Coach Bobby Barber is pleased with the progress exhibited by his Valley Middle School baseball team.
The Greyhounds started the season with wins over Sherman (9-2), Duval (22-1) and Hamlin (23-9). More recent action has included losses to Chapmanville (13-4 on Saturday) and Winfield (15-14 prior to that). Results from a contest with Hamlin Monday were unknown.
“We couldn’t have played any worse at Winfield,” said coach Bobby Barber. “We played on Astroturf, and it had (our players) puzzled. We had 10 or 11 errors.
“But we grew up a lot. We played the next day at noon, and the kids were leg-weary, but they played better.”
The Valley roster is comprised of seven eighth-graders, four seventh-graders and four sixth-graders.
“We’ve got Little League’s best,” Barber said. “We’ve got some talent.”
Team members include: eighth — John Riddle, Aaron Liddle, Joseph Eckert, Casey Stewart, Raeshawn Breckenridge, David Browning and Troy Sears; seventh — Jacob Cipriani, Patrick McKnight, Dominic Marsico and Ryan Nottingham; and sixth — Damaria Davis, Kyler Smith, Ethan Lopetrone and Druw Bowen.
Valley hosts Spencer at 5 p.m. today at Boomer. The ‘Hounds visit Duval Thursday before coming back home for a 5 p.m. encounter with Winfield Friday.
Next week, Valley will participate in an eight-team, single-elimination tournament at Guyan Valley. Games will be played on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.