The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team extended their winning streak to six games this past weekend, which included them outscoring three teams 35-5 to win the North Shelby Tournament title.
“The girls played pretty solid defensively all weekend, and offensively, it is nice to see our batting continuing to stay hot from last week,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert. “The girls are making adjustments faster and getting great results from them. Our bench and crowd really kept up our momentum during the long hot day and we were able to bring first place and we are hoping to continue the way we are playing this upcoming week.”
In the championship game, Mallory Williams started the second inning with a single.
Little did she realize the next seven batters in a row would also single, leading to a 4-0 lead.
Jordan Garner’s RBI double scored the fifth run for a 5-0 lead.
The Lady Indians ended up scoring seven runs on 16 hits in the 7-1 victory over Scotland County to win the championship.
Aubrey Bunge had three hits, one RBI, and one run scored in the win. Haley Baskett and Alyse Jensen had one RBI and one run scored; Jayle Jennings and Garner each had one RBI; while Makayla McAfee, Alivia Graddy, and Kaylen Culwell each scored one run. Jennings had the win on the mound after tossing seven innings and allowing one earned run on four hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
In the second game of the tournament, the Lady Indians shut out Bevier 10-0.
Van-Far scored six runs in the first inning before adding two in the third and fourth innings to seal the win behind a 13-hit attack.
Jordan Garner had a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored; Graddy added two RBIs and one run scored; Jennings and Bunge each had one RBI and one run scored; Jensen and Walton each had one RBI; Williams and Baskett each scored two runs; while Devyn Keller scored one run.
Jennings tossed three innings and allowed no runs on four hits with one strikeout. Keller tossed one inning of shut out ball and gave up just one hit.
In the first game against Linn County, Williams got the offense going early with a grand slam in the first inning.
Up 11-4, the Lady Indians started the fourth inning with McAfee’s textbook bunt followed by Jennings two-run triple. Graddy added a two-run double in the seven-run fourth to help Van-Far with the game, 18-4.
Williams had four RBIs and two runs scored; McAfee had two RBIs and three runs scored; Garner had one RBI and scored three runs; Keller scored three runs; Jennings added two RBIs and two runs scored; Graddy had one RBI and one run scored; Bunge scored two runs; while Jensen and Baskett each scored one run.
Jennings tossed one inning of shutout ball and allowed just one hit. Colby Walton tossed three innings and allowed four earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
Before the tournament, the Lady Indians started the week with a tough 6-4 win on the road against Elsberry.
In spite of a few running errors early, the Van-Far kept fighting and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.
Great catches by Bunge and Graddy in the outfield helped the defense come up with big plays in the contest.
The game was tied 4-4 heading into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Baskett’s two-out single scored both Garner and Williams for the go-ahead runs.
Williams was 4-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored; Graddy had three hits, one RBI, and one run scored; Keller added three hits; Baskett and Jensen each had two RBIs; while Jennings, Garner, and Culwell each scored one run.
Jennings tossed all eight innings on the mound and allowed three earned runs on 11 hits with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
Van-Far also crushed Mark Twain in a home contest last week, 16-0 as they scored 11 runs in the first inning.
The Lady Indians had 17 hits and six stolen bases in the big win.
Williams had her first home run of the season in this game. She went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Jennings had the same statistics as Williams while McAfee had three hits, three RBIs, and three runs scored.
Garner had two RBIs and two runs scored; Baskett had two RBIs and one run scored; Keller scored three runs; Jensen scored two runs; and Graddy had one run scored.
Keller earned the shutout victory after tossing three innings and giving up just three hits with three strikeouts.
“This week has been a good week of softball for us,” Borchert noted.
“This summer and the beginning of the season the players have been working on adjusting their hitting and we are starting to see some results. We are getting more quality at bats and making better contact with the ball. Defensively wise, we are starting to tighten things up and make the plays we need to be making. Coach Fowler and myself are very pleased with the progress we have been making and will continue to make.”