Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

North Central Kansas

Valley Center Softball – Visit Wichita Team of the Month

By Matt Browning

The Valley Center softball team was chosen as the Visit Wichita Team of the Month for May. The Hornets have been one of the top teams in Class 5A this season.

Valley Center swept doubleheaders at Salina South and Salina Central this season.

The Hornets have a couple of players on their team with interesting stories.

Shortstop Lucy Hooper’s dad is Kevin Hooper, who played baseball at Wichita State and in the big leagues. He is currently an infield instructor with the Atlanta Braves.

Pitcher Tori Turner was in a terrible car accident heading to a softball tournament in Oklahoma City last summer and had to be life-flighted back to Wichita. She suffered serious injuries to her pitching shoulder.

“This year our expectations were pretty high,” head coach Corey Jones said. “We went to state last year with nine sophomores and a freshman in the lineup, so we had everybody back for this season. We have met one of the expectations so far and that is winning the league.”

Turner is 8-0 with a 2.34 ERA, while striking out 34 batters. Hooper is batting .484 this season, while Macy George is batting .527 with six home runs.

And it goes on and on for the Hornets who are a threat to win 5A.

“Sometimes it’s luck who you play first but it is always somebody good,” Jones said. “If we move runners and have good pitching, I like our chances. Defense will keep us in the game.”

You May Also Like

Featured

The high school baseball season is quickly approaching! Please vote in the Salina Area Preseason Baseball Player of the Year poll. Voting ends Sunday,...

North Central Kansas

Cason Mastre of Canton-Galva was voted the Salina Area Preseason Wide Receiver of the Year. Last season, Mastre was a first team all-league selection,...

North Central Kansas

Jake Wiens of Goessel was one of the top running backs in 8-Man Division last season as he rushed for over 1,200 yards and...

North Central Kansas

Grant Bryant of Goessel was voted the Salina Area Preseason Quarterback of the Year. Last season, Bryant was honorable mention all-state and all-district. “I...