The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team split a pair of games with the teams from Callaway County last week as they opened the year with a 2-1 record. They defeated Calvary Lutheran in their home opener.
Defensive improvements from their first game to the second game helped the Lady Indians with an extra-inning thriller, a 3-2 win over South Callaway. In their final at-bat, Gina Clausen and Reaghan Case got on base as Alexis DeTienne laid down a sacrifice bunt to score courtesy runner Mallory Williams for the winning run.
“We executed our short game pretty well against South Callaway,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “This is something we have really worked on in the offseason because we have lacked in this area in the past, but with the speed we have this year it will definitely be beneficial to us throughout the season.”
After trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, Makayla McAfee reached base on a sacrifice bunt that scored Alivia Graddy.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Williams scored the game-tying run on Graddy’s ground out to the pitcher. Case led the offense with two hits in the win.
Jayle Jennings earned the complete game victory after tossing nine innings and allowing just one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts.
Loss to North
The magic carried over to their game against North Callaway one night later as they led 5-0 through three innings. Unfortunately, North Callaway put a nine spot in the top of the fourth inning. They added four more in the seventh for a 14-5 win. Garner had back-to-back home runs for three of the early five runs before fatigue set in for the Lady Indians after a long first week to the season. Graddy had a “web gem” in one inning after she jumped through the fence to rob North Callaway of a home run.
“After a long week Coach (Wes) Rowden and myself our very happy with what we have seen from the team so far,” Orf said. “We know we have a lot to work on but the season is still young and we are looking forward to what this next week will bring us.”
Case and Graddy each scored one run while Jennings had two hits. Jennings allowed seven earned runs on the mound and struck out two in the loss.