Rumors have surfaced that Cisar may consider stepping down following this season, but he didn't want to address those thoughts Saturday.
"Hey, the fire still burns,'' he said. "You know what? I've got enthusiasm. I bring enthusiasm every day, not every other day.''
Playing up, staying up
Some teams prefer to play stronger competition with hopes that it pays off in the postseason. Count Valley coach Joe Craffey in that number.
Of the Greyhounds' first 12 games this season, seven have come against either Class AAA opponents (three) or AA foes (four). Two more such games remain.
"We always try to put two, three triple-As in there,'' Craffey said, "and a few double-As, just to hopefully get us ready for seeing some of the better pitching down the road when it comes to tournament time.''
Magnolia dropped down from AA to A this season, but still presents a big-school-type challenge because of its schedule and past successes. Valley reached Kyle Elliott for nine hits in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Eagles and rang up 10 hits on host Sissonville, but dropped that game, too, 6-4.
"Elliott was a heck of a pitcher, I thought,'' Craffey said, "but we hit him pretty well. We're making bad plays at inopportune times.
"You look at the Sissonville game and we're up 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth and our pitcher has a no-hitter, but he walks a guy, then the next guy gets a hit and we make an error and the next thing you know, we're down 6-3 in the seventh. I hate to say we lose focus during the game, but something happens and we get caught up in it, and we're not playing the game. We haven't developed that killer instinct.''
A day at the beach
Several Kanawha Valley teams fared pretty well in their spring break trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the Mingo Bay Classic last week.
Despite one day of games being wiped out by rain, most teams got in at least four games and many picked up a few wins.
St. Albans (7-3) won all four of its games, while Hurricane and South Charleston each went 3-1. George Washington was 2-2.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.