Valle Warriors
2014 Class 2A State Champions
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ks for an exciting season!

Valle Wins State Gold!
photos provided by Cindy Vessell

O'FALLON -- The Valle Warriors finished a stellar season with a 13-2 state championship win over Hartville at a hot T.R. Hughes ballpark in O'Fallon Tuesday.

It was the second state championship in baseball for the school, and it came in a season that saw the Warriors extend their school record for wins (31).

For departing seniors Evan Lauer, Justin Roth, Bryant Vessell and Nolan Wood, it was something of a payback for their sophomore year. The Warriors finished second in that season.

The state championship will apparently be the last for head coach Judd Naeger. While his exit from the baseball program has been whispered knowledge in the Ste. Genevieve community, Naeger made it official after the game. He leaves the program after guiding the young men under his charge to two state championships in four appearances, and nine district crowns in 13 years. He will continue to lead a football program that has been red hot, with three state titles in the past four seasons. He told reporters at the ballpark that it all "...came down to spending more time with my family."

Andrew Basler went the distance, settling down after a shaky second inning. His complete game followed a gem by junior Daniel Bergtholdt in Monday's 4-0 semifinal win over Linn. Basler allowed only five hits.

Bergtholdt, meanwhile, was a red-hot hitter. He was 4 for 5 in the championship game after a three hit performance in the semifinal.

Valle stranded 14 runners and scored in every inning except the fourth.

The team placed third in 2007 in Class 1, won the Class 2 title in 2009, and finished second in Class 2 in 2012.

 

Valle Catholic 212 011 6 - 13 14 2

Hartville 010 100 0 - 2 5 3

W - Andrew Basler 7ip 2r 1er 5h 3k 3bb.

L - A.J. Buford 5 1/3ip 7r 4er 9h 4k 7bb.

Hitting:

Daniel Bergtholdt 4-5, Andrew Basler 3-5, Evan Lauer 2-4, Justin Roth 2-5, Connor Basler 1-2, Tyler Shuh 1-5, Koltyn Schilly 1-5.