The Van-Far Indians baseball team opened its season on the road last Friday night in Louisiana.
Unfortunately, Van-Far left the Bulldogs’ field with a 13-3 loss.
Part of the loss could be attributed to the fact the Indians had yet to have any infield practice due to field conditions.
Van-Far’s defense made five errors in their first game.
“It’s always tough early in the season,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden.
“We have not had any infield practice on a field. What I was disappointed in was that the grounders went under the gloves and that was just a matter of not staying down… We just need to get on a field, take lots of grounders, and keep working.”
Van-Far scored all three of its runs in the first inning.
Lucas Robinson, Wyatt McDowell, and Josh Hodde each drew walks.
Mike Colson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Robinson.
Brendan Flowers added an RBI single to score McDowell while Hodde scored on Layten McMillen’s sacrifice fly.
“We had a good approach hitting early in the game for the most part,” Rowden said.
Louisiana answered with four runs in their first at-bat, which started with a lead-off home run off Colson, who started the game on the mound.
Louisiana scored one more run in the second inning, added four in the third, and four more in the fifth.
The cold weather didn’t help Colson and Van-Far’s other pitchers as they combined for 10 walks.
“The walks (were) bad, but they were close as far as the strike zone is concerned and taking the fact of the weather and it was hard to have a feel for the ball due to the cold,” Rowden added.
“I am not overly concerned at this point. Its early. I (saw) some good things from my pitchers.”
After struggling in the first inning, Colson settled down in the second inning as he faced just five batters.
Robinson tossed the next two innings, as he faced the minimum amount of batters in the fourth.
Louisiana scored four runs off Robinson but three errors were committed while he was on the mound.
Hodde tossed the fifth inning and walked four.
“He just did not have much feel for the ball due to the cold,” Rowden added.
“I liked his velocity and he was around the plate.”
Rowden noted that he was pleased with the performance of Cameron Barsé, Flowers, and Hodde.
“All three got hits and played well defensively,” Rowden said.