LUCASVILLE — The Valley Lady Indians and Piketon Redstreaks played in a double header matchup Saturday morning, which resulted in two close, scrappy games where each team would take home a win.
Valley fell in the first, losing 4-3.
“We just didn’t execute in the first one,” said Indians’ Head Coach Tim Brown. “We had runners on the corners with no one out at one point and couldn’t score. We had some stupid errors in the field. Unfortunately, our third basement went down while warming up and is probably out for the season. It was just a tough loss for us.”
Showing resilience, the Lady Indians came back out ready to play in the second game. They would win a shortened five-inning, rainy game 3-1. Faith Brown gave up only four hits and a single walk on the day, while Valley seemingly cleaned up defensively only committing one error.
“We had some really big hits in the second game,” said brown. “Margy Caldwell was big, she had 2 RBIs and a stolen base, Maddie Kuhn had a triple, and Amber Altman had a couple doubles.
“The last few games the hitters have been a bit off, a bit unfocused. We don’t have a ton of speed so we depend on base hits. We have 192 runs to our opponents 72, yet we’ve lost eight ballgames now. Now, what that tells me is that we are making mistakes out there. The second game we didn’t make many, and we won the ballgame.”
Coach Brown wants one thing above all us heading into tournament time: effort. He says if his girls, whom he has had since they were nine and ten years old focus, they can really make a splash in the post season.
“I just want them to play like they have the potential to play,” said Brown. “I don’t care about a few mistakes, but I want effort and I want them to realize how good they can be.”
As many teams, Valley hopes to rest some players so they will be close to one hundred percent for the tournament.
“I’d like to get some girls healed up. I have a lot of girls playing out of positions right now, and our pitchers need some rest. Our third baseman, Destiny Gardner, will definitely be out this week but I’m hoping she will be back for the playoffs.”
Valley hosts Portsmouth Friday in a double header that starts at 4 P.M.
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