On Friday, September 3, the Van-Far Lady Indians traveled to Laddonia to play their rival, the Community R-VI Lady Trojans with new coach Sarah Simmons. Van-Far played hard and was able to bring home a big win by a score of 14-0.
Brooke Johnson got things rolling with a base hit in the first inning that would bring home Melani Hamlett to give the Lady Indians an early lead.
Madison Baumbach and Kaylein Wilson scored in the second when Madison Orr hit a two-RBI single.
Johnson started the third inning with a double and later scored on a single by Annaliese Hubert.
With the bases loaded, Wilson reached base on an error and two runs scored. Orr then walked to load up the bases again. Van-Far added two runs when Haven Atkinson walked to drive in a run and Hamlett hit a sacrifice fly to center to score another run.
Breanna Strange singled and scored on a single by Willis in the fourth.
In the sixth, the bats were hot as Baumbach tripled, Hamlett doubled, and Atkinson, Johnson, and Orr each singled. The Lady Indians scored five runs to secure the win.
Payton Willis got the victory with six innings while allowing one hit. She struck out 11 and walked three batters.
“Defensively we played well and committed no errors. It was a good game for us to win,” said Head Coach Wes Rowden.
The Lady Indians went into the Hallsville Tournament over the Labor Day weekend, holding onto a .500 season record.
The Southern Boone Lady Eagles attacked early by scoring a run in the first inning.
The Lady Eagles scored again in both the second and third inning. The Lady Indians got on the board in the fourth inning when Orr hit a single and later scored on a wild pitch.
While Madison Orr, Brooke Johnson, Breanna Strange, Ciara Craven, Madison Baumbach, and Annaliese Hubert each had a hit, cold bats kept the Lady Indians from pulling ahead. The Lady Indians lost game one to Southern Boone with a score of 3-1.
In game two of the Hallsville Tournament, the Van-Far Lady Indians played the Hallsville Lady Indians.
Hallsville took a convincing lead in the third inning when they scored nine runs on five walks, three doubles, and back-to-back singles.
The Hallsville Lady Indians rallied again in the sixth inning to score two more runs, one of which was unearned due to a wild pitch.
Baumbach got the start, but was relieved late in the third inning by Payton Willis. The Van-Far Lady Indians got just four hits in the game. Orr hit a triple and a single, and Hamlett and Hubert both singled.
The Van-Far Lady Indians lost game two by a score of 11-0.
Lady Indians pull out
The Lady Indians played their second home game against Montgomery County on Thursday, September 5. The Lady Indians won 5-4 in what was a nail biter game.
The game was scoreless until the third inning when Montgomery County scored a run on a two-out single. The Lady Indians then made a big play when they utilized double cutoffs and threw a Lady Wildcats runner out at home
The Lady Indians retaliated in the bottom of third when Chevi Windland scored on a two-out single by Hamlett.
The Lady Wildcats scored one run in the fourth and two in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
The bottom of the fifth got interesting as the Lady Indians began a scoring rally.
Orr was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and was brought home when Hamlett hit an RBI double. Hamlett later scored on an infield single by Breanna Strange, who also scored, compliments of a double by Ciara Craven.
The Lady Wildcats made a throwing error that would advance Craven to third base. Baumbach then hit a single to drive in Craven, giving the Lady Indians a 5-4 lead. Pitcher Payton Willis got the win as she went seven innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits, striking out three, and walking four.
“We played really good defense behind Payton. My outfielders had five assists. Breanna Strange threw out a girl at third base, Annaliese Hubert threw out two girls at first and one at second from right field,” Rowden said. “We really looked good defensively. Offensively, after the first time through the line-up, we hit the ball really well and had several hard hit balls.”
Hamlett, Strange, and Baumbach each had two hits, while Orr, Craven, Willis, and Hubert each had a hit.