Van-Far’s baseball team was looking for a needed victory when they played Monroe City with a little more than a week away from their first round game against No. 1 seed Elsberry in the Class 2, District 7 tournament on the Panthers’ diamond.
The Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Monroe City, the No. 4 seed in districts, and held on after the Panthers scored seven runs in two innings for the two run victory.
“It was great to get a win like that,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “Up 6-0 and then they come back but we did not fold and continued to hit and play well.”
Van-Far scored its first run in its first at-bat when Ryan Teague hit an RBI single to score courtesy runner Ryan Decker.
In the second inning, Ethan Gooch’s RBI single scored courtesy runner Trey Hull. Van-Far took a 3-0 lead in the third after Teague reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch. Three more runs went across home plate in the fourth inning as Gooch had a two-RBI single to score both Kyle Decker and Ryan Nelson. Gooch later scored on Hull’s RBI single.
After Monroe City scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning, Van-Far was able to get two runs back. Andrew Stewart scored on Decker’s third hit. Brian Kurz then scored on an error.
Monroe City closed the gap to 8-7 when Van-Far scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning on Stewart’s RBI single that scored Logan Boyd.
Teague earned the victory while Stewart earned the save.
“Ryan threw well, he just look like he ran out of gas,” Rowden said. “Ethan got us out of the one inning but struggled in the 6th, but Andrew got us out of it and then closed it out.”