Spring Valley, Hedgesville start strong
BARBOURSVILLE -- Spring Valley and Hedgesville got off to solid starts Friday in the Senior Division in the West Virginia State Little League Softball Tournament at the Barboursville Little League Complex in Barboursville Community Park.
Spring Valley fell behind Capital/Midwestern, 3-0, early, then came on to register a 13-3 victory. Spring Valley did the most damage in the fifth when it scored nine times.
"Defense kept us in it, then the bats came around," Spring Valley coach Bo Simmons said.
Tessa Simmons went the distance for Spring Valley. She's one of four players on this team who made it to regionals a year ago in Fort Myers, Fla. The others are Katie Keefer, Rachel Johnson and Ane Fortner.
"Tessa settled down and did a good job," Simmons said.
On defense, Spring Valley turned four double plays.
Hedgesville was aggressive at the plate as well.
"Put the ball in play," Hedgesville coach Scott Sigler said. "We like to run and force the issue."
Three of Hedgesville's top hitters are Jordan Munson, who started in the circle, Breanna Haught, who started at first then came in to pitch, and Marissa Shetley.
In 9-10, Barboursville, District 1 champ and host for the tournament, continued a familiar pattern. Barboursville scored nine runs in the first and recorded an 18-2, four-inning win over Beckley.
"We brought our bats again," Barboursville coach Shane Carter said. "You've got to score. We're aggressive and make the opponent make plays."
Having the bleachers full, plus fans standing down one foul line made the Barboursville players feel good.
"That support helps. You get to sleep in your own bed," Carter said.
In the Major Division (11-12), District 1 champ Barboursville beat Mullens, 11-1. Coach Steve Hardin used three pitchers -- Haleigh Kuhn (two innings), Morgan Bennett (two innings) and Ginny Hardin (one inning).
"That's the way we like to work it," Barboursville coach Steve Hardin said.
Kuhn collected three hits, one a two-run single in the third.
Barboursville had a couple of errors in the fifth, allowing Mullens to get its run.
"That's what upset me a little," Hardin said.
In 10-11, Hedgesville and Moorefield cruised to mercy-rule wins.
In Junior, Clendenin-Elk and East Huntington/League 3 won their games Friday. Due to a schedule change, East Huntington/League 3 dropped to Pool 2.