Van-Far drops tough EMO games, beats Wellsville
Van-Far Lady Indians second baseman Ciara Craven gets the double play in a game against the Wellsville Lady Tigers on September 24.
The Van-Far Lady Indians traveled to Clopton on Monday, September 23 to play a make up game against the Lady Hawks. Van-Far lost the game 10-0.
The Lady Hawks got on the board in the first inning by scoring three runs.
An infield error, a wild pitch, back-to-back walks, and a double in the second inning added two more runs to the Lady Hawks tally.
An infield error with two outs, followed by a miss-played ball in the outfield, allowed another Clopton runner to come home in the third.
The Lady Indians walked three in the fourth inning and committed one error to allow two more runs to score.
In the fifth, a single and a double by the Lady Hawks scored another run to end the game.
Haven Atkinson went 2-for-3, Kaylein Wilson went 2-for-2, Melani Hamlett went 1-for-3, and Breanna Strange went 1-for-2.
“It is probably safe to say our worst game of the year defensively. We committed four errors and all were costly and not that difficult of plays, and throw six walks on top of that, makes for a bad formula for success,” said head coach Wes Rowden.
The Lady Indians hosted the Wellsville Lady Tigers on their home field on Tuesday, September 24. Van-Far pulled out the win by a score of 8-4.
In the first inning, the Lady Tigers turned a double into a triple and scored two runs on an infield error. The runner on third then came home with a single.
In the bottom of the first, the Lady Indians scored four runs on a one-out single by Hamlett, followed by a single by Brooke Johnson, and a triple by Annaliese Hubert to drive in both runners. Ciara Craven reached base on a walk, and then Madison Orr doubled to drive in both runners.
The Lady Indians added a run in the second when Wilson reached base on an error, went to third on a bunt single by Atkinson. Wilson then scored on a infield out by Breanna Strange.
The Lady Tigers added another run in the top of the fifth on an infield error.
Orr singled with two outs and then scored on a double by Payton Willis in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, Atkinson reached on a single and then went to second on a throwing error. Atkinson came home on a double by Strange.
Strange advanced to third on a single by Johnson, and then Strange scored on a sacrifice fly by Hubert.
Willis pitched seven innings, allowed eight hits, four runs, struck out two, and walked two.
“We hit the ball much better today than yesterday. Again defensively we were not real steller as we made four errors again. However, Payton only walked two, so that helped out. We won, but we can play much better than we did,” Rowden said.
The Van-Far Lady Indians traveled to North Callaway on Thursday, September 26 to play the Lady Thunderbirds. North Callaway took the win by a score of 15-0.
The Lady Indians had just two hits in the game, those by Strange and Orr.
“They are probably without a doubt the best team we have played. They have it all, pitching, defense, and hitting is all outstanding.
That is why they are undefeated so far this year. They are 14-0 now and they have not allowed a run in 11 of those games. They are good, no doubt about it,” Rowden said.
“But again, we are not playing very good defense right now. Several balls dropped or missed that should have been caught. We are not being aggressive defensively. Offensively we were over powered by their pitcher. You can’t say much about that, she’s good. But we have got to turn our focus on defense if we want to compete.”
While an official schedule was not published as of press time, district games will begin on October 9.