SMITHERS, W.Va. -- Buried inside the run down, blue-painted brick-and-mortar dugouts of Valley High School's baseball field emerges the terse voice of Coach Joe Craffey.
The former Valley player who has coached the Greyhounds to the last two State Tournaments was barking commands to pitcher, and his stepson, Druw Bowen.
Bowen was dragging his foot in the dirt of the mound during his delivery leading to an array of balls - in the dirt, high, outside and inside.
"I tell myself, you still have to remember, he's a freshman," Craffey said after Bowen picked up his second win of the season and homered in Valley's 13-3 five-inning victory over Man (0-6). "It's hard for me sometimes."
This wasn't a perfect outing for Bowen or the Greyhounds (8-2), despite their taking the field less than an hour after getting off the bus from a trip to Beckley, where they defeated Liberty (Raleigh) 12-11 in eight innings.
Still, Valley had 11 hits and owned a 10-0 lead before Man - which was no hit by Chapmanville on Wednesday - scored its first run. One of Valley's hits was a solo homer by George Washington transfer Raeshawn Breckenridge, who left Valley to attend GW for one year before returning.
Cody Winter, the No. 3 batter, was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI as well.
Bowen got into the act at the plate when he hit a three-run homer over the long-distance left-field fence at the oddly configured Valley diamond. It was his first varsity home run and gave Valley a 6-0 lead.
However, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Bowen, a cousin of St. Albans' Adam Bowen, wasn't cruising on the mound even if his numbers - nine strikeouts and three walks - might indicate otherwise.
After striking out the first two batters of the game and getting out the side in order in the first, he gave up a single to Cayce Mullins to start the second - one of three hits by Mullins. Bowen then hit John Thomas Keffer and walked the No. 7 batter to load the bases.
Craffey, who tries to be equal parts critical and congratulatory to his stepson, makes sure these mistakes are correctly almost immediately.