If the Van-Far baseball season ends up being as exciting as its season opener, then their 2017 campaign will be special by the end of head coach Wes Rowden’s final year as coach.
In the home opener, the Indians trailed in their final at-bat after Calvary Lutheran scored two runs to take a 4-3 lead. They scored behind two walks, a hit batter, and a sacrifice fly.
Heads-up baserunning by Brayden McMillen helped him reach second base on a pick-off attempt and reach third on a pitch in the dirt. He then scored the game-tying run on Jason Lansche’s infield hit that was misplayed by a Calvary Lutheran shortstop.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Indians won the extra-inning game as Logan Wilson scored the game-winning run on Treyson Culwell’s RBI single.
“It was good to get a win on our home opener,” Rowden said.
Earlier in the game, the Indians took a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Wilson scored one run on a wild pitch and Hodde scored on an errant throw.
Riley Culwell’s sacrifice bunt led to Calvary Lutheran throwing the ball away to help McMillen score a run.
Treyson Culwell had two hits and one RBI; Wilson had two hits and scored two runs; Hodde added two hits and one run scored; McMillen scored two runs; Lansche had one hit and one RBI; and Cameron Barsé had one hit.
Hodde gave up no earned runs and struck out six in three innings pitched.
Treyson Culwell tossed 2 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs, four five walks, and four strikeouts.
Wilson tossed the final 2 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run, two walks, and four strikeouts.
“Our pitching did okay overall, but we did walk too many batters, a total of nine,” Rowden said. “That is going to have to get better obviously. Josh threw the ball really well for his three innings striking out six and walking only two. Treyson got into some trouble in sixth allowing two runs, but Logan Wilson came in and closed out the inning.”