Spring Valley took another step on the road back to prominence in 2010, finishing with a 17-12 overall record and earning a home date in the first round of the state playoffs after failing to do so for the first time in more than two decades in 2009.
“This year we showed signs of the success that is expected with our program,” said coach Bob Matz.
“We put a 13 game winning streak together and had a chance to win the region title. We ended a little disappointed because we were not as strong in the playoffs as we would have liked to have been.
“With nine returning starters, we look forward to the new region and continued growth of our program. Our junior varsity program was very strong and we look forward to some of those players filling in to make our team even stronger. With girls competing for all positions, the outlook is very positive.”
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Freshman Morgan Barker (5-2, 1 save, 2.61 ERA), sophomore Rachel Mellin (12-10, 3.55 ERA; .250, 10 RBI), junior Mariaha Sanborn (.416, 17 R, 26 RBI, 9 2B) and freshman Shannon Warnick (.379, 25 R, 19 RBI) were the Vikings all-region picks.
That foursome along with Ashley Gurganious (10 RBI), Christie Reilly (16 R), Lauren Skinner (15 R, 10 RBI), Stephanie Junker (.257) and Malyn Pope will form the veteran core of the 2011 team.
Rebecca Wiesehahn (18 R, 13 RBI) is the only senior starter leaving the fold.
Next year, Spring Valley stays put in the Upstate, but the new-look Region 4-4A now includes Ridge View, Blythewood, Richland Northeast, Irmo, Dutch Fork and Lugoff-Elgin.