Van-Far’s baseball team had its season come to an end in the first round of the district tournament last week but it didn’t end without a fight.
The Indians trailed 8-5 heading into their final at-bat when they rallied to tie the game at 8-8.
Van-Far pitchers gave up three walks and Barat Academy scored the game-winner on a hard hit ball that allowed a runner to beat a throw home.
“The boys kept battling throughout the game,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “I was proud of them the way they finished the year.”
The loss meant it was the final game for seniors Logan Boyd, Kyle Decker, Brett Hubert, Jake Stuart, Matt McGlasson, and Josh Nutt.
“They are great kids and I really enjoyed them as players the past years,” Rowden added. “I wish them all the best in the future and I’m going to miss them not only as players but as people.”
The Indians did lead 1-0 at the game played in Elsberry when Jake Stuart’s fielders choice with the bases loaded scored Lucas Robinson.
In the fifth inning, Van-Far cut the lead to one run with four runners crossing the plate.
Michael Colson’s infield single scored Hubert for the first run. A bad throw on the attempt to get him out at first scored Robinson.
Boyd hit his first homerun of the year, a two-run shot, for the final two runs.
In the seventh inning, Robinson’s triple scored the first of three runs.
Boyd added his second home run of the game, another two-run shot to cut the lead to one.
Rowden said walks hurt his team.
“We gave up nine free passes and hit three (batters),” Rowden said.
Next season Rowden has three of his pitchers back, returners, JV players, and some athletic 8th graders moving up the ranks.
Decker was named to the second team, All-EMO Conference team and will play in the baseball coaches association’s Class 2 Senior All-Star game on Saturday, June 14 at Lindenwood University.