Varsity Softball · Valley Ends 2020 Season At 5A State Quarterfinals

Valley State Softball Qualifier 2020

UPDATE (JULY 27): The third-seeded Valley High School varsity softball team fell 3-1 to No. 6 Muscatine on Monday, July 27, in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A Iowa high school state softball tournament. View a box score of the game.

The Tigers end their 2020 season with a 23-5 record.

ORIGINAL POST (JULY 21): Congratulations to the Valley High School varsity softball team, which qualified for next week’s Class 5A Iowa high school state softball tournament after defeating Indianola 3-1 in a regional final on Tuesday, July 21.

This is the 18th time in program history the Tigers have made it to state, and their 14th trip since 2003. It’s also Valley’s eighth straight state softball tournament berth under head coach Tom Bakey.

Valley, the defending 5A champs, have won a total of seven state softball titles in school history: 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and most recently in 2019.

The Tigers (23-4) are the No. 3 seed at this year’s tournament and will face sixth-seeded Muscatine in the 5A quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Monday, July 27. All state softball tournament games are hosted at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.

Joining Muscatine and Valley in the 5A field include: Ankeny Centennial, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Fort Dodge, and Pleasant Valley. Check out the full 5A bracket.

Here is what you should know in advance of the 5A state tournament, per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU):

COVID-19 Information

All student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans are asked to follow all guidelines implemented by the IGHSAU, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Iowa Department of Education related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Face Coverings: Fans are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when entering, exiting, and moving around Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex.
  • Social Distancing: Bleachers immediately behind home plate on Kruger Field and Iowa Central Field will be restricted for IGHSAU and media use. Other bleachers throughout the complex will be marked for social distancing. Fans are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. It is expected that fans will practice social distancing during their time at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex.
  • Restrooms: Fans are asked to follow the facility guidelines regarding restroom use. Information will be posted at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex.
  • Concessions: Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex is certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health and will offer select concession items during the tournament.

City of Fort Dodge Welcome Letter >

Additional Information for Teams > 

Ticket Information

Tickets cost $10 per session, and will be available for purchase on-site at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. All spectators kindergarten and older must purchase a ticket. Children not yet in school will NOT require a ticket.

Gates will open 60 minutes prior to the first game of each day. Fans will be allowed to leave and re-enter during the day, as long as they are wearing the proper wristband.

Venue & Parking Information

On-site parking at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex is available for $10. Get directions to the complex from Valley High School:

Radio, Livestream, & Television Information

State tournament games will be covered by radio stations across Iowa. Additionally, the IGHSAU will provide a livestream for select quarterfinal and semifinal games on the IGHSAU Digital Network powered by MidAmerican Energy Company.

All five championship games will broadcast live on-air and online by Iowa PBS.

About This Season’s Valley Softball Team

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Valley senior Alex Honnold.

The Tigers boast one of the top offenses in all of 5A. Leading into Tuesday’s regional final, Valley ranked sixth in the class with a .387 batting average and .449 on-base percentage.

Senior Alex Honnold is the team’s top hitter, batting .602 on the season (fifth-best in 5A) with 53 hits (third), six home runs and 33 RBIs. Sophomore Giana Lara carries a team-second-best .474 batting average with 10 home runs (tied for second in 5A), 37 hits, and 33 RBIs.

Other notable hitters for Valley this season include:

  • Hailey Etzel, senior — .447 BA and 34 hits
  • Greta Dahlen, junior — .392 BA and 25 RBIs
  • Katie Newman, senior — .369 BA, six home runs, and 25 RBIs.
  • Lauryn Foudree, sophomore — .345 BA with 19 hits in 55 at-bats
  • Madison Miller, sophomore — .333 BA with 23 hits
  • Bailey Walke, junior — .317 BA with 26 hits, 18 RBIs, and 13 sacrifices
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Valley junior Abigail White.

Valley’s two primary pitchers this season are Foudree and junior Abigail White. Leading into Tuesday’s regional final, White owned an 11-1 record with 43 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings. Her 11 victories ranked in a tie for second in 5A. She also has a 2.23 earned-run average, and opponents are batting .236 against her.

Foudree is 6-2 on the year, logging 43 1/13 innings and an ERA of 0.81. Batters are hitting just .202 against her. As a team, Valley’s 2.10 ERA is fourth-best in 5A.

Defensively, the Tigers are one of the best fielding teams in all of 5A. Valley ranks in a tie for first with a .972 fielding percentage, committing 19 errors in 676 chances.

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Ten Tigers Earn All-Conference Softball Honors

The Valley High School varsity softball team had 10 players earn all-conference recognition for their efforts during the 2020 campaign. All-CIML Iowa: First Team Hailey Etzel, senior: Has a .443 batting average with 34 hits. Also has recorded a team-high six stolen bases.