Cooper Pitch

At left, Valley pitcher Kailey Cooper delivers a pitch in the nightcap of the Greyhounds’ section tournament doubleheader with visiting Sherman last Tuesday. Valley lost by scores of 3-2 and 8-1 to see its outstanding season come to an end.

The Valley High School softball team was eliminated  from Class A Region 3, Section 3 tourney play at Neal Field in Gauley Bridge last Tuesday.

The visiting Sherman Tide came to town and dashed the Greyhounds’ postseason hopes by posting wins of 3-2 and 8-1.

Errors proved to be Valley’s undoing in the opener, as the ‘Hounds committed five miscues while Sherman had none.

Sherman built up a 3-0 lead after three innings. Valley rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning, but Sherman got the game’s final out on a play at the plate in the top of the sixth, thwarting a Valley score that would have tied the contest.

VHS pitcher Kailey Cooper registered six strikeouts and yielded just four Tide hits, with one going for extra bases.

For the Greyhound offense, shortstop Brittany Domingo went 3-for-3 with two triples, and Cooper contributed two base hits.

Sherman exploded for six runs on five hits in the sixth inning to blow open the second game.

Cooper fanned four and allowed eight hits. She also had a base hit.

Catcher Kelsey Bird blasted a solo home run in the first frame to hand the Greyhounds their only tally.

Valley ended its stellar season with an 18-5 record, which included 18 straight wins.

Also last week:

Fayetteville 11, 12

Richwood 3, 0

The Fayetteville girls cruised to the doubleheader sweep of Richwood Wednesday at Hico to capture their section title.

“We hit the ball really well,” said Pirates coach Ashley Poland. “They came out with a bang from the start.”

In the opener, Kaitlyn Sisler went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple to pace the Pirates’ offensive attack. Kayla Patrick was 2-for-3 and Ashley Gilkerson was 1-for-3.

In the nightcap, Gilkerson had a homer, Patrick was 1-for-3 with a double and Kathryn Peelish added a double in two at-bats for the FHS offense.

Fayetteville will host Greenbrier West at 6 p.m. Thursday in a Region 3 semifinal.

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