The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team picked up a pair of big EMO Conference wins last week after outscoring two teams, 17-4.
On Tuesday, the Lady Indians traveled to Elsberry and used a six-run seventh inning to pull away with an 11-4 road victory. In their three-run first inning, Jordan Garner’s RBI double scored Makayla McAfee for one run. Alexis DeTienne scored on Jayle Jennings’ ground out and Garner also crossed the plate in the inning.
Carleigh Phillips reached on an error and scored after DeTienne’s single in the second to give Van-Far a 4-0 lead.
Elsberry battled back to make the score 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning before Van-Far pulled away in their final at-bat.
Jayda Borgmeyer’s RBI double scored Garner. Alivia Graddy then hit a two-RBI double. Jennings also scored one run on a wild pitch. Both Phillips and Graddy each scored runs in the inning.
Graddy had two RBIs and one run scored, Phillips scored three runs, Reaghan Case scored one run, and Garner had one RBI and scored two runs. McAfee scored one run while DeTienne, Jennings, and Borgmeyer each had one RBI and scored one run.
Borgmeyer tossed five innings and allowed four earned runs, four walks, and struck out four.
Jennings tossed two innings and struck out two while allowing no earned runs.
“Jayda Borgmeyer looked good against Elsberry with it being her first game pitching since this Summer,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “Offensively, we looked great against Elsberry. We hit the ball hard especially in the seventh inning scoring six runs and giving ourselves a nice lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Defensively, we were flawless.”
The Lady Indians traveled to Wellsville and left with a 6-0 win after Jennings pitched a complete-game, one hit shutout.
She struck out seven and walked just one batter.
“Jayle Jennings pitched a great game against Wellsville only allowing one hit, one walk all game, and keeping them scoreless the entire game,” Orf said.
The Lady Indians scored one run in each of the first two innings, added two in the fourth, one more in the fifth, and one in the seventh.
Graddy had two RBIs and one run scored, McAfee added one RBI and one run scored, and Alex Connaway scored two runs. Garner and Jennings each scored one run.
“This week we did a better job of keeping the bats going throughout the whole game,” Orf noted. “It was nice to see some big hits out of a few girls who were struggling at the beginning of the season. Our defense looked tighter then it did last week. We had some big plays…We are improving every game and look forward to only getting better throughout the season.”