Stout with three.  Riley, Renner, Peltz, Wolf and Ries each had two RBI with Beckley and Stansbery each adding one.

Ries would lead the team in steals with five of the eight the team had.  Weston had two and Johnson ended with one stolen base.

The pitching duties this week were handled by Beckley, Riley and Wolf.  Beckley led the way with nine innings pitched, gave up eight hits, six earned runs, four batters walked and had five strike-outs.  Riley would see four innings of action, gave up two hits, zero runs, one walked batter and three strike-outs.  Wolf contributed two innings in the circle.  She gave up two hits, two unearned runs, two walks and a strike out.  The trio combined for 2.80 ERA and an opponent batting average of just .218.  Valley was sharp on defense once again as they finished the weekend with a team fielding percentage of .931.

The weekend ended after pool play with a 2-0-1 record and that kept the girls without a loss on the summer and a 9-0-1 record through two weekends of play.

This coming Fathers Day weekend the Valley Girls will play local for a change.  They play their first game Friday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m. at Strasburg Franklin Park on field 9 against Ohio Bulldawgs Elite.  This game the team will be supporting a little different look as six of the team members have earned First Team Best of Tusc Preps awards and their banquet is  Friday evening from 6-9 p.m.  The team will play with four girls that will fill-in for them in that Friday evening game.

Valley’s other two pool play games will be Saturday, June 16th at 9:25 a.m. versus the Pittsburgh Power on field nine and their last pool game at 1:15 p.m. on field nine versus Wicked Fastpitch.

With the local tournament the Valley Girls are hoping to see more family, friends and fans at the games that can’t normally make a two hour trip to watch the team play.

Valley Force 01 ends first weekend with 7-0 record at the Capital City Showdown in Columbus, Ohio.

It was opening weekend for Valley Force 01 and what a weekend they had. The girls played in the Capital City Showdown that was held at Lou Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend. 32 teams entered the 16U Division and were split into two pools of 16 teams with a guaranteed seven pool play games so you would not play everyone from your pool.

At the end of the day on Sunday, these girls were supporting a 7-0 record but were tied with the Ohio Thunder 01 team from Mason, Ohio who earned the right to play in the showcase game by giving up nine runs to the Valley Girls 12.  Valley gave up six runs in the first game and then only allowed six more total the last six games.  Ohio Thunder 01 went on to win the showcase game with a walk-off home run.

This is a nice tournament to start the summer with when you have 11 players that represent nine school districts. The seven game guarantee is great. The schools represented are Garaway, Dover, Indian Valley, Claymont, TCC, New Philadelphia, Chippewa, Stow and East Canton.

Valley Force started their weekend Friday morning against UTM Revolution out of Canada. The team got off to a slow start as UTM jumped out to a 5-1 lead through the first two innings of play. Valley exploded in the third inning for seven runs to take an 8-5 lead. UTM scored one more run in the fifth inning that cut the score to 8-6 and that’s where the game ended.

Penelope Cantu led the team with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Alexis Renner, Jenna Stout, Maleah Stansbery and Mackenzie Kendrick all added a hit as well. Renner finished with two RBI to lead Valley. Courtney Beckley got the win in the circle.

The Valley Girls were in control the whole game on Friday versus the Lady 83’s. Valley ended this game with a 6-1 win. Zoe Johnson led with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Cantu, Annette Weston, Stout, Stansbery, Courtney Beckley and Kendrick all added a hit each. Kendrick led the team with 2 RBI. Kendrick was also the winning pitcher in this match-up.

The first game on Saturday was against the Cincy Slammers. This game was tied at 0-0 through three innings of play. Valley was able to get two runs across in the fourth inning and held on for a 3-0 win.

Valley had five girls each contribute a hit each. Johnson, Cantu, Renner, Stout and Stansbery. All three runs were scored as a result of an RBI by Renner, Stansbery and Alli Edwards. Courtney Beckley pitched a no-hitter with nine strike-outs, two walks and a hit batter.

The fourth game of the weekend was against the Ohio Bulldawgs Elite. The Bulldawgs jumped out to a 1-0 lead through two innings of play. Valley rallied with a run in both the third and fourth innings to take the lead and were able to add two more in the sixth and one in the seventh to capture a 5-1 win and a 4-0 record for the weekend.

Valley had three girls with two hits apiece. Cantu, Shelby Ries and Beckley. Johnson, Renner and Weston each added a hit and Johnson had two RBI to lead the team. Kendrick went the distance in the circle allowing just three hits and an unearned run.

Dugout pic 2

Game five was against Buckeye Heat 01. A team that took second at the USSSA Nationals two summers ago and a team that has turned into a rivalry for the Valley Girls. The two teams have faced off five times in the last two summers and have at least one more match-up later this summer. Valley is leading the series now 4-1 with the win on Saturday. The last time these two teams played, Buckeye heat bested the Valley Girls with a mercy win. This time around the Valley Girls were looking for some payback and they got it by blanking the Heat Girls 9-0 in a mercy win. It felt as though Valley was in control from the first pitch.

The Valley girls exploded for 16 hits and were led by Ries who went 4-4 at the plate. She was helped by Beckley who went 3-3 with two doubles. Cantu, Weston and Stout each added two hits with Johnson, Renner and Edwards rounding out the hitting with a hit each. Eight of the nine runs were scored off an RBI with Stout leading the way with two. Johnson, Ries, Cantu, Edwards, Weston and Beckley each had one RBI. Beckley went the distance in the circle for the shutout victory.

After starting the weekend with a 5-0 record, the Valley Girls had put themselves in a position to go after the eighth and final showcase game of the weekend.  They needed two more wins and needed to give up three fewer runs than Ohio Thunder or a Ohio Thunder loss.  Neither of the two would happen as both teams won both games and gave up the same amount of runs on Sunday.

The first game on Sunday was against Brampton Blazers.  Another team from Canada.  Valley jump on the Blazers early and often as they scored two runs in each of the first three innings.  The final score ended with an 11-2 victory.

Johnson led the way with three hits, two runs scored and belted in a team leading five RBI.  Stansbery, Beckley and Kendrick all added two hits while Ries, Cantu, Renner and Stout each had a hit.  Behind Johnson’s five RBI was Renner who had three herself and one each by Weston, Stout and Beckley.  Kendrick picked up her third win in the circle for the Valley Girls this weekend.

The final game of the weekend was at 3:30 on Sunday after the rain and the sun coming back out.  It was extremely hot and humid for their final game of the weekend.  The Ohio Banshees capitalized on a couple of Valley mistakes to take a 2-0 lead.  That lead would hold up until the bottom of the third inning when the Valley bats came alive and scored five runs in the third and six more in the fourth to capture a mercy win.

Valley was led by Renner who had three hits, two runs scored and 2 RBI.  Cantu added two hits along with a hit each by Johnson, Ries, Edwards, Weston and Stansbery.  The girls ended with nine RBI on ten hits.  Beckley got the win in the circle, her fourth of the weekend.

For the weekend, the girls scored 53 runs on 68 hits with 45 of them being an RBI.  They had 48 singles, 17 doubles, three home runs and had a team batting average of .398.  The girls drew 20 walks to 19 strikeouts.  Valley had five girls that hit over .400 for the weekend.  Cantu led the way at .611 followed by Beckley at .529, Johnson at .450, Renner at .421 and Ries at .400.

Cantu also led the way with 11 hits followed by Beckley and Johnson with nine, Renner and Ries with eight, Stout and Stansbery with six, Weston had five, Kendrick with four and Edwards rounded out the hitting with two.  Johnson and Renner led the way nine RBI each.  Beckley scored eight times followed closely by Edwards who crossed the plate seven times.  Edwards also led the team in walks drawn and was hit by the pitch three times.  Johnson went yard twice and Renner got the long ball once.

The pitching tandem of Beckley and Kendrick were on point most of the weekend.  Of the 12 runs Valley gave up, only four of them were earned.  They combined for an ERA of just .737 with Kendrick sitting at 0.000 and Beckley at 1.273.  They also had a combined total of 17 walks and 17 strikeouts.  Beckley had 15 of the strikeouts.

All in all it was a great weekend for these Valley Girls.  This weekend the team gets welcome Amber Peltz back who missed to be there for her brothers graduation weekend and also this weekend they will be missing Penelope Cantu as she is traveling overseas to France and Spain with a group from her school.  The girls will be playing in South Euclid in the Notre Dame College Series Tournament that they took second place in last year.  They will be looking to finish in the top spot this coming weekend.

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Valley Girls return to action and earn a birth to compete at the 2018 ASA/USA 16U-A Eastern National Championships

When you schedule softball tournaments in late October you never know what kind of weather you are going to see. Rain, sleet, snow and windy are your typical options for a late Ohio October Sunday. But this weekend the Valley Girls had a beautiful sunny day that saw temperatures reaching 75 degrees and Valley took advantage of the weather.

With 15 teams entered in the ASA/USA Fall Chiller 16U Eastern National Qualifier and it being a one day tournament, the girls knew it would be a long day if they wanted a chance to bring home another championship. And a long day it was. With the first pool play game being scheduled at 8am, the girls needed to be at the park by 6:45 for pregame warmups, and didn’t see there day end until approximately 8:45 later that night.

The early day, two hour drive and not seeing any live pitching since the middle of July were all contributors to Valley’s slow start in their first pool play game vs Vikings Elite. Valley showed promise as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The quick start would make it no further as the Vikings were able to come away with a 3-1 win and Valley started the weekend 0-1.

Valley had a one game break between pool games where they were able to get a little food and review their game one performance. The goal for the day was to build on each performance and they wanted to see progressions from inning to inning, each at bat and game to game. The girls did just that as they started to get back to form throughout the course of the day. They were able to rip off four straight wins to earn themselves a chance to compete for the Championship.

Game two of pool play was against the Wizards Renegades 16u team. The Wizards had first at bat and struck first taking a 1-0 lead before Valley responded in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own. Penelope Cantu got the inning started with a hard hit grounder followed by a Kallie Regula Single that saw Cantu hustling all the way to third causing an errant throw by the first baseman. Cantu scored on the errant throw and Regula advance to second. Regula would advance on a ground out and then score on a hard hit single by Amber Peltz. The inning would end with Valley on top 2-1. Valley added two more runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings.

The third inning started with Zoe Johnson drawing a walk and stealing second on the first pitch of the next at bat. Cantu was able to hit another single advancing Johnson to third. Cantu then took second base on the first pitch of Regula’s at bat. Regula laid down a beautiful sacrifice squeeze bunt that scored Johnson from third and advanced Cantu from second. Cantu scored from third when the catcher tried to pick her off but made an errant throw into left field.

Wizards were able to cut the deficit to 4-3 by scoring two runs of their own in the top of the fourth. In the bottom, the Valley Girls were able to take advantage of a couple of errors by the Wizards short stop as Alexandrea Edwards and Courtney Beckley were both the beneficiaries of a bobbled ball and a bad throw that landed them on second and third. Maleah Stansberry then came to the plate and delivered a two run single to push the score to its final at 6-3.

The first three bracket games were won by scores of 7-2, 8-3 and 7-2. Bracket game one was against the Central Ohio Vipers. Bracket game two was against the Ohio Slam Force. This game was won by the girls having two big four run innings in the first and fifth innings.

Cantu got the team started in the top of the first by beating out an infield single.  Regula followed that up with a single of her own advancing Cantu all the way to third.  Regula then stole second base.  After Alexis Renner got hit by a pitch, Peltz came to the plate with one out and bases loaded.  With Valley putting the pressure on early, Peltz found herself in a one ball, two strike count and delivered with a hard hit curving line drive that landed just fair down the right field line earning her a three RBI triple and a 3-0 early lead.  Johnson was brought in as a courtesy runner for Peltz.  On the next at bat Alexandrea Edwards executed a perfect push bunt squeezing Johnson home from third and landing her safely on first pushing the first inning lead to 4-0.

The Ohio Slam Force kept fighting and cut the score to 4-2 after four innings of play and time expiring.  Going into the top of the fifth Valley wanted to add an insurance run or two to release some of the pressure.  They responded with four more runs and took total control of the game.  The inning started with Cantu hitting a line drive single and advancing to second on a passed ball.  Regula then trying to put down a sacrifice bunt to move Cantu to third found herself reaching first safely with a bobble by the second baseman.  Regula added another stolen base on a fake bunt attempt.

After a big triple in the first inning, Peltz came back to the plate with runners in scoring position again and she delivered again with a two RBI single and her fourth and fifth RBI of the game.  Edwards followed that up by reaching on an error and Beckley was able to advance both Peltz and Edwards with a ground out.  Maleah Stansberry comes to the plate and drills a hard line drive single that scores both base runners and giving Valley an 8-2 lead.  Slam Force added one more before the game ended with a score of 8-3.

The third bracket game was the Semi-Final and a rematch from the first game of the day. Valley got their payback on the Vikings Elite with a 7-2 win that sent them onto the Championship game.

The Championship was played against a great hitting Ohio Chill team that dominated their games all day. They mercied everyone they faced except for an 8-2 win coming into the Championship game. They won their Semi-Final game by a score of 9-0 over the Ohio Lightning who just took second place at the 14u USSSA National Championships in Chicago back in July. They girls fought hard the whole game but were unable to string enough hits together to produce any runs in a 5-0 loss and the Ohio Chill’s closest game of the day.

After spending close to 15 hours at the park, having three new faces on the team and playing without another player due to a concussion, the Valley Girls learned that they have a great foundation to build on.

For the weekend, the girls hit for a .329 team batting average. They scored a total of 29 runs with 25 of them being earned. Valley ended the weekend with 51 total hits, 41 singles, six doubles and four triples. With help from their defense the pitching staff of Courtney Beckley and Mackenzie Kendrick surrendered a total of 18 runs, 14 of them earned for a combined ERA of 2.88. They also combined for 19 strikeouts and 15 batters walked. They ended the weekend with giving up 41 hits and an opponent batting average of .299. The defense committed just five errors and finished with a .965 fielding percentage.

The trio of Halli Blanchard in left, Cantu in center and Regula in right stayed busy all day as they kept the outfield in check by chasing down just about every fly ball hit to the outfield and snagging a few in foul territory.  Not only did they make some great catches, but they also made some amazing throws resulting in three double plays, a nice relay from deep center field to short to third robbing a triple and a catch and throw home by Regula in right field resulting in another double play on the runner heading home after tagging up.

Amber Peltz also had a great day behind the plate as she toughed out catching five of the six games played.

Leading the Valley offensive attack was Kallie Regula with a .667 batting average, 10 hits, eight singles, one double and one triple along with five RBI and five stolen bases. Cantu also contributed 10 hits, had a batting average of .556, eight singles, one triple, an RBI and two stolen bases. Amber Peltz was able to keep her bat hot from summer as she finished with a .438 batting average, had seven hits, six singles, a triple and a team leading eight RBI. Alexandrea Edwards had a solid day with a .357 batting average , five hits, four singles, a double and an RBI.

The other contributions came from Zoe Johnson with five hits, fours singles, a double, an RBI and two stolen bases, Beckley had four hits, three singles, a double and two RBI. Maleah Stansberry and Alexis Renner had three hits apiece. Stanberry ended with three singles and four RBI and Renner had a single, two doubles and two RBI. Halli Blanchard and Mackenzie Kendrick each had two hits with two singles. Blanchard also had an RBI.

All in all it was a long but great day of softball for the Valley Girls. With a good all around performance the coaches were extremely pleased with the progressions the team made throughout the day and are excited to get back on the field this coming weekend. The Valley Girls improve their 2017 record to 36-10 and their overall record to 89-36-1.

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Valley Force 01’s Fall Pepperoni Roll Fundraiser

Now that we are past tryout season and a month before our first fall tournament, means it’s time for a fundraiser.

The girls will be selling pepperoni rolls from That’s A Wrap Cafe. These pepperoni rolls are 7″ in length and make a great after school snack.

The cost of these delicious pepperoni rolls are $2 each or you can get a case of 13 for $23. A $3 savings.

The team is picking up more college showcase tournaments which means higher team fees and more expensive tournaments. The money raised will help the team cover some of these additional cost along with equipment and uniforms.

Orders are due by October 28, 2017
Delivery will be on November 4, 2017

The team has 12 members from 8 area schools

The schools represented are:

Garaway HS
Dover HS
Indian Valley HS
Tuscarawas Central Catholic HS
Claymont HS
New Philadelphia HS
East Canton HS
Stow-Monroe Falls HS

If interested, find a team member or comment your order in the comment section.

Thank You in advance for your help and support of Our Girls, Our Organization and Our Team!

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Valley Force 01’s 2017 Summer Season Recap

These Valley Girls played a total of 40 games this summer as they were able to max out the total available games at four of their six tournaments played. They finished with two championship wins, two runners up, a third place finish and inside the top 32 teams at the North American All-Sanctioned World Series. One thing about this group of young ladies is that they never give up and they battle to the end of every game. Four of Valley’s eight losses were by just one run and another by two. They saw come from behind wins, won games in walk-off fashion, witnessed a perfect game in the first game of the summer and competed at a high level all summer.

As a team, the Valley Girls finished with a batting average of .355 and scored 267 runs while only surrendering 90. They had a total of 325 hits that produced 230 singles, 60 doubles, 13 triples, 22 home runs and had a total of 232 RBI. They had a total of 95 extra base hits. The team also had an on base percentage of .405 and a slugging percentage of .521. Valley’s batting average jumps to .413 with runners in scoring position. The pitching staff saw a total of 206 ⅓ innings and faced 883 batters. They finish allowing 65 earned runs and 86 total runs for an era of just 2.23. The Valley pitching staff was consistent all summer throwing strikes at a percentage of 67.3. With help from the defense the Valley Girls allowed 155 singles, 29 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and only a total of 38 extra base hits. The defense also achieved their team goal and finished with a .957 fielding percentage on 41 errors this summer.

This was a great summer of softball for the Valley Girls as they had more ups than they had downs. The coaching staff is very pleased with the direction the team is heading and the drive and determination the girls played with all summer. Next up for these young ladies is a fall schedule with tournaments in September and October.

Mother Nature spoils the Valley Girls Final weekend of softball

For the third time this summer Mother Nature had an impact on the tournament. But this time around, she only allowed a few games to be played. It all started on Friday as Valley’s first game got moved from 3:30 to 5:15 and their second game got bumped to 6:45. Those two games would end up being the only games Valley got in all weekend. Valley played some good ball in those two games getting a 16-2 mercy win and a 6-2 win to start with a 2-0 record and in the driver’s seat to grab the number one seed from their pool.

With the rain pouring down throughout the night on Friday and all morning on saturday all the games on Saturday were cancelled. At this time, the tournament director was figuring out the seeds from every pool based on two pool play games. Valley was awarded the top seed from their pool but with the relentless rain all weekend, bracket play was cancelled as well.

For those two games, Valley hit for a .440 average, scored 22 runs on 22 hits with 16 singles, five doubles, one triple and 16 RBI. The pitching staff pitched a total of 11 innings and surrendered four runs for an era of 2.55. They threw a total of 154 pitches and had a strike percentage of 72.1 percent. The defense committed just one error and finished with a .979 fielding percentage.

Valley finished their summer campaign with a 32-8 record and are now preparing for their fall schedule. The team is looking at play in an additional three to four tournaments between September and October.