GAULEY BRIDGE — As a late-morning chill began to dissipate and a blue sky beckoned, three area high school softball teams took their cues.
Valley High School hosted Charleston Catholic and Riverside in a tripleheader Saturday at Neal Field.
Valley triumphed in both of its games, defeating Class AAA Riverside 5-1 in the opener, and following that with a 2-1 triumph over Charleston Catholic in the nightcap.
Riverside turned back the Irish 8-1 in the middle contest.
Following is a brief review of the games:
Kayla Graves was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored to lead the attack for the Greyhounds over the Warriors. Mallory Kincaid, Haley Myers, Emmie Lopetrone and Katie Huddleston each singled and scored a run.
Lopetrone went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 Riverside batters.
For the Warriors, Emma Pauley had a single, and Jasmine Symns was hit by a pitch and eventually plated the team's lone run.
Weather permitting, Valley (4-2) will host Clay County on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before returning to Scrabble Creek to entertain Fayetteville on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Riverside will visit Woodrow Wilson on Thursday and Parkersburg on Friday.
Charleston Catholic 1
Jenna Harper registered three hits to pace Riverside to the win in the middle game, and Kaylee Blake added a double for the Warriors.
Olivia Corbett led Charleston Catholic with a single and a double.
Charleston Catholic 1
Valley plated a run in the sixth to get past Catholic in the finale.
Jayden Chapman led the Greyhounds with two hits, and Kaylee Ryan added a double.
For the Irish, Francesca George had three hits, and Olivia Corbett added a double.
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In an earlier game:
Cross Lanes Christian 3
Valley evened its record at 2-2 Thursday with the 8-3 road victory over Cross Lanes Christian.
Valley's 14-hit attack was led by Gracie Gipson, who belted a homer which cleared the fence in the midst of a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Kayla Graves was 3-for-4, Mallory Kincaid supplied two hits, including a triple, Kaylee Ryan went 2-for-4 with a two-bagger and four RBIs, and Jayden Chapman was 2-for-4. Emmie Lopetrone, Kenzie Duncan and Brittany Bennett provided a single apiece.
Lopetrone pitched a six-hitter for the win.
Valley 8, Cross Lanes Christian 3
V: 022 011 2 — 8 14 4
CLC: 100 020 0 — 3 6 7
V: Emmie Lopetrone and Jayden Chapman; CLC: Elizabeth Witzke and Charity Stepp; Top hitters — V: Gracie Gipson 2-4 (home run, RBI); Kayla Graves 3-4; Mallory Kincaid (triple); Jayden Chapman 2-4; Kaylee Ryan 2-4 (double, 4 RBIs); CLC: Elizabeth Witzke (double), Charity Stepp (double), G. McCallister 2-2 (double)
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