Indians drop pair of EMO contests
A big collision at home plate in Van-Far’s game with Wright City.
The Van-Far Indians baseball team is still looking for its first win of the season after dropping a pair of EMO Conference contests last week.
Van-Far led 4-3 through three innings in their home battle with Wright City on April 10.
Unfortunately, the Wildcats outscored the Indians 6-1 in the final four innings for a 9-5 victory.
“We played the best we have played all year,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “…We had a couple of defensive miscues to allow two runs to score but we also made some very good defensive plays. When our pitchers threw strikes we made the plays defensively. Where we got into trouble is when we walked batters. But we showed improvement in both factions of the game. We threw a couple of runners out at home as we executed the cutoff plays perfectly.”
The Indians scored their first two runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Austin Speagle drew a bases-loaded walk to score Michael Colson. Jake Stuart followed with an RBI single, scoring Brett Hubert for the second run.
After Wright City rallied for three runs in the top of the third inning, the Indians regained the lead with two more runs.
Colson’s two-out RBI double scored Brayden McMillen, who was pinch running for Logan Boyd. Colson scored later on a Wildcats’ error.
Van-Far trailed 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth when they scored their final run on Colson’s second RBI double. His hit scored Josh Parrott, who was pinch running for Boyd.
Wright City added two more runs in their final at-bat to seal the win.
Colson made four defensive plays in the win. He also went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Falling to Bowling Green
Two days earlier, the Indians lost to rival Bowling Green, 16-5.
The Bobcats led 7-0 before the Indians put some runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning.
Kyle Decker had a bases loaded double that scored Wyatt McDowell, Stuart, and Boyd. He later scored on Colson’s sacrifice fly.
Bowling Green responded with five more runs to go up 12-4.
The Indians scored their final run in the top of the fifth inning when Stuart scored on McDowell’s double.
“We hit the ball pretty well,” Rowden said. “They made several good defensive plays. I am really pleased with our offense at this point. We are still making too many errors and allowing too many free passes to batters. We have to shore up our defense and our pitchers have got to gain better command.”