The Van-Far Indians baseball team appeared ready to knock off rival Community R-VI last Tuesday in Laddonia.
The Indians jumped out to a 9-2 lead through three innings.
Then things fell apart for Van-Far and Community R-VI took advantage of nine errors. The Trojans scored 14 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and cruised late to a 23-10 victory.
“We fell behind 9-2 early in the game but our bats woke up and we were able to put together some big innings as the game progressed,” said Community R-VI head coach Mike Boedeker.
Van-Far jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead on Trojans’ pitcher Doug Davenport.
Davenport helped out his cause in the bottom half of the inning after drawing a one out walk. He stole both second and third bases before scoring on Kyle Curtis’ single.
Van-Far padded their lead in the second inning when Kyle Decker hit a bases clearing double that scored Wyatt McDowell, Lucas Robinson, and Logan Boyd. He later scored on Brett Hubert’s RBI single.
The Trojans scored again in their next at-bat after taking advantage of two Indians’ errors and a few walks.
Trailing 9-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Trojans started their charge by scoring runs with the bases loaded from either a walk or error.
Lane Thebeau cleared the bases in the inning with a triple to center field.
Curtis added a three-run homerun.
Both Curtis and Lane Thebeau finished the game with five RBIs.
The Trojans scored 23 runs on 11 hits while their defense commited just one error.
Kaleb Harris entered the game in relief and shut down the Indians for the victory. He tossed four innings and struck out six while allowing just one earned run on two hits.
The Indians scored 10 runs on 10 hits though their defense committed nine errors.
“Our defense let us down is an understatement,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “We just did not field the ball very well at all…Community got down 9-2 and they continued to battle. We allowed them to get back into the game when we could not make plays and could not throw strikes.”
Decker led the Indians with two hits, four RBIs, and one run scored. Hubert added two hits, three RBIs, and one run scored; Boyd had two runs scored; while Jake Stuart, Michael Colson, and Austin Speagle each had one RBI.
“Offensively we hit the ball well,” Rowden added. “I liked our approach at the plate; we did not swing at many bad pitches. We just have to catch the ball…”
Before the win over their rivals, the Trojans crushed Paris 15-3.
Curtis picked up the win on the mound after striking out nine batters in 3 1/3 innings. Two of the runs were unearned.
Clay Thebeau finished the game in relief, throwing 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. He allowed just one earned run.
“He did a great job of working off his fastball and mixing in his off speed pitches,” Boedeker said. “The wind played a major factor in this game but I was happy with how well the guys we able to battle through the elements.”
Harris led the Trojans’ offense by going 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, and five RBIs. He also scored three runs.
Shane Myers went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. Doug Davenport went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored.