2014 Team Preview: Valley Fayette HS



By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

As we prepare for the upcoming 2014 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

http://www.stutler.cc/store/team_pride/images/064_Greyhounds_blue.pngTeam: Valley Fayette
Nickname:
Greyhounds
Class:
1A
League:
Coalfield Conference
Head Coach: Joe Craffey
2013 Overall Record: 24-8 (Lost in State Semifinals)
Returning starters: 5

TOP PLAYERS:

Druw Bowen, RHP/SS, Class of 2016 (2nd Team All-State 2013)
Raeshawn Breckenridge, OF/LHP, Class of 2014 (Honorable Mention All-State 2013)
John Riddle, C/IF, Class of 2014 (Honorable Mention All-State 2013)
Joe Eckert, LHP/1B, Class of 2014 (2nd Team All-Conference 2013)

SEASON OUTLOOK:  

The Greyhounds are looking to build on last year's success and make a return trip to Charleston where their season ended in 2013 with a loss in the Class A semifinals. A number of key pieces from that team have graduated, including 1st Team All-State performer Arik McGinnis (WV Tech).

Valley returns five starters from last year's State Tournament team. Several other players return that played and will be counted on to fill positions that seniors filled.

At the head of that list is sophomore RHP/SS Druw Bowen. A 2nd Team All-State selection in 2013, Bowen is capable of running the ball to the plate in the mid-80s, and is ranked No. 3 in the WV Class of 2016. Raeshawn Breckenridge and Joe Eckert, both senior lefties, will be counted on to bolster the pitching staff. John Riddle also returns for his senior season handling the pitching staff behind the plate.

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