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Lady Indians battle through six games

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

Van-Far’s Makayla McAfee tries to lay down a bunt against Wright City.

The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team hit a brutal stretch of games last week where they won just two of the six they played.
Things started out well on Monday as the Lady Indians defeated Marion County, 17-2.
The Lady Indians scored all of their runs in the first two innings.
Jayle Jennings had two hits, four RBIs, and two runs scored while Reaghan Case and Jordan Garner had three runs scored.
Mallory Williams had two hits, two RBIs, and three runs scored; Makayla McAfee had two runs scored and one RBI; while Carleigh Phillips, Gina Clausen, Alivia Graddy, and Morgan McDowell added two RBIs and one run scored.
Colby Walton picked up the win after allowing just one earned run on two hits.
Jennings tossed one inning and allowed one hit, no earned runs with three strikeouts.
The offense struggled one night later against Wright City on Senior Night as the Lady Indians lost, 4-1.
The defense made three errors in the loss as Wright City scored three runs in the top of the fifth before holding on late.
Williams had a double and one RBI as the Lady Indians’ offense had just four hits.
Jennings tossed seven innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
The Lady Indians then took on rival Clopton and lost, 12-5.
Both teams were tied 5-5 through five innings when Clopton scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Jennings had three hits and two runs scored while Garner added three hits, one RBI, and one run scored.
McAfee scored two runs and both Clausen and Phillips each added one RBI.
Jennings picked up the loss after allowing just five earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
In the EMO Conference tournament over the weekend, the Lady Indians knocked off Elsberry in the first game, 10-5.
With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Indians scored five runs in the next inning to pull away for the win.
Jennings had three hits, two runs scored, and one RBI while Williams added three hits, three RBIs, and one run scored.
Garner had three RBIs and two runs scored; McAfee added two runs scored and one RBI; Case added two RBIs; while Morgan McDowell, Graddy, and Phillips each scored one run.
Jennings picked up the win after tossing seven innings and allowing one earned run on five hits with nine strikeouts.
In their next game, the Lady Indians lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to a North Callaway team that beat them by 11 runs earlier in the season.
All of the runs were scored in the third inning.
McAfee had the lone RBI while Garner had two hits in the loss.
Jennings tossed 5.2 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits with three strikeouts.
Van-Far finished the tournament by falling 7-6 to Clopton as the Lady Hawks scored four runs in their final at-bat to walk-off a winner.
McAfee led the Lady Indians with four hits, two runs scored, and one RBI while Garner had three hits, three RBIs, and one run scored.
Phillips added two RBIs while Jennings, Graddy, and McDowell each scored one run.
Jennings tossed 6.2 innings and allowed six earned runs on 11 hits with one strikeout.
“Throughout the week, we really tightened up our defense and cut down our errors tremendously, which is something that needed to happened with districts being this week,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert.
The Lady Indians awaits the winner of Silex and Wellsville-Middletown in the Class 1, District 7 semifinals on Thursday, October 5 at 6 p.m. in New Haven.
With a win, they would play for a title at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6.