The Valle Catholic Warriors kicked off the season with seven straight wins, but they ran into a buzzsaw in their tilt with the Central Rebels out of Park Hills. It was a rare stumble for such an impressive program, but it’s a long season, and Valle is still primed for greatness.
The Warriors blasted Valmeyer 11-1 on Monday before blanking St. Vincent two days later with a 7-0 shutout. That pushed their record to a perfect 7-0, but they had to travel to Park Hills to take on a very talented Central squad on Thursday. That one didn’t go as planned with a 9-3 loss, but it just goes to show that even the best teams take their lumps during the marathon that is a baseball season.
The week kicked off on the road against Valmeyer with a game where the Warriors scored in every inning. They plated one in the first, two in the second and another in the third for a 4-0 lead to get things started. RBI doubles by Chase Fallert and Alex Viox did the majority of the damage.
Valle’s most productive offensive inning came in the fourth and featured an RBI single from Rylan Fallert, a sac fly from Isaac Viox and another RBI base knock from A. Viox. The Warriors would go on to add a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and a final tally in the seventh for 11 total in the game. They allowed just one run in the sixth for an otherwise flawless 11-1 victory.
Preston Lurk got the start and dazzled with four shutout innings of one-hit ball, striking out five to earn the victory. Offensively C. Fallert and A. Viox had huge games with three hits apiece. The former went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two steals, while the latter went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Jackson Fowler had a nice day as well with two hits, two runs and an RBI in four trips to the plate.
Next up on the long road stretch of games was the St. Vincent Indians, and the Warriors decided to put them in their place early. A four-run first inning did the bulk of the damage as a double, an error, a single, a walk, a hit by pitch and a two-RBI single from Clayton Drury got the job done.
On the bump during those four innings, all R. Fallert did was pitch hitless ball, allowing just two walks and striking out three, which was good enough for the win.
Add in a big two-run double by Fowler in the 5th and a scorched two-bagger from Carson Tucker in the 7th that plated a run, and Valle had themselves a dominant 7-1 victory. And a 7-0 record.
C. Fallert and Fowler each had 2-for-4 performances at the plate and Fowler and Drury each drove in a pair of runs.
The busy week continued on Thursday with a trip to Park Hills to take on a very talented Central Rebels squad, and Valle just didn’t have it in this one. They stumbled early, giving up five runs in the first and four in the fourth to take the wind out of their sails, and it was just too much to come back from at that point.
Drury got the start, and was tagged for all nine runs (eight earned), but he did manage to do all of the damage offensively for his club with a three-run homer in the second inning to give Valle an early chance.
This one just wasn’t in the cards, but no one can expect a team to be perfect all season. Even one as talented as Valle’s.
The Warriors still boast a 7-1 record and have a chance to add to it this weekend when they finally get to play on their home turf. They will take on John Burroughs and Portageville in a morning/afternoon double-header on Saturday to close out the week.