The Van-Far baseball team picked up its first win of the season last week when they traveled to Wellsville and left with a 14-5 victory.
“We were much more patient at the plate in our approach,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “We still swung at some bad balls but not as bad…I liked the way we came back in the top of the fourth to score most of our runs after they had took the lead in the bottom of the third. That was good to see.”
The Indians scored their first run in the first inning after Wyatt McDowell tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
Van-Far went up 3-0 with two more runs in the third inning. Layten McMillen scored on a wild pitch. Lucas Robinson followed with a triple and later scored on a wild pitch.
Wellsville rallied in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-3 lead.
The Indians pulled away in the fourth inning with an 11-run frame.
McDowell had an RBI single to score Cameron Barsé. Layten McMillen added an RBI single to score pinch runner Austin Brewster.
Robinson had another triple to score Josh Hodde and Layten McMillen for two RBIs. He then scored on a wild pitch.
Brewster later drew a bases loaded walk for an RBI. McDowell did the same before Hodde’s fielders choice scored another run.
Layten McMillen added his second RBI single of the inning. Robinson added an RBI single.
The Indians had 16 hits in the win.
Later in the week, the Indians hosted Mark Twain and lost 17-5 as Van-Far was down to very few pitchers.
Robinson had thrown 10 innings in two days so he wasn’t available.
With McDowell out with tendinitis in his shoulder, Colson battled through an elbow issue to toss 1 2/3 innings.
Hodde just pitched on Wednesday and McMillen finished the game though he was slated to pitch the JV game.
Colson gave up eight earned runs but had two strikeouts.
Brayden McMillen tossed 4 1/3 innings and gave up six earned runs on seven hits while walking seven.
“We did not play our best defensive game tonight plus we made several mental errors where our cut-off men were not in the right position or did not even move to get there,” Rowden said. “We were not into the game mentally. We are a better team than we showed. We just need to keep our heads in the game better and play harder, no matter what the score.”
Offensively, the Indians scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Colson reached base on an error to score Robinson. Paul Schambach drew a bases loaded walk to score Jason Lansche.
Brayden McMillen had a two-RBI single that scored Colson and Barsé.
In the fifth inning, the Indians scored one run when Hodde hit a triple and scored on Layten McMillen’s sacrifice fly.