VF Indians open with pair of losses
Van-Far pitcher Ethan Gooch throws a ball towards first base for an out in the Indians game against Bowling Green.
Van-Far’s baseball team was on pace for their first win of the young 2013 season last week as they led 2-1 through three innings. Unfortunately, Wright City scored four runs in the fourth and held on for a 6-3 victory.
During Wright City’s big inning, the Indians made three errors that led to four unearned runs.
Offensively, the Indians struggled as they finished with just four hits and of their first 15 outs, 12 came by way of a strikeout. Van-Far struck out 13 times in the loss.
“It was only the second time we have seen live pitching this year and with that kind of velocity it’s not easy,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “But the last couple of innings we did get some good swings on him and our timing was better.”
The Indians scored their first two runs in the third inning when Logan Boyd hit a two-RBI double, scoring both Jake Stuart and Wyatt McDowell.
Trailing 6-2, Van-Far scored its final run in the sixth inning but were unable to complete a comeback. After Trey Hull hit a single, stole a base, and advanced on a bad throw to second, he scored on Stuart’s fielders choice RBI.
“It was a good game to watch and was well played for the most part by both teams,” Rowden said.
Boyd finished with one hit and two RBIs; Stuart had one hit, one run scored, and one RBI; while both Hull and McDowell each scored one run and had one hit.
Pitcher Lucas Robinson pitched six innings.
“He struggled at times with his mechanics and he did walk seven but what I liked about his performance was he battled and did not let the errors or his own wildness get to him,” Rowden said. “He stayed poised out there and if he got frustrated you would not have known it by watching him. He stayed positive. Matter of fact the entire team stayed positive throughout the entire game. I was really pleased with that. We played hard till the last out was made. That is all any coach can ask of his kids. We lost but we have some good stuff to build on.”
Before falling to Wright City, the Indians lost 14-0 to rival Bowling Green as the Bobcats were sparked by a 10-run second inning.
Bowling Green had 14 hits in five innings, with seven of them going for extra bases.
“They hit the ball about as hard as I have seen a team hit in several years,” Rowden said. “They did not get cheated for sure.”
In the loss the Indians defense made just two errors that only led to one run. The game offered the Indians a first chance to play a game outside due to recent wet field conditions.
Gooch picked up the loss on the mound after allowing 12 runs on 11 hits. Nelson tossed one-and-a-third innings and allowed just one run on one hit while McDowell tossed two scoreless innings. Offensively, McDowell, Boyd, and Nelson each finished with one hit.