From there, it was left to Jones and Co. to small ball their way to victory in the fifth.
Jones dropped down a perfect bunt for a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, again swiped third and scored on a wild pitch. McGinnis reached on a walk - one of eight issued by Griffin - and stole second.
After Winter was hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second with one out, Bowen stroked a deep fly to center that was caught by Kenny Joe Adkins. McGinnis tagged and went to third and Winter, after a slight delay, tagged and also tried to advance. The Billies opted to cut down Winter at second, but he beat the rap, then McGinnis took off for home. Catcher Cayce Mullins appeared to have the plate blocked on the play, but McGinnis was ruled safe.
Jones, who leads the Greyhounds with 38 steals, realized his team was going to have to resort to Plan B to beat Man. The first two times through the order, Griffin held Valley's No. 2-3-4 hitters to an 0-for-6 effort with six Ks.
"I just figured I'd step up for my team,'' Jones said. "When I was on base, the guys did things to get me around, and I just made opportunities with my legs. I put it on my teammates for getting me around the bases.
"Guys seemed down, but the dugout kept people up after a while. The seniors pretty much told everybody to get up in the dugout, and that's pretty much how we stayed up the whole game. That's how we came through.''
McGinnis took over on the mound after Winter issued a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. He fanned three in his two innings.
The last out of the game was a bang-bang play. With John Thomas Keffer at first after a two-out single, Carter ripped the ball to short. Bowen nearly made a diving stab in the air, but the ball plopped out of his glove. Sprawled on the ground, he then flipped the ball to Jones for the force at second, just beating Keffer to the bag.
The Billies, who lost to Valley 15-5 and 5-3 in the regular season, came in having won five of their last eight.
"This was a good regional game tonight,'' said Man coach Larry Vance. "Braden did a great job for us today. He's been doing that the second half of the season. We've been improving this year; we're getting better as the year goes on.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.