Van-Far’s baseball players have had a few close games not go their way since the season began in March.
Things finally came together for them at home last Friday night after they scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock off Louisiana, 6-5.
The Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Cameron Barsé scored on Layten McMillen’s sacrifice fly for the first run. Logan Wilson then scored minutes later on a throwing error.
Louisiana rallied in the third inning to go up 3-2 when Van-Far responded in the fourth inning with two runs of their own to re-take the lead.
Mike Colson’s two-run home run over the left field fence scored McMillen and himself for a 4-3 lead.
The Bulldogs went up 5-4 in the top of the fifth inning when Van-Far tied the game on Treyson Culwell’s RBI double that scored Barsé.
In Van-Far’s final at-bat, Brendan Flowers started things with a single. Jason Lansche pinch ran for Flowers, stole second base, and later scored on Barsé’s RBI single.
“Was a good game,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “Wyatt McDowell pitched a pretty solid game. We had some errors which hurt but he did battle through it. We got some key hits and it was a great feeling to win for the boys.”
Loss to Marion County
Van-Far began an extremely busy week with a rescheduled game moved to Marion County.
The Indians traveled to Philadelphia, Mo. and left with a 6-1 loss after giving up four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Offensively, the Indians’ offense had just three hits in a game with a large, but consistent strike zone.
Klayton Haddock, Barsé, and Treyson Culwell had the team’s lone hits.
“We only had three hits and really did not hit the ball every well at all,” Rowden said.
McDowell tossed six innings and gave up just three earned runs on seven hits and had nine strikeouts.
Falling late to
The Indians trailed 4-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning in their game last week against Elsberry before giving up five runs to fall, 9-3.
Sadly, out of the nine runs, just two were earned as Van-Far’s defense made five errors in the loss.
“Defensively, we just made too many errors,” Rowden said. “…The worst part is the plays were not that hard.”
Trailing 1-0, Van-Far tied the game in the third inning when Wilson’s base hit scored Flowers. Van-Far loaded the bases but couldn’t get any more runs across the plate in the inning.
Elsberry went up 4-1 when Van-Far scored two final runs in the sixth inning.
Layten McMillen hit a two-run, home run that scored Haddock.
Elsberry’s five run, seventh inning came off a dropped third strike, a bobbled bunt with the bases loaded, an errant throw in a run down and a couple of hits.
Colson picked up the loss on the mound after giving up just seven hits and striking out six over 6 1/3 innings pitched.
“He pitched well enough to win,” Rowden said.
Everything didn’t go Van-Far’s way in their Saturday re-scheduled game with rival Community R-VI.
The Indians’ defense made nine errors while Van-Far pitchers hit five batters and walked five more while giving up 15 hits in a 21-11 loss on Saturday.
“(That) does not equal success, that is for sure,” Rowden said. “…We hit the ball really well, hit it hard, and scored enough runs that is for sure, but defensively, all you can say is we were terrible…Was not that we did not field the ball badly, we just made six bad throws.”
Colson, Brayden McMillen, Riley Culwell, and Wilson each saw time on the mound in the loss.
Van-Far led 4-3 early before the Trojans scored four runs or more in the second through fifth innings to pull away for a five inning win.
The Indians did score one run in the second, three runs in both the third and fourth innings, before adding one more in the fifth.
They had 13 hits in the loss.
Josh Hodde led Van-Far by going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Haddock had two hits, three RBIs, and one run scored; Colson had one hit, two RBIs, and one run scored; Treyson Culwell added two hits, one RBI, and two runs scored; McDowell tallied one hit, one RBI, and two runs scored; and Layten McMillen had one hit, one RBI, and one run scored. Brayden McMillen and Barsé also had a hit in the loss.