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Shelby Valley’s Senior League softball team won the Little League state title Thursday evening.

Shelby Valley knocked off Hopkins County 18-2 in the championship game.

Wednesday evening, Shelby Valley cruised to a 17-0 win over Hopkins County as well.

In Wednesday’s contest, starting pitcher Lily Napier threw a no-hitter. She struck out eight batters in the first three innings of play.

In the top of the first, Olivia Bowling reached on a bunt single and advanced to third on an error. She scored on a wild pitch. Kate Thompson followed with a single of her own.

That set up, Emalie Tackett, who blasted a two-run homer to left to give Shelby Valley a 3-0 lead.

After Tackett’s home run, Maggie Hall blasted a ground-rule double to center. Abby Newsom grounded out, but drove Maggie Hall home on the play to push the lead to 4-0. Olivia Thornsburg followed with a double and Lily Napier singled, but Shelby Valley couldn’t score any more runs in the first.

Napier struck out the side in the bottom of the first.

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Shelby Valley’s Senior League pitcher Lily Napier delivers a pitch to home plate earlier this week.

In the top of the second, Bowling singled and Tackett reached on a walk. Maggie Hall followed with an RBI single. Beth Werner followed with a two-run double to push the lead to 7-0. Newsom reached on an error. Werner scored as Thornsbury reached on error as well. Shelby Valley held an 8-0 lead entering the bottom of the second inning.

Napier struck out the side once again in the bottom of the second.

In the top of the third, Bowling reached after being hit-by-a-pitch. Thompson followed with an RBI double. Tackett followed with an RBI single. Hall doubled and Werner walked. Newsom followed with a two-run single. Thornsbury hit a two-tun double. Napier reached on a bunt single. Reagan Richardson added an RBI single and Eliana Tackett added an RBI double.

After the smoke cleared in the top of the third, Shelby Valley held a 17-0 lead.

Shelby Valley ended things in the fourth.

The went on to another big win Thursday over Hopkins County to take home the state championship. They will travel to Michigan for the Little League Senior League Softball Regional Tournament.

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