Big Valley 9-10s drop West Suburban, 9-4

ETTERS – Batting has been the name of the game throughout the all-star season for the Big Valley 9- and 10-year-olds, and Wednesday’s game against West Suburban was no different.

Working off 17 hits for 9 total runs, the locals dropped West Suburban 9-4 in a Section 4 consolation bracket matchup, successfully advancing to the finals against Red Land. Earlier in the tournament, Red Land defeated Big Valley 10-8, so the locals will need to top Red Land twice for the section title.

In terms of scoring, Big Valley didn’t wait to put the runs across the plate, as in the first Trey Kibe ripped a three-RBI double to give Big Valley the lead it would never relinquish. Overall, Kibe went 4-for-4, including a triple and two doubles.

“(Kibe) did a really good job at the plate and behind the plate,” Big Valley manager Gary Eichhorn said of the catcher.

But if the battery mate did a good job on his own, Big Valley’s pitchers Cole Knable and Colby Bodtorf also came through in a big way. Knable notched the win, throwing two strikeouts in the process, and Bodtorf also did some strong work with four strikeouts of his own.

“Knable pitched a really good game for us. The pitchers we were short, so he stepped up,” Eichhorn said.

When Big Valley takes on Red Land at 6 p.m. today, the locals will be looking to redeem the loss from earlier in the tournament, and Eichhorn seemed optimistic about the team’s ability to do just that.

“I think our defense has been playing a lot better, and that’s what caught them in the first game. Our pitching’s lining up well for the next two games, so we should be good,” he said.