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Busy stretch of games end with Van-Far softball getting two wins

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Van-Far pitcher Breanna Strange, No. 44, attempts to tag out a Silex runner at home plate.

Van-Far pitcher Breanna Strange, No. 44, attempts to tag out a Silex runner at home plate.

The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team won two of five games in a busy schedule last week for the squad.
Their first victory came against Wellsville behind 23 hits in a 17-9 victory.
Wellsville made six errors in the loss.
“We played with enthusiasm, we were aggressive with the bats,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden.
The Lady Indians scored five runs in the first inning. Gina Clausen led Van-Far with a two-RBI single that scored Alexis DeTienne and Alexus McCurdy.
Madison Orr and Autumn Sutton each had RBI base hits in the  third inning.
After adding another run in the fourth, McCurdy’s double scored both Renee Nelson and DeTienne in the fifth for two more runs.
Orr added a two-out, three RBI double in the seventh.
Sutton went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Breanna Strange and Clausen each had three hits, three RBIs, and one run scored; Hailey Hopke had three hits and three runs scored; Orr had three hits, four RBIs, and two runs scored; McCurdy tallied two hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored; Annaliese Hubert had two hits; and Nelson added two runs scored and one RBI.
Strange picked up the win on the mound after tossing three solid innings.
“If she could just find that grove and stay in it, I believe our defense could make the plays,” Rowden added.
A second victory came after a 16-hit attack pushed the Lady Indians past Marion County, 15-3.
Van-Far led 3-1 before pushing across nine runs in the fourth inning.
Kaylein Wilson has a bases loaded double in the inning for three RBIs.
Orr hit an inside-the-ballpark two-run home run. The Lady Indians scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to seal the win.
“We did hit the ball better in the fourth and scored nine and took advantage of their misplays,” Rowden said.
Sutton had three runs scored and two RBIs; Orr added two hits and four RBIs; Wilson tallied two  hits and four RBIs; while both Strange and Hubert had two hits.
The Lady Indians lost their Senior Night game against Silex, 12-3.
During the game, Strange, Hubert, and scorekeeper Bryan Mink were honored.
“I will miss all three to say the least,” said Rowden, who coach both players for four years and had Mink’s services for three years.
Van-Far scored three runs on five hits and one walk.
DeTienne had a two-RBI single to score both Wilson and Strange in the third inning.
“We did not play like I really believe we are capable,” Rowden said. “Did not have a lot of enthusiasm in our pregame drills or even in the game. We just did not seem ready to play tonight. I know our losses are getting to the girls, but we still have to play with enthusiasm and give 100% all of the time. I need to do a better job at getting them ready mentally. Because I really believe we are better than we show.”
Last Monday, the Lady Indians lost 11-1 to Jefferson City.
Reaghan Case scored the lone run on Orr’s fifth inning base hit.
Orr, Hubert, Strange, McCurdy, Case, and Clausen each had hits in the loss. Jefferson City drew eight walks.
“Obviously, being the largest school in the state we were over matched but we competed and we did the best we could do,” Rowden said.
The Lady Indians also picked up a tough 5-3 loss to Elsberry 5-3 after making five errors.
The Lady Indians scored two runs in the third inning after Orr’s triple scored pinch runner Emily Laskowski.
Van-Far scored a run in the seventh inning on Orr’s single, that scored McCurdy.
A base running mistake hurt Van-Far in their final at-bat. Rowden took the blame as he felt he could have held a runner at second base to have the tying runs on with one out.
“It was a tough loss for us as they scored three in the sixth and never got the ball out of the infield,” Rowden said. “We did not hit particularly well, but you have to give their pitcher some credit for that as well. The first time we have faced a left-hander and it comes from a different angle. Maybe fatigue played a part as it was our fourth game in four days and only one of those games was a home game.”
Strange walked seven batters in thee loss though Rowden noted it was her best game “in quite a while.”
“A really tough loss, but we also know we are improving and we competed,” Rowden added. “That in my mind is the biggest difference for us in the last two games. We are competing and not just going through the motions.”