HALFWAY - Valley took the first step toward defending its district title by defeating Halfway 4-1 on Saturday afternoon in the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament.
"We have six returners," Valley manager Greg Spickler said. "That will make a big difference for us in tournament experience. It was just a good team victory. We really focused on defense, because we knew that we had to play good defense and keep the run count down against a good quality pitcher like Brett Barr."
Valley pitcher Luke Toms got the upper hand against Barr, giving up no earned runs and three hits in six innings to get the complete-game win.
"I just wanted to win the first game," Toms said. "I just wanted to strike out a lot of kids and help us win. Robbie Hogue and Brad Spickler got the big hits in the four-run fifth inning and that helped to boost up my confidence."