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Lady Indians drop two straight

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:35 am

A Van-Far runner hustles through the first base bag to beat out a Calvary Lutheran throw.

After a successful opening weekend to the softball season, the Van-Far Lady Indians had a slow start to their home schedule as they dropped a pair of contests last week.
In their home opener, the Lady Indians had a tough 10-2 loss to Calvary Lutheran.
Jayle Jennings started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI triple to score Makayla McAfee.
After Calvary Lutheran rallied to take a 2-1 lead, Van-Far tied the game back up in the bottom of the fifth inning as Devyn Keller’s ground out scored Alyse Jensen.
Unfortunately, an eight-run top of the sixth inning handed Van-Far an eight run defeat.
Jennings led the Lady Indians with three hits and one RBI; Jensen had two hits and one run scored; while Keller added one RBI.
Jennings picked up the loss on the mound in spite of allowing just one earned run on five hits with 10 strikeouts over seven innings.
“Against Calvary Lutheran, we struck first, but with some dropped third strikes, a walk, and a few errors, we gave up 10 runs,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert.
On Thursday, Van-Far had its first EMO contest of the season against a strong North Callaway team.
The Lady Thunderbirds led 3-0 through five innings before Van-Far scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth.
When there was a dropped third strike while Alivia Graddy was up to bat, Jennings scored from third base.
In the loss, the Lady Indians’ defense gave up just one error.
The offense had just six hits as Keller had a pair of hits. Graddy had the lone RBI and Jennings the lone run scored.
Jennings tossed seven innings and allowed just two earned runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
“Defensively, we have to tighten things up because we are giving up too many unearned runs,” Borchert said. “Offensively, we are being more patient at the plate, but are leaving too many on base. This next week, we are going to mix things up a bit and hopefully get some things going in the right direction.”
JV games
Though no final scores were provided, it was noted that the Van-Far JV softball team knocked off Calvary Lutheran last week behind great defense and a solid offensive attack.
“We were aggressive on the bases as well,” Borchert added.
On Thursday, the Lady Indians lost to North Callaway with poor defense and a struggling offense.