Valley baseball nominated in 5A state poll

Published 11:56 am Thursday, April 5, 2018

GREATER VALLEY AREA — The Alabama Sports Writers Association released a new set of state baseball and softball rankings on Wednesday night.

Although no local teams secured a spot in the polls, the Valley High School baseball team garnered recognition.

The Rams were nominated in Class 5A and remain on the fringe of the top 10.

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Consideration was given to Valley (13-10) based on its recent turnaround. The team won its final three games at the Lake Martin Classic over spring break. The Rams beat a pair of 6A teams in John Carroll Catholic, 5-1, and Chelsea, 3-0. They also took down Jemison, 8-5.

Their success at the tournament halted a six-game losing streak and has since engendered a five-game winning streak. The Rams parlayed their momentum from the tournament into Tuesday’s doubleheader against 5A, Area 5 opponent Booker T. Washington. Valley won both games in dominant fashion, 13-3 and 20-1.

It will face Booker T. Washington again on Thursday before turning its attention to area foe Beauregard. The Rams and Hornets will meet next week for a three-game series that will decide the area champion.

Faith Academy (19-2), St. Paul’s Episcopal (19-4) and Briarwood Christian (18-3) occupy the top three spots in the 5A rankings.