The Valentine 8U Rookies team ended their 2024 season with a 7-4 record and a 2nd place finish in the 16th Annual Bob Haley Memorial Rookies Classic in Winner, SD June 29 & 30th. The Rookies beat Lyman on Saturday with a score of 1-0 with a walk off double by Kade Arganbright bringing in Beckett Walking to score the one run for Valentine. They then faced Gregory 2 a team they battled with earlier in the season when they played in a down pour on June 14th, Valentine winning 1-0. On Saturday the 8U got the bats swinging and scored 5 runs winning the semi final game 5-0. The win put Valentine in the Sunday championship game against Gregory 1 another game Valentine battled earlier in the season losing 6-3 on June 18th. Gregory scored a quick 3 runs in the top of the first inning. Valentine came out bottom of the first and scored 4 runs with Lincoln Bargen hitting a in the park home run scoring 3 runs and Maxx McSweeney followed him with a single home run. Top of the third Gregory added another 2 runs and went ahead 5-4. The 8U played some tough baseball but it wasn’t enough to get the win.