Pitching, defense shines at Jamboree
Van-Far’s Ciara Craven during warmups at this past Monday’s Jamboree in Louisiana.
The Van-Far Lady Indians’ softball team battled three area teams tough in this year’s Jamboree on Monday night but were unable to pick up a scrimmage victory in spite of pitchers allowing just one earned run in nine innings.
In the opener with Wellsville, the Lady Indians lost 1-0 on an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning. Against Louisiana, Van-Far lost 3-0 after allowing three unearned runs to cross the plate in the second inning. In the finale, Van-Far lost 1-0 to Montgomery County on an earned run in the first inning.
Pitcher Payton Willis tossed two innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits.
Pitcher Madison Baumbach allowed no runs in four innings of work after allowing just three hits.
“They both did a pretty good job overall,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “We did not help Payton with two errors against Louisiana when the three runs scored. I was pleased with the pitching overall.”
Van-Far’s offense had just four hits during the three games. Madison Orr had two hits while Breanna Strange and Baumbach each added one hit.
The varsity lineup played just five to six innings and struck out only two times.
“We did put the ball in play, we just did not hit the ball very hard overall,” Rowden said. “The JV girls played three to four innings and they struggled with the bats at making contact. We have not worked a lot on hitting. We mainly have concentrated on defense in the early going. It was good to see how the girls reacted in game situations and we were able to get some idea on what we need to focus more on in practice. The younger girls still have a lot they need to learn; the older girls it’s more about timing and execution in game situations. Last year we hit well early, but went into a team slump at the end of the year. Hopefully, we can be more consistent offensively this year.”