The Valle Catholic Warriors got stung last week when they suffered their first loss of the season, but they have made their opponents pay ever since. Following the loss the Warriors have dusted Portageville 8-3, clobbered Potosi 9-1 and smoked West County 10-0.
They now sit at 10-1 on the season and are looking to make that one loss an aberration.
The game against Portageville started off slow, with Valle trailing 1-0 until the fourth inning, when Jackson Fowler smoked a single to left to tie the game. This was just one of Fowler’s highlights of the day. The Warriors plated another run in the inning to take a 2-1 lead and they were off to the races.
Portageville tied it in the fifth with a run, but Valle came back hot and raring to go in the bottom half of the inning. They responded with five runs and took a commanding lead. An insurance tally in the sixth put the win on a tee and they were able to close out the 8-3 victory in style.
Fowler went 3-for-3 in the game with three RBI to pace the offense. The Warriors got hits from eight different players, but he and Rylan Fallert were the only ones to notch multiple knocks. Alex Viox had a nice day as well with a pair of RBI.
On the mound, Chase Fallert shined with four pristine innings of one-run ball (the run was unearned) and allowed just a hit and a walk to earn the victory. Grant Fallert was stellar in relief with two innings and a 4/2 K/BB ratio. His only run allowed was also unearned.
That win got Valle off the schneid and set them up to start a new winning streak against Potosi. They had to travel for this one, but didn’t blink, as they ripped off runs in the first two innings to go up 3-0. They got things going right away with C. Fallert homering in the first at bat of the game.
That set the stage for a six-run fourth inning that put the game out of reach. Valle used multiple bases-loaded walks and a booming double to left field by Clayton Drury to put the Warriors up 9-0. That pretty much sealed it despite Potosi cracking the scoreboard in the final inning with a solo tally, and the 9-1 victory had lit the fuse for the new streak.
Preston Lurk got the start and was sensational, going four innings and allowing no runs on two hits and a walk while striking out six. C. Fallert made his life easy though with a 3-for-3 game that included a homer, three RBI, a walk and two runs scored. Viox had another nice day at the plate as well, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI.
The next victim on the schedule was the West County Bulldogs, and G. Fallert didn’t want them to even sniff a chance at a victory in this one. He pitched a complete game shutout and allowed just two hits while fanning eight and not walking a batter. Valle didn’t have to do much on the offensive side after that performance.
But they did anyway.
They put up two in the second inning to take the lead, thanks in large part to a Drury RBI-triple, and then opened the floodgates in the fourth with eight runs to make this game a five-inning affair. It was death by a thousand paper cuts as a walk and seven singles complimented doubles by R. Fallert and Viox.
The Warriors sounded the mercy alarm an inning later and that was all she wrote.
The win made it three in a row and the new streak is now officially alive. They’ll get the weekend off before tackling the STL Patriots on Monday.