The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team took our community on a magical ride that ended after they left it all on the field in a state quarterfinals loss at home against Chaffee on Saturday.
While they finished just a little short of reaching the Final Four, their loss does not diminish their accomplishments, not only for this season but for what it does for the program in the near future.
They also deserve credit for energizing school pride to a level not felt since perhaps the boys basketball team won the state title.
After winning districts, the Lady Indians had a pep rally in the gym to get ready for traveling three hours south to play a state sectionals game in St. Elizabeth.
While still in town, the Lady Indians boarded a bus and took a lap through town while greeted by several cheering fans and signs on the road wishing them good luck.
They were also greeted in Farber by folks at the Farber Fire Department and passed many more supportive signs along the highway.
An extremely large fan base from Van-Far made the trip to cheer on the Lady Indians in their first ever state playoff game in the sport.
Their energy sparked an 11-run sixth inning and a sectionals victory.
During this past weekend’s quarterfinals match-up, fans coming to the game had to be directed on where they should park due to the large crowd in attendance.
A sea of black and gold filled the bleachers and portable chairs outside the fence along the third base line and behind the back stop.
Some spectators chose to stand in some open areas, meaning it was a little difficult just to walk around the seating area.
Chaffee’s supporters filled up the area on the first base line.
There was a paid attendance of 472, a softball record that may never be broken, well, that is unless this talented bunch of girls make another run next season.
While losing some great seniors, the returning players coming back will be ready to make another playoff run.
The way this community showed their pride and support for the Lady Indians this past week is something all of us can be proud of.
Congratulations Lady Indians, for not only a good season, but for igniting a spark our community hasn’t seen to that level for some time.
Let’s do it again next year…