After dropping a heartbreaker to Clopton in the opening round of the Louisiana Tournament this past weekend, the Van-Far Lady Indians softball team rallied for two big victories, including a 12-7 win over Father Tolten in the Consolation Championship to earn a trophy.
In game three of the tournament, the Lady Indians jumped out to a 10-5 lead through three innings before holding on for the five run victory. Van-Far’s offense finished the game with 11 hits.
“It was the best game we have played in a while and it was nice seeing the girls play with such determination,” said head coach Kelly Orf.
“Coach (Wes) Rowden and myself really enjoyed seeing the team we know we can be.”
Jordan Garner set the tone in the first inning with a lead-off home run. Jayle Jennings added an RBI double to score Alexis DeTienne. Morgan McDowell and Madison Orr each scored a run on errors.
In the two-run second inning, Jennings hit a two-RBI double to score Garner and DeTienne.
Garner added a two-RBI triple in the third inning and later scored when Father Tolten tried to throw her out at third base. Orr scored the fourth run on an error.
Both Lindsey Nitcher and Garner scored a run on an error in the fourth inning.
In the consolation semifinals, the Lady Indians scored at least one run in the first four innings for a 9-4 win over Wellsville.
Jennings had an RBI single in the three-run first inning to score Garner. Orr’s RBI single scored DeTienne and Jennings added a third run on Carleigh Phillips’ RBI single.
Orr added her second RBI single to score DeTienne for the lone run in the second inning.
In the third inning, Garner had a three-RBI triple to score Jayda Borgmeyer, Renee Nelson, and Nitcher. She then scored on DeTienne’s sacrifice fly.
The Lady Indians scored their final run in the fourth when Orr scored on an error with Reaghan Case at the plate.
In the first round, the Lady Indians took an early 2-1 lead on Clopton when Case had an RBI single to score Garner. Case added an RBI single to score Orr for the second run.
The Lady Indians led 2-1 before Clopton scored three runs in their final at-bat in the fifth inning.
“Even though we got on top early, we couldn’t manage to hold onto the lead,” Orf said.
Before the tournament, the Lady Indians dropped a 6-2 game to Southern Boone after making costly errors and struggling with their offense.
Jennings had a triple and scored a run on an error in the first inning. Garner scored the second run on an error in the fourth.
The Lady Indians also lost to Montgomery County, 4-3. The JV did win their game.
“We played great defense against Montgomery which was nice to see since we have been really working on this,” Orf said. “Our bats on the other hand are still struggling. It wasn’t until the end of the game when we really started hitting the ball, but by then it was too late.”
Van-Far also lost to Bowling Green, 12-0.
“We got some hits but never managed to score. We struggled again defensively,” Orf added.
The JV team lost 6-4 to the Bobcats but played well.
“Borgmeyer hit her first homerun, but we just couldn’t pull it off defensively,” Orf added.