The Van-Far Lady Indians were hoping the third time would be a charm when they face No. 1 seed Clopton in the finals of the Class 1, District 7 Tournament.
After all, the Lady Indians had lost to Clopton two times since September 28.
Unfortunately, their hopes of advancing to the state playoffs came up short in a 5-3 district championship loss last Friday night at New Haven. Van-Far took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Jordan Garner scored on a Clopton error. She led off the frame with a single.
Clopton responded though with a five-run bottom of the second inning.
The Lady Indians started crawling back into the game scoring one run in the next inning as Makayla McAfee scored on a passed ball. She reached base with a two-out triple.
In the fifth inning, Van-Far cut the lead to 5-3 on Mallory Williams’ RBI single that scored Jayle Jennings.
Unfortunately, the Lady Indians’ offense went three up and three down in their final two at-bats in the loss.
Jennings picked up the loss in spite of allowing just two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings of work.
In the district semifinals, the Lady Indians scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning to hold off Silex, 4-3.
Silex led 3-0 through the top of the fifth inning before the Lady Indians’ bats came alive.
Carleigh Phillips hit an RBI double on a punt that scored Jennings.
She scored one batter later on Garner’s RBI double.
Garner eventually scored on a bunt single by Reaghan Case.
McAfee score the winning run in the sixth inning after a Silex error on a dropped ball by their catcher.
Jennings went 3-for-4 with one run scored in the win.
She also earned the complete-game victory on the mound after allowing three earned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts.
The Van-Far Lady Indians finished the 2017 softball season with a 15-9 overall record, according to MSHSAA’s website.