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.