Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden was hoping his Indians could hold onto their momentum heading into districts one week after winning the Community R-VI Tournament title.
Unfortunately, Van-Far hit a road block with a pair of losses to Clopton and Silex.
On Senior Night, the Indians held a 5-4 lead through three innings but were unable to hold on in a 12-7 loss to the Silex Owls.
Van-Far scored its first run in the first inning after Wyatt McDowell hit a triple and scored on Logan Wilson’s infield single.
In the second inning, McDowell hit his second triple, this time scoring Klayton Haddock and Brandon Flowers, before scoring on another Wilson RBI single.
Silex cut the lead to one in the third inning when the Indians got the run back. An error allowed Layten McMillen to score, who led off the inning with a walk.
The Owls responded with a three-run home run in the fifth inning after scoring two in the fourth.
Van-Far picked up two runs in the sixth as McDowell scored on Josh Hodde’s RBI single. Mike Colson’s RBI single scored Wilson.
Silex added three more runs in their final at-bat to seal the win.
McDowell went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Haddock had three hits, one run scored, and one RBI; and Colson added two hits and one RBI.
“Defensively we did not play very well at all,” Rowden said.
“We not only made some physical errors and we made mental errors as well. We scored enough runs to win obviously, but again, you just can’t make errors and walk batters and expect to win very often. Hopefully the pitching, which was not that good this past week, will turn it around next week…”
Before falling to Silex, the Indians fell behind 11-2 to Clopton in the first two innings before losing 12-2.
Van-Far scored two runs in their first at-bat as McDowell hit a two-RBI double.
Clopton responded though as they scored three runs in the first.
The Hawks then scored eight runs in the second inning on just six hits with the help of two hit batters and two walks.
Clopton scored their final run in the third inning.
Wilson and Hodde each had two hits in the loss.
Colson picked up the loss on the mound after tossing four innings and giving up 11 earned runs on 12 hits. He also walked six and hit three batters.
“We played well defensively not making any errors but they hit the ball pretty hard for 12 hits and of course not much you can do about nine freebee’s,” Rowden added.
In the Class 2, District 5 Tournament, the Indians are the No. 4 seed and will face Louisiana at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at Clopton High School.
A win puts them in the district semifinals against a 13-2 Paris team at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 16. The championship game will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.