After an extremely busy six-game week, the Van-Far Lady Indians softball team is ready to make a postseason push as the No. 2 seed in the Class 1, District 7 Tournament at New Haven.
The Lady Indians, who went an impressive 4-2 during the final week of the regular season, gets a first round bye. Van-Far will take on the winner of the New Haven/Wellsville game at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 6.
With a semifinals victory, the Lady Indians will either face No. 1 seed Clopton or the Lady Hawks’ potential semifinals opponent (Silex/Community R-VI) in the title game at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7.
“As a team we work all season to be ready for districts,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Orf. “It all comes down to this week and we hope that all of our hard work pays off. We plan on just taking it one game at a time.“
The Lady Indians won two of their three games in this past weekend’s EMO Conference Tournament to win consolations. The Lady Indians knocked off Wright City 3-0 behind the pitching performance of Jayle Jennings. Jennings allowed no runs on five hits while striking out four in the complete-game shutout.
Offensively, the Lady Indians scored two runs in the second inning. One run scored on an error. Alivia Graddy hit an RBI single to score Alexis DeTienne for the second run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Reaghan Case scored the final run as runners advanced on Graddy’s single to left field.
Graddy had two RBIs while Mallory Williams, Case, and DeTienne each scored one run.
One game earlier, the Lady Indians took an early 4-0 lead on Silex before holding on for a 5-1 victory.
In the first inning, Jordan Garner scored after a pick-off attempt. Jennings later scored a run for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, Williams had an RBI single to score Case. Jayda Borgmeyer also scored in the inning. The Lady Indians scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning on Jennings’ RBI single.
Garner scored two runs in the win, Williams had one RBI, while Case, Jennings, and Borgmeyer each scored one run.
Jennings earned the win on the mound after tossing four innings and striking out three with one earned run on four hits. Borgmeyer tossed two innings and struck out two while allowing no runs.
Before the two victories, the Lady Indians lost to Clopton for the second time in one week though it took a bottom of the seventh inning rally to lift the Lady Hawks to a 5-4 win.
Garner scored a run in the first inning and hit a triple in the top of the third before scoring on a wild pitch for a 2-0 edge.
After Clopton’s three-run third inning, the Lady Indians responded in the top of the fifth. Jennings had a two-RBI double that scored both Garner and Graddy.
In their final at-bat, the Lady Hawks had a one-out fielder’s choice to score the tying run. Two Van-Far errors then set up a tag up at third base on a fly ball in foul territory for the winning run.
Jennings allowed four earned runs on eight hits in the loss with no strikeouts.
Crushing Marion County
The Lady Indians started their busy week with a 14-3 win over Marion County in Philadelphia, Mo.
Van-Far scored four or more runs in three different innings during their five-inning win.
Highlights included Jennings’ bases-loaded triple that scored three runs in the top of the second inning.
Garner added a two-RBI double while DeTienne’s double in the fifth also led to two runs scoring.
Garner had three RBIs and two runs scored in the victory. Jennings added three RBIs and one run scored; Makayla McAfee had three hits and two runs scored; Borgmeyer had two RBIs; Gina Clausen and Case each had one run scored and one RBI; Carleigh Phillips had two runs scored; DeTienne plated two RBIs with one run scored; Graddy had one RBI and two runs scored; and Alex Connaway and Williams each scored one run.
Borgmeyer earned the complete-game victory after tossing five innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts.
Beating Wright City
The Lady Indians scored seven runs in their final at-bat to knock off Wright City on the road earlier in the week, 10-7.
Van-Far tied the game in the top of the fifth inning when Garner scored on Borgmeyer’s ground out and Clausen plated McAfee on her RBI double.
Garner added an RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning to score DeTienne to tie the game at 3-3.
Trailing 4-3 in their final at-bat, the flood gates opened when Jennings led off the inning with a solo home run.
There were also RBI singles from Jennings, Garner, and DeTienne to pace the Lady Indians’ charge.
Garner went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored while DeTienne went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. McAfee scored two runs; Jennings had two RBIs and one run scored; both Borgmeyer and Clausen had one RBI; while Graddy, Phillips, and Case each scored one run.
Jennings earned the win after tossing seven innings and allowing five earned runs on 12 hits with eight strikeouts.
Losing to Clopton
The Lady Indians dropped a tough 6-1 game to Clopton on Thursday, September 29.
Clopton took advantage of three Lady Indians’ errors as they led 6-0 through five innings.
Van-Far scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Garner scored on McAfee’s RBI single.
Clausen and Garner each had two hits in the loss.
Jennings allowed four earned runs on 18 hits with two strikeouts in the loss.
“It was a long week for Van-Far softball finishing up the regular season. The week didn’t quite go our way completely dropping two games to Clopton, but we did win the week with four wins and only two losses,” Orf said. “Jayle Jennings and Jayda Borgmeyer looked really good on the mound for us all week. Our two loses this week were definitely do to a few errors and not executing when we needed to. On the offensive side of things we looked good against Wright City, Marion County and during the entire tournament. We have really started seeing the ball better and making good contact. This is something we have been working towards the entire season.”