Tyler 7, Valley 4
VHS freshman Bre Harris missed hitting for the cycle but went the distance on the hill, striking out three and walking one, but it wasn't quite enough to get by Tyler Consolidated, who won 7-4 in the Region I, Section I opener at Kidwell April 30.
The Lumberjills started the game with a leadoff single by Harris. She stole second and went to third on an overthrow and came home on a Haley Fluharty single.
The 'Jills had opportunities to make some more noise in the first inning when Tyler's Martina Parrish robbed Lumberjill Heather Cain with a nice catch that doubled up Fluharty. In addition, Arizona Cunningham was also robbed of a hit by the Knights' second baseman to end the first with Valley up 1-0 and the Knights coming to bat.
Harris struck out Consolidated's first batter, but the Lumberjill defense yielded back-to-back errors and Parrish knocked in Tyler's base runners with a base hit. After another Valley miscue, the 'Jills turned an infield fly into a double play to get out of the first inning, down only one.
Neither team scored in the second, but Tyler Consolidated had two touch home to extend its lead to 4-1. And, after another scoreless inning, the Knights put up a three-spot in the fifth that pushed their total to 7-1.
Although Valley scored two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh, it was a little too late. Tyler would advance to play the winner of the next game between these same Lumberjills and the top-seeded St. Marys Blue Devils.
Alyssa Sharpe and Sarah Bassett followed Harris at the plate with doubles, while Cunningham drilled a pair of singles. Megan Martin and Jessica Ashcraft both reached base safely with singles.
St. Marys 11, Valley 2
The 'Jills led 2-1 after the top of the third, but the Lady Devils scored 10 unanswered runs to claim a 11-2 victory in the second game of the West Virginia Region One Section I opening day sectionals.
Harris and Sharpe had the only base hits for Valley with Harris scoring both of its runs.
"We competed well and played one of our best defensive games of the season," said Valley Head Coach Adam Lemon. "The girls kept battling and battling and never gave up."