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Van-Far baseball struggles offensively

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Van-Far’s Brett Hubert pitches against Clopton.

Van-Far’s Brett Hubert pitches against Clopton.

The inexperience of Van-Far’s baseball team continued to be a challenge in finding the win column last week as the Indians were outscored 53-12 in four losses.
Van-Far started with a 10-0, five inning loss to EMO Conference foe Clopton.
The Hawks scored seven runs in the bottom of the first half inning and cruised to the victory.
Kyle Decker and Brett Hubert picked up Van-Far’s only hits.
“After the first inning it was a pretty good game,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “Wyatt McDowell came in and threw the best he had thrown all year. But again our pitchers control was a major problem for us. If we could get that solved we could be a pretty competitive team.”
The Indians lost to Mark Twain 13-6 as they made four defensive errors, three coming in the first inning.
Austin Speagle had two RBIs. Layten McMillen, Lucas Robinson, Michael Colson, and Hubert each added RBI singles.
“We had a great chance to tie it up or even go ahead in the fifth when we had bases loaded, but a called strike three killed the inning for us and we let a great chance get away from us,” Rowden said.
Van-Far battled Sturgeon in the first round of the Community R-VI Tournament over the weekend and lost 10-1.
Sturgeon led 3-0 when the Indians scored their lone run in the top of the 6th inning.
McDowell hit an RBI double that scored Hubert.
McDowell also tossed five innings and gave up three runs on six hits before leaving with an injury.
Colson finished the game in relief.
Decker had a hit for the offense.
Defensively, the Indians made no errors and turned three double plays.
“Defensively, it was our best game this year,” Rowden said. “…I really liked our effort and our enthusiasm for the game.”
Van-Far lost the final game 20-5 to Montgomery County.
The Indians scored five runs on seven hits.
Robinson and Decker each had two hits. Hubert, McDowell, and Colson each had one hit.
Van-Far scored three runs in the first inning on Robinson’s two-RBI single. Colson added an RBI double. In the fifth inning, Decker and Robinson each had RBI base hits to score their final two runs.
Rowden also said he was pleased with Hubert’s outing as he never gave up.
“You know even though we were down 17 runs in the 5th, the boys kept battling at the plate,” Rowden said. “I liked that.”