The Van-Far Indians baseball team was looking for a needed EMO Conference victory this past Monday night when they traveled to Wellsville.
The Indians took an early 4-3 lead in the first inning before their seven run third inning helped them pull away for a 14-4 victory in five innings.
Van-Far had 11 hits with four going for extra bases while they took advantage of five Wellsville errors.
“It was great to get a win,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “…We had our season high for hits and runs in a game with 14 runs and 11 hits. I liked our four extra base hits, that was good to see.”
Andrew Stewart picked up the victory on the mound after surviving a tough first inning and striking out nine while walking just two hitters. He was charged with only two earned runs.
The Indians scored four runs in the first inning. Ryan Nelson’s sacrifice fly scored Ethan Gooch for the first run before Trey Hull scored on Logan Boyd’s RBI single.
Ryan Decker, who was a courtesy runner for Boyd, later scored on Stewart’s RBI single. Brian Kurz added an RBI single to score the pinch running Lucas Robinson.
The Indians added two more runs in the second inning when Ben Darling scored on an error. Hull scored for a second time on Ryan Teague’s RBI single.
In Van-Far’s big seven-run third inning, Kyle Decker hit a two-RBI double that scored Robinson and Kurz before Decker scored on an error.
After Hull stole his third base of the game and Teague walked to load the bases, Hull scored for a third time on a wild pitch. Gooch also scored on a wild pitch.
Boyd drew a two out walk. Ryan Decker came in as a pinch runner and both he and Teague scored on Stewart’s two-RBI single.
In Van-Far’s final at-bat, the Indians scored their 14th run when Nelson’s double was followed by Boyd’s double to score Nelson.
Before the big win over Wellsville, the Indians’ rally fell short in a home loss to Mark Twain.
After the Tigers took advantage of an error and a wild pitch to score three runs in the first and went up 4-0 in the fourth, the Indians responded with two runs.
Both Boyd and Stewart scored on errant throws in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to two runs.
Mark Twain added one more run in the sixth to seal the victory.
“Andrew threw really well after the first inning,” Rowden said.
“He walked three in the game and all three came in the first inning. Even with that we still could have gotten out of the inning with only one run scored if we had made a play on the infield. He did strike out seven but the other two runs they scored got to third on wild pitches or a pass ball so that hurt us as well…Our problem was we just could not hit the ball. Their pitcher was not over powering by any sense of the word. We had one hard hit the entire game and that was by Ryan Nelson in the first inning. We struck out eight times and really looked bad doing it. We had only two hits for the game, Ryan Nelson and Ethan Gooch, but Ethan’s was an infield hit.”