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Brock Netter

Brock Netter

Brock is SOSA's primary writer and has worked for the Coshocton Tribune, the Kankakee Daily Journal (Ill.) and the Vinton-Jackson Courier. He's a two-time award-winning journalist, a lifelong WWE fan, a suffering Bengals fan and calls the sidelines his home.

Valley’s season ends in regional semifinal loss to Newark Catholic

The Indians end their season at 22-4 and as sectional and district champions.

Brock Netter, Staff Writer

LANCASTER — Valley, admittedly, felt pressure during its district title run to win, and get back to Akron. 

But the Indians (22-4) seemed well on their way to making that goal a reality. However, Newark Catholic had a plan to spoil Valley’s mission of repeating last season’s success. 

The Green Wave jumped on the Indians quick, struck early and played error-free baseball to earn a 6-1 victory in a Division IV regional semifinal on Thursday at Beavers Field.

Newark Catholic wasted little time setting an early tone. After striking out in its first two at-bats, it was time to take off. 

After a double from Bryan McAnally, Eli Morris followed suit with an RBI double to put the Green Wave ahead 1-0. 

Then back-to-back singles from Mason Hackett and Nate Ferrell, followed by an RBI double from Shea Mummey, extended the lead to 4-0. 

That was all the support NC’s Morris needed on the mound. 

He didn’t overpower batters. He simply hit his locations and let his defense play behind him.

Valley continued to first-pitch swing throughout the game, leading to many groundouts and pop-outs. 

The Green Wave was in full command the rest of the day, never feeling threatened as Morris only surrendered three hits in seven innings. 

But Morris added to his team’s lead in the bottom of the fifth, for insurance purposes, with an RBI single to center field, pushing the lead to 5-0. 

NC added another run in the sixth on a passed ball before Valley scored its first run on an RBI single from Carter Nickel to end the season. 

Nickel finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. 

NOTE: SOSA will have additional details from Valley’s season-ending loss tomorrow afternoon.

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