The Van-Far baseball team gained valuable experience in the Cole Camp Jamboree this past Saturday.
The Indians lost all three games, though the scores don’t accurately depict the scrimmage format. Van-Far lost 6-5 to North Callaway, 7-6 to Cole Camp, and 5-4 to Lincoln.
In the Jamboree format, each game is three innings long. One pitcher can only throw two innings for the day and there was a free substitution allowed any time the coaches wanted to put one in.
“So you really did not know if it was the entire varsity team or a mixture,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “I mixed it up pretty well with varsity and JV players.”
Michael Colson started on the mound against North Callaway and gave up three runs in two innings.
Lucas Robinson tossed two scoreless innings against Cole Camp. Logan Boyd gave up five runs in two innings in the game with Lincoln.
Jake Stuart, Kyle Decker, Cameron Barsé, and Brayden McMillen also saw time on the mound.
“Robinson threw the ball really well, probably only threw 25 pitches combined in the two innings,” Rowden added.
“But the rules say only two innings so that is all he threw. I was very pleased with Colson as well. Once he got into a rhythm and got more comfortable he did okay. Boyd struggled with his control in the first inning more than the second. It was the first time that any of them had thrown off of a mound. I was happy with the way they threw.”
Offensively, the Indians were led by Boyd and Decker.
“They made solid contact and hit the ball hard,” Rowden said.
Colson and Robinson also hit the ball hard several times.
“We put the ball in play more than not so they had to make plays on us instead of taking three swings or watching a called third strike and sitting down,” Rowden added. “That was good to see.”
Defensively, the Indians made just one error in the nine innings.
“I was pleased with our effort and how we played,” Rowden said. “There are things we need still need to work on obviously, but we showed some positive things.”