The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team had an extremely successful week as it won three of four games and placed third in the North Shelby Tournament.
In the third place game, the Lady Indians scored six runs over the final two innings to knock off Linn County, 10-5.
“Our bats finally came alive in our game against Linn Co. and our defense stepped it up to lead us to a victory,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf.
Madison Orr scored the first run in the Lady Indians’ first at-bat on a ball hit by Jayle Jennings.
Jordan Garner hit a two-run homerun in the third inning to push the lead to 3-1 before adding one more run in the fourth on Gina Clausen’s RBI single that score Carleigh Phillips.
Linn County responded with two runs in each of the next two innings to tie the game at 5-5 before Van-Far exploded for four runs in the sixth inning.
Clausen drew a bases loaded walk to score one run. Phillips scored on a passed ball and Lindsey Nitcher scored on Orr’s ground out. Reaghan added an RBI single.
In the seventh inning, Garner scored on an error and Jayda Borgmeyer scored on Autumn Sutton’s RBI single.
“We kept them scoreless in the seventh, allowing us to capture third place,” Orf noted.
In the first round, the Lady Indians scored one run in three different innings to hold off the host Lady Raiders, 3-0.
Van-Far set the tone early when Orr threw out a North Shelby runner at second base after trying to steal a base.
Jennings had an RBI single in the first, that scored Orr.
In the fourth inning, Phillips had a double and Renee Nelson had a single to score one run.
In the third inning, Garner had a sacrifice for the third run.
“Jennings’ fabulous pitching, combined with great defense would allow for her second shutout of the year,” Orf said.
In the semifinals, Scotland County scored all eight runs in the middle innings for an 8-3 win.
The Lady Indians were up 1-0 early when Orr scored on a passed ball
Two errors helped Scotland County score two runs.
Van-Far scored its final two runs in the sixth inning behind Clausen’s bases loaded walk and Phillips scoring on a passed ball.
The Lady Indians also won a 12-1 game with Elsberry at home.
Van-Far scored one run in the first inning when Case scored Orr’s RBI single.
Case and Jennings each added RBIs in a four run fourth. Garner had a two-RBI triple and Case added an RBI during a seven run third inning.
Jennings gave up just three hits and no earned runs while striking out five.
Case finished the game with three hits and four RBIs. Jennings had three hits and two RBIs, Garner had two RBIs, and Phillips had one RBI.
Van-Far also lost 2-1 to Mark Twain after errors hurt the Lady Indians.
The Lady Indians scored one run in the first as Jennings’ double scored Orr.
“Jayle Jennings did an excellent job pitching, but our defense made a quite a few costly errors and we really struggled hitting,” Orf added.
Van-Far’s JV softball team has had success so far this season with wins over South Callaway, Wellsville, Community R-VI, Elsberry, Mark Twain. The JV Lady Trojans also had a tie with North Callaway.
“Our Junior Varsity has been playing extremely well so far this season, “ Orf said.
Orf said her team has been hit the ball “extremely well” and are backing up Phillips on the mound with sold defense.
“Coach (Wes) Rowden and myself are really looking forward to the rest of the season.”