Ten errors and just 14 hits in three games played a major role in the Van-Far Indians’ baseball team being outscored 43-3 in three EMO Conference losses last week.
“Offensively, we are putting the ball in play better with few strikeouts,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden.
“We just can’t find holes but overall I do see improvement.”
The Indians opened the week with a tough 15-1 loss at Winfield after four defensive errors.
Van-Far pitchers Ryan Nelson and Lucas Robinson combined to walk 11 batters, hit four, and allowed eight hits, with six of them being extra base hits.
Winfield scored 12 runs through the first two innings before cruising to the victory.
Logan Boyd scored the only run for the Indians in the second inning after a Winfield error.
Ryan Teague, Ethan Gooch, Brett Hubert, and Boyd each had one hit in the loss.
One night later, the Indians trailed just 6-2 through six innings before giving up 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning in a 17-3 loss.
Montgomery County hitters had 16 hits in the victory.
“We played the best game of the year for the first six innings,” Rowden said.
“…We played with more enthusiasm and really acted more like a team than we had all year…The three errors did allow four of the first five runs to be unearned…”
Rowden added that starting pitcher Andrew Stewart threw the ball “really well” through six innings before fatigue set in as his curveball flattened out and his fastball lost some speed.
Van-Far’s offense scored one run in the third inning when Teague scored on Boyd’s ground ball out.
In the fifth inning, Brian Kurz’s RBI single scored Gooch.
In Van-Far’s final at-bat, Boyd scored on Kyle Decker’s fly ball to the outfield.
Ben Darling and Nelson also had hits in the loss.
On Thursday night, Van-Far took an early 1-0 lead before a six run third inning caught up to them in an 11-1 loss to Silex.
Gooch hit a first inning triple before scoring on Nelson’s sacrifice fly for Van-Far’s lone run.
Trey Hull and Stewart also had one hit in the loss.
In battling bursitis in his elbow, Teague struggled on the mound with no velocity on his fastball and his curveball was falling flat.
“He threw pretty good against Orchard Farm last week, but tonight he just had no velocity and his curve was flat as well,” Rowden said.