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No hitter dooms Van-Far in districts

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden knew his team had their hands full in the first round of the Class 2, District 7 baseball tournament as the No. 8 seed facing the top seeded squad from Elsberry.
Van-Far’s offense had struggled all year long scoring four runs or more in only four games.
While the effort was there, Van-Far’s offense was unable to get one hit in a seven inning 6-0 loss to Elsberry. Elsberry was upset in the second round by a Monroe City team that Van-Far knocked off just before districts.
“We did not get a hit for the game,” Rowden said. “We just did not hit the ball very good overall this year. We worked hard on it in practice. It seemed the harder we worked on it the worse we got at it.”
Elsberry scored their first run in the first inning before pulling away with a five run second inning.
Elsberry put the game away in the sixth inning with two runs after taking advantage of two Van-Far defensive errors.
Though Van-Far’s defense struggled all season long, they had played much better during the final four games of the season.
The loss meant it was the final game for Van-Far seniors Andrew Stewart, Ryan Teague, and Ryan Decker along with foreign exchange student Enrique Caceres.
Stewart and Teague will be missed next season after throwing 90-percent of the team’s innings this past season.
“Ryan had some arm problems for most of the year so he was not as strong and we thought he would be but he still led the team in ERA,” Rowden said. “Andrew threw the most innings and really in the last third of the year was throwing really well and good enough to win some games.”
Rowden said he was happy with how his team played this season.
“I was pleased with the boys effort this year,” Rowden said. “They worked hard in practice and gave the effort that was needed. We just did not get the results we would have liked to have.”