Things were looking good for Van-Far’s baseball team through five innings last week in their match-up with Mark Twain.
Pitcher Josh Hodde had a no-hitter and the Indians held a slim 2-1 lead. He had struck out 12 at the time.
Their season changed in the bottom half of the fifth inning however when Logan Wilson and Hodde scored on Riley Culwell’s two-RBI single. Hodde got hurt when scoring the second run as he has fractured his right hip and will now be out of the lineup for at least six weeks.
The wheels came off in the game then for the Indians as Mark Twain scored 12 runs over the next two innings to win the game, 13-4.
“Obviously, when you lose a player the quality of Josh, it hurts,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “Not only his bat, glove, and his pitching, which has been really good, but his leadership. It’s going to change a lot of what and how we do things. But we will have to step up our game and other players are going to have to carry the load.”
After Hodde, Logan Wilson tossed two-thirds of an inning and allowed five runs on four hits with three walks.
Riley Culwell tossed two-thirds of an inning with six runs scored, three hits, and three walks.
Caden Wilburn also tossed two-thirds of an inning and allowed one run.
Offensively, Riley Culwell went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and he drew two walks.
Cameron Barsé was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Nathan Beatty added one hit.