After a disappointing loss at the end of August to North Callaway, the Van-Far Lady Indians softball team has been on a roll.
The Lady Indians placed third in last weekend’s North Shelby Tournament and have now won six of their past seven games. They’ve outscored their seven opponents 86-11 during that stretch.
At this past weekend’s tournament, the Lady Indians crushed Marion County 27-0 and Mark Twain 14-0. They lost to Scotland County, 6-3.
Against the Lady Mustangs, Van-Far scored 22 runs through the first two innings and cruised to the big win behind a 17-hit attack in three innings.
Jayle Jennings had three hits, seven RBIs, and five runs scored; Jordan Garner added four hits, six RBIs, and one stolen base; Makayla McAfee added four hits, five RBIs, four runs scored, and one stolen base; Reaghan Case added one RBI and three runs scored; Alivia Graddy had two RBIs and two runs scored; Mallory Williams tallied one RBI and two runs scored; Colby Walton added two RBIs and one run scored; while both Carleigh Phillips and Gina Clausen scored two runs.
In the win over Mark Twain, the Lady Indians scored at least four runs in three straight innings to seal the five-inning win.
Graddy tallied two hits, three RBIs, and scored two runs; Garner had three RBIs and one stolen base; Jennings had a pair of hits, two RBIs, two runs scored, and one stolen base; Case added two hits, one RBI, one run scored, and one stolen base; Morgan McDowell scored three runs; Phillips scored two runs; Williams had one RBI; McAfee had one RBI and one run scored; Clausen scored one run; and Alex Connaway scored one run and had two stolen bases.
“Overall, our weekend went very well; we were very patient at bat with our games against Marion County and Mark Twain,” said Van-Far head coach Kelly Borchert. “We laid bunts down very well and we were aggressive on the bases. Colby Walton had a shutout against Marion County and Jayle Jennings had a shutout against Mark Twain.”
The Lady Indians picked up their lone defeat in between those two games as Scotland County scored three runs in their final at-bat. A couple of unearned runs led to the loss.
“The girls and I know that we will have to work on our defense because the end of the season is coming near and that’s when good defense really counts,” Borchert noted.
Van-Far was trailing 3-0 early before rallying to tie the game in the fourth inning of the loss.
Jennings had two hits, one RBI, one run scored, and one stolen base; McAfee added two hits and one RBI; Graddy had two hits, one RBI and one run scored; and Clausen had two hits and scored one run.
Before the tournament, the Lady Indians knocked off Elsberry at the beginning of the week, 7-4, in Vandalia.
Van-Far led 7-0 early before holding off a middle-inning rally from Elsberry to win the game.
Jennings earned the complete-game victory after tossing seven innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Jennings had two hits, two runs scored, and one RBI; Garner scored two runs and had one RBI; Phillips had two hits and one RBI; Clausen had one RBI and one run scored; while McAfee and McDowell each scored one run.
In their first meeting of the week with Mark Twain, the Lady Indians traveled to Center and left with a 12-0 win over the Lady Tigers after scoring three runs in their final at-bat.
Jennings earned the win after tossing six innings and allowing no earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts.
Walton tossed an inning and allowed no earned runs with just one hit. McAfee had four hits, three RBIs, and four runs scored; Garner added two hits and three RBIs; Jennings had two runs scored and one RBI; McDowell had two hits and two runs scored; Williams scored two runs; both Clausen and Connaway had one RBI; while Case and Phillips each scored one run.