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Valley baseball team takes second at State
After an impressive season, the Valley High School baseball team came up just a little bit short last week as they fell in the 1A State Championship Game to Piute, 5-0. It was a hard fought battle in which Piute hit well and scored three runs in the fourth inning and added two more in the sixth. Valley had many great hits throughout the game, but unfortunately they all went straight to one of the Piute players, ending in a bittersweet second place in state.
This was only the fourth time in the school’s history that Valley had played in a baseball state championship, and getting that far was a huge accomplishment by the young men. Getting there was a lot of fun as well. This was the first time in 1A history where 15 teams were invited to the state tournament. Valley worked their way through some long bus rides and other quality teams to get to the state championship.
The first round of state Valley traveled to Roosevelt, and played Mount Vernon, and came away with a 3-0 victory. Three days later, they traveled to Spanish Fork, and took on Tabiona, and came away with a 5-1 victory. Then on Friday, Valley took on Bryce Valley in the state semifinals, coming away with a 10-0 victory.
Valley ended their season with a 20-5 record, which is the first time in the school’s history that Valley has won 20 games. There are many reasons why Valley was so successful this year. Number one was their defense. Valley gave up a total of 53 runs in 25 games, which is an average of just over two runs a game. Valley’s pitching was superb, finishing the season with a 1.48 ERA, which according to the UHSAA record book, is third best all-time in Utah 1A-5A. Valley’s defense recorded seven shutouts this season, which only five other teams have done in Utah baseball history.
Another big factor was their hitting. The teams’ batting average was .338 and they were led by their three seniors – Cobe Reck batting .444, Jake Spencer batting .356 and Kade Cox batting .392. Those three players will be hard to replace. They brought great leadership on and off the field.
On a personal hitting note, Cobe Reck hit his 102nd single in the state championship game, which is the most singles all-time in Utah High School baseball. He bested his coach, Lance Peterson, who set the mark at 98 in his high school days. Cobe also finished his career with 128 hits, putting him ninth all-time in the state.
Valley’s head coach Joseph Sorensen had this to say at the end of the season, “As this team’s coach, it has been a fun ride. I have loved the opportunity to work with these great kids. The parents of these kids are doing something right. These boys came together to form a great team, but more importantly, they are great people.”
The baseball team has appreciated the support and love from their families, their fans, their coaches, and the community.