Van-Far’s baseball season came to an end last week in districts after pitchers walked seven batters and allowed 15 hits in a 16-1 loss to Clopton.
The Indians scored their lone run in the fifth inning after Ethan Gooch’s double scored Lucas Robinson.
“We actually hit the ball harder than we have all year but it was right at their fielders and their outfielders made three really good plays,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden.
Rowden said this season’s struggles were partly due to a pitching staff with a senior pitching a lot for his first time and younger players who are still developing arm strength and control.
“It takes several years to become a solid pitcher and to ask Ethan to fill in with no experience was a difficult task for him,” Rowden added.
“You have to know how to hold runners on, when to cover first, where to back up and the most difficult part is hitting your target from the catcher. He did the best he could do and he gave it all he had. I could not ask any more from him.”
Rowden said he felt the team did improve in several positions defensively.
The team had the fewest errors its had since 2008.
Offensively, the team didn’t have one hitter over .300.
Due to the weather, Van-Far was never able to practice on the field in Farber and only played one game there, which became Senior Night.
They practiced on the school’s softball field just four times.
“We did have an indoor cage this year,” Rowden said.
“That helps some but it still is not like facing live pitching outside. But all schools were in the same boat, no pun intended.”
Rowden said the team has a great bunch of kids to coach with several first year players who were learning the basics.
He said he’ll miss his seniors.
“I am going to miss our seniors, they were solid players, always did what I asked and never complained,” he said.
“They showed great leadership and were fun to coach and be around as human beings. They have left some big shoes to fill. I wish them the very best and I know they will be successful in what they do.”