The Van-Far Indians baseball team is one win away from making head coach Wes Rowden’s final season a memorable one as they will play for the Class 2, District 4 Championship on Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m. in Louisiana.
The Indians knocked off Crossroads College Preparatory 10-0 on Monday in the semifinals to advance to the title game. Van-Far will play the winner of the Clopton vs. Louisiana match-up for the crown.
Against Crossroads, Van-Far used a seven-run fourth inning to cruise to a 10-0, five-inning victory.
After Cameron Barsé had an RBI single in the first for a 1-0 lead as Treyson Culwell scored. The Indians pulled away three innings later.
Sam Middleton had an RBI single that scored Nathan Beatty followed by Riley Culwell scoring after a walk.
Colten Jensen added a two-RBI single. Treyson Culwell added an RBI single that scored Logan Wilson before scoring with Jensen on a two-RBI double by Barsé.
In the fifth inning, Caden Wilburn had a lead-off triple and scored on Wilson’s RBI single. Brayden McMillen then plated Wilson on an RBI single to finish off the scoring and the game.
Barsé finished the game with three RBIs while both Wilson and Jensen had two RBIs.
“Offensively, it took us a while, but we finally began to hit the ball and we went the other way a lot which is great to see,” Rowden said. “When we do that we are a better offensive team.”
Treyson Culwell got the win on the mound after tossing a no-hitter with seven strikeouts in three innings.
Wilson tossed two innings and gave up one hit, no runs, and struck out two.
“Both boys threw the ball pretty well,” Rowden noted. “We made no errors for the game which is nice and we only walked two for the game. That is good to see as well. Both pitchers can now come back and throw on Thursday in the championship game against the winner of Louisiana and Clopton on Tuesday night.”
Before the big district win, the Indians struggled in their final three regular season games.
Van-Far first lost 15-0 to North Callaway after having no hits.
They then lost to Clopton 15-0 after getting just three hits on Senior Night. During that evening, seniors Sharrod Connor, Alexis DeTienne, Jayda Borgmeyer, Brayden McMillen, and Cameron Barsé were honored.
Van-Far also tallied just three more hits in a 4-0 loss to Madison.
“We just are not hitting the ball very well at this time,” Rowden said after those games.
“But also North Callaway and Madison both had outstanding pitchers.”