Submitted by Valley Force 01
During Father’s Day weekend, temps hit 90 F, and the heat index pushed 100 F, but the Valley Girls bats were just as hot. The girls ended the weekend with a .439 team batting average and knocked seven balls out of the park by six different players. Valley also had 10 different girls hit a double as they earned their first championship of the summer at the Battle in the Burg Tournament in Strasburg.
The weekend started on Friday evening with a 10-0 mercy win over the Ohio Bulldawgs. Valley hit for a scorching team batting average of .583, and Maleah Stansbery hit her first career home run, the first of many for the weekend.
Courtney Beckley pitched a great game in the circle, going four innings, allowing just one hit with a walked batter and four strikeouts for the game as Valley nabbed another shutout victory, their fourth of the summer.
2B: Courtney Beckley, Shelby Ries, Abigail Riley, Mallory Wolf
HR: Maleah Stansbery
TB: Courtney Beckley 3, Jenna Stout, Shelby Ries 3, Maleah Stansbery 5, Mackenzie Kendrick 2, Abigail Riley 2, Mallory Wolf 2, Kallie McPeek, Lincoln Raymond
RBI: Courtney Beckley 2, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery 2, Abigail Riley
ROE: Courtney Beckley, Jenna Stout
FC: Mallory Wolf, Lincoln Raymond
HBP: Annette Weston
SB: Shelby Ries
CS: Annette Weston, Shelby Ries
Team LOB: 5
W: Courtney Beckley
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 53-37
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 2-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 13-14
The second game of the weekend was against a Pittsburgh Power team that came out swinging to put Valley in an early hole. Up by five runs through one and half innings of play, the Valley Girls started going to work.
The bottom of the second inning started with a single by Alli Edwards, followed by a hard-hit ball by Amber Peltz that caused the second baseman to miss-handle the ball as she scurried on to first safely. With runners at first and second, Annette Weston hit a double to the right-center gap that scored both Edwards and Peltz with no outs.
Weston was able to advance from second to home for the third run of the inning on back-to-back ground outs. Jenna Stout would end up with the RBI.
The top of the order came up and did their job in the bottom of the third inning. Shelby Ries laid down a beautiful drag bunt that she beat out the throw to first on. That was followed by back-to-back singles by Penelope Cantu and Zoe Johnson. After a pop out, Edwards would hit a deep sac-fly to left field that scored Ries, who was at third.
Peltz was able to deliver with a clutch hit up the middle that scored both Cantu and Johnson to give Valley a 6-5 lead that they were able to hold on to for the come-from-behind win.
Courtney Beckley would end up getting credit for the win. She went three innings, gave up one hit and had five strikeouts.
2B: Annette Weston, Mackenzie Kendrick
TB: Penelope Cantu, Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz, Zoe Johnson, Annette Weston 2, Shelby Ries, Maleah Stansbery, Mackenzie Kendrick 2
RBI: Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz 2, Annette Weston 2, Jenna Stout
SF: Alexandrea Edwards
ROE: Penelope Cantu, Amber Peltz
Team LOB: 4
E: Amber Peltz, Zoe Johnson
W: Courtney Beckley
WP: Courtney Beckley, Mackenzie Kendrick
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 43-30, Mackenzie Kendrick 44-18
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 2-1, Mackenzie Kendrick 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 7-10, Mackenzie Kendrick 3-10
Valley would lose their first game of the summer in their third pool play game of the weekend. The game was against a solid Wicked Fastpitch team that came out swinging and took an early 3-0 lead that they did not let go of.
The final score would end up 6-2 and leave Valley 01 sitting with a 2-1 pool play record for the first time this summer. The loss would put Valley in the number-four overall seed heading into bracket play and a rematch with Wicked Fastpitch was on the horizon.
2B: Zoe Johnson
HR: Alexis Renner, Alexandrea Edwards
TB: Alexis Renner 4, Alexandrea Edwards 4, Amber Peltz, Courtney Beckley 2, Zoe Johnson 2, Shelby Ries 2, Abigail Riley
RBI: Alexis Renner, Alexandrea Edwards
ROE: Annette Weston
Team LOB: 6
E: Zoe Johnson
L: Abigail Riley
HBP: Abigail Riley 2
WP: Abigail Riley 3
Pitches-Strikes: Abigail Riley 65-41
Groundouts-Flyouts: Abigail Riley 5-7
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Abigail Riley 16-26
Game one of bracket play was the rematch against Wicked Fastpitch the girls were hoping for. Valley came in Sunday morning focused and ready to go. However, Wicked was able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning of play.
Valley took control of the game in the second inning and never looked back. Over the next four innings of play, Valley would outscore Wicked 10-2 and end the game with three home runs. They scored three in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Valley ended the game with 12 hits and three home runs. Weston and Peltz both got their first home runs of the summer, and Renner got her third. Beckley got the start and the win in the circle.
2B: Zoe Johnson, Maleah Stansbery
HR: Alexis Renner, Amber Peltz, Annette Weston
TB: Alexis Renner 6, Amber Peltz 4, Courtney Beckley, Zoe Johnson 3, Annette Weston 5, Shelby Ries 2, Maleah Stansbery 2
RBI: Penelope Cantu, Alexis Renner 2, Amber Peltz, Zoe Johnson, Annette Weston 4, Maleah Stansbery
SAC: Penelope Cantu
SF: Penelope Cantu
Team LOB: 2
E: Amber Peltz
W: Courtney Beckley
WP: Courtney Beckley
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 81-53
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 3-10
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 14-26
The Valley Girls would face off against their younger sisters in Valley Force 03, who have had a successful summer so far playing up an age group, in the semi-final game on Sunday.
Valley 01 came out hot and jumped on Valley 03 at 2-0 after one inning of play. The inning started with back-to-back hits by Ries and Cantu, which put both of them is scoring position. Following a strikeout, Renner hits a gap shot to left-center field that scored both Ries and Cantu. Renner would advance to second on the throw home. The inning ended with a strikeout and ground out to second.
Valley 01 would keep the pressure on by adding two more runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Cantu got things going with a single to right field, followed by a beautiful bunt by Johnson down the first-base line, advancing Cantu and avoiding a tag attempt to reach first safely.
Both Cantu and Johnson would advance on a pitch that found the backstop. Renner would capitalize with runners in scoring position by delivering with another line-drive shot to the left-center fence, scoring both Cantu and Johnson.
Valley added two more in the top of seventh for a 6-0 win. Valley 01 ended the game with 14 hits with four of those being doubles. Renner would lead the Valley offensive attack going 4-4 at the plate with five RBI.
Kendrick was solid in the circle as she limited Valley 03 to five hits and zero runs. She also had five strikeouts and walked one batter. The shutout gave Valley their fifth of the summer.
2B: Alexis Renner 2, Zoe Johnson, Shelby Ries
TB: Penelope Cantu 3, Alexis Renner 6, Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz 2, Zoe Johnson 3, Shelby Ries 3
RBI: Alexis Renner 5, Zoe Johnson
SAC: Annette Weston
FC: Amber Peltz
Team LOB: 7
DP: Alexis Renner, Mackenzie Kendrick
W: Mackenzie Kendrick
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 0-0, Mackenzie Kendrick 90-62
Groundouts-Flyouts: Mackenzie Kendrick 8-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Mackenzie Kendrick 18-26
The championship game was played against Valley Force 02, another younger sister team to Valley 01 and the team hosting the tournament. The game was tight throughout, but Valley 01 was able to come away with a 5-2 win to grab the championship.
Valley 01 would score one in the bottom of the first and another in fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead into the back half of the game. Valley 02 kept fighting as they were able to get a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at two heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Edwards and Weston each got an RBI, and Cantu scored from third on a wild pitch as Valley 01 scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning. That’s where the game ended as the Valley Girls were able to get out of the inning without giving up another run.
Courtney Beckley went the distance pitching all seven innings. She allowed six hits, two runs, walked two batters and had two strikeouts.
2B: Amber Peltz
HR: Zoe Johnson
TB: Penelope Cantu 2, Alexandrea Edwards, Amber Peltz 3, Zoe Johnson 5, Annette Weston
RBI: Alexandrea Edwards, Zoe Johnson 2, Annette Weston
Team LOB: 3
E: Jenna Stout
DP: Penelope Cantu, Alexis Renner, Zoe Johnson, Jenna Stout 2, Shelby Ries
W: Courtney Beckley
WP: Courtney Beckley 3
Pitches-Strikes: Courtney Beckley 93-63
Groundouts-Flyouts: Courtney Beckley 10-6
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Courtney Beckley 16-27
For the weekend the girls produced 39 runs on 65 hits with 43 singles, 15 doubles and seven home runs on a .439 batting average. Of 39 runs scored, 36 were the result of an RBI.
Leading the way for Valley this weekend was Ries with nine hits, followed by Renner and Johnson, who each had eight. Peltz had seven, Cantu six and Beckley five. Edwards, Weston and Stansbery each had four hits apiece. Kendrick ended the weekend with three while Abigail Riley contributed two. Jenna Stout, Kallie McPeek, Lincoln Raymond and Mallory Wolf all had a hit each.
Ten different girls hit doubles over the weekend. Johnson led the way with three while Renner and Ries each had two. Riley, Peltz, Weston, Beckley, Kendrick, Stansbery and Wolf each had one.
Six different girls hit a home run on the weekend. Renner had two with Edwards, Peltz, Weston, Stansbery and Johnson each adding one.
Valley also had six girls that hit .500 or better for the weekend. Renner and Johnson both finished at .571 and Ries at .563. Peltz, Beckley and Cantu finished at .500.
Beckley led the team in the circle as she had four of the team’s five wins. She surrendered 16 hits, three earned runs, walked six batters and struck out 12. Beckley would end the weekend with a 1.105 ERA and an opponent batting average of just .239. Kendrick had the other win for Valley over the weekend as she pitched a complete-game shutout.
The defense would end the weekend with five total errors for a team fielding percentage of .964, another good weekend of ball for these Valley Girls.
Valley takes a 14-1-1 record to North Ridgeville June 22-24 as they will compete for the USSSA Northern State Championship in a double-elimination tournament. The games will be played at Shady Lanes Park.