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Indians almost win opener

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Van-Far baseball team. Front row, from left: Riley Culwell, Devin Fleming, Cody James, Klayton Haddock, and Paul Schambach. Second row: Austin Brewster, Josh Hodde, Brendan Flowers, and Jason Lansche. Back row: Assistant Coach Ken Hofer, Brayden McMillen, Tyler Robinson, Layten McMillen, Mike Colson, and Cameron Barsé. Not pictured: Caden Wilbrun, Treyson Culwell, Logan Wilson, Kirkland Stubblefield, Garrett Looney, and head coach Wes Rowden.

Van-Far baseball team. Front row, from left: Riley Culwell, Devin Fleming, Cody James, Klayton Haddock, and Paul Schambach. Second row: Austin Brewster, Josh Hodde, Brendan Flowers, and Jason Lansche. Back row: Assistant Coach Ken Hofer, Brayden McMillen, Tyler Robinson, Layten McMillen, Mike Colson, and Cameron Barsé. Not pictured: Caden Wilbrun, Treyson Culwell, Logan Wilson, Kirkland Stubblefield, Garrett Looney, and head coach Wes Rowden.

The Van-Far baseball team’s late rally fell short in their season opener last week as they lost 4-3 to Calvary Lutheran.
Treyson Culwell ground out to the third baseman as Josh Hodde scored from third to cut the lead to one. Unfortunately, the Indians weren’t able to put any more runs on the board.
“Overall, yeah it could be better, but we did do some good things,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden.
Rowden said he was pleased with the performance of pitchers Michael Colson and Wyatt McDowell.
Colson had good velocity on his pitches, tossing 3.2 innings with two earned runs on three hits and five strikeouts. He began to get tired in Calvary Lutheran’s two-run fourth inning as he walked three batters.
McDowell entered the game in relief and didn’t walk anyone through the final 2.1 innings pitched. McDowell gave up just one earned run on two hits and added one strikeout.
“I was really pleased with our pitching tonight,” Rowden said. “Mike started and threw well for three innings. You could tell he got tired in the fourth as he walked three batters in that inning. His fastball had good velocity, but he lost control of it when he got tired. Wyatt threw well too…”
Offensively, Van-Far took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning after Hodde picked up an RBI triple that scored Brayden McMillen.
Calvary Lutheran took advantage of two Indians’ defensive errors in the bottom half of the inning and scored on a bases-loaded hit to the outfield. On a throw to home, the call would have been a force out but the umpire said catcher Cameron Barsé was not on home plate.
Trailing 3-1, the Indians’ offense answered with one run in the top of the fifth inning. Colson drew a bases-loaded walk to score McDowell from third base for the run.
Calvary Lutheran responded with one run in their next at-bat as a runner crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
While Van-Far’s offense did have nine hits, batters struck out 12 times with seven of them caught looking on a third strike. Two of the strikeouts came with the bases loaded.
The Indians struggled with breaking ball in the loss.
“We need to put the ball in play more,” Rowden added.
Rowden did say his top three batters in McDowell, McMillen, and Hodde provided good hitting for his team. All three hitters had two hits, one RBI, and one run scored. Colson and Culwell each added one hit and one RBI.