Van-Far’s baseball team recently dropped three EMO Conference games while picking up a lone win over Marion County.
In the lone victory, the Indians scored three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to leave Philadelphia, Mo. with a 5-4 win over the Mustangs.
Marion County jumped out to a 3-0 lead through three innings when Van-Far tied the game in the top of the fourth on Matt Dunn’s three-run home run.
In their next at-bat, Logan Wilson scored on an error before Treyson Culwell hit a solo home run. Dunn also had two hits in the win and scored one run.
Sam Middleton, Caden Wilburn, Treyson Culwell, and Wilson each scored one run.
Van-Far’s hitters did strike out 15 times in the win.
Dunn tossed three innings on the mound and allowed three earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Middleton gave up no earned runs on one hit with three strikeouts.
LaTrell Wright tossed one inning and gave up no runs or hits with one strikeout.
Wilson tossed one inning and gave up one earned run on one hit with one strikeout.
One of their EMO Conference losses was an 10-0 one to Wellsville-Middletown.
Wilson and Wright each had the lone hits in the loss.
Wilson picked up the loss on the mound after allowing eight earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
“…They did a couple of little things better than us and it added to up to the final score,” said Van-Far head coach Dan Friedel.
“If we can correct some of those little things and have a bounce go our way, that would be a different game. We are in a bit of a rut right now but need to continue to compete and the results will come.”
Van-Far also lost a tough 5-4 game on the road to Elsberry.
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning.
Elsberry led 5-3 through six innings before Van-Far’s late rally fell short in the loss.
Wilson had two hits, one RBI, and one run scored in the loss.
Treyson Culwell added one RBI and one run scored while Wright also scored one run.
Treyson Culwell tossed six innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.
In their last game against Mark Twain, the Tigers scored 12 runs in the first three innings and beat the Indians, 14-5.
Wilson had three hits, one RBI, and one run scored in the loss.
Wright added two RBIs; Caden Wilburn had two hits and one RBI; Colin Wilburn added two hits and one run scored; while Riley Culwell scored one run.
Four pitchers through in the loss. Riley Culwell went one inning and allowed five earned runs on three hits with four walks.
Wright tossed one and one third inning, allowing five earned runs and seven walks. Middleton went one and two-thirds innings and allowed one earned run on two hits with one strikeout. He also walked one batter.
Caden Wilburn went three innings and gave up one earned run while striking out seven with five walks.
Van-Far pitchers had 17 walks in the loss.
“We didn’t throw enough strikes to win the game,” Friedel said. “When you are walking guys, it really makes it difficult to win, and we had problems with that tonight. I think we have multiple pitchers that can be effective, but we have to throw strikes and be tough on the mound. It isn’t gonna go our way on every pitch, but we need to be tough enough to bear down and go get the next guy. We kind of let some bad things snowball on us and it resulted in a loss.”