In a busy week featuring five baseball games, the Van-Far Indians did manage to pick up one victory over a solid Sturgeon team.
In the Community R-VI Tournament, a six-run seventh inning, mixed with solid pitching, carried the Indians to a come-from-behind 8-5 victory.
Trailing 4-2 in their final at-bat, a Sturgeon error with the bases loaded scored the first run.
Cameron Barsé was then hit by a pitch to score a second run to tie the game.
Brayden McMillen added an RBI single before Nathan Beatty and Barsé scored on a misplayed hit by Cody James.
McMillen later scored on another Sturgeon error.
Offensively, Logan Wilson led the Indians by going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. James had two hits and two RBIs. Riley Culwell, Treyson Culwell, Colten Jensen, and McMillen each had singles.
On the mound, Beatty tossed 3 2/3 innings and gave up just one earned run on three hits.
Matt Dunn tossed the final part of the game and allowed one unearned run for the win.
“Both Nathan and Matt pitched really well,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “Nathan got into trouble a couple of times but was able to keep the damage to a minimum. Matt came in and just threw strikes and did a really good job to get his first win. Both guys gave us seven good innings.”
In game two of the tournament, four defensive errors doomed the Indians in the fourth inning as Silex picked up the 7-1 win.
Barsé’s two-out, RBI single scored the team’s lone run in the first inning. He added a second hit while Beatty had one hit.
Treyson Culwell pitched 3 2/3 innings and Riley Culwell tossed 1 1/3 innings.
“The first game was a good game for us in the way we were able to come from behind and get the win,” Rowden said. “Sturgeon did make a few errors, which kept the inning going in the 7th but we put the ball in play and took advantage of their miscues. We just did not hit the ball very well in the second game. Too many strikeouts for us and not enough defense.”
The Montgomery County Wildcats scored 23 runs on 16 hits as Van-Far’s defense made three errors in a 23-1 loss for the Indians.
The Wildcats scored 16 runs in the fourth inning.
Beatty had the lone RBI for Van-Far with a fielder’s choice that scored Riley Culwell.
Treyson Culwell and McMillen each had a double while Riley Culwell and Jensen had singles.
Falling to Bowling Green
In another ugly contest, Van-Far gave up 14 runs in the fourth inning in a 20-0 loss to Bowling Green. There were 14 earned runs in the loss. Wilson picked up the loss on the mound.
James had two hits and Riley Culwell had a single in the loss.
“Again, it was the case of not enough pitching and defense not making plays and us not being able to generate any offense,” Rowden said.
The Indians had a stretch of scoring just one run in three games as they were shut out by Wellsville, 10-0.
Wilson had three hits and both Barsé and Treyson Culwell had singles in the loss for an Indians squad that struck out 11 times in five innings.
“We are not swinging the bats very well at all if we are even swinging,” Rowden said after the Wellsville game. “We are taking too many strikes and when we do swing, we are not even making contact. A lot of it is mechanics and some of it is mental…Defensively, we are not making plays that should be made, just routine plays.”
Treyson Culwell tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs with three strikeouts and three walks. Beatty tossed two innings and allowed five earned runs with one strikeout, and one walk.