|YOUTH SOFTBALL (14U): VALLEY STORM FINISHES 9TH AT EASTERN NATIONALS (2017-07-23)
Valley Sports Report
SALISBURY, Md. — The Valley Storm 14U travel softball team finished its 2017 summer campaign with a ninth-place finish here this weekend at the USSSA Eastern Fastpitch World Series at the Snow Hill Softball Complex.
The Storm was 6-3 at the national tournament and wraps up the season at 35-14-2.
Pa. Strikers 8, Valley Storm 4
The Morgantown.-based Pa. Strikers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and cruised to an 8-4 win over the Valley Storm Friday morning in the round-of-16.
The Strikers scored two runs in each of the first two innings, and three more in the third inning to extend their lead to 7-0.
In the fifth inning, Waverly’s Hali Jenner singled, and Waverly’s Megan Lee walked. After a sacrifice bunt by Tioga’s Mackenzie Luther, Horseheads’ Sophie Smith slugged a three-run home run.
With two outs, Shelby Smith, Tioga’s Giovanna Rossi, and Corning’s Jenna Case stroked consecutive singles to trim the deficit to 7-4.
Shelby Smith doubled and singled, and scored a run, Case singled twice and drove in a run, and Sophie Smith hit a three-run home run and stole two bases to pace the Storm’s nine-hit attack.
Jenner singled and scored a run for the Storm, while Luther, NEB’s Emma Repsher, and Rossi each added a single, and Lee scored a run.
Athens’ Megan Bennett was tagged with the loss, but the Storm defense committed seven errors behind her. She allowed two earned runs on six hits in seven inning with one strikeout and no walks.
Valley Storm 7, Amwell Attitude 2
Valley Storm scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning on its way to a 7-2 win over the Ringoes-N.J.-based Amwell Attitude in consolation bracket action.
Rossi and Case belted back-to-back RBI doubles to put the Storm up 2-0 in the fourth inning, then Repsher slugged a two-run home run to push the lead to 4-0.
After the Attitude scored a single run in the fourth and fifth innings to trim the deficit to 4-2, Case and Sullivan stroked RBI singles to make it 6-2, and Repsher capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Bennett earned the win, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking none in a complete-game, seven-inning complete game.
Case doubled and singled, scored two runs, stole two bases, and drove in a run, and Repsher homered and had three RBI to pace the Storm’s seven-hit attack, while Rossi doubled, scored two runs, and drove in a run, and Lee added a double.
Bennett singled and scored a run in the win, while Sullivan singled and drove in a run, and Shelby Smith scored a run.
Valley Storm 9, Severn Bull 3
The Valley Storm raced out to an 8-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings and cruised to a 9-3 win over the Severn-Md.-based Severn Bull Friday afternoon in the consolation bracket to advance to the final 12.
The Storm took a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a Bull error for one run, as well as a sacrifice fly off the bat of Case, and an RBI single by Repsher.
In the second inning, Shelby Smith, and Case ripped two-run singles to give the Storm a 7-0 lead.
Bennett added another insurance run in the third inning with a sacrifice fly.
Shelby Smith stroked a pair of singles, scored two runs, and had two RBI, Bennett singled twice, scored twice, and drove in a run, and Lee added a pair of singles to pace the Storm’s 11-hit attack, while Case singled and had three RBI, and Repsher singled, scored one run, and drove in two runs.
Sophie Smith singled and scored two runs in the win, while Rossi singled, scored one run, and knocked in a run, Athens’ Harley Sullivan singled, and Luther scored a run.
Case earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out one and walking one in a complete-game six-inning effort.
NWS Elite 7, Valley Storm 1
The Somers, Conn.-based NWS Elite scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take control of the game en route to a 7-1 win over the Valley Storm in consolation bracket action Saturday morning.
The Storm’s lone run came in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI double by Sullivan.
Sullivan doubled and singled, and drove in a run, and Case belted a pair of doubles, and scored a run to pace the Storm’s six-hit attack, while Rossi and Sophie Smith each added a single.
Bennett was tagged with the loss, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits, while striking out two and walking none in a six-inning complete game.
PHOTOS BY CRISTINA ROSSI.