The Valley View Eagles came close in Game 1 of the area round of the Class 2A playoffs to taking a chunk out of last season’s regional champions in the Muenster Hornets.
Valley View hung tough in a 5-2 loss against the Hornets’ top pitcher, but in Game 2, an early surge by Muenster put the Eagles out of reach for a 9-2 defeat.
The loss eliminated Valley View from the playoffs and sent the Hornets to the regional quarterfinal round.
Vally View head coach Kim Nix said the Eagles’ season was successful, but that they ran into a difficult team.
“I was proud of the boys to come back with some runs,” Nix said. “They could lay down and Muenster could have run-ruled us, but you know, they came back and fought back. You know, Muenster is great. I mean, I can see them winning region and maybe going back down to Austin. They’re the best team we played all year. It’s tough when your season ends like that.”
Dean Evans started for the Eagles on the mound and threw 88 pitches. He struck out six, but gave up six earned runs on five hits.
Jaxon James pitched the final two innings of the game for Valley View, throwing 44 pitches for two strikeouts and one hit surrendered.
The Hornets had multiple innings of three runs and Nix said if they could have cut out those innings, things might have ended differently.
“The game Thursday night, we were in it the whole game and everything,” Nix said. “And this one got a little out of hand. They scored three runs in two different innings, but if you take those away, we’re right in the game.”
The Eagles finished with 23 wins on the season and Nix said that’s momentum they can take into next year.
“Our losses were against two ranked teams, so what can you say about that?” Nix said. “You know, it’s something to build on for next year. This first time losing the seniors at Valley View, but I think these I’ve got coming back in are strong and I’ve got some younger ones coming up.”
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