The Van-Far Lady Indians Softball team split their first two games of the season last week.
Lady Indians lose first game
The official first game of the season was against the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs scored 15 runs on nine hits and six walks and the Lady Indians committed three errors.
South Callaway had five hits in the first inning that were only inches away from being caught, yet still out of arms reach.
“Sometimes you need luck on your side to have success and we did not have any tonight,” said Van-Far Head Coach Wes Rowden.
The Lady Indians were able to load the bases in the second inning when Brooke Johnson walked, Ciara Craven reached on an error, and then Payton Willis walked. But with two outs, Kaylein Wilson grounded out to the shortstop. Lady Indians lost 9-0.
“I was happy with our mental approach in the game. Even though we gave up nine runs in the first, we stayed up and continued to support one another. That was a plus,” Rowden added.
Lady Indians win big
In the home opener against the Paris Lady Coyotes, Payton Willis got the win after tossing a no-hitter, striking out six and walking one, but that runner was erased as she was caught stealing.
“Payton faced the minimum for three innings of nine batters. She had better control tonight than she did last night and I hope that as the season continues, that control continues to improve,” Coach Rowden said.
The Lady Indians scored one run in the first inning as Haven Atkinson walked, stole second base, and then went to third base when the ball went into center field. Atkinson scored on an infield out by Madison Orr. The Lady Indians continued their scoring spree when they scored nine in the second inning as Johnson doubled over the left fielders head. Johnson then scored on a double by Craven. Both Annaliese Hubert and Payton Willis were walked. Craven was able to score on a wild pitch, while Hubert and Windland, running for Willis, both advanced.
Wilson followed up with a walk. Hubert came home on a wild pitch. Atkinson walked again to load the bases. Windland also scored on a wild pitch.
Orr then had an infield single to drive in Wilson, advancing Atkinson to third base. Orr then stole second base and both scored on a single by Melani Hamlett.
Hamlett moved on to second base on a single by Johnson. Johnson was forced out at second base on a ball hit by Craven. Craven stole second base, and then Hamlett scored on a wild pitch, advancing Craven to third base. Craven later came home to score on a wild pitch.
In the third inning, Atkinson was hit, Orr walked, and Hamlett was walked to load the bases. Johnson came up and singled, allowing Atkinson and Orr to score, and moving Hamlett to third base. Craven came up to bat and hit a single to drive in Hamlett. Both Johnson and Craven then advanced on a wild pitch. Johnson later scored on an infield error on a ball hit by Huber.
Willis came up and was walked with the bases loaded. Wilson was hit, driving in Craven for the 15-run rule to end the game. Lady Indians win 15-0.