Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden has seen a lot of positive things from his players during this baseball season. Unfortunately, before last week, his Indians were winless and still learning how to overcome defensive errors while needing to keep their opponents from crossing the plate.
The team put everything together last week as they won two games in a row in victories over MMA and Wellsville.
The Indians put together a 22-hit attack in a 16-10 victory over MMA.
“It was great getting the win and hopefully we can build on that,” Rowden added.
MMA led 5-2 at the end of the first inning. Van-Far rallied with five runs during the first two innings and sealed things with a six run sixth inning.
Kyle Decker, Wyatt McDowell, and Lucas Robinson combined to go 12-for-17 with 11 RBI’s and four runs scored.
McDowell picked up the win on the mound after tossing six innings and allowing four earned runs. He had 113 pitches through six frames. Logan Boyd tossed the final inning.
This past Monday, the Indians picked up a home win in Farber after scoring three runs in their final at-bat for a 8-7 win over EMO Conference foe Wellsville.
Wellsville had scored two runs in their final at-bat to take an 8-5 lead.
Van-Far responded in the bottom half of the inning. Boyd had a two-RBI single that scored both Michael Colson and Robinson.
Jake Stuart then laid down a bunt to score Boyd for the game-winning run.
“The ball was bobbled, but with Boyd’s speed I am not sure if they would have got him anyway,” Rowden said. “…I was really proud of the way we came back in the seventh and got three runs. It was an exciting win for us.”
Robinson, Colson, Stuart, and Austin Speagle each added one RBI.
Boyd tossed 6 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits with nine walks. Robinson picked up the win after retiring only two batters in the seventh inning.
Rowden also pointed to Boyd’s over the shoulder catch in the top of the seventh and Layten McMillen’s two RBI single in the fourth as big plays in the win.
The Indians did lose four other games during the week.
They first lost 11-1 on Monday, May 5 to Sturgeon.
Van-Far scored their lone run in the first inning on Decker’s RBI double to score Robinson.
Boyd tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up six earned runs with four strikeouts.
Brett Hubert had two hits. Van-Far’s defense committed four errors in the first two innings before settling down.
One day later, the Indians lost at North Callaway, 14-4.
The Thunderbirds scored 10 runs in the second inning to pull away for the win.
Colson picked up the loss after allowing six earned runs through 4 2/3 innings.
Decker went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Stuart added one hit and one run scored.
“Mike threw fairly well for the most part,” Rowden said.
In a double header last Wednesday that also featured a “Strike Out Autism” event and Senior Night, the Indians lost both games by a combined score of 31-2.
The Indians lost to Silex 11-2 as Van-Far scored one run in each of the first two innings.
McDowell and Colson each had two hits. McDowell and Boyd each added one RBI. Robinson tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs with five strikeouts.
“Lucas threw the best he has thrown all year,” Rowden said.
The Indians lost the night cap 20-0 to Elsberry.
Hubert had Van-Far’s lone hit with a double.
Elsberry had 16 hits and drew 11 walks.
“It was our fourth game in three days and we looked like our gas tank was pretty low,” Rowden said.