-Submitted by Van-Far Junior High Assistant Coach Alex Cucciarre
The Van-Far Junor High Lady Indians softball team opened up the season with a 14-4 win over the Silex Owls.
Eighth grader Colby Wright-Walton pitched a stellar game for the Indians before 7th grader Annalynn Culwell came in to get time on the mound.
“Our pitchers looked great,” said Van-Far Junior High Assistant Coach Alex Cucciarre.
“I’m very happy at how they threw and it gives me great confidence in their abilities to succeed in a live-game setting. Defensively, we looked pretty sound. There were a few plays that could have been made, but our recovery from them was perfect. I was coming into the game a little nervous, but they put my doubts to rest.”
Center-fielder Aubrey Bunge helped the Lady Indians turn their first double play of the season, snagging a pop fly before throwing the runner out at first.
“That play had me screaming from the dugout, but it was awesome to see the girls pull that one off,” Cucciarre added.
Offensively, Makayla McAfee used her speed to earn a double and to place a perfect bunt in the later stages of the game.
“Cornflake (McAfee) sure surprised the defense with that bunt and beat the throw to first; it was awfully exciting to see that work,” Cucciarre said.
“I might just have to make her do that more often.”
Other offensive highlights included Mallory Williams’ single, Emma Barnes’ blast to the outfield, Panna Connaway earning her way on base with a great at-bat, Alivia Graddy being an aggressive batter, Makenna Hays smashing a single through the gap to right field, and Cheyenne Martin legging out an infield single.
Every girl who got on base was able to steal a bag as well.
“There was some great base-running by the team tonight,” Cucciarre said.
“Very patient and very aware of the game around them. That was exactly why we were able to be so dominant….This performance tonight builds my confidence in our core and team chemistry. Everyone was supportive and on point. We are going to have a very successful season this year.”
The Van-Far Lady Indians host Clopton on Wednesday, September 9 at 5 p.m.