Varsity Softball · State Champs! Valley Softball Wins Class 5A Title


Congratulations to the Valley High School varsity softball team, as the Tigers defeated Waukee 8-5 Friday, July 26, in the championship game of the Class 5A Iowa high school state softball tournament at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.

This is Valley’s first state softball title since 2010 and seventh in program history. The Tigers previously won state softball championships in 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and its most recent in 2010.

Valley’s trip to this year’s 5A state tournament was its 17th appearance in school history. It was also the Tigers’ seventh straight state tournament berth under head coach Tom Bakey.

REPLAYS: Valley’s games at 2019 Class 5A State Softball Tournament

In Friday’s victory, Waukee (40-4)—the No. 1 seed at this year’s state tournament—took a 4-2 lead after two innings played. But seventh-seeded Valley (32-10) bounced back and evened the score at 4-4 in the fourth, and eventually took a 6-4 lead after the top of the fifth.

The Warriors answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, minimizing the Tigers’ lead to 6-5. Valley added on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh with two RBI singles from junior Hailey Etzel and senior Maggie House, pushing the score to 8-5. Senior pitcher Haley Gatica and the Tiger defense wouldn’t let Waukee reach base in the bottom of the seventh and held on for the win.

Watch the moment when Valley recorded the game’s final out:

Freshman Giana Lara led the Tigers offensively, going 4-for-4 and belting a solo home run in the second inning. View the full box score from the game.

House and junior Alex Honnold were named to the 5A all-tournament team. Gatica was named captain of the squad.

Congratulations, Valley softball players and coaches, on winning the Class 5A state softball championship!

Valley’s State Tourney Journey

  • Quarterfinals: No. 7 Valley def. No. 2 Fort Dodge, 3-0
  • Semifinals: No. 7 Valley def. No. 6 Iowa City High, 5-3
  • Championship: No. 7 Valley def. No. 1 Waukee, 8-5

2019 Valley Softball Roster

  • Alivia Agey, sr.
  • Marah Allen, jr.
  • Riley Caylor, soph.
  • Greta Dahlen, soph.
  • Megan Decker, sr.
  • Keeley Downey, soph.
  • Hailey Etzel, jr.
  • Hannah Fry, sr.
  • Julie Gates, soph.
  • Haley Gatica, sr.
  • Lauren Graff, soph.
  • Alex Honnold, jr.
  • Alayna Horn, soph.
  • Maggie House, sr.
  • Gianna Lara, fr.
  • Nina Mitchell, jr.
  • Katie Newman, jr.
  • Jessica Olander, sr.
  • Olivia Roush, jr.
  • Kendra Schramm, sr.
  • Jasmine Spann, sr.
  • Grace Sucich, soph.
  • Joclyn Tracy, soph.
  • Bailey Walke, soph.
  • Abigal White, soph.
  • Hannah Youngwirth, sr.

Photos: Valley at the 2019 State Tournament