Van-Far was just one inning away from starting 3-0 in the EMO Conference this past week before falling late to rival Bowling Green 7-4.
The Lady Bobcats scored four runs in their final at-bat after taking advantage of an error with the bases loaded.
“It was a good game to watch,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “There were very few misplays by both teams. Obviously, for Bowling Green to be down 4-2 and come back to win was good for them, but it was a real disappointing loss for us.”
Bowling Green led 2-0 through four innings before the Lady Indians took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Ciara Craven had an RBI double with one out to score Breanna Strange for the first run. Haven Atkinson followed two batters later with a three-run home run that scored both Kambrie Hartsell and Craven.
The Lady Bobcats added their third run in the sixth inning before pulling away in the seventh.
Van-Far’s offense finished the game with 10 hits while the defense committed two errors.
Atkinson had three RBIs, two hits, one run scored, and one home run. Strange added three hits and one run scored while Mackenzie Baumbach had two hits, including one triple.
Payton Willis picked up the loss on the mound after tossing seven innings and allowing three earned runs on eight hits. She also had four walks and five strikeouts.
“Mentally we have to learn to go out and just take the game and not hope we can hold on,” Rowden said. “We have a pretty solid club, we now just have to believe we can win.”
1-2 at North Callaway
The Lady Indians took one victory in a three-game tournament at North Callaway Saturday, September 8.
Van-Far faced a 16-hit slugfest in their first game of the tournament against Linn’s Lady Wildcats.
Linn drove in three runs in the first inning, added another two runs the third inning, before holding a 10-1 lead over the Lady Indians after another five runs scored in the sixth.
Van-Far scored one run in their last at-bat. Linn slipped in another four runs late to leave Van-Far with a 14-2 loss.
In the Lady Indians’ second game of the day, New Franklin also pulled ahead early in the first inning with four runs to Van-Far’s one run. New Franklin picked up another run in the third inning and held on for an 8-2 victory.
The Lady Indians ended their slide in the third and final game of the tournament against Montgomery County.
Van-Far ended the first inning with a 5-0 lead, scored another eight runs in the second inning, and finished the game in the third by putting up four runs for a 17-1 victory over the Montgomery County Lady Wildcats.
“For the day it really was a matter of not hitting, throwing, and catching very well,” Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden said. “In the third game against Montgomery County, we did hit the ball much better, but their pitcher really struggled.”
In the three games, Van-Far committed 12 errors, five of those from the first game, and seven errors during the second game.
Haven Atkinson led Van-Far in scoring for the tournament — delivering three hits, four runs, and two RBIs for the day.
Other notables were, Breanna Strange with four hits and three runs scored, and Melani Hamlett with two hits and two runs scored. Both Strange and Hamlett had three RBIs.
On defense, Payton Willis pitched the first game, but tired toward the end allowing blooper hits by Linn in the final innings.
Sarah Sutton pitched the second game against New Franklin, struggling through the first inning to allow four walks.
After five innings of rest, Willis came in to pitch the final two innings of the second game.
Willis then allowed only one hit and one run, the result of a home run, through a three-inning game three for the victory.
“It’s a tough tournament and there are some really good teams there,” Rowden said. “You have to play well to do well.”