The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team is off to a .500 start to the 2017 season splitting its first six games that included a Consolation Championship in the Hallsville Tournament.
In Hallsville, the Lady Indians opened the tournament against the fourth-place team in the state from a year ago in Salisbury.
They led 4-1 through four innings before errors helped Salisbury battle back to tie the game in the sixth.
With the international tie breaker rule in extra innings, the Lady Indians scored one run before Salisbury plated two in their final at-bat to win the game.
Van-Far had nine hits in the win.
The Lady Indians followed the tough loss by knocking off Harrisburg, 12-2, in six innings.
Van-Far scored three runs or more in three innings in the win. The girls picked up 16 hits in the victory.
Colby Walton earned the win on the mound after allowing just two runs.
“We came out hot against Harrisburg, both offensively and defensively,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert.
In consolations against Sturgeon, Jayle Jennings pitched her team to a 10-0 shutout victory. She allowed just one hit in the win. Defensively, Van-Far made just one error while the offense had 12 hits. They had 37 hits in the three games.
“As the weekend went on, our defense started to look a lot stronger an we were able to make the plays that we need to make,” Borchert said. “Offensively, we hit the ball well all three games, and the last two games, we were able to start scoring the runs we needed.”
Mallory Williams led the team offensively as she tallied nine hits, one home run, five runs scored, and four RBIs.
Jennings added eight hits, one home run, three RBIs, and six runs scored.
Jordan Garner had two home runs, three RBIs, and two runs scored; Reaghan Case had two RBIs and four runs scored; Carleigh Phillips added six hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored; Gina Clausen added four runs scored and three RBIs; Alex Connaway had two RBIs; Makayla McAfee had three runs scored; and Walton added one RBI.
Van-Far added another win when they beat Calvary Lutheran 8-5 with solid defensive play.
Williams had three hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored; Phillips had four hits and one RBI; Clausen had one RBI and two runs scored; Case scored two runs; Alivia Graddy had one RBI and one run scored; Phillips had one RBI; and Garner scored one run.
Against South Callaway, the offense took too long to get things going in a 6-5 loss.
The Lady Indians tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning but couldn’t keep South Callaway off the board the rest of the way.
The Lady Indians also had a disappointing 11-0 loss to North Callaway.
“We never were able to get our offense going and defensively we made too many errors,” Borchert noted.