SOUTH CHARLESTON - Tygarts Valley's first appearance in the Little League 11-12-year-old state tournament didn't result in a victory on the field Sunday at Little Creek Park. But having the opportunity to compete against the state's top teams is something manager Greg Smith hopes his team will reflect on down the road.
"This has been a great experience for our kids," Smith said after Tygarts Valley's 20-0 setback to host team South Charleston. "We didn't get the outcome we wanted today but our kids competed and did their best.
"We came out a little nervous and fell behind early but settled down and played much better as the game went on."
South Charleston used the long ball to earn the win. The Kanawha County squad had five homers on the day, including a grand slam from Tanner Williams, who also had a solo blast in a seven-run first inning.
South Charleton broke the game open with 10 runs in the third and a single run in the fourth to end the game, which was halted in the second inning due to rain showers, early due to the mercy rule.
Paui Boddy added a two-run homer, Cory Lanier a three-run shot and Aiden Johnson a solo homer for the winners.
Dakota Cosby, Lanier and Williams all had three hits each for South Charleston. Brett Smith and Daniel White had singles for Tygarts Valley, which will continue Pool A play at 6 p.m. today against St. Albans.
"We'll come back against St. Albans and play better," Greg Smith said. "Our kids are fighters and will give it their all."