GAULEY BRIDGE — As a prelude to this week's section tournament play, Valley and Oak Hill squared off in a softball game at Neal Field last Wednesday.

The Greyhounds broke out the sticks early and plated 11 runs in three innings for an 11-0 victory over the Red Devils.

For Valley, Abigail Taylor was 3-for-3, launching a homer and a double and driving in five runs. Teammates Mallory Kincaid and Gracie Gipson were also 3-for-3. Kincaid had a double and two RBIs, while Gipson smacked a pair of two-baggers and drove in one run.

Also for VHS, Haley Myers was 1-for-2 with a triple, Kenzie Duncan was 1-3 with an RBI, Emmie Lopetrone drove in a run, and Katie Huddleston was 1-for-2.

Lopetrone earned the pitching win, striking out five and holding Oak Hill to one hit, a single by Savannah Holbrook.

The 'Hounds tagged Oak Hill pitcher Whitney Sisler for 12 hits.

Valley went on to lose a 10-0 decision to Sherman later in the week to carry a 9-9 record into the postseason.

Valley head coach Marty Carver feels his team, which earned the No. 1 seed in Class A Region 3, Section 1, will be up to the challenge this week.

"The season's been up and down; we've had some good wins, we've had some close losses," said Carver. "It just depends really on which team wants to show up and play.

"I had one night that Trail beat us, beat us good, gave us a whipping .... Going into the sectionals, I think we're ready. We can give anybody a good game, and anybody can beat us. We're vulnerable, too. We have our spots.

"We're just hoping the weather holds off and we can get it in. Once you get started, it needs to roll."

Valley split with Midland Trail, the No. 2 seed, in the regular season, and beat Fayetteville, the No. 3 seed, twice.

The Greyhounds will open tournament play at home Tuesday against Richwood, which defeated Charleston Catholic 8-4 yesterday.

Other first-night winners were Fayetteville (20-2 over Webster County) and Midland Trail (8-0 over Pocahontas County).

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