The Van-Far Indians’ baseball team had two games this past week they nearly pulled out for big victories but were unable to complete the task.
Van-Far rallied from a 4-0 deficit on April 23 against Mark Twain before falling 5-2 in Farber.
The Tigers took advantage of a wild pitch and an infield error to score three runs in the first inning.
After adding a fourth run on a suicide squeeze in the fourth, the Indians rallied with two runs.
With two outs, Logan Boyd was hit by a pitch and stole second base. He later scored on a Mark Twain throwing error. One more error scored Brian Kurz for the second run.
Andrew Stewart picked up the loss in spite of walking just three batters and striking out seven.
Van-Far’s defense made three errors in the loss while the offense had just two hits by Ryan Nelson and Ethan Gooch.
“Our problem was we just could not hit the ball,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. “Their pitcher was not over powering by any sense of the word. We just did not hit the ball. We had one hard hit the entire game and that was by Ryan Nelson in the first inning. We struck out eight times and really looked bad doing it.”
This past Monday night, Van-Far rallied to trim Clopton’s lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning before falling by the same score.
Clopton scored their first run after a two out walk was followed by a double and an error.
Van-Far committed three errors in a row in the third inning to help the other two runs score.
The Indians’ lone offense came in the top of the sixth inning when Trey Hull scored on Ryan Teague’s RBI double. Teague later scored on Stewart’s RBI single.
Stewart picked up the loss in spite of allowing just one earned run, four hits, and two walks.
“Again, our errors hurt us,” Rowden said.
Between the two close losses was a disappointing 17-2 loss to Community R-VI after the Trojans had 11 hits and took advantage of seven errors.
Van-Far led 2-1 at the end of the first inning behind Boyd’s two-RBI single that scored Hull and Gooch.
Three errors in the second and four errors in the third led to 13 Community R-VI runs and the Trojans never looked back. Pitchers Teague and Gooch combined to give up six earned runs on 11 hits with seven walks and three hit batsment.Van-Far finished with just five hits.
“We did not swing the bats well, they did,” Rowden said. “We did not play good defense they did but it was easier for them when 11 of the 15 outs are strike outs.”