Valley High logged its first baseball victory of 2019 with a 5-3 verdict over Van on April 5 at Boomer.

Dustyn Stover pitched 6 2/3 innings to get the win for the Greyhounds. Jett Taylor registered the save.

For the Valley offense, Zach Winter was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Isiah Ford was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI, and Christian Auxier was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

"We still have a long way to go but it’s nice to get a win; maybe we can build off this and get more consistent," said Valley head coach Chip Warden.

The Greyhounds dropped a 16-6 decision to Nicholas County last Tuesday to fall to 1-9. They fell 12-0 to host Midland Trail this past Monday and 18-2 to visiting Sherman on Tuesday.

VHS is scheduled to play at Greenbrier West Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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A large crowd helped the Valley softball team celebrate senior night activities on a pleasant spring evening last Thursday at Neal Field in Gauley Bridge.

Visiting Clay County put a damper on the evening's festivities, though, pushing across two runs in the top of the sixth inning to nail down a 4-3 triumph in the varsity contest.

Kayla Graves was 2-for-3 for the Greyhounds.

For Clay, Tailynn Varney and Virginia Haverty had two hits each, Kassidy Myers belted a triple, and Lidia Lynch had a double.

After the Greyhounds celebrated their seniors between games, Valley cruised to a 10-0 win in the junior varsity game.

Abigail Taylor provided two doubles for Valley, and Haley Myers had a pair of singles.

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Visiting Midland Trail exploded for 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday to add cushion to an already-comfortable lead for a 19-1 decision over the Greyhound softball squad.

The Jacksons helped carry the day for the Patriots (13-6). Kyleigh Jackson was 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs to power Trail's 14-hit attack. Ryleigh Jackson was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Other Patriots had active bats, too. Taylor Harrell was 2-for-3 with a homer and a pair of RBIs, Chezney Skaggs was 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Faith Bailes was 3-for-4 and drove in a run, Raegan Harding and Kalli Carte-Moore (1-for-1) each drove in a run, and Zavery McManaway and Alex Ellison added a base hit each.

Kyleigh Jackson scored four runs, and Serena Minor and Jordian Stonestreet crossed home plate three times each.

Gracie Gipson supplied Valley's lone hit and knocked in a run.

Harrell was the winning pitcher. She struck out five and allowed just one hit.

The win avenged an 8-3 Valley verdict over Midland Trail early in the season.

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