The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team played six games in six days last week and ended the tough stretch with four wins and a Consolation Championship in the EMO Conference Tournament.
“Overall, we played pretty good softball this week,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf.
The Lady Indians had another strong tournament on Saturday after winning two of its three games to win the Consolation title.
In the fifth place game, the Lady Indians trailed Wright City 2-0 through four innings before Jordan Garner launched a two-run home run to tie the game.
Trailing 4-2, Jayda Borgmeyer added a solo home run in the sixth inning to cut the lead to one.
After the defense rallied for a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Indians pushed two runs across the plate in their final at-bat.
Garner’s ground-rule double was followed by Jayle Jennings’ sacrifice fly to score the tying run.
Madison Orr added an RBI single to score Alexis DeTienne for the eventual game-winning run.
Van-Far then forced three of Wright City’s four batters in the bottom of the seventh to get out to win the game.
Garner finished the game with four hits and two RBIs while Orr added three hits and one RBI.
Jennings earned the win on the mound after striking out four in seven innings pitched.
In the Consolation semifinals, the Lady Indians’ defense held Silex to just four runs in a dominating 14-4 win through just five innings.
Van-Far jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning before scoring seven more runs in the fourth for a 10-3 lead. The Lady Indians added their final four runs in the fifth.
“Against Silex we hit the ball well and capitalized on the walks,” Orf said.
Jennings finished the game with five RBIs. Renee Nelson had two hits and drew three walks. Garner added two hits and one RBI.
Jennings picked up the win on the mound after striking out one batter over five innings.
In the first round, the Lady Indians gave up nine runs in the second inning and couldn’t recover in a 9-3 loss to North Callaway.
Van-Far did score three runs in the fifth, which was three more runs than they scored in their first meeting with the Lady Thunderbirds.
Garner had two hits and Borgmeyer had two RBIs.
Jennings tossed 2.1 innings and struck out two while Borgmeyer tossed 1.2 innings.
Before the tournament, the Lady Indians started their week by knocking off Marion County 7-4 for a home victory.
The Lady Indians trailed 4-1 through two innings before scoring the final six runs for the win.
Borgmeyer had two hits and three RBIs.
Borgmeyer also tossed a complete game and struck out four.
In the first game against Wright City in the same week, both teams were tied at 2-2 through five innings before the Lady Indians scored one run in each of the last two innings for the win.
Lindsey Nitcher laid down a perfect bunt with two outs in the seventh inning to score Garner for the winning run.
Orr led the offense with two hits, Garner had one hit, and Nitcher added one RBI.
The Lady Indians took advantage of six Wright City errors in a contest that was physical at times.
Borgmeyer earned the win on the mound after tossing seven innings and striking out two.
The disappointing loss of the week came against Clopton on the road.
Van-Far led 7-3 through seven innings before allowing the Lady Hawks to score five runs to tie the game and force an eighth inning.
Clopton scored a game-winning run to win the game, 9-8 after outhitting Van-Far, 14-7.
“The Clopton game wasn’t one of our finest because we gave up five runs to let them come back and beat us, but we definitely learned from it,” Orf said.
DeTienne drew three walks in the loss while both Abbi Kuda and Nelson had two RBIs.
Jennings earned the victory after tossing 7.2 innings and striking out one.
In one other recent game played September 24, the Lady Indians scored at least one run in all five innings during a 12-2 win over Hermann.
Jennings had three hits while Garner added two hits and three RBIs. Kuda had two hits and two RBIs.
Jennings earned the win after tossing five innings.