Just a few weeks after Van-Far knocked off Louisiana for one of its four victories of the season, the Bulldogs got revenge in the first round of the Class 2, District 5 Tournament.
Louisiana scored four runs in the top of the second inning and added two insurance runs for a 6-4 victory.
Van-Far left a runner at third base two different times with just one out while another time the bases were loaded.
“We just did not get the hit when we needed it,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden.
The loss meant it was the final game for four-year seniors Wyatt McDowell, Layten McMillen, Austin Brewster, Mike Colson, and Klayton Haddock. It was also the final game for two-year senior Brendan Flowers.
“I am going to miss them, not only as players but as young men on our team,” Rowden said. “Even though we only won four games this year, we grew a lot, played a lot of young guys, and we were in most of our games. A bad inning here and there cost us several games. But they continued to work hard and we did get better. Young players gained a lot of experience. This team was fun to coach, up and down the lineup. I wish my senior boys the very best in the future and good luck to them.”
A dropped third strike, a hit batter, and a dropped fly ball all helped Louisiana take a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
The Indians answered by scoring at least one run in three straight innings.
In the second, Haddock’s sacrifice fly scored Treyson Culwell for the first run.
Van-Far added one more run in their next at-bat as Josh Hodde scored on Layten McMillen’s RBI single.
In their two-run fourth inning, Riley Culwell’s RBI single scored McDowell for one run. Logan Wilson then bunted for a single and an errant throw went into right field trying to get him out at first base, which allowed McDowell to score.
Louisiana added their final run in the seventh inning as part of a 10-hit attack. Van-Far’s offense also had 10 hits in the loss.