Van-Far Indians senior Haven Atkinson waits for the right pitch.
As it stands right now, the Van-Far Lady Indians softball team have a winning record of six wins and five losses. Facing stout competition in the tournaments has not discouraged them, but more appropriately, pushed them to work harder.
The Van-Far Lady Indians won an EMO conference game against Wright City by a score of 13-0.
The Lady Indians didn’t waste any time, as they scored four runs in the first inning. Madison Orr lead off the game reaching base on an error. Haven Atkinson also got on base, advancing Orr to third. Orr scored on a fly ball hit by Melani Hamlett that was dropped and Atkinson advanced to third. Brooke Johnson then hit her first home run of the season to left center to drive in both Atkinson and Hamlett.
The Lady Indians scoring frenzy continued in the second as both Ciara Craven and Annaliese Hubert hit doubles while Atkinson, Hamlett, and Breanna Strange all singled to add five more runs.
Payton Willis led the third inning off with a single. Orr then singled, followed by a triple by Atkinson to add two more runs.
Hamlett also singled to bring home Atkinson. Hamlett later scored on a single by Craven.
“We played Wright City at a good time. They have several girls that are hurt or out sick, so the line up was depleted to a degree. But you still have to hit the ball, and we hit the ball much better tonight than we did against Hermann on Monday,” said Van-Far Head Coach Wes Rowden.
Craven led the team with three hits, one run, and one RBI, followed by Atkinson with two hits, three runs, and three RBIs.
Willis got the win to improve to 5-3 for the year. She went five innings, allowed three hits, walked one and allowed zero runs.
The North Callaway Lady Thunderbirds beat Van-Far in game one of the North Callaway Tournament by a score of 6-0.
Johnson, Craven and Wilson each had a hit.
“North Callaway was very efficient and solid in their play. They got hits when they needed and were opportunistic when we made a mistake. We really did a good job of keeping their speed players off of the bases but they are a solid team,” Rowden said.
The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs won game two by a score of 6-1 over Van-Far.
The Lady Indians scored one run in the third inning on a single by Haven Atkinson. Atkinson then scored on a double by Hamlett.
Hubert had two hits, Orr, Atkinson, Hamlett and Craven each had a hit.
“We had several chances in the game, but we couldn’t get the hits when we needed them,” Rowden said.
The Van-Far Lady Indians beat the Tolton Catholic Lady Trailblazers by a score of 9-6 in game three.
Tolton got five runs in the first inning and one in the third.
In the bottom of the first, Van Far’s Madison Orr led off the game with a single, stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Atkinson’s double. Atkinson then scored on a single by Johnson.
Hubert lead off the second inning with a double and then scored on a single by Jayda Borgmeyer.
In the fourth, Borgmeyer led off with a walk and later scored on a single by Hamlett.
Atkinson walked and then came home on a single by Johnson.
Strange then doubled, driving in Hamlett. Johnson then scored on an infield out by Craven.
Strange added a run on a two-out single by Hubert.
Borgmeyer singled in the fifth and then scored on a dropped fly ball hit by Hamlett to right field.
“Offensively we did hit the ball much better and we made good of the opportunities that presented themselves to us,” Rowden said.
Johnson had four hits, Borgmeyer and Hubert each had two hits. Orr, Atkinson, Hamlett, and Strange each had a hit for a total of 12 for the game.
Payton Willis threw all three games for 18 innings, allowing 18 runs, 10 of them earned on 23 hits, walking 14, and 10 strikeouts.
The Van-Far Lady Indians pull out a win over Hermann by a score of 3-1 on September 9.
In the first inning, Orr singled and then scored on a single by Hamlett. Johnson also singled, and then Hamlett scored on an infield single by Craven.
Johnson hit a single in the third inning and then went to third base on a double by Craven. Johnson and Craven were able to score on a single by Hubert.
In the fifth, Strange doubled and Craven singled. Strange and Craven later scored on a single by Hubert.
“Defensively again we played pretty well. We did commit three errors, but we were kind of back on our heals on the plays and we let the ball play us instead of being aggressive and going after it. The errors did hurt us as those were the only runs that they scored off any runs,” Rowden said.
Willis got the win in seven innings with eight strikeouts and zero walks.
Hubert went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, all of which came with two outs.
Orr, Strange, and Craven each had two hits. Willis, Hamlett and Johnson had a hit a piece.